ROCKLAND — It was a close call for the Mount Desert Island High School football team last Friday night, but the Trojans ultimately outscored the Oceanside Mariners 14-12.
The 6-1 Trojans are seemingly unstoppable following their 20-19 win over the Madison Bulldogs on Oct. 14. They proved their resolve again on Friday night.
Drew Rich’s consistent kicking helped the Trojans lead throughout the game as Oceanside missed both of its extra-point opportunities.
After a scoreless first quarter, MDI put the first points on the board with just 1:34 left in the half when Andrew Phelps completed a five-yard pass to Luke Mitchell.
Oceanside was first on the board in the second half when quarterback Brandon DeBrowsky ran the ball in from 41 yards out with 4:29 left in the third quarter. The extra-point kick was no good, and MDI remained in the lead 7-6.
In the beginning of the third quarter, MDI’s Chris Farnsworth ran for a 28-yard touchdown, and Rich kicked the extra point with 9:28 left in the game.
Oceanside was back on the board after DeBrowsky completed a five-yard pass to Anthony Marsh with 1:02 remaining.
The Mariners attempted to tie the game with a two-point conversion, but they were unsuccessful, and MDI won 14-12.
MDI rushed for 148 yards and passed for five yards.
Graham Good had eight tackles, seven assists and one interception.
Farnsworth had eight tackles and four assists. Micah Hallet had five tackles and one assist, while James Carroll had five tackles and one assist.
“I was very proud of how our kids played hard for four quarters and persevered to the end,” said Head Coach Mark Shields. “Now all our focus goes to a very good Old Town team, which is fighting for a playoff spot.”
Two key players may not suit up for Friday’s game against Old Town.
Colby Lee did not play during the Oceanside game due to injury, and Croix Albee was taken out of the game in the second half.
Shields said Albee will not play against Old Town and that Lee is questionable.
MDI is in first place in the Crabtree Standings, followed by one-loss teams Madison and Winslow.