Mount Desert Island High School quarterback Andrew Phelps makes the handoff to Croix Albee, setting up a score against Belfast on Saturday. The MDI Trojans won 37-0. ISLANDER PHOTO COURTESY BARRY GUTRADT

Trojans tame Belfast Lions

BELFAST — The Mount Desert Island High School football team shut down the Belfast High School Lions 37-0 Saturday at Dennis Bryant Field.

The Trojans are now 2-0 after an impressive shutout of the Lions.

“I thought overall we played well in all three aspects of the game,” Head Coach Mark Shields said this week. “Offensively, I thought we moved the ball well and focused on our pass game once we got the score up a little.”

Quarterback Andrew Phelps threw 11 times for four completions for a total of 87 yards and one touchdown.

“That’s still a work in progress,” said Shields.

Colby Lee rushed for a total of 149 yards in 14 carries, notching two touchdowns. Croix Albee ended the game with 11 carries for 83 yards.

On the receiving end, Graham Good had one reception for a 59-yard run, and Drew Rich went 11 yards with one reception.

Chris Farnsworth had a touchdown in the third quarter. The final scoring play came from a 58-yard pass from Phelps to Good early in the fourth quarter.

Shields said he was especially happy with how the special teams performed.

“The kickoff team was able to pin Belfast deep in their own end zone, and the kickoff return and punt return teams also did well,” said Shields.

The Trojans also successfully completed two out of three two-point conversion attempts.

But the players aren’t resting on their 37-0 laurels.

On Saturday, the Trojans will face off against two-time defending state champs Winslow High School on their home turf.

To prepare, Shields said coaches are working with the offensive line, many of whom are new to football.

“There is always room for improvement, and a big focus of ours has been our offensive line,” he said. “These are younger guys who haven’t played a lot of football, so we are focusing on technique – who they are supposed to block and when.”

The players are working hard ahead of Saturday’s game.

“[Winslow] expects to come in and win on every field they step onto, so we have to be prepared,” said the coach.

Taylor Bigler Mace

Taylor Bigler Mace

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Taylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. [email protected]
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