Belfast, Mount View make pink fashionable on football fieldIn preparation for new football season, Lions, Mustangs tackle each other
Belfast — The Belfast and Mount View athletic programs have had a longstanding Waldo County rivalry, but, for one day each fall, the Lions and Mustangs come together to support a greater cause, a more important outcome than which one of them will win a specific sporting event.
That day, or make it night, came on Friday, Aug. 29 as the Lions and Mustangs played a high school preseason football game on Dennis "Bear" Bryant Field to raise money to support the research for a cure and the subsequent care for those afflicted with breast cancer.
While Class C Belfast dominated Class D Mount View on the field in front of a large crowd of fans for both teams, the mood also was about supporting the important health cause.
In the end, it was Belfast that came away with a 50-13 victory.
In fact, pink was fashionable for all participants, as the players wore pink socks and sweatbands, while the coaches sported pink polo shirts. Even the program for fans was printed on pink paper.
The game is held annually in either Belfast or Thorndike before the two squads begin their regular seasons.
Fullback Alex Canning had three touchdowns on the day for Belfast on two 35-yard scores and another 24-yard run, while Drew Nealey, the team's quarterback, scored on runs of 10 and 56 yards, respectively.
Steven Davis, who played his first three years with Mount View but transferred to Belfast for his senior season, added a 48-yard touchdown run, while Marlin Hansen added a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Tyler Ripley and Gavin Simpson had touchdown runs of three and five yards, respectively, for Mount View.
For the upcoming season, Belfast has nearly 50 players and is expected to be one of the league's strongest teams. Mount View has a smaller group, with about half as many student-athletes as the Lions.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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