Belfast, Mount View renew football rivalry to fight cancerLions top Mustangs in preseason game to raise money for breast cancer awareness
Thorndike — The Belfast and Mount View high school football teams smashed pads and renewed their longstanding rivalry — albeit in a more subdued fashion — during a preseason game Saturday afternoon, Aug. 31.
However, in the grander scheme, the final score was less important than one other important figure.
The annual preseason event is held to raise money for breast cancer awareness, and the student-athletes, cheerleaders and coaches sported pink items, such as shirts, socks and wrist bands. The game, attended by a large group of fans, raised $1,107 for cancer research and awareness programs.
The money will go to local families fighting breast cancer.
On the field, the Waldo County neighbors put up plenty of points, turned in strong defensive efforts and many players on both sides got plenty of reps, with the visiting Lions leaving Thorndike with a 40-28 victory.
Although overall official statistics were unavailable, those who scored touchdowns for Belfast were Greg Clark, who also had two two-point conversions; Baxter Smith on a 22-yard reception; Tyler Tran on a 33-yard reception; and Mike McFadden, Drew Nealey and Lucien Gordley-Smith.
Clark had eight rushes for 148 yards, McFadden seven carries for 63 yards and Nealey one run for 73 yards and a touchdown. Zach Collier connected on 6-of-8 passes for 95 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
"The game went well," said Belfast coach Chris Bartlett. "This is a good game not only because of the rivalry but mainly because of the cause it goes towards. We did a good job executing our offensive pla. Wwe really needed to work our lineman and with Mount View's size it was a great work day for us. Both teams played extremely hard and I think it was productive for both squads."
First-year Mount View coach Harold "Haggie" Pratt said Belfast proved to be a "very good team. Coach [Chris] Bartlett has done another fine job getting his team ready for the this season. I think they will certainly be factors in Class C this year. I feel like playing a caliber team in an upper division such as Belfast will get our team to play up a notch as we approach opening day against Stearns [of Millinocket]."
Pratt said he is new to the Mount View and Belfast rivalry. "I think having the opportunity to play your rivals in a benefit game like 'Breast Cancer Awareness' is an outstanding idea. We had a great crowd Saturday and they were anxious to see a good football game. Having a large, generous crowd on hand we were able to raise over $1,000."
The Mustang offense was paced by Steven Davis, who scored in the first half and had several nice runs, the coach said. Kenny McGray completed three passes to Tyler Ripley and kicked three extra points. Matt Wheeler and Jack Axsom also had strong rushes running behind Chris and Clint Spaulding, coach Pratt said.
Defensively, Davis and Trevor Saucier had interceptions, while David Roche, Matt Wheeler and Chris Spaulding also had strong efforts, the coach said.
Belfast includes Alex Canning, Brandon Waterman, Ashley Littlefield, Joh Golgano, Mike McFadden, Tyler Stickney, Drew Nealey, Zach Collier, Emery Dinsmore, Tristan Roberts, Tyler Tran, Nolan Woods, Tyler Macleod, Devin Richards, Lucien Gordley-Smith, Brandon Ray, Hayden Sheldon, Greg Clark, Baxter Smith, Dillion Colby, Tyler Laplante, Derek Tyler, Andrew Goguen, Will Mossing, Caleb Hilt, Rory Ambrose, Noah Klewin, Bill Pantoja, Dan Bowen, Randy Elwell, Adam Powell, Kameron Culbertson, Nathan Dutton, Josh Chase, Mike Reynolds, Devin Wright, Jacob Harford, Jared Vaughan, Matt Smith, Marlin Hansen, Craig Brown, Caleb Ackley, Edwin Johnson, Travis Tran, Simon Lacasse, Bronsen Stevens, Ben Warren, Brad Frost, Lucas Roberts, Austin Sprague, Zach Herbig, Brandon Porter, Korey Doolan, Tom Frost and Richard Priest.
Mount View includes Kenneth McGray, Alan Gibbs, Joshua Thornhill, Will Rogers, Ethan Sewell-Berry, Daniel Farley, Cole Hannan, Jack Axsom, Alex Bennett, Trevor Saucier, C.J. Ingraham, Ben Rogers, Matthew Wheeler, Tyler Ripley, Steven Davis, Darrin Cook, Troy Oliver, Michael Embry, Gavin Caler, Chris Spaulding, Clint Spaulding, Lincoln Bither, Alex Sobey, Nate Towle, Tanner Talbot, Darrien Bailey, Dylan Drinkwater, Owen Cunningham, Josh Rand-Wordell, Colton Medina, David Roche, Benjamin West, Casey Spaulding, August Tirone, James Wilkinson, Kendric Shibles, Tray Richardson and Seth Talbot.
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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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