High school football

Determined, resilient effort lifts Lions past Ponies, into solid playoff spot

Macleod rushes for 121 yards, Dinsmore 105 yards, 3 TDs
By Staff | Oct 16, 2016

Belfast — After a tough start to the season, the Belfast football has fought back into strong playoff position in Class C North.

The latest positive development for the resurgent Lions was a hard-fought 26-21 win over visiting Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft on Friday night, Oct. 14.

In the competitive game, Belfast scored six points in the first, second and fourth quarters and eight in the third. The Ponies tallied seven points in the second, third and fourth quarters.

Tyler Macleod again turned in a yeoman performance for Belfast as he rushed for 121 yards on 27 carries and Grey Dinsmore added 105 yards on 12 carries, with three touchdowns, as the hosts pulled out the victory.

Also for Belfast, Nick Salvatore added a touchdown catch and Tristan Roberts a two-point conversion.

For FA, Nick Clawson finished with 15 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Hyatt Smith added a touchdown reception.

"I am so so so proud of the boys — what a game," said veteran Belfast coach Chris Bartlett. "They played their hearts out and earned this hard-fought battle. They played a complete 48 minutes and fought hard. They showed resilience and determination. This is a huge win for the team, the seniors and program."

The victory was important because the Lions and Ponies continue to battle for the playoffs.

In the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Points Standings for Class C North, Belfast (3-4, 96.4714 points) is sixth, while Mount Desert Island (6-1, 137.4851 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.

Foxcroft Academy is 3-4 and seventh in the region.

Belfast will finish its regular season on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. when it hosts Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston (4-3, 107.1000 points). The Mariners are fourth in the region, thus, the outcome of that final game will determine playoff seeding.

The Lions started the season 0-3 and were outscored 149-8 in losses to Winslow, MDI and Madison/Carrabec. Belfast has since won three of four games to put itself in playoff contention.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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