Lions claw to dominating win over Coyotes, eye postseason berthCollier, Dodge key BAHS against team coached by former Lion standout Arthers
Belfast — With a 1-3 record through the first four weeks of the regular season, a trip to the postseason seemed unlikely for the Belfast football team.
Three weeks later, the Lions have roared back into the Eastern Class B/Pine Tree Conference playoff race on the heels of a dominating 44-6 victory over Old Town on Friday night, Oct. 12.
Since falling to perennial powerhouses Gardiner, Leavitt of Turner and Hampden Academy during the first half of the year, the Lions have gone 2-1 the past three weeks and will end the regular season at Camden Hills in Rockport on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., with a chance to finish the campaign 4-4 and qualify for the playoffs.
In the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (3-4, 94.6857 points) is seventh, while Mount Blue of Farmington (6-0, 152.7273 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs. The Cougars' win over Morse of Bath is not included in the most recent standings.
On Friday, quarterback Zach Collier completed 4-of-8 passes for the Lions for 135 yards and enjoyed touchdowns connections with Greg Clark and Tyler Tran. Collier also rushed for 112 yards on eight carries to lead the hosts.
Carl Dodge also returned an 80-yard kick return for a touchdown for Belfast and added three carries for 69 yards.
For Old Town, Ethan Swedburg rushed for 78 yards on 34 carries and a touchdown.
The game was significant not only for potential playoff positioning for the Lions, but also a homecoming of sorts for Nick Arthers, in his first season coaching the Coyotes. Arthers is a 2003 BAHS graduate and led the Lions to their most recent state title — a 28-16 victory over Gorham — his senior year.
Arthers' father, Butch, helped coach the Lions for 15 years, leading them to six regional championships, three state titles and a 111-58 record.
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