Lions claw to third straight win, run over WarriorsCollier, McFadden lead BAHS' strong offensive effort
Newport — There may not be a hotter football team in Eastern Class C than Belfast Area High School.
The Lions traveled to Newport Saturday, Oct. 19 to face Nokomis in search of their third straight win and the Lions roared to a 20-6 victory over the host Warriors.
Senior quarterback Zach Collier had a standout game for the Lions as he was 11-of-18 passing for 212 yards, along with a touchdown toss to teammate Korey Doolan. Collier also rushed in two touchdowns for the visitors.
Mike McFadden also racked up 108 yards on eight carries, while Greg Clark added 31 yards on 11 carries for the winners.
Lion coach Chris Bartlett said it was a physical game, one his team needed as Belfast approaches the postseason.
“Nokomis is a big, physical team and really tested us,” he said. “We knew they were going to be tough and they proved us right. The guys did a nice job making adjustments, they really shut down the run game the first three quarters but our passing game rose to the occasion allowing us to put points on the board. Then in the fourth I think we were in better shape than them and we were able to get Mike McFadden going to run time off the clock and he led us down the field on the last score of the game to give us the two-score cushion.”
Noah Kershner had 60 yards rushing and one touchdown for Nokomis.
Belfast will host Camden Hills in both teams' regular-season finale on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
In the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Point Standings for Eastern Class C, Belfast (4-3, 101.7429 points) is fifth, while Winslow (7-0, 142.8571 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
Camden Hills and Nokomis, which petitioned down to Eastern Class C this season, are ineligible for postseason play.