Lions get the point(s), blank Hawks to secure second winHost Hermon no match for high-scoring Belfast, Lion Clark scores four TDs
Hermon — Forty points is a lofty goal to shoot for in high school football.
Nonetheless, the offensive quest has worked twice this season for Belfast, which traveled to face Hermon on Friday night, Oct. 4 in an Eastern Class C clash for the Lions.
Belfast (2-3) racked up 49 points in the win and its defense stood tall in the 49-0 shutout of the Hawks (0-5). It is the second time this season the Lions have scored more than 40 points, both of which have resulted in victories.
Belfast coach Chris Bartlett said his team “played well Friday night, did a nice job rebounding after a tough loss to [Mount Desert Island the week before].”
He said he and his team talked “about the importance of being focused and playing with a lot of emotion on Friday nights.”
“The defense was huge and the offense did a nice job executing the plays,” Bartlett said. “We were also able to get guys recovered from the flu that went through the team the week of [the] MDI [game] and get some other guys healed from nagging injuries. I am proud of how we played and it was a well-deserved win.”
For the Lions, Greg Clark rushed for 115 yards on five carries, with four touchdowns, one of which was an 85-yard punt return. Mike McFadden also had 136 yards on six carries and a touchdown, while Baxter Smith also had a 15-yard touchdown run.
Zach Collier had a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown in the win, while Marlin Hansen and Alex Canning also had interceptions for Belfast.
David Shepardson rushed for 54 yards on 16 carries for Hermon.
Belfast led 28-0 after the first quarter, added two more touchdowns in the second quarter and another in the third. The Lions racked up 371 yards of total offense and held Hermon to 77 yards.
In the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Point Standings for Eastern Class C, Belfast (2-3, 86.1538 points) is seventh, while Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft (4-0, 151.2821 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
Waterville's 20-19 Oct. 4 win over Foxcroft Academy has yet to be reported in the Crabtree Point Standings. The Purple Panthers are 5-0 and the Ponies 4-1, which should make Waterville first in the 10-team region.
Camden Hills and Nokomis of Newport, both of whom petitioned to play down in Eastern Class C this season, are ineligible for the postseason.
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