Lions shut out Purple Panthers en route to key road victorySturgis rushes for 172 yards, touchdown, Dinsmore 69 yards, three scores
Waterville — After stumbling from the gate to start the regular season against the three top-ranked teams in Class C North, the Belfast football squad has come on strong in recent weeks — especially against host Waterville on Friday, Oct. 7.
The visitors clicked on offense and defense throughout the night and surged to a 34-0 shutout victory — for the Lions second win in their last three tries.
The Lion defense proved staunch throughout the contest, allowing only 34 yards on offense to the Purple Panthers.
“Friday night was a great win,” said veteran Belfast coach Chris Bartlett. “It keeps us in playoff contention and it was a complete domination by our guys from the first whistle to the last.”
Andrew Akles was 3-of-4 at quarterback for Belfast, as he finished with 67 yards and one touchdown on a strike to Tristan Roberts.
Roberts hauled in two catches for 44 yards, while Nick Salvatore also made a 23-yard grab for Belfast.
Leading the Lion rushing attack were Stan Sturgis (26 carries for 172 yards, touchdown, 2-point conversion), Grey Dinsmore (10 carries for 69 yards, 2 TDs) and Jack Hansen (6 carries for 46 yards).
Dinsmore added a third touchdown when he recovered a fumble and scampered to the end zone.
Bartlett said he was pleased with the play on the field — but conceded his squad still has a long way to go to the postseason.
“If there was one thing coming out of this game we need to improve on it is ball security,” said Bartlett. “We fumbled the ball five times — four in the second half alone — killing our drives. We can't leave those points on the field against Foxcroft [Academy] or Oceanside if we hope to get into the playoffs.”
The Lions host their final two games of the regular season — on Friday, Oct. 14 against the Ponies of Dover-Foxcroft and on Friday, Oct. 21 against the Mariners of Rockland/Thomaston.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Crabtree Points Standings for Class C North, Belfast (2-4, 87.6478 points) is seventh, while Madison/Carrabec and Mount Desert Island (5-1, 135.4739 points) are tied for first in the 10-team region.
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