Lions take bite out of Bulldogs to secure first winMcFadden, Clark, Collier among leaders for Belfast's home-opening victory
Belfast — Often one of the best things a high school football team can possess — especially coming off a lopsided loss — is a short memory.
Belfast showed no ill effects from its 28-12 loss to Winslow to begin the regular season last week as the Lions hosted Madison/Carrabec on Saturday night, Sept. 14 in a game originally slated for Friday night, Sept. 13, but was pushed back due to heavy rain and wet field conditions.
The Lion offense clicked on all cylinders against the Bulldogs Saturday, with several local players turning in key performances in a 44-21 victory.
Belfast coach Chris Bartlett said it was a “great win for us.”
“Madison was fast and we played well,” he said. “The offense executed our game plan and the defense did a nice job keeping them out of the end zone.”
Mike McFadden rushed for 149 yards on 16 carries for Belfast (1-1), while Greg Clark found the end zone four times, racking up 130 yards on 12 carries. Quarterback Zach Collier also had a pair of rushing touchdowns, along with a passing touchdown to teammate Tyler Tran.
Clark also had an interception on defense for the hosts, while Marlin Hansen and Collier each had nine solo tackles in the win.
Cody Saucier racked up 101 yards on 15 carries for Madison (0-2).
In last week's loss to Winslow, Collier was 5-of-15 under center for 59 yards and two touchdowns for the Lions.
Clark rushed 10 times for 70 yards and also had a pair of catches for 47 yards in the loss, while Baxter Smith rushed 11 times for 90 yards.
Bartlett said despite the score, "we played well and should have been up 21-6 after [the] first quarter."
"We didn't cash in on two other scoring opportunities early in the game," the coach said. "We are looking to capitalize on scoring chances. [It was] 14-12 going into the fourth quarter and we ran out of gas."