Mustangs gallop past Minutemen in season-opening rompDavis' five touchdown, 372 yards lead Mount View in Class D debut
Millinocket — The Mount View football team announced its arrival to the Eastern Class D ranks with authority Friday night, Sept. 6 as the Mustangs traveled to Millinocket to tangle with the Stearns Minutemen.
The 'Stangs (1-0) dominated the season-opening game from start to finish with six tailbacks rushing for double-digit yardage in a 39-12 rout of the Minutemen (0-1).
Mount View's Steven Davis had a sensational night on the gridiron, amassing an eye-popping 372 yards, on 26 carries, and five touchdowns in only three quarters of play. He scored on runs of 67 and 69 yards in the first quarter, added a 43-yard score in the second and a pair of 5-yard touchdowns in the third quarter.
Jack Axsom and Matt Wheeler combined for 133 yards from the fullback position with Axsom scoring on a five-yard run in the third quarter.
The team ran for 554 yards on 55 attempts.
Kenny McGray threw only three passes, but completed all three, including a two-point conversion to Tyler Ripley.
McGray also recovered a fumble on defense in addition to eight tackles, while Clint Spaulding (7 tackles, fumble recovery), Wheeler (6 tackles, fumble recovery) and Cole Hannan (interception) also turned in key defensive efforts for Mount View.
Mount View coach Harold "Haggie" Pratt said despite Davis' highlight-reel running, the Mustangs played with “jitters” early and became more poised as the game went on.
“I was very happy with our offense again this week [after two preseason games],” Pratt said. “Steven ran the ball very well again and the offensive line did a nice job, but we have to do a better job on special teams and also on defense. Even though our first-team [defense] did not give up a touchdown, we need to do a better job of tackling.”
Stearns scored its two touchdowns on a kickoff return in the first quarter and another in the fourth quarter against the Mount View second team.
Following the early kick return, the Minutemen forced a Mount View fumble and were making a short charge down the field to either tie the game or take the lead, but McGray caused a fumble at the 1-yard line, which Clint Spaulding recovered.
Mount View then galloped down the field 99 yards, which culminated with one of Davis' five touchdowns.
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