Tigers claw to late score, edge Mustangs in classic Class D battleDavis rushes for 140 yards, Furrow 125, Cook 82; Boivin passes for 181
Thorndike — The Mount View football team knew it would have its collective hands full against Dexter on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15 with a berth in the Class D North high school playoffs — for all intents and purposes — potentially hanging in the balance.
And by game’s end, the Mustangs' chance at qualifying for the playoffs, literally and figuratively, hit a wall.
With the score tied 28-28 in the fourth quarter, the Tigers made a tremendous defensive stand on their own goal line — and then marched down the field 97 yards for the go-ahead score — as the visitors emerged with a hard-fought 34-28 win over the Mustangs.
Devon Davis rushed for 140 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns for Mount View, while Colby Furrow had eight carries for 125 yards and a touchdown, along with seven rushes for 34 yards.
Also chipping in offensively for the ‘Stangs were Darrin Cook (18 carries for 82 yards, touchdown), Rayno Boivin (6 carries for 23 yards), Alan Gibbs (36-yard catch) and Jack Valleau (3-yard catch).
The game came down to a fourth-and-goal play at the goal line for Mount View with a chance to take a late lead, but Cook was stood up and pushed back at the goal line by the Dexter defense.
The Tigers then marched 97 yards, which ended on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Brayden Miller to Zach White.
It was one of three times the duo connected for scores on the day, while White also returned a punt for a touchdown in the win for Dexter.
Mustang signal caller Boivin was 12-of-16 for 181 yards and one touchdown, while Miller was 11-of-19 for 217 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception.
Mount View held a 28-20 lead at halftime after Boivin hooked up with Furrow for a 48-yard touchdown with 2.2 seconds remaining.
Mount View coach Harold "Haggie" Pratt said the Mustang offense looked powerful in the first half and played their best run-stop defense of the year, “but, in the end, it wasn’t enough.”
“It was a hard-fought game and the outcome was in the balance until late in the fourth quarter,” he said. “We had chances to expend our lead to two scores in the third quarter and to take the lead with about four minutes left in the game but did not cash in.”
Pratt knew well what his team would be up against Saturday. Pratt has strong ties to Dexter as he resides in the town, graduated from the school and works as an education technician at Dexter Regional High School.
“Dexter is a much improved team from last year,” Pratt said. “I think the Dexter players expected to win [as well they should expect to win]. My kids showed up ready to play as hard as we could and we looked ready. Even though we went ahead by two scores, Dexter kept their poise and went to work cutting into the lead.”
Leading the Mount View defense were Kyle Noble (6 solo tackles, 6 assisted tackles), Alan Gagnon (3 solos, 6 assists), Boivin (4 solos, 5 assists), Davis (4 solos, 4 assists), Matt Keating (2 solos, 5 assists), Chris Dodge (4 solos, 3 assists), Ralph Rolfe (2 solos, 4 assists), Cook (3 solos, 2 assists), Jack Valleau (2 solos, 3 assists), Laz Littlefield (2 solos, 2 assists), Furrow (2 solos, assist), Owen Cunningham (solo, 2 assists) and August Tirone (solo, 2 assists).
Mount View’s road to the postseason now appears to be an uphill battle as it is in a virtual tie in the Crabtree Point Standings with Bucksport (4-3) for the final playoff spot in the region.
The Mustangs have games against Washington Academy of East Machias (0-7) and defending regional champion Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (7-0), while the Golden Bucks have games against Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln (3-4) and Ellsworth-Sumner (2-5).
Bucksport holds the tiebreaker over Mount View, having beaten the Mustangs 41-27 Sept. 30 in Knox.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Crabtree Point Standings for Class D North, Mount View (4-3, 106.2803 points) is fifth, while MCI (7-0, 144.2623 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top four teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.
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He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.
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