Tigers scratch past 'Stangs in Eastern Class D clashMount View coach Pratt has affiliation to both schools
Thorndike — To say the Saturday afternoon, Oct. 5 high school homecoming football game between Mount View and Dexter was important to first-year Mustang coach Harold "Haggie" Pratt would be an understatement.
Not only is Pratt the Mount View football coach, but he also works as an alternative education teacher at Dexter Regional High School.
Despite the coach's affiliation with his team's opposing school, the Mustangs (2-3) made several turnovers and the Tigers (3-2) capitalized on them en route to a 34-13 win.
Dexter held a 14-7 lead at halftime.
Steven Davis rushed for a touchdown for Mount View, while Chris Spaulding recovered a fumble in the end zone for the team's second score. Alex Bennett also kicked an extra point for the hosts.
Pratt said it was tough emotionally to not be involved in the game against the Tigers. Pratt coached the Dexter football team from 1994-2005 and “coached some of the fathers” of the current Dexter players.
“Trevor Fogarty had a great day,” said Pratt of the Dexter quarterback. “He had over 100 yards [passing] in the first half just to once receiver, Daytona Gould. He had a couple nice catches.”
Adam Wintle also scored for the Tigers, while Fogarty scored on a run and also had “a few” touchdown passes for Dexter.
Outside of it being an important game for playoff positioning down the road, it was tough for Pratt to coach against his students, particularly in a game as physical as football.
“I've got quite a connection [at Dexter],” he said. “To coach a football game against a bunch of kids you really care about, it's a tough thing to do.”
Pratt said “a couple” of Dexter's touchdowns came off Mount View turnovers, one of which was when Davis was stripped of the ball on a long kick return.
The Tigers scored a touchdown on a long pass the next play.
In the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Point Standings for Eastern Class D, Mount View (2-3, 84.7368 points) is sixth, while Bucksport (5-0, 144.7368 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.