With Marines' help, 'Stangs corral first win of seasonTough midweek workout with Marine Corps gives Mount View emotional lift
Thorndike — It has been, in many respects, a learning campaign for the relatively young Mount View football team, filled with growing pains and lopsided scores in the favor of the opposition.
However, a grueling midweek workout with members of the United States Marine Corps gave the Mustangs a little extra in the tank for an Oct. 6 game with visiting Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield.
"It helped the boys find out they were capable of doing things they thought were impossible," said veteran Mount View coach Jack Brady.
Mount View (1-5) trailed 18-6 at halftime but battled back and, on a one-yard quarterback sneak by quarterback Kenny McGray, the hosts surged to their first win of the season 20-18 over the Huskies (0-6).
Brady said his team being put through the rigorous workout, led by a major, three sergeants and a corporal from the USMC, paved huge dividends come Saturday afternoon.
"It really made quite a difference with our kids because we're such a young team," said Brady. "A lot of our kids really were so much more motivated on Thursday and Friday in practice and in the game on Saturday and believed in themselves a lot more than they did before."
The Mustangs caused six fumbles and recovered five, three of which were forced by junior Matt Wheeler.
Will Nunn racked up 234 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mount View in a sensational effort on the ground, while Jake Blanchette (11 carries for 31 yards; a reception for 26 yards, 2-point conversion), McGray (1-yard touchdown run) and Steven Davis (reception for 6 yards) paced the offense.
MCI ran for 219 yards on 45 carries, while Greg Vigue completed 5-of-12 passes for 102 yards for the Huskies.
Leading Mount View's defense were Clint Spaulding (8 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles), Ricky Moulton (5 solos, 5 assists, interception), Nunn (4 solos, 4 assists), Wheeler (7 solos, 3 assists, 3 forced fumbles), McGray (5 solos, assist) and Blanchette (6 solos, 4 assists).
Mount View scored on the first play of the fourth quarter on a long run by Nunn and added a two-point conversion by Blanchette to lift the hosts within 18-14.
MCI looked poised to run down the clock, but a Moulton interception put Mount View back in business as the Mustangs battled down the field and eventually found themselves in a fourth-and-goal situation on the one-yard line.
McGray then pushed through the line on a quarterback keeper with 29 seconds left to put the hosts on top to stay.
The Huskies fumbled the ensuing kickoff to the 'Stangs, who promptly took a knee to lock up their first win of the campaign.
Mount View finishes the regular season with a pair of road games at Washington Academy of East Machias and Ellsworth.
In the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Point Standings for Eastern Class C, Mount View (1-5) was 12th, while Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft (5-0) was first in the 12-team region. Th Mustangs' recent win has not been tabulated in the standings. The victory should push Mount View to 11th ahead of MCI.
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