The last time the Belfast football team traveled to Turner to face Leavitt was the final game of the 2009 season in the quarterfinal round of the Pine Tree Conference Class B playoffs, which ultimately resulted in a long ride home for the Lions.

Saturday the Lions (1-2) made the trek back to Turner to again face those pesky Hornets (3-0), who now hold the distinction of looking to defend their state Class B championship.

The result of Saturday night’s game proved to be another lopsided affair for the visitors as the Lions were licking their wounds after suffering a 55-14 loss at the hands of the Hornets.

Fifty-five seems to be the lucky number of late for Leavitt against Belfast, as the Hornets blanked the Lions 55-0 in last year’s quarterfinal playoff. Leavitt also defeated the Lions 55-14 in a regular-season game last fall.

Saturday, the Hornets totaled more than 651 yards of offense — 541 of which was gained on the ground.

Belfast’s two scores came from senior Lani Eversage, who scored on a 71-yard run in the second quarter and hauled in a 30-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Brad Reed late in the game.

Eversage had 95 yards on the ground on eight carries, while also catching four passes for 53 yards. Reed completed 5-of-9 passes for 59 yards for the Lions, with his fifth reception going to Jacob Campbell for a six-yard gain. Dylan Webster also had 38 yards on 15 carries for Belfast.

Leavitt signal caller Jordan Hersom completed 1-of-5 passes for 23 yards, with his lone completion going for a touchdown. He also had a touchdown on the ground.

Jake Ouellette and Devin Long each had a pair of touchdowns on the ground, with Long’s first score coming on a 72-yard kickoff return in the second quarter for the Hornets. Oscar Rodriguez, Lucas Witham and Jason Fisher also all found the end zone for Leavitt.

Hersom had the first score of the game on a 12-yard run up the middle, while he later connected with Witham on a 23-yard touchdown strike to give the hosts a 14-0 lead. Fisher later scored on a 35-yard run to make the score 21-0 after the first quarter.

Rodriguez plunged in from nine yards to extend the Hornet lead to 28 points before Belfast got into the scoring column, as Eversage broke through the defense and scored on a 72-yard run to cut the deficit to 28-6.

Any momentum the Lions hoped to gain was quickly erased, however, as Long returned the ensuing kickoff 72 yards for a score.

Ouellette later added touchdown runs of 20 yards and one yard, while Long had a nine-yard score in the fourth stanza. Belfast scored again with 23 seconds remaining on a 20-yard pass from Reed to Eversage.

The Lions will try to get back on the winning track Friday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. when they host Hampden Academy.

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