Three Midcoast high school football squads took the gridiron on a foggy, damp Friday night and when the lights were turned off Belfast, Rockland and Mount View had to accept defeat, albeit begrudgingly.

All three hoped to taste victory, especially the Lions, who played their homecoming game. The Tigers and Mustangs played on the road.

While both Belfast and Rockland struggled somewhat to find offensive consistency, Mount View scored plenty of points but also gave up too many in a loss. The Tigers were dominated and suffered a lopsided defeat, while the Lions proved competitive but fell short in the end.

Hampden Academy beat Belfast 24-15 in the Lions’ homecoming, while Bucksport defeated visiting Rockland 36-8 and Mount View lost to host Old Town 44-26.

Hampden Academy 24, Belfast 15 … At Belfast, the host Lions and Broncos were involved in a competitive contest when a long fourth-quarter touchdown run spelled doom for BAHS (1-3).

After the Lions closed within 18-15, Nicholas Stevens broke a 63-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Stevens also scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter and a 72-yard run earlier in the fourth stanza. He finished with an eye-opening 221 yards on 14 carries.

Joshua McKechnie scored the Broncos’ other touchdown, a 14-yard run in the third quarter.

Brad Reed completed two scoring passes to Lani Eversage in the fourth quarter for the Lions. Eversage had 19 carries for 127 yards and four catches for 92 yards. Reed completed 8-of-24 passes for 128 yards. Eversage also had 70 yards in kick returns. He compiled 14 points.

Dylan Webster had 32 yards on 10 carries. Reed had 32 yards on 12 carries.

Belfast finished with 381 total yards and 14 first downs, while Hampden Academy had 364 yards. The Lions had 169 rushing yards on 44 carries and 128 passing yards.

Defensively the Lions had 49 tackles.

Bucksport 36, Rockland 8 … At Bucksport, the Golden Bucks used a lot of ground work and just enough passing to dominate the visiting Tigers (2-2). The Tigers were plagued by penalties throughout the game and Shawn Smith scored two touchdowns in the second quarter and totaled 69 yards on eight rushes for the hosts.

Chris Powell scored both fourth-quarter touchdowns for Bucksport. He had rushes of two and five yards.

Gerald Williams also had 43-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for Bucksport. He led the Golden Bucks with 19 carries for 152 yards. Mike Cummings was 3-of-8 for 71 yards, including two two-point conversion passes to Casey Wardwell and Josh Gray.

Derek Miller scored for Rockland on a 24-yard run in the fourth quarter. Sam Meklin completed the two-point conversion pass to Jacob Butman with 1:20 left to play.

Joe Nelsen also had 68 yards on seven carries for Rockland, while Seth Batty had a 20-yard run and Dan Hendricks 14 yards on two carries and a three-yard catch. David Harrison hauled in three catches for 48 yards, while Don Prescott also had a 14-yard reception for the Tigers.

Rockland was the recipient of a break early in the game when Bucksport’s Williams fumbled away a sure touchdown through the end zone for a touchback in the first quarter. The Tigers moved the ball to midfield and went for it on fourth down with a fake punt, but were stopped short of the line of scrimmage. Williams then made good on his earlier fumble, scoring on a 48-yard touchdown run on the first play of the drive.

Old Town 44, Mount View 26 … At Old Town, Ryan Boyington rushed 23 times for 166 yards and scored two touchdowns in leading the Coyotes to their first two-win season since 1998. Mount View dipped to 1-3.

Adam Hudson added 15 carries for 82 yards and two touchdowns for the Coyotes and Cody St. Louis rushed 85 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown.

Tyler Whitmore completed a 29-yard pass to Levi Stokes in the second quarter for another score.

Mustang quarterback Aaron Santana and receiver Erick Nealley both worked to keep the visitors in the game. Santana completed 9-of-15 passes, including three touchdowns to Nealley. Santana also rushed for another score. Nealley had six catches for 126 yards.

Pete Wilcox led the Old Town defense with six tackles and two quarterback sacks. Boyington had seven tackles and Cameron Archer recorded two pass interceptions.

Nealley had nine tackles and Nate Sigouin and Mike Robinson both eight tackles for the Mustangs.

Old Town had 406 rushing yards with 29 yards passing, while Mount View had 126 yards rushing and 177 yards passing.

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