Mount View faced a formidable opponent Saturday night in host Bucksport and, despite solid all-around play from the Mustangs, the Golden Bucks proved too much en route to a 40-13 victory.

The game was moved from Friday to Saturday night due to inclement weather.

“Bucksport is a very good football team and they are very physical,” said Mustang coach Jack Brady. “For the most part, we played pretty dog gone well against them.”

Mount View (1-6, 66.0857 Crabtree Points) is 11th, while Stearns of Millonocket (7-0, 148.2143 points) is first in the 12-team Eastern Class B division. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

On Saturday, Mount View compiled 210 rushing yards and the Golden Bucks ground out 240 yards.

In passing, Mustang quarterback Aaron Santana was 2-of-9 for 28 yards, a rushing touchdown and an interception. Santana also had eight carries for 68 yards. Nate Sigouin finished with eight carries for 22 yards and a touchdown for Mount View.

For Bucksport, Chris Powell made seven runs for 80 yards and Mike Cummings added 75 yards on nine carries.

Other offensive leaders for Mount View were Will Nunn with five carries for 28 yards, Jalen Babin seven carries for 37 yards, Jake Blanchette three carries for 21 yards and Taylor Reynolds one carry for 11 yards and a point-after kick. Sigouin also caught one pass for 17 yards.

Blanchette was the leading Mustang tackler with seven solos and two assists. Ricky Moulton finished with three solos and a quarterback sack; Babin, three solos and several assists and a blocked field goal; Seguin, six solos and two assists; Ben Korman, four solos and three assists; and Will Nunn, four solos and two assists.

Brady said Bucksport’s quarterback, Cummings, gave his team trouble. He said that the ‘Stangs played good defense except they could not contain Cummings. Brady said the quarterback is a “tremendous athlete and very, very fast.”

He said that although “we certainly played far, far better against the Bucks this year than we played last year,” and the Mustangs were able to move the ball offensively, “we just couldn’t contain that quarterback.”

Brady added that much of Bucksport’s yardage came when Cummings broke out and escaped. However, the coach was happy with his team’s overall performance. He commended Babin, Santana, Nate Sigouin and Sebastian LaForge for being consistently strong.

He said, for example, that 70 percent of the Mustangs’ running plays go behind lineman LeForge.

The coach said he had younger players step up in Saturday’s game. Key player Mike Robinson was out for the game and sophomore Ben West filled in well, the coach said.  He added that Moulton and Blanchette also played well.

“We are building some depth. We are improving at every position as the year comes along,” Brady said, adding that the Mustangs are the “best 1-6 team” in the state and are improving. “We think we are on the right track,“ he said.

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.