Friday night’s sleep for many players on the Belfast football team likely was a restless one, as visions of Gardiner’s Alonzo Connor undoubtedly danced through their collective heads on more than one occasion.

Hours prior, Connor, who rushed for over 2,000 yards last season as one of the premier tailbacks in the state, found the end zone five times as the Tigers (1-0) shut out the Lions (0-1) 42-0 in the first game of the season for both squads.

Connor rushed for 158 yards on 10 carries and scored four touchdowns on the ground, while also picking off a Zach Collier pass and returning it 46 yards for another score in the lopsided affair.

The senior tailback scored on a seven-yard scamper in the first quarter and found the end zone from three yards out early in the second quarter prior to his key defensive play, which put the Tigers ahead 21-0 with 6:32 remaining in the half.

Connor scored on a 64-yard run up the middle in the third quarter and added another score on a four-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter. Steve Sirois also scored on a one-yard run for the Tigers with just over four minutes to play.

Dennis Meehan completed 2-of-7 passes for 63 yards and also converted six extra-point kicks for the Tigers.

The Tigers outgained the Lions 415-203 on the day.

Leading Belfast on the ground were Jake Campbell (64 yards on 10 carries), Carl Dodge (37 yards on 7 carries), Greg Clark (19 yards on 6 carries), Travis Tufo (18 yards on 3 carries), Devin Richards (7 yards on 4 carries) and Brandon Waterman (6 yards on 2 carries).

Lion quarterback Zach Collier completed 3-of-10 passes for 45 yards and two interceptions, while Dodge hauled in two passes for 25 yards and Mike McFadden one catch for 20 yards.

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