The Mount View football team knocked off the defending Eastern Class C champion Stearns Minutemen of Millinocket last week and hoped to keep the ball rolling Sept. 10 as it squared off against another Little Ten Conference stalwart in John Bapst of Bangor.

However, penalties stalled a handful of Mustang drives and the Crusaders made the visitors pay as the hosts rolled to a 35-16 victory Saturday at Cameron Stadium.

Mount View’s Jalen Babin rushed for 105 yards on 19 carries, while scoring both touchdowns and also cashed in both two-point conversions. As the team’s signal caller, he was 4-of-9 for 60 yards and one interception.

Additionally, Craig Nealley compiled 62 yards on 14 carries, while Ryan St. Clair rushed for 47 yards on nine carries for the Mustangs.

Coach Jack Brady said despite the loss, the Mustangs “played very well, except for the mental errors. [John Bapst] didn’t make mistakes and we did.”

A slew of penalties cost the ‘Stangs potential points on five different scoring drives, four of which were inside the 30-yard line.

Babin also led the defense with six solo tackles and six assisted tackles, while Nealley (5 solos, 5 assists), Mark Dollop (5 solos, 3 assists, interception) and Mike Robinson (4 solos, 4 assists) had strong defensive efforts.

Deven Romain tossed three touchdown passes for John Bapst.

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