In the first four seasons of the program, the team totaled a mere three wins. In the squad’s fifth year, it doubled that, finishing the 2011 season 6-2 and earned a postseason berth.

That means, the Mount View football team officially has arrived.

On the heels of an impressive 49-14 regular season-ending home victory over Calais/Woodland Oct. 22, the Mustangs recorded their sixth win of the season and, perhaps more impressively, earned a home playoff game for the Little Ten Conference Class C playoffs.

With their 6-2 mark, the ‘Stangs locked up the No. 4 seed in the conference and will host fifth-ranked and conference stalwart Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft (5-3) on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. at Larrabee Field.

The Mustangs and Ponies do not play each other during the regular season.

While the Mustangs are in their fifth season as a varsity program, Foxcroft Academy has been toiling on the gridiron since 1893 and has seven state titles (2007, 2003, 1996, 1983, 1967, 1963, 1939) to its credit. The Ponies are regular participants in regional and state title games in Class C.

Other quarterfinal playoff matchups in Eastern Class C include No. 1 Bucksport (8-0) hosting No. 8 Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln (3-5), No. 2 Orono (7-1) hosting No. 7 Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (4-4) and No. 3 John Bapst (6-2) hosting No. 6 Stearns of Millincocket (4-4).

This year’s Mount View squad is led by an array of talented seniors, coach Jack Brady said, including quarterback and defensive end Jay Babin, tailback and inside linebacker Craig Nealley, linebackers Mark Dolloff and Mike Robinson and defensive backs Joe White, Jake Aitken and Tyler McCormick, to name a few. Seniors Taylor Reynolds, Ryan St. Clair and Bobby Porter also have made an impact on the success of this year’s team, the coach said.

Brady said Babin “is probably the best defensive end in the league” with 13 or 14 quarterback sacks on the season. The coach added, “I don’t think there’s a better linebacker in the league” than Nealley.

“We’re incredibly happy,” said Brady of his team’s ascension up the LTC Class C ranks. “This is my first group of seniors that started playing football with me as freshmen and they’ve totally bought into the program and they’re a great group of athletes. They’ve got a real good supporting cast underneath them and they [generate] excitement in the community and we’re pleased to be in this position this year. It’s been a lot of fun and it only means good things for the program in the future.”

The Mustangs started the season 2-0 in 2009 before dropping its last six games and went 1-7 last year for the program’s three wins prior to this season. Brady said, in reference to last season, “we left three games on the table there that we really should have won.”

So, what has been the secret to this year’s Mustang team?

“Hard work,” said Brady. “It’s a tough learning curve. When you’re playing a football team that has been playing football for 20 or 30 or 50 or 70 years, those kids come into the program seeing things done at a very high level. For us, everything’s been pretty new.”

Brady added that the players worked hard in the offseason to not let mistakes that happened last season happen again. The Mustangs have done the same thing in practice this year, with a few hiccups the team has made here and there the past few months.

Many teams in Mount View’s position would be happy to merely make the playoffs, let alone host a postseason game. However, Brady’s bunch is no typical group of student-athletes.

“They expected three weeks ago to be hosting a playoff game,” he said. “They’re very settled, they’re very realistic, they know it’s a one-game season from here on out and they’re hoping we can put four more games together and have a 10-2 season.”

Calais/Woodland game

The Mustangs stampeded past the visitors Saturday afternoon on senior appreciation day and highlighted that by having all seven touchdowns on the day being cashed in by 12th graders.

Nealley, Robinson, White, Justin Sigouin, McCormick, Porter and Aitken each found the end zone, while Babin tossed three TD passes and Reynolds converted three extra points in the romp. The hosts totaled 313 yards of offense and led 14-8, 35-8 and 49-8 at the quarter breaks.

Leading the offense were Nealley (3 carries for 88 yards, TD), Babin (5 carries for 22 yards), Will Nunn (4 carries for 23 yards, 2-point conversion), Robinson (2-yard TD rush), White (25-yard TD reception), Sigouin (10-yard TD reception), McCormick (2 carries for 24 yards, TD), Porter (23-yard TD reception) and Aitken (19-yard TD reception).

Babin was 4-of-7 passing for Mount View for 70 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception.

The Mustang defense was keyed by St. Clair (8 solo tackles, 10 assisted tackles, half quarterback sack), Ben Kormann (5 solos, 8 assists, half sack), Nealley (9 solos, 10 assists), Jake Blanchette (9 solos, 4 assists), Dolloff (5 solos, 3 assists), Babin (7 solos, 2 assists), Ricky Moulton (5 solos, 2 assists) and Robinson (3 solos, 4 assists).

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.