For the third straight year, the Belfast and Mount View varsity football programs squared off on the gridiron, and for more than merely Waldo County bragging rights.

The Lions and Mustangs, which do not play each other during the regular season, played an exhibition game on Saturday night, Aug. 25 at Bryant Field. Both teams sported pink socks and other pink attire, bringing attention to breast cancer research.

The event raised $1,000 for breast cancer awareness and research, said Belfast Area High School athletic director Mark Babin.

When the dust had settled on the contest, however, it was the visiting Mustangs who were feeling a bit blue after the host Lions earned a lopsided 61-0 victory. Belfast led 48-0 at halftime.

“We executed well, but [Mount View] took a pretty hard hit with their graduating seniors,” said Belfast coach Chris Bartlett. “They are pretty young.”

The Mustangs graduated 14 seniors — all starters — from last season’s playoff squad and it showed Saturday night, with seven different Lions hitting paydirt with rushing touchdowns.

“We were very disappointed obviously,” said Mount View coach Jack Brady. “But we are a young team and we made a lot of young mistakes. I think we’re a much better team than it would appear from the outcome of the game. We expect at the end of this week to be a better team than we were last week.”

Belfast competes in Pine Tree Conference Class B, while Mount View competes in Little Ten Conference Class C.

While the Lions played well enough to win, Bartlett saw plenty of room for improvement if his team wants to be competitive in the PTC this season.

“We made some pretty glaring mistakes,” Bartlett said. “And if you make them against a Gardiner or a Leavitt [of Turner], you’re going to be eating your helmet.”

Carl Dodge had a pair of scores for Belfast Saturday, while Travis Tufo, Devin Richards, Zach Collier, Mike McFadden, Greg Clark and Emery Dinsmore each scored for the hosts. Marlin Hansen also kicked a bundle of extra points.

Levi Lapham also had a pair of exceptional punt returns combining for more than 100 yards, Bartlett said.

Belfast prevailed 20-14 last year in a highly-competitive contest on Larrabee Field in Knox.

To view all photos from the game, click on the link below.

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