While the reference in the popular movie “Field of Dreams” was about baseball, it just as easily could have been about football. In fact, high school football. In Thorndike, Maine.

“Build it and they will come,” was the refrain in the movie. And, on Saturday afternoon, they did.

While not built out of a corn field (there are plenty near by, however) like the movie baseball field, after years of sweat and hard work by many and monetary donations by the hard-working citizens of Waldo County, the Mount View football team now can play “home” games at home, on a new field next to the school.

Although the results were not exactly what the Mustang fans, players and coaches hoped for, Mount View christened its new home field in a Sept. 8 game against one of Little Ten Conference Class C’s most storied programs, namely John Bapst Crusaders of Bangor.

Ultimately, the more talented and experienced Crusaders earned a lopsided 61-6 victory over the young, learning Mustangs.

But, as time passes, people will forget the score of the first game and remember how much joy and excitement playing on the new field for the first time brought to the young student-athletes and Mustang sports fans.

The pregame pomp and circumstance for the new field included an official ribbon cutting.

On a windy day, Mount View fell behind early, as a safety and kickoff return gave John Bapst an 8-0 lead. And the hosts’ that deficit grew to 14-0 and 22-0 in the first quarter and 29-0 in the first few seconds of the second quarter.

Despite the growing lopsided score, Mount View coaches continued to tell their young players to play as hard as they could for 48 minutes, to make the community proud of the time, energy and expense they put in to make the new field possible. The young Mustangs, to their credit, never quit.

In their brief history, the Mustangs have played “home” games at Belfast Area High School, as well as Larrabee Field in Knox, down the hill from Mount View High School.

On Saturday, the Mustangs (0-2), who graduated 14 seniors from last year’s playoff team, were overwhelmed on both sides of the ball by the talented Crusaders (2-0).

The lone score of the game for the hosts came with less than a minute to play when Steven Davis scored the team’s first touchdown on the new field on a 36-yard run, a jaunt that thwarted the Crusaders’ hope of a shutout.

Will Nunn compiled 46 yards on 16 carries for Mount View.

John Bapst, which led 49-0 at halftime before taking its foot off the accelerator, were led by Brad DeCesere (3 touchdowns), Austin Cyr (touchdown), Josh Baker (touchdown), Jake Moore (touchdown) and Andrew Catlin (touchdown). Austin Spencer threw first-half touchdowns to Cyr and Baker.

The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead on a safety before Catlin returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. Moore plunged in from four yards out on the team’s next possession and DeCesere added another, to push the visitors ahead 22-0.

DeCesere later scored two second-quarter scores, while Spencer tossed touchdowns to both Cyr and Baker to put the hosts ahead 49-0 before halftime.

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