It will be a comeback Belfast football players, coaches and fans will talk about for the rest of the season and, perhaps, for seasons to come.

Friday night's game between Belfast and Mount Desert Island proved to be a prime example of why a team never gives up — no matter the score.

Trailing 22-0 at halftime, the Lions roared out of the gate in the third quarter and rattled off 30 unanswered points as they earned a 30-22 victory over the visiting Trojans Sept. 28 in front of the team's homecoming crowd.

Sloppy conditions, due to persistent rain and a saturated field, certainly played a role in the improbably Lion comeback as the hosts forced six fumbles in the second half, recovering five, while BAHS' Greg Clark got his fourth interception of the season in the game's waning minutes to ice the game.

Carl Dodge had 14 carries for 124 yards and also hit paydirt three times for Belfast and cashed in on a two-point conversion to lead the winners, while Devin Richards also scored a touchdown and converted a two-point conversion for the hosts.

Signal-caller Zach Collier was 6-of-14 for 68 yards and a two-point conversion for the Lions.

Despite trailing 22-0, Belfast coach Chris Bartlett did not tell his team anything at halftime they did not already know.

"I told them they needed to respect their opponents and understand they're going to come out and play hard as well," he said. "We needed to fire up defensively and make some corrections on some blocking assignments. And after that, when things got rolling, they did a good job of keeping the pace of the game [up] and keeping the intensity up."

Bartlett's team has proved battle-tested through the season's midway point with games against Gardiner, Leavitt of Turner and Hampden Academy, three of the top teams in Eastern Class B.

"We knew we had it in us, we just had to put a game together," the coach said. "We only put a half together, but fortunately it was the right half."

Bartlett said the defense really stepped up in the second half to keep the Trojans off the board, allowing the Lions to roar back into the game.

"[I was] extremely, extremely proud of the way the kids played," said Bartlett.

For Belfast, Travis Tufo (5 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles), Collier (6 solos, 4 assists) and Peter Kelley (8 solos, assist) keyed the defense, while Will Coward, Will Mossing, Collier, Korey Doolan and Albert Ray had fumble recoveries.

For MDI, Teagan Candage (20 carries for 169 yards, touchdown), Sandy Henggeler (18 carries for 60 yards, TD) and Taner Bickford (6 carries for 27 yards, TD) paced the offense, while Ezra Hallett (6 tackles, forced fumble) and Boomer Carroll (6 tackles, sack) led the defense.

In the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (2-3, 87.5000 points) is 10th, while Leavitt (5-0, 157.5000 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

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