The importance of defense and special teams to the success of a high school football team cannot be understated.

Which is a lesson Mount View learned the hard way on Saturday, Oct. 19 as the team hosted Orono in a game with regional playoff implications abound.

The Red Riots (4-3) scored two touchdowns on kick returns against the Mustangs (3-4) and returned an interception for another score as Orono shot up the Eastern Class D ladder with a 48-26 win.

Both teams were 3-3 heading into Saturday's game. The Red Riots almost certainly will host a quarterfinal playoff game in the coming weeks, while the Mustangs will more than likely be on the road once the postseason kicks off.

On Saturday, Orono led 14-0 after the first quarter, 34-6 at halftime and 48-14 after three quarters.

Steven Davis had 156 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown for Mount View, while freshman Darrin Cook, who spelled Davis for much of the second half, made a name for himself as he amassed 148 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns.

Matt Wheeler also rushed in a pair of two-point conversions for the 'Stangs, while Kenny McGray also hauled in a pair of catches and added a touchdown.

Chris and Clint Spaulding continued to be the leaders of the Mount View defense, turning in fine performances with 7.5 tackles each.

Kyrin Dana and Damian Heeger had kickoff returns for Orono, while Cameron Mowrer returned an interception for a touchdown for the Red Riots. Lewis Hansen, Colin Clement and Keenan Collett also had scores for the visitors.

In the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Point Standings for Eastern Class D, Mount View (3-4, 87.5429 points) is sixth, while Bucksport (7-0, 144.6429 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.