Belfast peewee football players continued to tackle the game they love during recent action.

On Oct. 20, the Dolphins beat the Vikings 22-6 at at Troy Howard Middle School.

In the first quarter, Dolphin quarterback Jack Hansen scored from 40 yards and the extra point was converted by Isaak Cunningham. In the third quarter, Hansen ran for 30 yards and was stopped by Viking Dakota Payson at Viking 45-yard line. On the next play, Viking Gage Newcomb stopped Tanner Veilleux at the Viking 20-yard line. The Vikings took over on downs.

Later in the quarter, Hansen passed to Cunningham for a touchdown. The extra point was run in by Hansen. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings put together a scoring drive as quarterback Dylan Abbott handed the ball to Grady Doolan for a 20-yard gain, to Isaac Bernosky for 10 yards and to Abbott for 15 yards before he was stopped at the 5-yard line. Elliott Anderson scored the touchdown.

The Vikings recovered a fumble mid-quarter. With defensive pressure on the quarterback by Veilleux, Tommy Walker made an interception for the Dolphins. With two minutes left, Hansen passed to Cunningham, who ran 25 yards for the score.

The volunteer referees were Amy Dyer-Kelley, Zach Collier and Will Mossing.

On Oct. 23, the Vikings defeated the Chiefs 20-6 in a game under the lights at Belfast Area High School. Viking Grady Doolan had a 30-yard kickoff return. Doolan, Elliott Anderson and Issac Bernosky combined for 40 yards on the drive, with Doolan scoring and Dylan Abbott for the extra points. The Vikings defense held and took over on downs. Quarterback Abbott handed to Anderson for 15 yards, Doolan for 10 yards and Anderson scored the TD to put the Viking ahead 14-0.

In the second quarter for the younger players, Viking quarterback Sam Dakin handed to Xavier Allen for 30 yards and Hunter Maresh for 20 yards, with Maresh stopped by Chief Dustin Hall. The Vikings turned the ball over on downs, before Chief Kaden Bonin had a 40-yard gain and Gavin Young a 10-yard touchdown. Late in the quarter, Bonin took off for a 60-yard run but was chased down by Viking safety K.J. Payson on the 10-yard line to end the quarter with the Vikings ahead 14-6.

In the third quarter, Viking Abbott scored on a quarterback keeper for 55 yards, but the play was brought back due to a clipping penalty. The Chief defense stopped the Vikings and took over on downs on their own 5-yard line. Two plays later, as the clock ran out, Viking Abbott intercepted a pass and scored from 10 yards to end the game.

The volunteer referees were Paul Dyer and Mike Rolerson.

On Oct. 27 at the middle school, the Dolphins beat the Chiefs 26-18 in an exciting, down-to-the wire contest.

Chiefs quarterback Christian Pellittieri hit paydirt on a keeper. But the Dolphins fought back as Wilder Magruder had a 20-yard kick return and then quarterback Jack Hansen ran for 10 and 20 yards, but the clock ran.

The second quarter for the younger players saw a Chiefs' score by quarterback Gavin Young from 25 yards. Late in the quarter, Dolphin Cole Martin broke away for a 65-yard TD to put the Chiefs ahead 12-6.

In the third quarter, Dolphin quarterback Hansen passed to Isaak Cunningham for a 30-yard TD. With 1:30 left, the Dolphins got the ball back and put together a drive with Cunningham and Hansen chewing up yards as Hansen had a 10-yard score.

The fourth quarter was a defensive battle until 1:52 remained as Chief quarterback Pellittieri ran for 20 yards and Conrad Larrabee for 10 yards before Pellittieri had an 8-yard TD to tie the game 18-18. The Dolphins answered with a couple of running plays. On second down, Hansen broke away with a 70-yard run for TD and Cunningham converted the extra point to give the Dolphins a 26-18 advantage.

With a few seconds remaining, the Chiefs tried to put together a couple of plays. Pellittieri and Larrabee took the ball 10 yards, but were eventually stopped.

The volunteer referees were Amy Dyer Kelley and Dillon Colby.

Information for this report provided by Margo Dyer and Melissa Veilleux.