The Mount View High School junior varsity football team may not have had the best season, in terms of overall record, but the Mustangs grew as players, which, in turn, will help the overall success of the program in the future.

The 'Stangs finished with a 1-4 record as they defeated John Bapst of Bangor and lost “close games” to Orono, Dexter, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln, said Mount View varsity head coach Harold "Haggie" Pratt.

Team members included Alan Gibbs, Joshua Thornhill, Trevor Saucier, Ethan Sewell-Berry, Daniel Farley, Cole Hannan, Alex Bennett, C.J. Ingraham, Ben Rogers, Darrin Cook, Troy Oliver, Michael Embry, Lincoln Bither, Alex Sobey, Dylan Drinkwater, Tony Trask, Owen Cunningham, Colton Medina, Casey Spaulding, August Tirone, Tray Richardson and Seth Talbot.

“Our jayveess were very competitive in every game,” said Pratt. “The games we lost were by very narrow margins. Our philosophy for our jayvee program is purely to seek maximum development of each player.”

Some examples of that improvement were Hannon, who threw touchdown passes in all five games and also started two games for the varsity team down the stretch of the regular season. Cook also “had a great season” and was the leading scorer, rusher and tackler for the jayvee team and rushed for 120 yards in one varsity game this season. He also earned a varsity letter at defensive tackle.

Pratt said Ingraham, Gibbs and Spaulding also thrived at receiver, particularly given the fact all three were linebackers last year.

“All three boys worked very hard all summer at perfecting receiving skills and patterns,” Pratt said. “I am very pleased with their improvement.”

Saucier also saw a great deal of time in both varsity and jayvee games and “has great hands and good speed for a sophomore, which translated to several touchdowns in both the jayvee and varsity games.”

Medina, Sobey and Cunningham anchored the jayvee offensive line, while Bither, Talbot, Sewell-Berry, Rodgers and Bennett were key on the defensive side of the ball for Mount View.