One would be hard-pressed to find a high school football player having a better run of late than recent Mount View High School graduate Colby Furrow.

For most, participating the annual Shriner's Lobster Bowl football game would be enough. It is, after all, the pinnacle for the high school sport in the Pine Tree State, with only the best of the best being invited to take part.

And Furrow proved to be one of the game’s most valuable players. On and off the field.

Furrow, a 2017 MVHS graduate, played for the East squad at the Lobster Bowl on Saturday, July 15 at Thornton Academy.

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And while the West ultimately bested the East by a lopsided 55-18 score, it was Furrow who turned in the play of the day.

Midway through the third quarter Furrow, playing slot receiver, found himself in the right place at the right time as Skowhegan quarterback Garrett McSweeney dropped back to pass.

McSweeney’s pass deflected off two players — and into the waiting arms of Furrow — who beat a footrace with a would-be tackler and cruised down the right sideline and into the end zone for a 76-yard touchdown.

It was a fitting end to Furrow’s high school football career, which began on the field only this season.

Furrow was a soccer player for two years at Mount View before making the transition to play football as a junior, but a season-ending injury derailed his junior year in a preseason game.

This year, primarily as a running back (but he also played defense and was the team’s place-kicker), Furrow amassed 655 yards on 52 carries, along with six touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions. He also hauled in 25 passes on the year for the Mustangs, which narrowly missed the Class D North playoffs.

But his pass caught in Saturday’s game was arguably the most memorable of his career.

And perhaps, most notably, Furrow’s head's-up on-the-field play was hardly his most impressive feat of late.

Anyone can be selected to participate in the Lobster Bowl, but a requirement for all players is for each to raise $500 for the Kora Shriners, which goes to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.

Furrow, never one to give a minimal effort in anything, went above and beyond yet again.

According to Colby’s mother, Monica, her son raised an astounding $11,204.12 for the Shriner’s Hospital.

“I’m extremely proud of him,” she said. “But our community support is what we are most proud of.”

Furrow also had another number in mind to beat in terms of money raised: $8,300, which was raised by former Mount View classmate Tyler Ripley, who played in the 2016 Lobster Bowl.

“With us being a competitive family we said, ‘We need to get out there and beat Tyler’s record,’” Monica said. “Wally and I are very close with Tyler and his parents and have been for years and years ever since Tyler was a baby. So they’ve been nothing but supportive."

She added that, “We have a family member that was a patient at the Shriner’s Hospital, so that was [also] really important to us.”

Furrow raised the money through various sources. Some were as simple as collecting bottles (over $3,000) and various raffles. Other required much more planning and follow through, including a 3-on-3 basketball tournament ($1,000) held at Unity College and a 7-on-7 flag football tournament ($1,110).

Along with many generous donations from family and friends.

“A lot of people helped,” she said. “We could not have done this without the support of our community. We’re just in awe.”

The Mount View High School district comprises the towns of Thorndike, Brooks, Freedom, Knox, Jackson, Liberty, Monroe, Waldo, Unity, Troy and Montville.

Furrow, who also played basketball and baseball for Mount View, plans to attend Maine Maritime Academy in Castine and hopes to play for the basketball team.