To say the Mount View football team has rode a wave of success the past four weeks would be, well, an understatement.

The Mustangs have bested opponents on the road, and at home, and that trend continued on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 6 with a 20-14 triumph over visiting Ellsworth/Sumner.

Mount View's defense came up big for the second straight contest, as it registered 15 quarterback sacks, blocked punt, forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

The Mustangs galloped to a lead in the first quarter, as they scored their first touchdown with 8:12 remaining to go up 7-0.

Ellsworth/Sumner countered just under five minutes later, at the 3:54-mark of the first stanza, to tie the score 7-7.

The visitors took the advantage in the second stanza, when Connor Crawford picked off the Mustangs and returned the interception for a touchdown.

Ellsworth/Sumner took a 14-7 advantage into halftime.

The Mustangs' defense came out in the second half and did not allow a point, while Mount View's offense came to life.

After a scoreless third frame, the Mustangs scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in three minutes to take the lead 20-14.

Leading the Mount View defense were Jack Valleau (5 solo tackles, 6 assisted tackles, blocked punt, 5 sacks), Kyle Noble (7 solos, 4 assists, forced fumble, 3 sacks), James Thompson (3 solos, 2 assists, sack), Mark Ward (solo, 4 assists, fumble recovery, sack), Gabe Gagnon (3 solos, 8 assists, 5 sacks), Brady Moulton (4 assists, fumble recovery), Oliver Purinton Brown (2 assists), Garrett Smith (solo, 2 assists), Joe Lepore (3 assists), Jacob Nelson (6 assists), Jason Wood (3 assists), Hayden Hunt (2 solos, 10 assists), Colby Ingraham (3 assists), Will Turner (solo, 2 assists) and Paul Nadeau (3 assists).

Leading the Mustang offense were Moulton (44 rushing yards and 66 passing yards), Smith (32 rushing and 46 passing), Valleau (86 rushing), Noble (79 rushing, 20 passing, 128 kickoff return yards) and Thompson (49 rushing).

Leading Ellsworth/Sumner on defense were Crawford (interception, touchdown), Dustin Dupret (interception), Will Morin (interception) and Seth Eaton (fumble recovery).

Leading the visitors on offense were Johnson (38 rushing yards), Crawford (93 rushing), Charlie Hughes (23 rushing), Eaton (2 rushing) and Malcolm Svec (9 passing).

Saturday's win may prove pivotal down the line for the Mustangs with only two games remaining before the playoffs.

Going into Saturday's contest, Mount View, Ellsworth/Sumner, Dexter/Piscataquis and Washington Academy of East Machias were grouped in the Class D North standings, and after the weekend's slate, that has not changed.

What has changed is the Mustangs moved up a spot in the standings over Ellsworth/Sumner, and have the chance to continue that climb with their final two games against Dexter/Piscataquis on Saturday, Oct. 13 in Thorndike and at Washington Academy on Friday, Oct. 19.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class D North, Mount View (4-2, 27.5000 points) is fifth, while Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft (6-0, 107.5000 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.