To put it succinctly, the Belfast football team had a tough go of it on Friday night, Oct. 19 against visiting Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor.

“Our kids fought hard against the biggest high school football team I have ever seen,” said Belfast coach Gregg Bouchard. “Within the first five minutes of the game we had four turnovers in the form of an interception, fumble and two onside kick recoveries. Murphy’s Law was alive and well Friday night.”

The Trojans scored early and often on their way to a 56-14 high school win.

It was the most points the Lions had allowed this season and, consequently, the most points the Trojans scored in a contest this fall.

For the Lions, Jack Hansen had an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter, while Dylan Abbott threw a touchdown pass to Tanner Veilleux — and a two-point conversion to Grady Doolan — late in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, the Lions were led by Chris Fournier (7 solo tackles, assisted tackle), Gage Newcomb (solo), Brian White (8 solos, assist), Veilleux (2 solos), Donovin Armstrong (2 solos), Donald Resh (3 solos, 2 assists), Chris Kelley (2 solos), Hansen (3 solos, assist), Lucas Walker (2 solos), Cordell Larrabee (5 solos, 2 assists), Patrick Curtis (4 solos) and Jared Anderson (solo).

Belfast (2-6), which secured the eighth and final seed in the Class C North playoffs, will play at two-time defending state champion and top-seeded Maine Central Institute (7-1) on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in a quarterfinal affair.

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