The No. 6 Mount View football team’s depth was cause for concern during its Class D North quarterfinal road playoff clash against No. 3 Mattanawcook Academy/Lee Academy/Penobscot on Friday night, Oct. 26.

“I came out and put some running backs in on the offensive line,” said Mount View coach Rick Leary. “We’re young. That’s one of the problems. We’ve got two starting seniors really. We’re young and inexperienced.”

The Mustangs dressed only 27 players — while their opponents dressed roughly double — and the hosts did not let off the gas pedal against the visitors on their way to a 56-0 win.

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“I just thought the kids didn’t come ready to play,” said Leary. “The offensive line didn’t come out and block. They just took it right to us. We didn’t have a great week of practice. We couldn’t move the ball [and] we didn’t really stop them on the run.”

Mattnaawcook/Lee/Penobscot (7-2) advances to the semifinals, where it will face No. 2 Bucksport (7-1).

Mount View’s campaign ended at 4-5.

Mattanawcook/Lee/Penobscot led 26-0 after the first quarter and 40-0 at halftime.

Perhaps one sequence of plays epitomized the tenor of the game. At one point, Mount View marched down the field and appeared ready to score, but fumbled the ball away near the goal line. On the next play from scrimmage, the hosts scored on about a 95-yard run around the left end on a quarterback keeper.

Leary said the Mustangs had a lot of three-and-outs and turnovers, which the hosts turned into touchdowns. He added that all season, his squad had trouble getting up to game speed until the second half.

“That makes it tough for us to match up,” he said. “Once we get the game speed down we start locking down and playing pretty well. We’ve beaten pretty well every team in the second half this year, including Foxcroft [Academy].”

Leary added that while “we didn’t play our best game, that’s for sure,” the hosts “were just a much better team than we were.”

“They worked hard all season,” he said. “It’s the first time they’ve made the playoffs in quite a while. So hats off to the hard work they put in to get us to the playoffs. They’ve just got to put some time in in the weight room this offseason.”

The Lynx also beat the Mustangs 43-13 at the same venue in the regular season.

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