BATH — The undermanned Mount View football team traveled south to take on Morse of Bath in eight-man football on Friday night, Sept. 17, and found the Shipbuilders, in terms of the final score, to be anything but welcome hosts.

The Shipbuilders — for the second straight week — scored in droves, only this time it resulted in a 45-14 high school win over the visiting Mustangs.

The previous week, the Shipbuilders lost a 60-42 decision to visiting Camden Hills of Rockport.

Mount View, a program with struggling numbers in the best of situations, again found itself shorthanded, dressing only 14 players with a handful still in COVID-19 protocols.

Mustang coach Rick Leary, who was pleased with his team’s effort despite the score, expects to have his full team of 17 players back at practice on Monday, Sept. 20 in preparation for their next game with Maranacook of Readfield.

“The kids played their [butts] off [Saturday],” Leary said. “We were physical. The trainer for Morse came over [after the game] and said, ‘That score doesn’t indicate the game. Your kids came to play.’ The officials said it too. But we’ve just got low numbers. I don’t know if we would have won but it would have been a lot closer.”

Leary said turnovers plagued the Mustangs, who never led, and” left the ball inside the 20-yard line too many times” to not score an offensive touchdown.

Mount View’s scores came on kickoff returns by Wyatt Evensen — from 80 and 65 yards — while Sam Valleau scored a two-point conversion.

Evensen also had an interception for the ‘Stangs.

For Morse, Josh ter Mors had three rushing touchdowns, two passing touchdowns, 170 yards rushing and 150 yards passing to key the offense, while Alex Maccio (2 sacks, forced fumble) and Michael Martin (6 solo tackles) led the defense.

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