LINCOLN — The Mount View football team trekked north on Friday, Sept. 24 to face Mattanawcook Academy in eight-man high school football action, but came up on the short end of a 48-28 decision in a high-scoring affair.

The Mustangs trailed 20-6 at halftime and cut their deficit to 12 a couple times in the second half, but “then we’d give up a big run” and the Lynx quickly halted the visitors’ potential offensive momentum, said Mount View coach Rick Leary.

“This group of kids they don’t let up,” he said. “They’re so coachable no matter what adversity we have against us they have that fight in them. I have that kind of fight in me too and that’s how we go. I’m really proud of them.”

Mount View, which only has 17 players, has yet to dress that many players for a game this season. Leary found out two hours before the team bus departed for Lincoln on Friday they would be missing two more players after they were placed in COVID-19 protocols for contact tracing.

Thus, the Mustangs, in turn, had several players playing out of position.

“That’s been our story all year,” he said.

The Mustang offense was led by Wyatt Evensen (20 carries for 124 yards; 8-yard catch, 2 touchdowns), Sam Valleau (20 carries for 107 yards, TD) and Colin Jones (2 carries for 15 yards, 40-yard catch).

Defensively, Evensen (10 solo tackles, 9 assisted tackles, fumble recovery, interception), Eric Braley (4 solos, 6 assists, fumble recovery), Valleau (6 solos, 2 assists, quarterback sack, fumble recovery), Anthony Mathous (3 solos, 7 assists), Miles Carter (4 assists), Rayan Kirby (2 solos, assist), Bo Spaulding (3 assists), Colin Jones (2 solos, assist), Aiden Burke (solo, assist) and Landon Fletcher (assist) paced Mount View.

Quarterback Isaac Hainer had “several” rushing touchdowns to lead the Lynx, Leary said.

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