MADAWASKA — Through its first two games of the 2022 high school season, the Mount View football team has played the part of both the hammer and the nail.

And for a program sporting only 20 players, that is a more than acceptable outcome with the Mustangs going a long, long way to come home with a 58-8 victory over Madawaska/Fort Kent on Saturday, Sept. 10.

That win was the 201st of coach Rick Leary’s career, who spent more than 30 years as an assistant coach at various central Maine high school programs before he came to Mount View in the fall of 2017.

“I’ve coached a long time,” said Leary. “I had to go all the way to Canada to get it. But it was a really enjoyable day for me as a coach and I think the kids had a good experience.”

Madawaska/Fort Kent plays its games on the border of Maine and Canada, which was a five-and-a-half-hour, one-way bus ride for the Mustangs.

The previous week, the young Mustangs, playing without five starters, came up on the short end of a 48-15 home defeat against Dexter/Piscataquis on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Last season, Dexter won the eight-man small school state title, but this year had to coop with nearby Piscataquis Community High School of Guilford to keep enough players.

The story, offensively for Mount View thus far, has been Wyatt Evensen, who scored nine of the team’s 11 touchdowns through two games.

Against Madawaska/Fort Kent on Saturday, Evensen scored seven touchdowns, including five on the ground, another on a touchdown pass thrown by Chase Kenney and also returned an 80-yard kick return for a score. Evensen had 386 all-purpose yards, including 227 on the ground in Saturday’s win.

Collin Jones and Bo Spaulding also scored for the ‘Stangs, while Rayon Kirby booted four extra points. Mount View, which led 30-0 at halftime, totaled 386 yards on the ground and 80 through the air.

Defensively, Josiah Miller led Mount View with four interceptions and 11 tackles, while Nathaniel Cox added 10 tackles and Aiden Burke nine.

In the Mustangs’ loss to Dexter/Piscataquis Sept. 3, Evensen had a pair of touchdowns and a two-point conversion rush, while Kirby added an extra point. Evensen also had an interception on defense for the Mustangs.

Leary was impressed with his team’s play against an opponent with a core of players who won a gold ball last fall, as eight of Mount View’s players competed in the middle school ranks 12 months earlier.

Mount View trailed 13-8 after one quarter “before the wheels came off,” the coach said.

“I had to start six freshmen against the state champs,” he said. “We hung with them in the first quarter, but we lost to the state champs. We were gassed and they had double the numbers we had. But we’re getting better every practice and every game.”