High school football

Belfast builds early momentum, lead over Mount View in rivalry win

Lions grab fourth victory of campaign at expense of winless Mustangs
By Staff | Oct 07, 2019
Photo by: Ken Waltz Mount View's Garrett Smith, middle, watches the ball into his hand for an interception, while Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, left, and Donovin Armstrong react on Oct. 5 in high school football in Thorndike. The visiting Lions beat the Mustangs 21-6.

Thorndike — Waldo County’s richest high school athletic rivalry was renewed on the football field on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 5 as Belfast trekked up Route 137 for a midseason high school clash with Mount View.

For the Lions, the goal was to win their fourth straight game and continue to move up the Class C North standings, while for the Mustangs, the hope was to corral their first win of the campaign and build momentum heading into the final few weeks of the campaign.

And, of course, the all-important bragging rights between the schools, separated by a mere 17 miles.

The ‘Stangs kept it close, but turnovers by the hosts — in addition to the visitors’ superior depth, by comparison — proved too much to overcome as Belfast emerged with a 21-6 victory.

Watch video and see more photos below.

The Lion offense was led by Isaak Cunningham, who carried the ball 16 times for 156 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown run.

The game was scoreless after the first quarter, but Belfast took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter after Brian White picked off a Brady Moulton pass and returned it 10 yards for a score before Dylan Abbott tossed a 25-yard touchdown to Cole Martin. Cunningham added a 60-yard touchdown run in the fourth, while Martin booted three extra points.

Abbott also averaged 45 yards per punt on the afternoon, which included punts of 50 and 60 yards.

“Not only did Dylan Abbott fire a nice 25-yard touchdown pass to Cole Martin, but his punting on the day was outstanding,” said Belfast coach Brian Goff. “Flipping the field several times for our defense, which is playing well right now.”

Mount View’s lone score came on a one-yard plunge by Brady Moulton in the third quarter.

Chris Fournier (12 tackles), White (7 tackles, interception return for TD), Martin (interception), Gabe Kelley (quarterback sack, forced turnover) and Josh Fairbrother (7 tackles, quarterback hurry, sack) also had terrific defensive performances for Belfast.

“White and Fournier did another great job for us on defense coming up with some huge plays,” said Goff. “Our offense took a little while to get going, so it’s nice to have a defense step up, make plays and also score a touchdown for us.

Goff said Fairbrother also “graded out very well as an offensive lineman for us on the day.”

While Goff was happy his team depth was able to contribute to Saturday’s win, with players missing Saturday’s game “for a variety of reasons,” depth is not a luxury the Mustangs have with only 21 players on the roster.

Mount View’s Moulton threw for 73 yards, including passes to Mark Ward (22 receiving yards), Garrett Smith (34 receiving yards) and Sam Valleau (17 receiving yards).

The Mustang rushing attack was paced by Mark Ward (90 yards), Joe LePore (24 yards), Smith (42 yards), Hayden Hunt (yard), Jacob Nelson (3 yards), Moulton (17 yards), Oliver Brown (3 yards) and Valleau (28 yards).

Leading the Mustang defense was Gabriel Gagnon (2 solos, 3 assists), Hunt (solo, 3 assists), Mark Ward (7 solos, assist), LePore (3 solos), Smith (2 solos, 2 assists), Moulton (assist), Brown (2 assists), Zach Ward (solo, 2 assists), Mike Cole (assist), Kyle Ingraham (solo, sack), Eric Braley (assist), Valleau (solo, assist, forced fumble, sack) and Sawyer Inman (2 solos, 2 assists).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Belfast (4-1, 115.0000 points) is fourth, while Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and Winslow (4-1, 130.0000 points) are tied for first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class D North, Mount View (0-5, 56.4103 points) is seventh, while Bucksport (5-0, 147.0588 points) is first in the eight-team region.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Belfast at Mount View football
Mount View hosts Belfast on Oct. 5 in high school football in Thorndike. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Mount View's Kyle Ingraham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott, front, and Isaak Cunningham, right, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, left, and Ryan Philbrook. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Jack Hansen, left, and Chris Kelley. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Jacob Nelson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Mike Cole, left, Joe Lepore, middle, and Hayden Hunt, right, as well as Belfast's Chris Fournier, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Hayden Hunt, left, Gabe Gagnon, middle, and Kyle Ingraham, right, as well as Belfast's Chris Fournier, front, and Brian White. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Jacob Nelson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Jacob Nelson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Donovin Armstrong, left, Isaak Cunningham, right, and Brian White, back, as well as Mount View's Hayden Hunt. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, left, and Donovin Armstrong, right, as well as Mount View's Garrett Smith. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Garrett Smith, front, and Brady Moulton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Garrett Smith, middle, and Brady Moulton, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Garrett Smith, left, and Belfast's Quentin Roberts, middle, and Isaak Cunningham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Garrett Smith, left, and Belfast's Quentin Roberts, back, and Isaak Cunningham, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Belfast's Cole Martin (5), Isaak Cunningham (30), Matt LeBlanc (8), Chris Fournier (31), a Lion's player (39) and Brian White (56), as well as Mount View's Joe Lepore, middle, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Mark Ward, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Isaak Cunningham, left, Brian White, middle, and Dylan Abbott, right, as well as Mount View's Gabe Gagnon (55) back. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Mark Ward, left, and Jacob Nelson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Sam Vallaeu, left, Oliver Brown, back, and Eric Braley. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Eric Braley. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Gabe Kelley. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Gabe Kelley, left, and Mount View's Brady Moulton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Brian White. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Brian White. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Brian White. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Will Turner (71), Brady Moulton (5) and Sam Vallaeu (24) and Belfast's Keegan McGowan (12). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Josh Fairbrother, left, and Lucas Walker, back, as well as Mount View's Garrett Smith (12) and Sam Vallaeu, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Cole Martin (5), Josh Fairbrother (73), Brian White (56) and Lucas Walker (68). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Cole Martin (5), Josh Fairbrother (73), Brian White (56) and Lucas Walker (68) as well as Mount View's Sam Vallaeu. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Belfast's Tanner Veilleux (3), Brian White (56), Cole Martin (5), Keegan McGowan (12), Lucas Walker (68), Josh Fairbrother (73) and Cameron Watts (54) as well as Mount View's Sam Vallaeu. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Donovin Armstrong, left, and Isaak Cunningham, middle, as well as Mount View's Zack Ward, middle, and Hayden Hunt. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, left, and Donovin Armstrong. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Isaak Cunningham, middle, and Josh Fairbrother, right, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
The Mount View cheerleaders. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Jacob Nelson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Sawyer Inman, left, and Belfast's Dylan Abbott, middle, and Cameron Watts. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Cole Martin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Cole Martin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Cole Martin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Hailey Wood. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Cameron Watts. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
The Mount View cheerleaders. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
(Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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