High school football

Huskies race away from Lions in Class C North quarterfinal playoff

Abbott, Veilleux connect for passing touchdown for Belfast in fourth quarter
By Mark Haskell | Oct 29, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Belfast's Jared Anderson lines up for a play during the Lions' Class C North quarterfinal playoff contet with host Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield on Oct. 26. The Huskies beat the Lions 50-6.

Pittsfield — On its first play of its Class C North quarterfinal football playoff agame gainst top-ranked and undefeated Maine Central Institute, No. 8 Belfast fumbled the snap as quarterback Dylan Abbott pounced on the ball for a four-yard loss.

That play, unfortunately for the young Lions, would be indicative of how the night would go for Belfast against the seasoned two-time defending state champion Huskies at Alumni Field.

The Huskies rattled off 50 points in the first three quarters and were in cruise control in the fourth as the hosts emerged with a 50-6 victory over the Lions.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

With the win, MCI (8-1) advances to the semifinals, where it will face No. 4 Nokomis of Newport (5-4), a 38-6 quarterfinal winner No. 5 Medomak Valley (4-5), on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the regional semifinals.

Belfast saw its season wrap at 2-7.

On Friday, both teams stumbled out of the gate as each fumbled the ball back to the other.

Abbott completed a pass to Jack Hansen, who had the ball stripped and recovered by MCI. The Huskies then looked to be on their way to score an early touchdown, but fumbled the ball right back to the Lions inside the 5-yard line.

After a three-and-out, on a punt attempt, Belfast snapped the ball out of the end zone to give MCI a safety and 2-0 lead with 9:08 to play.

MCI established a sustained running attack with Tucker Sharples before quarterback Ryan Friend tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Dominic Wilson to take an 8-0 lead.

Then, on MCI’s next possession, Sharples evaded a few Lion tacklers and, after a move, rushed 35 yards for a touchdown as the hosts continued to pour it on with 4:06 to play. Friend then rushed in the two-point conversion to make the score 16-0.

The Lions then fumbled the ensuing kick back to the Huskies, which went up 23-0 after Friend rushed in for a score on a fourth-and-goal with 1:39 to play in the stanza.

MCI took a 37-0 lead at halftime and 50-0 after three quarters.

Abbott tossed a touchdown pass to Tanner Veilleux late in the fourth quarter to put the Lions on the board.

Scoring summary:

First quarter

MCI — Belfast punt snapped out of end zone for safety, 2-0.

fumble on ensuring kick recovered by MCI.

MCI — Friend 20-yard scoring pass to Dominic Wilson, PAT fails 8-0.

MCI — Sharples 34-yard TD run, Friend conversion run 16-0.

MCI — Friend 7-yard TD run, PAT kick good 23-0.

Second quarter

MCI — Sharples 2-yard TD run, Kick good 30-0.

MCI — Cole Steeves 15-yard TD run, kick good 37-0.

Third quarter

MCI — Steeves 65-yard TD run, conversion fails 43-0.

MCI —Steeves 53-yard TD run, kick good 50-0.

Fourth quarter

Belfast — Abbott pass to Veilleux for TD.

Belfast at Maine Central Institute football
Maine Central Institute hosts Belfast on Oct. 26 in high school football in Pittsfield. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Belfast's Alex Hanger. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Jared Anderson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Belfast's Jack Hansen, Donovin Armstrong and Rico Washington, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Belfast's Donovin Armstrong, Maine Central Institute's T.J. Kuespert and Belfast's Nathaniel Porter and Dylan Abbott. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Maine Central Institute's T.J. Kuespert, Belfast's Dylan Abbott and Jack Hansen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Maine Central Institute's T.J. Kuespert, Belfast's Dylan Abbott and Jack Hansen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Matthew Leahy, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, Matt LeBlanc, Rico Washington and Jack Hansen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Belfast's Tanner Veilleux and Jack Hansen, Maine Central Institute's Tucker Sharples, as well as Belfast's Donovin Armstrong and Patrick Curtis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, Maine Central Institute's Tucker Sharples, as well as Belfast's Jack Hansen, Donovin Armstrong, Brian White, Cordell Larrabee and Chris Fournier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Belfast's Donovin Armstrong, Donald Resh and Jack Hansen, as well as Maine Central Institute's Tucker Sharples. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott, facing. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Jared Anderson and Grady Doolan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Keegan McGowan. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Belfast's Patrick Curtis and Rico Washington, as well as Maine Central Institute's Clayton Hanlon. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Maine Central Institute's Ryan Paradis, Belfast's Brian White, MCI's Seth Bussell and Belfast's Tanner Veilleux and Chris Fournier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.

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