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High school football

In defensive battle, Shiretowners edge Lions with baseball score

Second time this fall Belfast involved in 7-6 game — the other a win over Oceanside
By Staff | Oct 14, 2019

Belfast — So often high school football games, particularly in the Pine Tree State, are decided in the trenches.

That mantra proved true on Friday night, Oct. 11 as Belfast hosted Houlton/Hodgdon/Greater Houlton Christian Academy — down from “The County” — as the opponents looked to improve on regional playoff positions.

In a defensive battle between the Lions and Shiretowners, the game came down to a blocked extra point — which was batted down by Houlton — as the visitors came away with a pivotal 7-6 victory over the Lions.

Houlton scored on their first possession and converted the extra-point kick to go up 7-0, while Dylan Abbott threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Philbrook in the left corner of the end zone for the hosts.

Philbrook’s first career touchdown was not enough, however, as Belfast’s extra-point kick was blocked, which proved the difference in the game.

“We certainly had opportunities to score some more points, but didn’t,” said BAHS coach Brian Goff. “It will be a point of emphasis this week to make our corrections and refine the details of our offense.”

Isaak Cunningham rushed for more than 100 yards and also had an interception on defense for the Lions, while Tanner Veilleux “made several nice catches, including a one-hander in the second half and also played outstanding defense on the day for the Lions as well, were standouts of the game.”

“Credit Houlton, they’re a good football team,” said Goff. “They came down and played well. I was very proud of the team’s effort. We gave it everything we got, we just came up a bit short.”

Goff said Friday’s game featured a “great crowd” and “would like to invite as many folks back as possible for homecoming this weekend” against Old Town.

“I’d really love to have the biggest turnout of the year and what will be our biggest game of the year thus far as well," he said.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Belfast (4-2, 104.2000 points) is fourth, while Winslow (5-1, 132.1889 points) is first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

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