High school football

Lions battle Hawks tough, but fall in playoff encounter

Belfast gets passing TD from Abbott to Veilleux, rushing score from Cunningham
By Staff | Nov 04, 2019
Photo by: Ken Waltz Belfast's Isaac Bernosky, left, and Hermon's River Mullen vie for a pass to Bernosky on Nov. 2 in high school football in Hermon. The Hawks beat the Lions 34-13 in a Class C North quarterfinal playoff game.

Hermon — After earning its first winning season in five years, the No. 5 Belfast football team hoped to keep that end-of-season momentum going as it hit the road for a Class C North quarterfinal playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 2 against No. 4 Hermon.

However, the Lion offense sputtered in the first half against the Hawks and could not dig itself out of an early hole and, ultimately, saw their campaign draw to a close with a 34-13 high school loss to the Hawks.

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With the win, Hermon (5-4) advances to the semifinals, where it will face No. 1 Winslow (8-1) on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Belfast, hit by the injury bug that depleted the squad of some of its most experienced players throughout the fall, saw its season wrap at 5-4.

“Tough, hard-fought game for the Lions on Saturday,” said Belfast coach Brian Goff. “I was very proud of the effort by our players that we suited up for the game. We only suited up 20 players and many of them were underclassmen, so this was a great experience for them getting playoff reps that they can take with them into the future.”

Hermon led 7-0 after the first quarter, 13-0 at halftime and 27-7 after three quarters.

The Lions got on the board in the third quarter when Dylan Abbott completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Veilleux, while they added to their total in the fourth when Isaak Cunningham rushed for a five-yard TD.

Cunningham finished with 233 all-purpose yards (117 rushing, 86 receiving, 35 kick return) and one touchdown. He capped the year with more than 1,000 rushing yards and 14 TDs.

Goff said, “It was a real pleasure to coach Isaak this season.”

“Isaak’s as fine a running back that we have in this league and one of the best I’ve seen play at Belfast,” the coach said of the senior tailback. “If we works hard, he’s got a bright future at the collegiate level.”

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Belfast at Hermon football
Hermon hosts Belfast on Nov. 2 in high school football. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Belfast's Cole Martin, left, Chris Fournier, middle, and Isaac Bernosky. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott, right, and Hermon's Ian Facella. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, right, and Hermon's Wyatt Gogan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, left, and Brian White. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Brian White. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Nathaniel Porter, middle, and Hermon's Adam McGuire, left, and Marco Vera. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Josh Fairbrother. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Gabe Kelley, left, Nathaniel Porter, middle, and Cole Martin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Cole Martin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Francesco Martin, left, and Cole Martin, right, as well as Hermon's Wyatt Gogan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Francesco Martin, left, and Cole Martin, right, as well as Hermon's Wyatt Gogan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Isaac Bernosky, left, and Cole Martin, right, as well as Hermon's Travis Spell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Isaac Bernosky, left, and Cole Martin, middle, as well as Hermon's Travis Spell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Belfast at Hermon football on Nov. 2 in Hermon. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott, left, and Brian White, middle, as well as Hermon's River Mullen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott, left, and Chris Fournier, right, as well as Hermon's Romeo Mellits, middle, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Brian White, middle, and Cole Martin, bottom, as well as Hermon's River Mullen, left, and Trevor Smith, top. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Chris Fournier, middle, and Dylan Abbott, front, as well as Hermon's P.J. Cannon (67), Romeo Mellits (76), River Mullen (9) and Travis Spell, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Nathaniel Porter, right, and Hermon's Romeo Mellits, left, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
The Belfast sideline. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Chris Fournier, right, and a Lions' assistant coach. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Brian White. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Isaak Cunningham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Cole Martin, left, Brian White, middle, and Isaak Cunningham, bottom, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Isaak Cunningham, left, and Ryan Kirby. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott, left, and Hermon's Brayden Moses, middle, and Zach Tubbs. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Ryan Philbrook, front, and Hermon's River Mullen, bottom, and Wyatt Gogan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Ryan Philbrook, front, and Hermon's River Mullen, left, and Wyatt Gogan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Isaak Cunningham, left, Dylan Abbott, middle, and Levi Woods, right, as well as Hermon's Brayden Moses. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Isaak Cunningham, left, and Hermon's Ian Facella (52), Keshawn Owens (65), Zach Tubbs (46) and Wyatt Gogan (8). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, middle, and Isaac Bernosky, back, and Hermon's River Mullen, left. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, right, and Hermon's River Mullen, left, and Travis Spell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, right, and Isaac Bernosky, back, and Hermon's River Mullen, left. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, right, Isaac Bernosky, back, and Dylan Abbott, left, as well as Hermon's River Mullen (9). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott, left, Levi Woods, middle, and Josh Fairbrother, right, as well as Hermon's Zach Tubbs. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, left, and Francesco Martin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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