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High school football

Lions have too much bite for visiting Panthers

McGowan tosses five TD passes as Belfast improves to 3-1 in shortened, 7-on-7 campaign
By Mark Haskell | Oct 15, 2020
Photo by: Mark Haskell Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. Panther Colvin Standring, left, gives chase against Lion Pete Lovejoy. The host Lions beat the Panthers 42-12.

Belfast — Since its season-opening, one-point loss to Bucksport, the Belfast football team has been unbeatable.

That trend continued in 7-on-7 high school flag/touch action on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Dennis Bryant Field as the Lions hosted Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, as Belfast generated its highest scoring output of the season en route to a convincing 42-12 victory.

Watch video and see more than 60 photos below.

The win improved Belfast to 3-1, while the Panthers were dealt their second defeat and fell to 0-2.

Belfast led 7-0 after the first quarter and 14-0 at halftime before the hosts extended their advantage to 35-6 after three quarters.

Keegan McGowan threw five touchdown passes to Chris Kelley, Chris Fournier, Andrew Abelon, Steven Friel and Pete Lovejoy, while Curtis Littlefield came in at quarterback in the fourth quarter and completed a touchdown pass to Zepherin Leppanen.

Leppanen also booted seven extra points for the Lions.

Wyatt Simmons, Liam Wilson and Zeke Hesseltine saw time under center for Medomak Valley, as Ethan Reed and Tucker Holgerson hauled in scoring receptions for the visitors. Colvin Standring, Kory Donlin, Blake Morrison, Aaron Reed, Evan Mariano and Ethan Wood also had grabs for the Panthers.

Lovejoy had a pair of interceptions and Quentin Roberts one for Belfast.

McGowan connected with Kelley on a TD pass in the first quarter before he hooked up with Fournier for a short score with 43 seconds to go in the half to make the score 14-0. Medomak Valley tried to end the half with a long heave, but the attempt was picked off by Lovejoy.

McGowan and Abelon collaborated on a long scoring pass early in the third quarter and, after an interception by Roberts put the Lion offense back on the field, the hosts struck again on that possession’s first play with a long score to Friel to increase the margin to 28-0.

Medomak Valley moved the ball down the field on its next possession with short, methodical passes which ended with an Ethan Reed TD catch from Wilson, but the visitors two-point conversion was no good as the score stood 28-6.

The Lions quickly put any Panther notions of a comeback out of reach on the next play as McGowan hooked up with Lovejoy on another long touchdown pass.

Holgerson caught a touchdown from Hesseltine midway through the fourth quarter for the Panthers, but the ensuing two-point conversion — caught by Ethan Reed — was disallowed due to a penalty to make the score 35-12.

Belfast’s next possession saw Littlefield connect with Leppanen several times — including on a short touchdown grab — while a late interception by Lovejoy closed the game for the Lions.

Belfast’s next game will be on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at home against Oceanside of Rockland, while Medomak Valley’s next contest is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23 at 3:30 p.m., also at home against Oceanside.

Medomak Valley at Belfast football
Belfast hosts Medomak Valley on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football.
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Belfast on Oct. 14 in high school football. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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