High school football

Long rode trip, game for Mustangs against Lynx in playoff loss

No. 6 Mount View no match for No. 3 Mattanawcook Academy/Lee Academy/Penobscot
By Staff | Oct 29, 2018
Photo by: Ken Waltz Mattanawcook Academy's Cody Hanscom makes a catch against Mount View's Garrett Smith during a Class C North quarterfinal playoff contest in Lincoln Friday, Oct. 29. The Lynx beat the Mustangs 54-0.

Lincoln — The No. 6 Mount View football team’s depth was cause for concern during its Class D North quarterfinal road playoff clash against No. 3 Mattanawcook Academy/Lee Academy/Penobscot on Friday night, Oct. 26.

“I came out and put some running backs in on the offensive line,” said Mount View coach Rick Leary. “We’re young. That’s one of the problems. We’ve got two starting seniors really. We’re young and inexperienced.”

The Mustangs dressed only 27 players — while their opponents dressed roughly double — and the hosts did not let off the gas pedal against the visitors on their way to a 56-0 win.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

“I just thought the kids didn’t come ready to play,” said Leary. “The offensive line didn’t come out and block. They just took it right to us. We didn’t have a great week of practice. We couldn’t move the ball [and] we didn’t really stop them on the run.”

Mattnaawcook/Lee/Penobscot (7-2) advances to the semifinals, where it will face No. 2 Bucksport (7-1).

Mount View’s campaign ended at 4-5.

Mattanawcook/Lee/Penobscot led 26-0 after the first quarter and 40-0 at halftime.

Perhaps one sequence of plays epitomized the tenor of the game. At one point, Mount View marched down the field and appeared ready to score, but fumbled the ball away near the goal line. On the next play from scrimmage, the hosts scored on about a 95-yard run around the left end on a quarterback keeper.

Leary said the Mustangs had a lot of three-and-outs and turnovers, which the hosts turned into touchdowns. He added that all season, his squad had trouble getting up to game speed until the second half.

“That makes it tough for us to match up,” he said. “Once we get the game speed down we start locking down and playing pretty well. We’ve beaten pretty well every team in the second half this year, including Foxcroft [Academy].”

Leary added that while “we didn’t play our best game, that’s for sure,” the hosts “were just a much better team than we were.”

“They worked hard all season,” he said. “It’s the first time they’ve made the playoffs in quite a while. So hats off to the hard work they put in to get us to the playoffs. They’ve just got to put some time in in the weight room this offseason.”

The Lynx also beat the Mustangs 43-13 at the same venue in the regular season.

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Mount View at Mattnawcook Academy/Lee Academy/Penobscot football
Mount View at Mattanawcook Academy/Lee Academy/Penobscot on Oct. 26 in high school football in Lincoln. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Mount View's Jack Valleau, left, and Garrett Smith. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Sam Valleau, left, and Mark Ward. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View players gather in the huddle. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Kyle Noble. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mount View's Jack Valleau, Brady Moulton, Kyle Ingraham and James Thompson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mount View's Brady Moulton, Kyle Ingraham, Jack Valleau and Garrett Smith, and Mattanawcook Academy's Alex Brown. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Kyle Noble. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Kyle Noble. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Jason Wood. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mount View's Jason Wood, Jacob Nelson, Kyle Noble and Mark Ward, and Mattanawcook Academy's Alex Brown, Thomas Ireland and Cayden Spencer Thompson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mount View's Paul Nadeau, Mattanawcook Academy's Xander Shepherd, Mount View's James Thompson and Sam Valleau and Mattanawcook Academy's Devan Lujan. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mount View's Jack Valleau, Mattanawcook Academy's Diondre Duffy and Mount View's Paul Nadeau. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mattanawcook Academy's Malcolm Slomienski, left, and Mount View's Spencer Johnstone. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's James Thompson, center, and Mattanawcook Academy's Devan Lujan and Kristofer Milner. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mount View's Gabe Gagnon, Kyle Noble, Joe Lepore and James Thompson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mattanawcook Academy's Alex Brown, Mount View's Paul Nadeau, Mattanawcook Academy's Kristofer Milner and Thomas Ireland, Mount View's Kyle Noble, Mattanawcook Academy's Brayden Lujan and Mount View's Gabe Gagnon. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mattanawcook Academy's Thomas Ireland, Mount View's Kyle Ingraham and Brady Moulton, Mattanawcook Academy's Joseph Tuulima, and Mount View's Gabe Gagnon and James Thompson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Kyle Noble, left, and Mattanawcook Academy's Alex Brown. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Kyle Noble, left, and Mattanawcook Academy's Alex Brown. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mount View's Jack Valleau, Mattanawcook Academy's Alex Brown, Mount View's Hayden Hunt, William Turner and Brady Moulton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Brady Moulton, left, and Paul Nadeau. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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