High school football

Playoff-bound Lions beat MDI on road for fifth victory

After solid season, Belfast prepares for Class C North playoff enounter with Hermon
By Staff | Oct 28, 2019

Bar Harbor — The Belfast football team hit the road for its regular-season finale on Friday, Oct. 25 against Mount Desert Island, in which playoff implications — and a significant milestone — hung in the balance.

The Lions, eying their first winning season in years, got significant contributions up and down the high school roster — particularly from their senior class — and emerged with a 28-18 victory.

The win propelled Belfast to a 5-3 mark, which gave the school its first winning season since 2014.

Belfast coach Brian Goff said Friday’s game “felt like the true senior night.”

“This was one for our senior class who, with the win, assured themselves the first winning season of their high school careers and the first winning season here at Belfast in a long time.” he said. “Every senior made contributions, whether it was on the field with their stellar play, or from the sidelines from a leadership standpoint and from the course of the week leading up to the game.”

One of those seniors was quarterback Dylan Abbott, who “had his best game of the season when we needed it most,” said Goff.

Abbott was 5-of-7 for 216 yards and three touchdowns Friday, while he also threw a two-point conversion pass to Issac Bernosky and ran for another.

Isaak Cunningham ran for 185 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown, while he added another score off an 85-yard touchdown pass from Abbott. Cole Martin also had touchdown catches of 40 and 72 yards, and he accounted for 134 yards of total offense on only four touches.

Chris Fournier had an impressive 16 tackles to lead the Lion defense, while Brian White (9 tackles), Martin (interception), Lucas Walker (6 tackles, forced fumble, fumble recovery) and Bernosky (6.5 tackles) also had strong efforts for the visitors, the coach said.

In Class C North, Belfast (5-3, 103.7698 points) finished fifth, while Winslow (7-1, 131.2500 points) finished first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Lions are playoff-bound.

In a quarterfinal playoff game, No. 5 Belfast will play at No. 4 Hermon (4-4) on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. The Lions and Hawks did not play each other during the regular season.

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