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Staunch defense, late points help Mustangs douse Black Bears with water

Turner scores eight fourth-quarter points, has four interceptions, to help key hosts to first victory
By Mark Haskell | Oct 19, 2020

Thorndike — As the rain steadily fell throughout, with a few downpours mixed in, “it was football weather,” said Mount View coach Rick Leary, as his Mustangs hosted Maranacook of Readfield on Friday, Oct. 16.

And, as is typical for those types of weather-hampered contests, it was a low-scoring affair between the Mustangs and Black Bears, as the hosts trailed well into the fourth quarter,

But Mount View's defense proved staunch with a few goal-line stands — and got a late touchdown and two-point conversion from Taylor Turner — as the hosts emerged with a hard-fought, rain-soaked 15-8 victory.

Leary said, “It was a great win” against the Black Bears, particularly considering they were undefeated in the regular season in eight-man football last year and advanced to the state semifinals.

“The kids came out and take out a team that had such a good season last season,” he said. “It was as good a win as it would have been in tackle football, in my opinion. It was just a fantastic, exciting game.”

Both teams got on the board in the first quarter — as Maranacook led 8-7 at the end of the first, second and third quarters — before the Mustangs took the advantage for good in the fourth.

Sam Valleau, who was part of the Mount View touchdowns, threw a touchdown pass to Turner in the fourth — who, in turn,also hauled in the two-point conversion — to put the hosts up 15-8.

Turner, who was in and out of the game with a bloody nose, is a first-year player and “had a hell of a game,” said Leary, who added Turner also had a whopping four interceptions on defense. R.J. Chadwick also had an interception for the 'Stangs.

In the first quarter, Valleau caught a touchdown pass from Oliver Brown, while Rayon Kirby booted the extra point to give the hosts the early 7-0 advantage. The Mustangs also had a fifth interception on defense.

Leary said the effort his players gave Friday was synonymous not only with the game of football, but also the calendar year as a whole: To not quit, and fight.

"When you win on your home field whether its flag or tackle, that’s a big deal," Leary said. "We knew they were really good last year, we prepared for them and it was exciting. We circled up in the end zone in the end in the rain … the kids will always remember that. I’m thankful to have had that moment with the kids.”

Mount View will host Waldo County rival Belfast on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in Thorndike.

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