ELLSWORTH — With the Ellsworth/Sumner high school football program not yet a season old, it’s clearly too soon to consider a varsity schedule.
But the team ran its record to 4-0 on Monday with a 52-12 win over the junior varsity squad of the John Bapst Crusaders.
And three of those four wins have been by lopsided margins with the other a come-from-behind 16-8 win over the fledgling Washington Academy varsity squad.
Against John Bapst on Monday, Ellsworth/Sumner had three touchdowns before ever running a play.
Robert Banner opened the scoring on the opening kickoff, returning the ball about 80 yards for a 6-0 Ellsworth/Sumner lead.
Then, after the defense forced a John Bapst punt, Michael Brooks took the ball at midfield and raced into the end zone, with Banner rushing for the two extra points for a 14-0 lead.
The Crusaders scored on their next possession, on a nine-yard pass from quarterback Austin Cyr to Jeff Guilford.
Banner again took the kickoff and went the distance for his second touchdown, then rushed for two more extra points for a 22-6 Ellsworth lead.
Before it was over, Banner had his third touchdown, along with two by Matt Clark and another on a 20-yard run by Deonta Linscott.
Brooks also had a pair of pass interceptions and linebackers Codee Delconte and Josh Fowler “did a great job of keeping the run from going anywhere,” said coach Duane Crawford.
“To top off everything else, the crowd was good and seemed to enjoy the game,” said Crawford. “It’s a great atmosphere at the high school and the kids love it. Even the varsity soccer team got involved, lining up to wish us well as we went out onto the field. That was a nice touch.”
On Monday, Ellsworth/Sumner will travel to Dover-Foxcroft to face the Foxcroft Academy junior varsity at 5 p.m.