EAST MACHIAS — The Ellsworth Football League’s high school level team captured its second straight win on Friday with a 30-18 victory over Washington Academy.
WA drew first blood, scoring on its opening drive but coming up short in the bid for a two-point conversion.
Ellsworth mounted what coach Duane Crawford called “perhaps the best drive of the year” with runs by Josh Fowler and Michael Brooks moving the ball all the way to the WA 15-yard line before it stalled.
But the Ellsworth defense stifled WA on its next possession and then took an 8-6 lead when Chrishawn Fluker raced 50 yards for a touchdown and Brooks scored on a two-point pass conversion.
WA mounted another scoring drive in the second period but again failed on the two-point conversion attempt.
Ellsworth went back in front on its next possession with Fluker scoring again on a long run, then connecting on a pass to Jake Poors for the two extra points and a 16-12 Ellsworth lead.
In the second half, Fluker reeled off two more long scoring runs, helped by the downfield blocking of Codee Reed, and connected on another pass to Poors for two points, putting Ellsworth up 30-12.
WA scored again in the fourth period but again failed to complete the two-point conversion.
Ellsworth got solid defensive play from Arthur Herbest, Ben Silvernail, Fowler and Poors, said Crawford.
“The players are starting to really learn the team concept,” said Crawford, “and that really came to the forefront with this game.”
Ellsworth will face off against Mount Desert Island on Monday, at 5 p.m. at the Lamoine Consolidated School field.