Despite controlling the ball in a scoreless first half, the Ellsworth/Sumner football team had a tough time finding its way into the end zone against the Stearns/Lee Academy Minutemen. In need of big plays late in the second half, the Eagles finally found the breakthrough.
Touchdowns by Jacob Shorey and Declan White and a successful 2-point conversion pass by Connor Crawford gave Ellsworth/Sumner (2-5) a 14-12 win over the Minutemen (1-6) in Millinocket on Friday. It was the Eagles’ first road win of the season.
“This was a total team effort on our part, and it felt great to get another win out there after how hard our kids worked all week,” Ellsworth/Sumner head coach Duane Crawford said. “We focused on controlling the clock all week long in practice, and it paid off for us.”
Shorey carried the ball 35 times for 154 yards and scored his touchdown on a 1-yard plunge after Stearns/Lee Academy scored the game’s first touchdown. After White answered another Stearns/Lee Academy touchdown by going 70 yards for the score on the ensuing kickoff return, Crawford found Fickett for the conversion to give the Eagles a 14-12 lead that they held for the rest of the game. Ellsworth/Sumner ran a total of 65 offensive plays.
On defense, Andrew Brown led the way with 10 solo tackles and three assisted tackles. Declan White added a solo tackle and eight assisted tackles, and Chris Fickett recorded an interception.
“We were really pounding the ball well the entire game, and we put emphasis on stopping their quarterback because of how well he played against Washington Academy and Bucksport,” Duane Crawford said. “They really tested us in that second half, but our group got together and responded quickly when we really needed.”
Ellsworth/Sumner’s next game will be at home against the Maine Central Institute Huskies (7-0) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. The Huskies, which are the top team in Class D North this season, have not won a game by fewer than 10 points all year.
“MCI is a really good team, and they’ll be a really tough challenge for us,” Duane Crawford said. “After this win, our guys are really excited to get out there and play in front of our home fans these next two games.”