The Ellsworth/Sumner football team fell to a 30-20 against Yarmouth on Oct. 18 at Yarmouth high school. The Eagles (2-5) can clinch the eight-man playoffs with a win over Gray-New Gloucester (1-6) at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in Gray. FILE PHOTO

Football: Eagles, Trojans fall to Week 7 defeats



BAR HARBOR — The Ellsworth/Sumner and Mount Desert Island football teams fell to Week 7 defeats Friday night in their penultimate regular season contests.

In Cumberland County, Ellsworth/Sumner waged a competitive battle with Yarmouth but lost 30-20 in a pivotal eight-man clash. The defeat sent the Eagles to 2-5 on the season.

Ellsworth/Sumner racked up 453 yards of offense in the loss. Jack Sandone (150 yards and one touchdown) and Connor Crawford (122 yards and a touchdown) led a rushing attack that totaled 356 yards, and the Eagles also passed for 97 yards with Crawford and Will Johnson tallying two completions apiece. J’Von James returned a punt 36 yards for a touchdown on special teams.

Noah Hughes had eight solo tackles for Ellsworth/Sumner, which got seven solo tackles and one assisted tackle from James and four solo tackles and one assisted tackle from Crawford. Yet the Eagles had trouble stopping the run against Yarmouth (4-3) as the Clippers used a series of pitches and other run plays to move the ball down the field.

“We really gave up the edge on the pitch, and that hurt us,” Ellsworth/Sumner head coach Duane Crawford said. “They only had one long pass completion the entire night, but they were able to get in space outside when they ran it.”

In Bar Harbor, MDI fell to 1-6 with a 38-6 loss to Oceanside. The visiting Mariners scored five first-half touchdowns to breeze to victory and spoil Homecoming for the Trojans.

Much of MDI’s offense came via the passing game as Baylor Landsman completed seven passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Yet the home team was held to -2 rushing yards against Oceanside (4-3), which played 42 minutes of shutout football before Landsman connected with Sam Mitchell for a 35-yard score.

Bucksport was idle over the weekend as its original Week 7 opponent, Orono, canceled its entire varsity slate just nine days before the season began. The Golden Bucks (6-0) can seal an undefeated regular season and the top seed in Class D North with a road win over Foxcroft (3-4) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

MDI will close out the season when it hosts Belfast (4-3) for Senior Night at 7 p.m. Friday. Should the Trojans beat the Lions and Medomak Valley and Waterville lose their respective home games against Oceanside and Winslow (6-1), the eighth and final Class C North playoff spot would be decided by a matter of percentage points.

“It would be a math thing,” MDI head coach Mark Arnold said. “We are just focused on getting a win this week. There is still a possibility [that we can make the playoffs].”

As for Ellsworth/Sumner, the picture is much simpler: The Eagles can qualify for the playoffs with a win over Gray-New Gloucester (1-6). That game is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Gray-New Gloucester High School.

“This is it,” Crawford said. “If we win, we’re in, and if we lose, our kids turn in their gear on Monday. Our seniors don’t want this to be the last time they play in these uniforms, and they know what’s on the line. It should be a close game.”

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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