Trojans Silence Lions



BELFAST — The Mount Desert Island High School football team notched a 20-6 win in its season-opener against the Belfast Lions in Belfast Monday, after facing a postponement due to Hurricane Earl.

Trojan Brody Bowden gets the shoelace while Lucas Murphy sends Belfast quarterback Brad Reed skyward in an example of the team work that MDI brought to the field on Monday in Belfast.—JEFF WALLS
Trojan Brody Bowden gets the shoelace while Lucas Murphy sends Belfast quarterback Brad Reed skyward in an example of the team work that MDI brought to the field on Monday in Belfast.—JEFF WALLS

BELFAST — The Mount Desert Island High School football team notched a 20-6 win in its season-opener against the Belfast Lions in Belfast Monday, after facing a postponement due to Hurricane Earl.

The Trojans jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Elias Burne crossed the line from four yards out and Trevor Alley booted the extra point.

The Lions closed the gap early in the second period when quarterback Brad Reed blasted into the end zone from two yards out; but a failed two-point conversion put the Lions one point behind.

New to Trojan football but not to Trojan sports fans, Jayson Burke put up his first score on the gridiron with a 29-yard jaunt later in the second quarter to stretch out the Trojans’ lead. The extra point failed and MDI led 13-6.

“We were really pleased with the efforts of our kids. They played with a lot of heart against a real quality opponent,” said Trojans head coach Mark Shields. “We knew they were probably going to be a little faster than us, but we would be a little bigger than them. We had to come out and be physical with them and we did.”

The team exhibited a well-rounded game against Belfast. This is something the Trojans will have to continue against the ever tough Hampden Broncos, the Trojans’ next opponent. “It really was a team effort and we felt good coming off of the field. We are battered and bruised because it was so physical but we just have to regroup and get ready for Hampden this week.”

MDI plays Hampden on Saturday at 7 p.m. at MDI High School.

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