BAR HARBOR — Sparking another inter-county rivalry, the fledgling Ellsworth Football League (EFL) has fielded three impressive middle school level football teams in its first year as a program.
On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the third and fourth grade EFL team faced off against the Acadian Football League team and though the Eagles fell by a score of 31-0 to the Trojans, the future for the young Eagles gridiron squad burns bright.
It looked like the Trojans struck pay dirt for the first time when they marched down the field, taking six minutes off the clock and scoring on a 15-yard quarterback sneak from Andrew Phelps.
But the touchdown was called back on an illegal motion penalty and that put the Trojans in a second down and 20-yard situation.
A 20-yard halfback pass from Aaron Snurkowski to Graham Good several plays later put the ball back in the end zone and put MDI up by a score of 6-0. The extra point attempt failed.
The Eagles had the ball for just one play when Good forced Ellsworth’s Arthur Jodrey to fumble the ball and MDI recovered at the Eagles’ 31-yard line with 4:16 left in the first period.
Good once again reeled the ball in for a reception, this time on a pass from Andrew Phelps to give the Trojans a 13-0 lead, after a successful extra point with 3:05 left in the first period.
Ellsworth then went to quarterback Sam Horne for several first downs on quarterback keeps.
The Eagles marched to the MDI 41-yard line where a fumble forced them back four yards but Horne again blasted up the middle twice to regain the yardage and get another first down.
Ellsworth found itself facing third-and-long three more times but managed to advance largely due to Horne’s knack for finding the gap in the middle of the Trojan defense.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, the clock ran out in the half as they were knocking on the door from the five-yard line.
The Eagles took possession first in the second half and a stiff Trojan defense forced a turnover on downs, giving MDI the ball on the Ellsworth 32-yard line with 6:53 left in the third quarter.
The drive ended with a keeper around the right end by MDI’s Phelps and another six points and a 19-0 lead for the Trojans.
The Eagles lost yardage on a recovered fumble on their next possession, and a quarterback sack by Spencer Kachmar on the next play put them in a third-and-23 situation.
A good run by Horne gained 15 yards but it wasn’t enough for the first down and the Eagles opted to punt, giving MDI the ball on the 50-yard line with 5.7 seconds left in the third period.
On the first play of the series, Trojan Marcus Parsons scooted around the left end on a 39-yard run that put MDI in the red zone with 10:57 left in the game.
Phelps then punched the ball in for another touchdown and a 25-0 lead.
The Trojans scored once more when Colby Lee intercepted the ball at the 50-yard line and ran it all the way back for a touchdown as the last seconds ticked off the clock.
The Eagles finished the season with a 3-4-1 record in their first year as a team.
The Trojans went undefeated for the season with a record of 7-0.