GARDINER — Despite impressive statistics from the offense, the Mount Desert Island High School football team could not pull out a win against the unbeaten Tigers on their home turf Friday. In a game where the combined points totaled an astounding 97, the final score – the only one that matters – saw the Trojans’ 41 to the Tigers’ 56.
The Trojan offense racked up 494 yards on 55 plays including 49 rushes for 419 yards on the ground. Trojan quarterback Duncan Smith was four for six, throwing for a total of 75 yards. He also scored one of the team’s running touchdowns in the first half on a 65-yard run. He saw a total of 108 yards rushing on 15 carries.
“It was a shootout for sure,” said Trojan Head Coach Mark Shields on Monday.
Rather than demonstrate overly powerful offense, the game showed that both teams need to work harder on defense, Coach Shields said.
“There really wasn’t a lot of defense going on either side of the ball. Both defenses were struggling,” he said.
Gardiner, which is known as one of the state’s football powerhouses, brings a large number of big players to any scrimmage. “They are really big up front,” Coach Shields said. “It was a very physical game. I’m very proud of how our kids played.”
It seemed like just about everyone from MDI who touched the ball ended up scoring. Tyler Farnsworth scored a touchdown on a 61-yard run. He carried for a total of 18 times for 148 yards.
Fullback Jason Burke scored two touchdowns on consecutive one-play drives, a 51-yard run and a 65-yard score. His total rushing yards added up to 136.
Cameron Crawford, who also kicks for the team, scored on a 1-yard plunge and ran for a total of 8 yards on three carries. He also had one pass reception for 12 yards.
Elias Burne gained 9 yards on the ground and racked up a touchdown on a one-yard run. Donnie Hanson had three receptions for 63 yards.
MDI’s record now stands at 2-2.
Coach Shields said the Trojans are now sharpening their game plan for this coming Friday night, the school’s homecoming game. They are expecting a tough match-up against Winslow. “Their record is 0 and 4 but they’ve been in every game they have played,” Coach Shields said.
He said MDI might have some starting players out of the lineup due to injuries they sustained against the Tigers. “Some of them got pretty banged up in that game,” he said.
The Winslow game will be held on Friday night, at the school on Eagle Lake Road, beginning at 7 p.m. The homecoming dance is scheduled for Saturday evening.