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Clawson and Smith’s six touchdowns propel Ponies to fifth straight victory

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — With the Friday, Oct. 6 Class D North football game between Foxcroft Academy and Mount View High School of Thorndike serving as both the 2017 Homecoming contest and Senior Night for the Ponies, Foxcroft Academy personnel were already in a celebratory mood. The good times kept on rolling once the ball was kicked off as five touchdowns in the first half helped the Ponies earn a 49-3 win — the team’s fifth consecutive victory.

Senior quarterback Nick Clawson would rush for three touchdowns and pass for two to junior Hyatt Smith, who also brought a Mustang punt back for a score, but junior Jeremy Richard got Foxcroft (5-1) on the scoreboard. Following a three-and-out by the Pony defense, the offense marched down to the Mount View (2-4) 1-yard line for a fourth-and-goal.

A delay of game moved the football back five yards to make fourth down more difficult. Richard went in motion from the left as Clawson took the shotgun snap and quickly handed off to the runner. Richard dove through the air and landed in the endzone for the touchdown. Senior Luke Stedman would follow with the PAT on what would turn out to be the game-winning score.

The Foxcroft defense followed with another three-and-out, but the offense would still have to wait keep waiting on the sidelines. With Smith and Richard both back deep on the punt, Smith caught the ball at the Pony-40 as he faked a handoff to Richard. The trickery fooled the punt team as Smith ran through a seam and outrun the coverage for a 60-yard return touchdown.

Mount View would kick a 27-yard field goal early in the second quarter for the sole Mustang points of the game, but Foxcroft followed with four touchdowns before heading to the locker room.

Clawson found Smith over the middle for a 36-yard touchdown, and the quarterback also ran the ball in from 17 yards and a yard out. The signal-caller gained a game-high 83 yards on the ground on nine carries.

After Mount View opted to receive to start the game, the second half kickoff was received by Foxcroft. After three plays the offense moved the football from the Pony-30 to the 46-yard line. On a second-and-7 Clawson threw a screen pass to the right to Smith. The receiver made the catch and he then outran the entire defense for the 54-yard touchdown.

Smith ended up catching four passes from Clawson for 142 yards and two touchdowns, also scoring on the punt return. Clawson would end up going 7-for-8 in his pass attempts, for 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The touchdown gave Foxcroft a 42-3 lead, with the 35-point cushion coming in the second half the running clock rule was implemented. As the remaining near 22 minutes of game time nearly matched a stopwatch, Clawson would score one more time on a 15-yard rush.

Stedman’s seventh PAT in seven kicks capped off the night. The 49 points were only the third-highest total in six games for the Ponies, but the three points surrendered were the fewest given up in 2017 and the contest was the first in which the Foxcroft defense kept the opposition out of the endzone.

Next up for the Ponies is a trip to Class C North Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (3-3) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13.

Before the game vs. Mount View the 15 seniors on the football and cheering teams were recognized. Football seniors are Nick Clawson, Drew Dankert, Reggie Johnston, Cody Labbe, Johnny Labree, Ryan Laffin, Paul Lizotte, Cameron Marsh, R.J. Nelson and Levi Stedman. Cheering squad seniors are Jewel Anderson, Eliza Dulac, Harley Knowles, Kaycee Lemperle and Alyssa Pearl-Ross.

With the Ponies remaining in first place after the weekend with two games to go, the seniors will most likely get a chance to play and cheer at Oakes Field at least one more time.

FOOTBALL
Foxcroft 49,
Mount View 3
MV 0 3 0 0 | 3
FA 14 21 14 0 49
First qtr: FA — Richard 6 yds
(Stedman kick)
FA — Smith 60-yd punt return
(Stedman kick)
Second qtr: MV — Brown 27-
yd field goal
FA — Clawson 36 yds to Smith
(Stedman kick)
FA — Clawson 17 yds
(Stedman kick)
FA — Clawson 1 yd
(Stedman kick)
Third qtr: FA — Clawson 54 yds
to Smith (Stedman kick)
FA — Clawson 15 yds
(Stedman kick)
Passing: MV — Boivin
4-of-11 57 yds 2 Int.
FA — Clawson 7-of-8
169 yds 2 TD;
Spooner 0-of-2.
Receiving: MV — Valleau 2,
44 yds; Brown 1, 8 yds;
Noble 1, 5 yds
FA — Smith 4, 142 yds 2 TD;
Richard 2, 25 yds;
Marsh 1, 2 yds
Rushing: MV — Boivin 6,
43 yds; Valleau 6, 22 yds;
Noble 6, 20 yds;
Sholes 3, 13 yds;
Thompson 2, 13 yds
FA — Clawson 9, 83 yds
3 TD; Niles 5, 43 yds;
Nelson 3, 33 yds; Richard 2,
15 yds TD; Spooner 2, 9 yds;
Marsh 2, 8 yds; Wandikbo
2, 7 yds; Lu. Stedman 2, 4 yds
Records: MV 2-4;
FA 5-1

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
GOAL LINE DEFENSE — Foxcroft Academy junior Michaleb Niles makes contact with Mount View High School quarterback Rayno Boivin during the Oct. 6 contest in Dover-Foxcroft. Pony junior Mason McLeish, right, would follow with a sack to force the Mustangs into a fourth-and-7 and 27-yard field goal — the only points given up in Foxcroft’s 49-3 victory.

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
SACK THE QUARTERBACK — Foxcroft junior defensive tackle Mason McLeish brings down Mount View quarterback Rayno Boivin behind the line of scrimmage early in the second quarter of the Friday night contest. The 49-3 win gave the Ponies the team’s fifth consecutive victory.

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
OUTRUNNING THE COVERAGE — Junior Hyatt Smith would outrun Mount View’s Theo Dodge and the rest of the punt team for a 60-yard touchdown. Smith would also get into the endzone twice on a pair of receptions as part of a four-catch, 142-yard evening.

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
THE TIME JUST FLIES BY — Junior Matthew Spooner, with classmate Brayden Kleicamp trailing, would take over at quarterback during the fourth quarter. For most of the second half Foxcroft and Mount View played with a running clock with the Ponies up by more than 35 points.

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
FORCING THE INCOMPLETION — Senior R.J. Nelson plants Mount View’s Jack Valleau into the turf to force an incompletion on a screen pass during the opening quarter. Looking on is fellow Pony senior Reggie Johnston (66). Nelson and Johnston were among 15 football and cheering team seniors recognized before kickoff.

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