Dover-Foxcroft, ME— The Foxcroft Academy Ponies football team lost to Bucksport 13-0 last week. That is a feeling these Ponies do not want to go through again.
“This week, we picked up our intensity,” Foxcroft senior co-captain Ryan Rebar said. “We were more focused. Just knowing we are beatable, made us more humble.”
The Ponies put that loss behind them as they rolled to a 49-14 victory over the Mattanawcook Lynx on Friday evening.
“They just committed right out of the gate that they were not going to let that loss stand in their way. They were going to learn from it. They had a great week of practice,”Foxcroft coach Danny White said. “I think it shows the character of the group that we got. They were ready to play on Sunday. They were ready to put that one behind them.”
Ponies senior co-captain Louis LaFache added, “We got that sour taste in our mouth from that loss. We do not want to taste it again.”
Hunter Law sparked a Ponies offense that jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead. Law threw for two touchdowns and 177 yards on 9-11 passing.
Rebar has been Law’s main target this season. A new offense allowed Law to spread around the ball more. Five different receivers caught at least one pass.
“We came out with a new offense this week. We spread out the field so much more than usual,” Law said. “I could see the whole field tonight, it helped a lot. Different receivers were open.”
Law also rushed for 44 yards on three carries, including a 18 yard touchdown with 10:03 remaining in the first quarter. That gave the Ponies a lead they would hold the rest of the way.
The Ponies finished the regular season with a 7-1 record. They needed a win and some help to earn the number one seed going into the little ten conference (LTC) playoffs.
Foxcroft got the victory and the help they needed. With the number one seed, they earned home field advantage throughout the LTC playoffs.
“This is the time of the year that everybody wants to play at home,”White said. “We had a good enough regular season to be the one (seed) if that is what happens. We feel like we play well here.”
Rebar added, “We wanted home field advantage. It means a lot to us and our community.”
The Ponies have outscored their opponents 371-35. The first team defense only allowed 13 points all season. LaFache and Alex Stevens lead the best defense in the conference.
Stevens finished with 14 tackles in the victory over the Lynx. Corey Bjornson and Peter Boyer finished with nine tackles each.
“I don’t know what to say about our defense. Every week it is good,”LaFache said. “We took care of business tonight. Everybody was flying to the ball, hitting hard. That is what it is all about.”
Peter Boyer and Donnie Boyer each had a one yard touchdown run in the first half. Law connected with Kaleb Smith and Rebar on touchdown passes.
Stevens had a four yard rushing touchdown. Ryan Wang had a 58 yard run into the end-zone.
Mattanawcook (2-6) will most likely be coming back to Foxcroft for a quarterfinal game next week. Trysten Pelkey was very impressive for the Lynx. He finished with 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 17 carries.