Dover-Foxcroft, ME–The Foxcroft Ponies football team did exactly what a number one seed is expected to do.
The Ponies jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 65-6 victory over the Mattanawcook Lynx in a little ten conference (LTC) quarterfinal game on Friday evening.
Foxcroft junior quarterback Hunter Law said, “It is playoffs. We came out motivated.”
The Ponies defeated Mattanawcook 49-14 in the regular season finale last week. This week the Lynx came out more physical.
Mattanawcook was moving the ball down the field on their first drive. That ended when Ponies senior Louis LaFache recovered a Lynx fumble. That set up a Peter Boyer 10 yard touchdown run.
The Ponies forced four turnovers. The second one came on the next Lynx offensive possession. Corey Bjornson intercepted a pass that set up a touchdown run from another Boyer. This time it was Donnie with a five yard run.
“I have to give Mattanawcook credit. They came out and played very physical. That first quarter they forced us to do some things we didn’t want to do,”Ponies coach Danny White said. “At the end we came out and executed . I liked the way we played. I think we showed we can go pretty deep defensively. We rotated in 14 or 15 different guys.”
Ryan Rebar is a force that can score on offense, defense or special teams for the Ponies.
Rebar scored on a 53 yard punt return to give the Ponies a 21-0 lead with 8:44 remaining in the second quarter.
Law connected with Rebar on a 20 yard touchdown late in the first half.
Seven different Ponies scored touchdowns. Law threw for 92 yards on 5-6 passing. He also ran for 31 yards on two carries. Donnie Boyer scored two touchdowns.
“That was our approach. We do not want to be too predictable, this time of the year.The more balanced you are the more dangerous you are,”White said. “Hunter (Law) made a lot of good reads again. He ran when he had to.”
Law added, “The line does a great job. I have time when the receivers are not open I can run.”
The Ponies have outscored their opponents 436-41 this season. What the Ponies remember the most is being outscored by Bucksport 13-0 on October 12th.
They will get another chance at the Bucks next Friday with a trip to the LTC final on the line. Bucksport will travel to Foxcroft for a 7 p.m. game at Oakes field on November 2nd.
The Bucks defeated Dexter 28-27 in a quarterfinal game played on Friday evening.
“We are looking forward to playing them again. It left a sour taste in our mouth. We are going to come out with energy,”Rebar said. “Playing on this field is always special.”
White added, “Two weeks ago they (Bucksport) beat us up front. If we are going to beat them we are going to have to play a physical game.”
Alex Stevens, Wesley Stinson and Kaleb Smith each had a rushing touchdown. John Adkins scored on a 58 yard kickoff return.
Stevens lead the Ponies defense with 15 tackles, one sack and one interception. Jesse Provost had seven tackles, one sack and one interception.Peter Boyer had 10 tackles. LaFache and Bjornson finished with eight tackles each.
Trysten Pelkey finished with 96 yards on 16 carries. He scored on a 41 yard touchdown run for the only score for the Lynx. Mattanawcook finished the season with a 2-7 record.