Ellsworth/Sumner football shows improvement in loss to Houlton

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth/Sumner football team played what head coach Duane Crawford called the team’s best game of the season less than five minutes from the Canadian border on Friday night, but the Eagles fell to the Houlton Shiretowners 32-18.After falling behind 19-6 in the first half, Ellsworth/Sumner (0-3) scored a touchdown with less than a minute to go before halftime and another early in the second half to cut the lead to 19-18. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Houlton (2-1) would score the final two touchdowns to win its second game in a row.“We had a few turnovers that cost us, but we showed we can stay in games late,” Crawford said. “There were a lot of guys who stepped up for us and can continue to do so.”Connor Crawford passed for 121 yards and two touchdowns — one to Javon Williams and the other to Chris Fickett — and rushed for 94 yards and one touchdown for Ellsworth/Sumner. Jacob Shorey went for 87 yards on the ground, and Williams and Fickett had 81 and 40 receiving yards, respectively.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOn defense, Williams and lineman Keith Jordan led the way for Ellsworth/Sumner with four solo tackles and one assisted tackle each. Ethan Kane recorded one solo tackle and four assisted tackles.For Houlton, Seth Holston had both a long kickoff return touchdown and a rushing touchdown in addition to catching a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jared Fox. Fox scored the Shiretowners’ other two touchdowns on rushing plays of 1 and 4 yards.“We really had a lot going for us on offense, and we were able to give them a good game and stay competitive the whole way,” Duane Crawford said. “For a young team like ours, this game can be a good one for our group to build off of.”Ellsworth/Sumner’s next game will be at home against the Washington Academy Raiders (0-3) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. The Eagles earned a 22-8 victory over the Raiders last season to earn their first victory since reviving the varsity program in 2012. It will be Homecoming for Ellsworth/Sumner.“It’s going be a good game [against Washington Academy], and it’s a great opportunity for us to get in the win column,” Crawford said. “After a game like this one, we’re going to have a lot of confidence on our side.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Latest Postslast_img

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