Bucksport football rolls to Senior Night victory

first_img Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) 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 mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. BUCKSPORT — Joel Sankey was one of two people at midfield, but he wasn’t easy to see.With temperatures dipping below freezing on the coldest night of fall so far, the longtime Bucksport head football coach’s face was buried deep in the hood of the large parka he was wearing. The players and other coaches high-fived and celebrated near the 20-yard line, but Sankey lingered to have a word with a referee.As he finished his conversation and walked over toward his team, he pulled back the hood to reveal a wide grin on his face. Bucksport, which was 1-3 three weeks earlier after suffering a blowout loss to Orono on Homecoming, had just won its third game in a row.“Even when things weren’t going well, I told you that you could be a good football team,” Sankey told his players. “Guess what? You’re a good football team.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport showed as much in the team’s 39-8 victory over the Houlton Shiretowners on Friday night. Although the Golden Bucks turned the ball over four times in the first half, their stout performance on defense overwhelmed the Shiretowners and allowed their offense to pull away late.After a scoreless first quarter, Chase Carmichael opened the scoring for Bucksport on an 11-yard touchdown pass to Keigan Riccard with 5:20 left in the first half. That looked to be all Bucksport would get in the half until Carmichael found Carter Tolmasoff for a 60-yard touchdown with 32 seconds remaining to give the Golden Bucks a 13-0 lead.Midway through the third quarter, Carmichael found Tolmasoff once again. His third touchdown pass of the game went for 50 yards and put Bucksport (4-3) up 19-0. It also gave Tolmasoff, who had found ways to slip through the Houlton secondary all night, more than 100 receiving yards.“For the first [touchdown], the corner was covering me man-to-man all by himself, and the second time, they had a linebacker on me,” Tolmasoff said. “I was just able to get past their guys both times, and Chase threw good passes my way.”Matt Vincent, who rushed for over 200 yards against Stearns/Lee Academy last week, punched the ball in from a yard out to give Bucksport a 25-0 lead with three minutes after Tolmasoff’s second touchdown. Houlton (2-5) avoided a shutout with a touchdown and 2-point conversion with 9:43 to play, but another score from Vincent and a 46-yard touchdown run from Luke Wardwell finished off another decisive home win for the Golden Bucks.“This was just a great win for us, and it’s a great moment to go out on as a senior playing on this field,” Brody Boynton said. “Defensively, I thought we just stopped them well all night. Even after they got that one touchdown they had on us, the offense went right back to work and scored again.”The mood around the team has changed, too. After a 3-5 year in 2015 and a rough start to this season, Bucksport is starting to look a bit like the Golden Bucks of old. With two games remaining, the toughest part of their schedule — the three-game stretch against Maine Central Institute, Dexter and Orono in September — is behind them.After Sankey concluded his talk, the Bucksport players did their “DIG DEEP!” victory chant. They do it after every win, but this one was particularly special.“Seniors, this is the last time you’ll do this on your home field,” assistant coach Sean Geagan said. “Make it one you remember.”At this rate, that chant could last through October. And with the playoffs around the corner, the Golden Bucks might get to do it on with their coach’s face deep in his parka a few more times.Bucksport’s next game will be on the road against the Mattanawcook Academy Lynx at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img Bio 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, 2020last_img

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