Football: Yarmouth’s McGonagle has a great night in the 50-46 win over MDI

YARMOUTH – Michael McGonagle is a Taurus and a ballerina. Yarmouth’s 6-foot, 200-pound running back can overrun a defender or stay nimble on the sidelines to gain a few extra yards.

Friday night against Mt. Desert Island, McGonagle did both.

McGonagle carried the ball 47 times, rushed for 433 yards and scored five touchdowns in the process. He was also recovering from a fumble as the Clippers defeated MDI 50-46 in an eight-man Large School football game.

“That’s a lot,” McGonagle said when told how many yards he’d gained. “I’m definitely tired, but I’ve never been so excited about a win. We definitely deserve that.”

Yarmouth improved to 4-0 and it was the 100th win of coach Jim Hartman’s career.

“When I first took the job (at Portland High, his former team), they told me I wasn’t going to win two games, and here we are,” Hartman said.

McGonagle had touchdown carries for 6, 70, 5, 13 and 5 yards, including touchdowns on three straight possessions in the second quarter to help the Clippers take a 30-16 halftime lead. Often McGonagle would drop his shoulder and initiate contact with a tackler, propelling the MDI player a few yards.

“I can’t believe how tough he is. You can’t coach that,” Hartman said.

On his 13-yard touchdown run with 18.5 seconds left in the first half, McGonagle took a throw and ran wide, nearly stepping out of bounds on the 5 before regaining his balance and running into the end zone.

“I’ll see him in my dreams tonight, my nightmares. We knew you put the big full-back (Spencer LaBrecque) in front of (McGonagle) with your scheme, that sure is a tough 1-2 combination. We didn’t have a stop defensively all night,” said MDI coach Mark Shields.

The only time the Clippers had the ball and didn’t score was a kneel to end the game. LaBrecque had three touchdowns and playing his 7-yard TD run at 4:28 gave the Clippers a 50-30 lead.

The Trojans (1:2) made it interesting in the final minutes. First, Sam Sinclair caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Laurendeau with 1:28, and Aiden Grant’s 2-point conversion rush cut Yarmouth’s lead to 50-38. After Grant recovered the onside kick, Laurendeau hit Jacob Shields for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 37 seconds left, and Grant’s rush made it 50-46.

This time Yarmouth’s Eddie Kim recovered the onside kick and the Clippers took a knee to end the game.

Grant had a great game for the Trojans, rushing for 253 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. Grant’s 87-yard touchdown rush on MDI’s first offensive play gave the Trojans an 8-7 lead, and he hit on a 2-yard rush early in the second quarter for a 16-12 lead.

Grant also returned the kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in the second half.


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