THORNDIKE — It was the first football game on Mt. View’s new field. No more bus trips to Belfast for a home game, no more bus trips to Larrabee Field, a few miles from the school in Knox.

With a new field, the Mustangs also have many new faces on the team. Mt. View graduated 14 players from last season’s six-win team and that youth and inexperience was on full display Saturday afternoon. John Bapst High School scored seven touchdowns in the first half, on the way to a 61-6 Little Ten Conference win.

John Bapst is now 2-0, while Mt. View falls to 0-2.

“Oh my God, they’re quick,” Mt. View coach Jack Brady said of John Bapst. “We just couldn’t compete with their speed.”

Six different players scored for the Crusaders, who opened the scoring with a safety just 2 minutes, 17 seconds into the game. Andrew Catlin returned the ensuing kick 56 yards for a touchdown. Three minutes later, Jake Moore scored on a 4-yard run, and the Crusaders had a 15-0 lead.

“We were talking about it before the game, how we had to come out and make a statement,” said Moore, who ran for 39 yards and caught two passes for 49 yards. “It’s harder to defend a team that has four or five guys who can make plays.”

Late in the first quarter, Brad DeCesere scored the first of his three touchdowns to give John Bapst a 22-0 lead. DeCesere added two touchdown runs in the second quarter and Austin Spencer threw touchdown passes to Austin Cyr and Josh Baker to give the Crusaders a 49-0 halftime lead.

“We still make really youthful mistakes,” Brady said. “We ran past the football a half dozen times. We need to do a better job tackling.”

Defensively, John Bapst keyed on Mt. View tailback Will Nunn, who ran for 241 yards and three touchdowns last week at Stearns. The Crusaders held Nunn to 46 yards on 16 carries.

“We were told (Nunn) runs hard, and he did,” Moore said.

Steven Davis scored Mt. View’s touchdown in the final minute of the game on a 36-yard run.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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