Three area football teams were on the positive side of the new running time rule on opening weekend. Winslow, Maine Central Institute and Mount View each held a 35-point lead in the second half, which triggers the rule.

Winslow and MCI each played the entire second half under running time. Winslow, the defending Class C state champion, won at Belfast, 43-0. MCI, the defending Little Ten Conference champ, defeated Washington Academy, 64-0.

In Mount View’s 49-12 win over Camden Hills, the rule went into effect early in the third quarter. The Mustangs led 35-6 at the half, and when they scored to push the lead to 42-6, the game went to running time. While one of the reasons the rule was implemented this season is to speed up blowouts, that wasn’t the case at Mount View. The game still took just over two hours to complete.

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Madison’s 35-18 win over Oceanside was the kind of game a coach loves.

“A lot of good things, and a lot of things for us to work on,” Madison coach Scott Franzose said.

Franzose was pleased with the Bulldogs’ offense, which piled up 426 yards, 306 on the ground and 120 in the air.

“We had great balance,” Franzose said.

Veteran quarterback Chase Malloy is running Madison’s up tempo offense, and Franzose and the coaching staff have given the senior the go ahead to alert to a new play if he sees something in the defenses allignment. Twice against Oceanside, Malloy checked to a new play, and it resulted in a passing touchdown. Malloy finished the game with 212 yards of offense (120 passing, 92 rushing). He threw for two scores and ran for another.

Madison hosts Foxcroft Academy on Friday, in the first meeting between the teams since reallingment put them in the Big Ten Conference together in 2013. The Ponies won’t have two of their key players, quarterback Hunter Smith and running back Billy Brock are out injured, but Franzose expects the Ponies (0-1) to come to Madison and play hard.

“When you look at them on film, Dan (Foxcroft coach Dan White) is a good coach and always has them ready,” Franzose said. “They’re always one of the top teams in this league.”

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Saturday won’t be the first time Mount View coach Haggie Pratt has coached against Dexter, but it’s special each time, he said. A Dexter native, Pratt is a former varsity football coach for the Tigers, coaching Dexter before he moved on to Nokomis, and now Mount View.

Pratt still works at Dexter High School, as an ed tech in the life skills area. He coaches track and field at Dexter, and is the junior high girls basketball coach, as well as an assistant coach with the varsity girls.

“It means a lot to me. I’m very familiar with the kids. I’ve coached them in track. Of course, we’re going to do everything we can to win. We’re going to play hard for 48 minutes and see what happens,” Pratt said.

Pratt’s Mustangs looked strong in Saturday’s 49-12 win over Camden Hills. Mount View ran for 356 yards. Four players gained at least 40 yards rushing: Cole Hannan (114), Tyler Ripley (89), Gavin Simpson (49) and Jack Axsom (44).

Dexter is coming of a 28-14 loss to Houlton on opening night. Pratt said he’s already received good-natured ribbing from Dexter football players in school in anticipation of the game.

“I’m pretty well-rooted. I’ve lived up there my whole life,” Pratt said. “I’m already getting teased. They’re going to give us their best, we know that.”

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Around the state: Medomak Valley played its first varsity game on Saturday and scored the go ahead touchdown in the final minute to pull out a 14-13 win over Bucksport… Statewide, there were 10 shutouts in week one. Three of those came in the Pine Tree Conference Class B… Windham senior running back Dylan Koza suffered a serious leg injury in the Eagles’ win over Lewiston… With its win over Mountain Valley, Gray-New Gloucester snapped a 23-game losing streak. It was Gray-New Gloucester’s first win over Mountain Valley.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242

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