MOUNT DESERT – After a three-way tie in the Class C North standings, it was MDI who came away with the top seed over Madison and Winslow. While they each finished the regular season 7-1, the league proved to be tough sledding even for the best teams.
“To win a game in this conference is difficult,” said Trojans head coach Mark Shields. “We were able to put a few wins together early on and got some confidence. We just kept getting better every week, and we just feel fortunate that we’re in the Northern Maine Championship.”
Those words have rarely been uttered in the MDI program’s history. Friday’s game against Winslow will be just the third time the Trojans have played for a regional title, and they have advanced to the state finals.
“It’s huge for us and it’s huge for our community,” said Shields. “We dedicated this season to the community, so the kids are excited about that.”
On the other side, the road to Class C North glory often runs through Winslow, and the Black Raiders are once again in the regional final with hopes of capturing their third consecutive state championship.
While Winslow ended the Trojans’ postseason last year and handed the Trojans their only loss in 2016, both of those meetings were on Black Raiders’ turf. The difference this time around is that MDI will be hosting as the top seed.
“Nobody likes to go to Winslow on a Saturday afternoon,” said Shields. “That’s usually not a pleasant day for any football team. We’re feeling good that we’re going to be playing on our home field, and we’re glad Winslow has to come to us.”