DEXTER, Maine — Senior halfback Doug Richardson rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries as the Dexter Tigers clinched their first LTC Class C football playoff berth in 14 years Saturday with a 34-0 victory over Mount View of Thorndike.
Dexter, which won for the fourth time in its last five games to finish the regular season at 4-4, will enter postseason play as the No. 7 seed in the eight-team LTC field and play No. 2 John Bapst of Bangor in a quarterfinal matchup next weekend at Cameron Stadium in Bangor.
Mount View finished the most successful regular season in its three-year varsity football history at 2-6.
Richardson, who entered Saturday’s game as the second-leading rusher in the LTC with 1,145 yards, scored on third-quarter runs of 18 and 4 yards as Dexter expanded a 14-0 halftime lead amid rapidly deteriorating conditions caused by heavy afternoon rain.
He rushed for 96 yards on 11 carries in the second half alone.
But Dexter’s ground game, which amassed 399 yards on 55 rushing attempts, featured considerable balance beyond Richardson’s contribution.
Junior quarterback Tim Gustin rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown, junior halfback Jeremy Davis gained 71 yards, senior wingback Mike Rosetti rushed for 69 yards and senior fullback Kasee Wilson added 66 yards and scored his first varsity touchdown.
Gustin also completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Davis.
Dexter’s defense, meanwhile, limited Mount View to just 70 rushing yards among its 157 total yards.
Mustangs’ quarterback Aaron Santana completed 7 of 17 passes for 87 yards.
Dexter scored on its first two possessions of the game.
Gustin capped off an 11-play, 63-yard drive with a 2-yard scoring run with 3:37 left in the first quarter, and Gustin passed to Davis to make it 14-0 on a fourth-and-6 play with 8:42 remaining in the first half.
The Tigers padded their lead with touchdowns on their first three second-half possessions. Richardson’s two scores finished off drives of 69 and 43 yards, and Wilson added his 37-yard scoring run with 8:22 left in the fourth quarter.