Full moon football festival fun at Medomak homecomingFans, players, coaches enjoy game 'under the lights'
Waldoboro — It was an idyllic late-summer night scene. With a full moon overhead and illumination from eight generator-powered outdoor construction lights creating a surreal, glowing atmosphere on the Medomak Valley High School baseball outfield Friday, Sept. 20, Medomak Youth Football held what can only be described as a fun football festival.
And all was positive for Medomak, which dominated the Milo Panthers en route to a 34-14 win in a Greater New England Youth Football League game. The league is a high school-level organization for teams that do not have varsity football in their area or school.
Medomak built a 34-0 lead before Milo tallied late points.
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Naomi Miller, founder and director of the Medomak Youth Football, said about 500 people showed up for the event. Admission was not charged for the game.
"We felt the night went great," she said. "The team played well and the community was fantastic. We are looking forward to next year."
Medomak Youth Football is not affiliated with School Administrative District 40, but does use the district's fields for practices and games. MYF is financially self-sufficient.
Medomak's high school record in the Greater New England Youth Football League is 3-0. MYF also has jayvee games with local high school teams and has played exhibitions with the Hyde School in Bath and Lincoln County Football, a club team in Damariscotta.
The high school-level Panthers, led by head coach Ryan Snell, assistant coach Jason Stewart and manager Gage Modery, include Deven Dupuis, Cole Ashmore, Colton Spear, Steven Thompson, Mackenzie Whitehill, Chris Shelmerdine, Tyler Masonoff, Gabe Ramos, Bryce Collamore, Gage Ruano, Michael Wadsworth, Nick McAuliffe, Cyril Miller, Mike Prescott, Timothy Jerome, Riley McCollett, Zachary Little, Nathan Ankers, Cameron Winchenbach, Owen Gilbert, Jared Overlock, Nate Andrews, Tyeler Stewart, Brian Bradeen, Joshua Lee, Brendan Lash, Kevin Donlin, Duncan MacLeod, Hunter McDaniels, Nicholas Simmons, Richie Sproul, Tyler Hayes, Jacob Savage, Chris Armstrong, Travis Reed, Cody Severson, Dion Emery, Cole Nichols, Graig Luce, Alex Kenniston, Quinn Ashmore, Nicholas York, Jacob Faria and Ethan Morin.
Wadsworth, Miller, Little, Morin and Lee are captains.
The MYF middle and youth (varsity, jayvees and peewees) also were out in force on the night, as well as the flag football team and cheerleaders from the high school, peewees and micros.
In the game for Medomak, Wadsworth finished with 16 carries for 104 yards, and two touchdowns, while Miller added six carries for 45 yards, and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Little had 12 tackles and one quarterback sack, while Spear and Collamore had six tackles apiece, Gilbert five tackles and two sacks and Whitehill, Miller, Donlin and Reed four tackles each.
For more information on the MYF program, go online to medomakyouthfootball.com.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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