Mariners turn tables in lopsided win over GorhamOceanside downs visiting Rams 53-0 in front of Wasgatt Field crowd
Rockland — After suffering a handful of lopsided losses this season, the Oceanside High School football team turned the tables on an opponent in front of the home crowd on Friday night, Oct. 18 at Wasgatt Field.
That is the venue where the Mariners (2-5) used strong offense, sturdy defense and efficient special teams play to earn a 53-0 victory over Gorham.
Oceanside rushed 53 times for 349 yards and five touchdowns.
Preston Spear ran for touchdowns of 41, 47 and 50 yards and pulled in a 47-yard TD reception from Hunter Grindle to pace the Mariners over the depleted Rams squad at
The Marriners were paced by Spear, Garret Burns (2 TDs on two one-yard plunges) and Grindle, who made the move to running back as Sam Atwood took over the chores at quarterback.
The Mariners featured a new running game utilizing a double-wing formation and produced the best rushing yardage of the season.
Grindle and Cole Chase picked off two of Burns passes, with Grindle returning one for 47 yards for the final score of the game.
In the second half, the Mariners prevailed on an onside kick recovered by Ellery Montgomery to regain possession after a 26-0 first half lead and never looked back en route to the 53-point victory.
The Rams (0-7) finished the game with 20 players.
Prior to Friday's game, the Mariners had been competitive in only two of six games, but had been outscored 260-80 in those six contests, including four lopsided losses. So Oceanside players were more than ready to experience a game in which they clicked on all cylinders.
That happened Friday night as Oceanside flipped the coin on the Rams, to the delight of the home crowd.
Spear rushed for 210 yards on 18 carries, and three touchdowns, while adding a fourth on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Grindle (8 carries for 50 yards). Burns also rushed for 84 yards on 20 carries, and two touchdowns for Oceanside.
Oceanside also recorded a safety in the win.
Stephen Burns led Gorham with 115 all-purpose yards, including 30 yards on 23 carries and 9-of-18 passing for 61 yards, and four interceptions.
Mariner freshman Atwood played (2-of-3 for 17 yards, interception) quarterback due to several injuries the team has piled up in recent weeks, while Grindle (1 pass for 47 yards) split time at tailback with Spear for Oceanside.
Oceanside coach Wes Drinkwater said Atwood played well as he completed four passes, one of which was a 20-yard strike to Grindle on the team's opening drive.
Grindle's touchdown pass to Spear was on a trick play.
Also for Oceanside, which led 16-0 after one quarter, 26-0 at halftime and 33-0 after three stanzas, Cam Rubenstein had three yards on three carries and Logan Finnegan four yards on one carry.
The Mariners sit in the next-to-last playoff spot and could possibly earn a postseason berth if they can win their final game of the regular season at Westbrook on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
In the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Standings for Western Class B, Westbrook (4-3, 118.2111 points) is fourth.
Oceanside (2-5, 81.3273 points) is ninth and Kennebunk (7-0. 154.7170 points) first in the 11-team region. Eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
Mount Ararat of Topsham (3-4, 85.4926 points) is eighth, 4.1653 points ahead of Oceanside. The Mariners lost to the Eagles 32-0 earlier this season.
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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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