Medomak Youth Football earns high school program's first winIn first year as club sport, Panthers defeat Kenduskeag in home night game
Waldoboro — The Medomak Youth Football high school-aged team experienced an impressive debut Friday night under the lights, Sept. 21 at Medomak Valley High School, as a crowd of about 300 was on hand to see their hometown squad take on the Kenduskeag Knights.
The game helped kick off the school's weekend homecoming festivities.
While Medomak Youth Football is not affiliated with School Administrative District 40, the squads in the program use the fields in the district, including for Friday night's game, which was played on the high school baseball field.
Moveable lights were brought in to light the baseball field.
Medomak and Kenduskeag engaged in a back-and-forth battle, but it was a late touchdown from Medomak's Cortland Fischer that proved the difference as the hosts held on for a 31-25 victory.
Fischer scored from nine yards with 1:16 left in regulation to break the 25-25 tie, and Medomak's defense stood pat over Kenduskeag's final offensive series to seal the deal.
Fischer had three touchdowns on the day — all in the second half — and ended the game with 135 yards on 23 carries.
T.J. Harriman also had 80 yards on 13 carries for the hosts, while Mike Wadsworth had receiving touchdowns of 25 and 31 yards. Quarterback Riley McCollett was 3-of-5 under center for 81 yards, while Ethan Morin also had one catch for 25 yards for MYF.
Medomak took a 6-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter when McCollett hooked up with Wadsworth over the top of the Knight defense for a 25-yard passing score, but Kenduskeag battled back and took a 13-12 lead at halftime.
Medomak coach Ryan Snell said he was pleased to earn the victory in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd and has received positive feedback about the game and the high school-aged football program over the weekend.
"Considering the circumstance, it was a huge event and all the work that went into it, to top that off with a win was just a great thing," Snell said. "The kids really gutted it out. We certainly didn't play our best defensively, but we got a stop at the end when we needed it and allowed us to grind out that win."
Medomak held the Knights in the final series of the game, which saw the defense stand tall and knock down a fourth-down pass to preserve the win.
Snell said Cyril Miller was the team's top tackler and the "leader of our defense."
The Medomak Youth Football high school-aged team is in its first year as a club sport.
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