Oceanside finishes standout football season at 7-1Campaign concludes with victory over rival Five Town Football
Rockland — The Eastern Maine Middle School Football League season has drawn to a close, with one of the top teams in the league playing in the Midcoast.
Oceanside dominated nearly ever game it played this season, finishing with a 7-1 mark.
Mariner team members included Cory Spear, Kyle Gleba, Gage Robinson, Connor McGonagle, Chris Christian, Mike Norton Jr., Sam Atwood, Keano Campbell, Nick Keene, Silas Miller, Anthony Marsh, Zach Gledhill, David Young, Rueben Martinez, Shannon Ripley, David Kurr, Tauno Brooks, Alex McLaughlin, Logan Sheridan, Zarvy Roscoe, Jack Freeman, Tyler Sawyer, Anthony Vitale, Chase Flaherty, Max Lombardo, Kirt Ilvonen, Reagan Billingsley, Mitchell Delfrate and Oliver Vanorse-Jones. The team was coached by Wes Drinkwater.
Oceanside's season concluded with a 31-26 win over Five Town Football of Camden, Rockport, Appleton, Lincolnville and Hope on Oct. 23 at Wasgatt Field in Rockland.
"This was a great season," said Drinkwater. "Not many middle schools had the talent we had and they needed it because we pushed them to learn a very fast offense and defense that included techniques that are hard for kids that age to grasp. Once they got it though, we took off, running and throwing the ball at will for the most part."
In the game against the Schooners, Robinson rushed for touchdowns of 55 and seven yards to lead the Mariners, while Atwood tossed two TD passes to Robinson (30 yards) and Marsh (14 yards), while Kurr added a two-point conversion in the win.
Five Town Football led 20-19 at halftime.
While Robinson had an impressive 27 touchdowns during the season, the Mariners more than spread the ball around with Christian (14 touchdowns), Norton (12 TDs), McGonagle (8 TDs) and Marsh (5 TDs) chipping in, along with Atwood (14 TD passes).
Robinson also played strong safety for Oceanside and was a "shutdown" player, while Christian (110 tackles, 9 quarterback sacks) led the team in defensive stats. Delfrate also had a strong year at defensive end, as did Kurr, Sawyer, Norton and Marsh at linebacker.
Drinkwater said that while many players scored on offense this season, the key to victory was the play of the offensive line, spearheaded by Billingsley, Lombardo, Flaherty, Delfrate, Sawyer, Roscoe and Kurr.
"A big deal for me this year was introducing as many new kids to the football program while they were in middle school and we did and with great players," said Drinkwater. "Max Lombardo was a first-year player that took to football like a fish to water and was a leader all year. "
Drinkwater also said Flaherty, Young, Martinez and Roscoe all made impacts as first-year players.
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