High school football

Panthers overcome long road trip to beat Shiretowners

New school-recognized club squad notches first exhibition victory
By Staff | Sep 02, 2014
Courtesy of: Mike Ashmore In front of teammate Cole Ashmore (8), Medomak Youth Football's Colton Spear runs the ball during an exhibition high school football game Aug. 30 against host Houlton. The Panthers beat the Shiretowners 18-6 in a game between two club teams.

Houlton — Nothing cures a long ride home like a victory.

Something the Medomak Youth Football high school team learned firsthand on Saturday, Aug. 30, when the Panthers made the nearly 200-mile trek to Houlton to face the Shiretowners in an exhibition contest between the two club teams.

Medomak found the end zone on three occasions to pick up an 18-6 victory.

Colton Spear rushed for 104 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, while Mackenzie Whitehill (13 carries for 56 yards), Cole Ashmore (9 carries for 20 yards), Riley McCollett (3 carries for 7 yards) and Devin Dupuis (1 carry for 7 yards) also chipped in on the ground for the visitors.

Quarterback McCollett completed 2-of-3 passes for 28 yards and one touchdown — an 18-yard reception to Bryce Collamore. Quinn Ashmore also had a 10-yard reception.

Leading the Medomak defense were Steven Thompson (2 tackles), Owen Gilbert (4 tackles), Cole Ashmore (tackle), Dion Emery (2 tackles), Whitehill (3 tackles), Chris Armstrong (4 tackles), McCollett (5 tackles), Spear (6 tackles), Dupuis (2 tackles), Quinn Ashmore (3 tackles), Collamore (6 tackles, interception), Cole Nichols (fumble recovery), Nick McAuliffe (3 tackles).

Medomak is in its second year of club status, after participating in the Greater New England Youth Football League (GNEYFL) the previous two years. The Panthers are eligible to apply for full high school varsity status with the Maine Principals' Association and could become a full-fledged varsity program in the fall of 2015.

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Medomak's Riley McCollett is under center against Houlton. (Courtesy of: Mike Ashmore)
Medomak's Colton Spear, middle, plunges forward. (Courtesy of: Mike Ashmore)
Several Medomak players converge on the sideline, including Panther Nick York (65). (Courtesy of: Mike Ashmore)
Medomak's Nick McAuliffe (25) tackles a Houlton player, while Bryce Collamore (21) zeroes in on the ballcarrier. (Courtesy of: Mike Ashmore)
A collection of Medomak players converge for a tackle against Houlton. (Courtesy of: Mike Ashmore)
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