Physically stronger Waterville tops Camden Hills in season openerVisiting Purple Panthers prevail in convincing fashion over Windjammers
Rockport — Considering Camden Hills petitioned to drop to Eastern Class C this season in hopes of having a more competitive high school football schedule, the Windjammers could not have been thrilled to see Waterville, projected to be one of the toughest teams in the region, on the other side of Don Palmer Field in the Windjammers' home- and season-opening contest on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 7.
The Windjammers held the briefest of leads in the first quarter, but the mostly physically larger and stronger Purple Panthers pushed the hosts around the field for nearly the full 48 minutes and surged to a 62-14 win.
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Camden Hills quarterback Nick Rozsahegyi finished 16-of-25 for 161 yards, tossing two touchdowns and two interceptions in a strong performance for the hosts.
Connor Graffam and Jake Chamberlain each made touchdown catches, with Graffam hauling in four catches for 34 yards and Chamberlain three catches for 32 yards. Taylor Crosby (5 catches for 42 yards) and Brian Jones (2 catches for 18 yards) also had receptions for the hosts.
The Windjammer running game had a tough time against the Purple Panthers, accounting for 71 totals yards among Crosby (14 rushes for 26 yards), Rozsahegyi (5 rushes for 20 yards), Isaac Young (4 rushes for 16 yards), Nate Raye (2 rushes for 4 yards), Wyatt Parra (4 rushes for 6 yards), Mike Wolff and Marty Farrell.
Leading the 'Jammer defense were Marty Farrell (2 solo tackles), Mike Wolff (1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle), Brian Jones (5 solos, assist), Taylor Crosby (9 solos, 3 assists), Nate Pascal (3 solos, interception), Graffam (2 solos, 2 assists), Wyatt Summers (3 solos, assist), Young (2 solos, assist), Chamberlain (7 solos, 2 assists), Parra (solo), Sean Mellon (2 solos, 2 assists), Colt Muir (4 solos, 2 assists), Kaylo Littlejohn (3 solos, assist), Alex Switzer (5 solos, assist), Noah Botley (solo) and Brian Clement (solo).
Complete statistics for Waterville were unavailable.
Waterville scored on its first possession to take an early 7-0 lead, but Camden Hills got on the board on its first possession as well when Rozsahegyi connected with Chamberlain on an 8-yard touchdown pass. Chambberlain then cashed in the two-point conversion as well to put the hosts ahead 8-7.
The visiting Purple Panthers then rattled off 34 unanswered points to end the half, including a 4-yard touchdown run by Daniel Pooler with 3:22 left and a 25-yard touchdown pass from Aiden FitzGerald to Jordhan Levine with 1:22 left in the half. Levine's scoring catch came immediately after a Camden Hills fumble recovered by Waterville.
Camden Hills played well in the second half against several Waterville substitutes and had a nice opening drive, including a deep pass from Rozsahegyi to Pascal, to put the Windjammers in scoring territory. However, the host's next pass was picked off at the 2-yard line, which gave the ball back to the Purple Panthers.
It looked as if Waterville would add another quick score when Cam Thomas ripped off a 70-yard run to put the Purple Panthers in prime position for another touchdown, but Pascal intercepted a pass in the end zone, which resulted in a touchback.
However, after Camden Hills turned the ball over on downs on its next possession, Pooler scampered into the end zone from nine yards out to put the visitors up 48-8 with 3:35 left in the third quarter.
Rozsahegyi and Graffam hooked up for a fourth-quarter touchdown pass for Camden Hills.
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