Portland Steelers nip Rockland Tigers 6-0 in state finalRockland makes bid to win another state championship
Portland — A hard-fought, defensive struggle resulted in a tough loss for Rockland in the local peewee athletes' bid to win the Maine Youth Football League "varsity" championship Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28 at Fitzpatrick Stadium.
Instead, the 6-0 victory went to the home-standing Portland Steelers in a tightly-contested, fun affair for the young players on both sides of the field, including the chance to play on artificial turf.
Rockland earned a trip to the state final by winning the Harvest Bowl North Division crown Oct. 20.
Rockland, comprised of fifth- and sixth-grade players, went 3-0 in the North Division in games at Gray-New Gloucester Middle School.
The Portland Steelers were the winners of the Harvest Bowl South Division.
In the Harvest Bowl, Rockland defeated Five Town Football 30-28 in a thrilling overtime contest in the North Division final, a contest that saw Rockland punch in a two-point conversion on the final play of the game to pick up the victory and earn a state finals berth.
Rockland bested Boothbay and Lincoln County, with scores unavailable, prior to its win over Five Town Football.
Team members for Rockland, who may or may not have participated in the state championship game, included Austin Pagano, Drew Minery, Karl Ilvonen, Brady Belcher, Sam Miller, Obediah Miller, Brandon Bodman, Tyler Sukeforth, Hunter Yattaw, Finnegan Lynch, Jeret Winchenbach, Ben Ripley, Bennett Penney, Alex Fogarty, Andrew Secord, Alex O'Brien, Everett Allyn, Zac Cody, Chris Mathieson, Cameron Kingsbury, Ryan Lewis, Hunter Moore, Jude Forti, Seth Sweet, Brannan Harris, Carson Murphy, Jonas Hunter-Young, Joe Curtis-Hamilton, Sebastian Sanfilippo, Eli Miller, John Thompson, Cooper Wirkala, Marcus Camber and Jacob Knowlton. The head coach is Rod Penney.
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