Ram Tough Kennebunk spoils Oceanside homecoming funSpear runs 19 yards for Mariners' lone touchdown
Rockland — The Oceanside High School football team opted to play in Western Class B this season to avoid the overall talent and strength of Eastern Class B. However, the Mariners have quickly discovered that opponents in the other side of the state can play the game at a high level as well.
The Mariners dipped to 0-3 on the young season when they ran into a buzzsaw known as Kennebunk on Friday night, Sept. 20 in Oceanside's homecoming game on Wasgatt Field.
Unbeaten Kennebunk is the top-ranked squad in Western Class B and showed why with an impressive, dominating 63-6 win over the Mariners.
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The Rams struck early and often to put the Mariners behind the eight-ball. Preston Spear had a 20-yard rushing touchdown for Oceanside, which was escorted to the field with a police and fire truck escort prior to the game, in the fourth quarter.
Most of the rest of night belonged to the visitors as Nick Emmons threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for two scores, and Nicco DeLorenzo finished with three rushing touchdowns to lead the Rams.
Emmons had touchdown runs of 35 and 60 yards and finished with 155 yards on eight carries. He also connected with Tyler Elkington, son of former Rockland District High School boys basketball coach Chris Elkington, who led the Tigers to the 1992 state Class B title, on a 65-yard pass and Larson Coppinger on a 26-yard touchdown. He was 3-of-4 passing for 103 yards.
DeLorenzo added touchdown runs of 28, 15 and eight yards and finished with 158 yards on nine carries.
Elkington sparked the Rams on both special teams and in the air. His 65-yard TD pass reception in the first quarter put the Rams ahead 28-0 and his 50-yard punt return set up Delorenzo's one play 8-yard scoring run in the third.
The Rams compiled 527 yards of offense, 412 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground and 115 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
The Marriners were held to 69 yards on the ground and one TD and 55 yards in the air.
Kennebunk, which led 49-0 at halftime against the Mariners, has dominated foes this fall. The Rams, led by 35th-year coach Joe Rafferty, who collected his 150th career victory the week before against York, have outscored foes 150-40 this season. On the flip side, the young, growing Mariners, under the guidance of first-year coach Wes Drinkwater, have been outscored 139-30.
In the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Point Standings for Western Class B, Kennebunk (3-0, 152.1739 points) is first and Oceanside (0-3, 52.1739 points) tied for ninth in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
Kennebunk played in Class A last year.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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