High school football

Rangers convert late score to prevail over road-weary Panthers

Miller tallies two touchdowns, Ashmore rushes for 98 yards for Medomak Valley
By Staff | Oct 17, 2016

Kittery — The Medomak Valley football team could not have traveled farther south without crossing the New Hampshire border — and could not have come much closer to a win — than it did on Friday, Oct. 14 as the Panthers hit the road to face Traip Academy.

The Rangers broke a 14-14 tie in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by Evan Porter and the Panthers could not rally for the game-tying score, ultimately dropping a 20-14 high school gridiron decision.

Porter’s game-winning touchdown was his second of the day as he cashed in on a 20-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, while Angelo Succi also fired a 10-yard touchdown pass to Max Perrault. Porter also had a two-point conversion on the day for Traip Academy.

The visitors, who has two wins in six games, held a 14-6 edge at halftime.

The Panthers were first to pounce when Eli Miller crossed the goal line from a yard out to put the visitors ahead 6-0 before the Rangers rattled off 14 unanswered points to end the half.

Medomak Valley would not go away, however, as Miller converted his second rushing touchdown of the day — this time from two yards out — coupled with a two-point conversion from Cole Ashmore as the visitors rallied to knot the score at 14-14.

Miller’s second score was set up by key 28-yard catch by Kyle Donlin from Miller.

Ashmore had 98 yards on 15 carries to pace the Panthers, while Korbin Daniels added 30 yards on five carries and Tyler Simmons 25 yards on five carries.

For the Rangers, Porter ran for 155 yards, while Succi added 65 yards on the ground and was 10-of-17 under center for 183 yards.

Tyler Hayes and Cole Nichols led Medomak Valley's defense with seven tackles, while Donlin also forced a fumble in the losing effort.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Crabtree Point Standings for Class D South, Medomak Valley (1-5, 71.2455 points) is seventh, while Winthrop/Monmouth (7-0, 141.8605 points) is first in the eight-team region.

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