Rockland 'varsity' to vie for MYFL state championshipFive Town, Medomak squads also participate in recent Harvest Bowls
Portland — A number Midcoast youth football teams took to the gridiron Saturday, Oct. 20 for the annual end-of-season Harvest Bowls, with one area squad earning a berth in the state final.
The Rockland varsity, comprised of fifth- and sixth-grade players, went 3-0 in the North Division in games at Gray-New Gloucester Middle School and will participate in the Maine Youth Football League state championship on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. This is a recent change in date.
Rockland will face the Portland Steelers, winners of the South Division, for the state title.
In last weekend's 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.
Medomak also had a team competing in the North Bracket of the varsity tournament.
Team members for Rockland, who may or may not have participated in the weekend games, 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.
Team members for Five Town Football, who may or may not have participated in the weekend games, included Connor Hedstrom, Ethan Cayouette, Hayden Christie, Isaac Bartlett, Jack Morse, Jacob Weston, Justin Young, Kerry Sabanty, Matt Nickerson, Noah Lang, Sam Hebert, Spencer Johndro, Aedan Kehoe, Brady Hedstrom, Devin Hutcheson, Hayden Marino, Ian Henderson, Kaleb Booth, Luke James, Michael Yates, Rylee Rapp, Braden Moulton, Cameron Hedstrom, Aidan Hebert, Danny Rapp, Dillon Mackey, Dylan Gordon, Landon Stearns, Marshall Sawyer, Nathaniel Bartlett, Simon Polk, Tanner Robinson and Zachary Soule.
Team members for Medomak Youth Football, who may or may not have participated in the weekend games, included Garrett Hutchins, Brennan Winchenbach, Colvin Standring, Damien Henry, Evan Mariano, Jakob Gess, Jake Bickmore, Kelly Roberson, Parker Harris, Ben Martin, Duncan Whitcomb, Elijah Lash, Erik Benner, Ethan Jackson, Garrett French, Michael Simmons, Reilly Fake, Trevor Hynd, Alex Clevette, Amos Hinkley, Ashton Daniels, Eli McCollett, Elias Miller, Isaiah Potter, Jacob Overlock, Jaden Abruzese, Joshua Swan, Nick Daniel and Silas Faria.
Last year, the Rockland varsity and the Camden-Rockport junior varsity won state titles.
Rockland also made a run all the way to the North Division final in the junior varsity division, in games played at the Camden Snow Bowl. Rockland ended up falling to Gray-New Gloucester in overtime in the championship.
Gray-New Gloucester will face the South Portland Big Red in the championship, which will be played Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Five Town Football and Medomak also had teams which competed in the North Division of the junior varsity tournament.
Team members for Rockland, who may or may not have participated in the weekend games, included Jacob Carroll, Austin Chilles, Hunter Norton, Jason Leclerc, Gavin Hendrick, Daniel Butler, Jack Elwell, Brady Marchessault, Harrison Mele, James Cody, Michael Matthews Jr., Hale Morris, Eban Nolan, Bianca Matthews, Zachary Spearing, Zeke Miller, Larry Robbins, Ben Coulter and Alex Johnson.
Team members for Five Town Football, who may or may not have participated in the weekend games, included Julian Henderson, Theodore Hedstrom, Caleb Sabanty, Cam Hedstrom, Justin Bowen, Addison Leonard-Weisbruch, Ryan Clifford, J.J. Harrington, Enzo Russillo, Ian Dionne, Mason Chadwick, Owen McManus, Owen Cooper and Avery Laite.
Team members for Medomak Youth Football, who may or may not have participated in the weekend games, included Brady Carter, Dean Batlis, Evan Stinson, Gabriel White, Garrett Hutchins, Gatlin Bedenik, Gavin Clark, Isaac Simmons, Isaac Hynd, Jaiden Starr, James Lacombe, Matthew Holbrook, Jakob Gess, Nathan Gess, Noah Lawrence, Trystan Francis and Wyatt Simmons.
Photos from the junior varsity Harvest Bowl will appear later with this story.
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