Tigers spoil Mariners' homecoming with lopsided winOceanside in three-way tie for final playoff spot with two games to play
Rockland — For decades, Tigers, the mascot of then Rockland District High School, toiled at Wasgatt Field on Thomaston Street in the city.
While much has changed since those days, Friday night, Oct. 5 proved to be a throwback to the old days when Tigers roamed the field – much to the chagrin of the second-year Oceanside Mariners – who hosted the Gardiner Tigers in a Pine Tree Conference Class B regular-season game.
The Tigers (4-2) were anything but gracious guests for Oceanside (2-4), who hosted its annual homecoming game, as the visitors rolled to a 41-6 victory. The Mariners are the combination of the former RDHS Tigers and Georges Valley High School (Thomaston) Buccaneers.
One of the bright spots on Friday for the Mariners was senior Dan Stone, who fought through a host of special team Tiger players as he took a second-quarter kickoff 97 yards to the end zone. It was the longest scoring play in Oceanside's brief two-year existence. Stone had two kick returns for a combined 113 yards.
For Gardiner, Dennis Meehan tossed touchdown passes to Josh Moore and Frank Chepke, while Steve Sirois and Seth Wing also rushed for scores in the win. Meehan also added a rushing touchdown for the Tigers.
Gardiner took a 6-0 lead on the team's second possession when Sirois cashed in from close range. Oceanside looked to be about to start a scoring drive of its own when quarterback Sam Meklin completed a 25-yard strike to receiver Jacob Butman, but the Mariners fumbled the ball away on their next play.
The Tigers then moved down the field quickly and Wing cashed in from a yard out early in the second quarter to give the visitors a 14-0 lead, after the two-point conversion.
Stone then scored the Mariners' lone touchdown on a long kickoff return with 11:13 left in the second quarter.
Gardiner outscored Oceanside 27-0 the rest of the way.
Quarterback Meklin was 5-of-16 for 72 yards and one interception for Oceanside.
Butman had two catches for 52 yards, while Matt Zable had two receptions for 11 yards and Dan Hendricks one catch for nine yards. Dan Stone, Meklin, Garrett Burns, Preston Spear and Zable combined for 50 yards on 17 carries.
Leading the Mariner defense were Burns (6 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles), Hendricks (11 solos, assist), Meklin (5 solos, assist, quarterback sack), Butman (7 solos, assist, sack), Dan Stone (4 solos, sack), Jake St. Pierre (2 solos), Spear (5 solos, sack), Travis Stone (2 solos, assist), Trenton Jarrett (2 solos), and Logan Finnegan (solo).
In the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Points for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (2-4, 85.3833 points) is in a three-way tie for eighth with Morse of Bath and Madison-Carrabec, while Mount Blue (6-0, 154.1667 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
Oceanside lost to Madison/Carrabec 22-20 earlier this season and will host Morse in its final game of the regular season on Friday, Oct. 19.
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