Windjammers ride strong team effort to first winSophomore tailback Crosby's two fourth-quarter scores lift Camden Hills
Hermon — Trailing 12-0 at the end of the first half against host Hermon on Friday night, Sept. 20, Camden Hills coach Steve Wadsworth delivered a poignant halftime speech to his football team:
“I told them at the half that if they didn't believe we were going to win this game, they should not step out onto the field," the second-year coach said.
It took a while for wind to hit the Windjammers' sails, but they got the message — and their first win of the season.
The visitors outscored the Hawks (0-3) 14-0 over the final six minutes to erase a 10-point deficit and pulled out the 22-18 victory.
Camden Hills is 1-2 on the campaign.
“It is pretty rewarding when my words don't fall on deaf ears,” Wadsworth said, adding, “It was a good team win.”
“We overcame a lot of mistakes tonight [and] we made some quality adjustments at the half,” said Wadsworth. “The boys kept grinding and we wore our opponent out tonight. Our [offensive]-line really opened up some holes in the fourth [quarter], but to trail 18-8 with six minutes to go and win the game is a real testament to the boys character.”
Taylor Crosby led the Windjammer offense with 151 yards on the ground on 25 carries, and a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, while also cashing in a two-point conversion.
Quarterback Nick Rozsahegyi was 4-of-11 for 30 yards for Camden Hills, while also rushing for 19 yards on four carries, and a touchdown. Jake Chamberlain also had a two-point conversion for the visitors and made three catches for 22 yards, while Connor Graffam nabbed an 8-yard catch.
Nose tackle Elvis Bowen led the Camden Hills defense with 11 solo tackles and six assisted tackles, many of which were for Hawk yardage losses.
Leading the Windjammer defense were Brian Jones (2 solo tackles, 2 assists), Crosby (5 solo tackles, assist), Rozsahegyi (2 solos, assist), Nate Pascal (2 solos), Graffam (5 solos, 3 assists), Wyatt Summers (3 solos, 3 assists), Josiah Farrell (solo), Chamberlain (solo, assist), Colt Muir (5 solos, 4 assists, interception), Kaylo Littlejohn (7 solos, 5 assists), Alex Switzer (6 solos, 2 assists) and Brian Clement (4 solos, 2 assists).
After taking the late 22-18 lead on a Crosby touchdown, Muir picked off a Hermon pass with less than a minute remaining to seal the win for the Windjammers.
In the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Point Standings for Eastern Class C, Camden Hills (1-2, 83.3000 points) is seventh, while Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft (2-0, 152.1739 points) is first in the 10-team region. Foxcroft Academy's win over Old Town has yet to be reported in the Crabtree Point Standings.
The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs. Camden Hills and Nokomis of Newport, both of whom petitioned down to Eastern Class C this season, are ineligible for postseason play.
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