Windjammers sail past Coyotes to end 13-game skidCamden Hills upends host Old Town with balanced offensive attack
Old Town — There is something about the annual Pine Tree Conference Class B football showdown between Camden Hills and Old Town that brings out the best in both offenses.
Last year, the Coyotes howled to a 42-39 win in Rockport, with both squads scoring almost at will throughout the 48-minute affair.
This year, the Windjammers returned the favor in Old Town on Friday night, Sept. 28, which ultimately brought their lengthy losing streak to a halt.
Camden Hills (1-4) got off to a quick start and held off a late Old Town (0-5) rally and emerged victorious 42-34 over the hosts to end its 13-game losing streak, which spanned to 2010.
In their last two meetings, the Windjammers have outscored the Coyotes 81-73.
"I was happy for the kids to get the win," said first-year Camden Hills coach Steve Wadsworth. "It has been a long time coming. We really had to overcome some adversity tonight, but the kids fought for 48 minutes and change. It took us five games but we finally got our offense in gear. We were pretty balanced tonight."
The visitors scored on offense, defense and special teams Friday, a scenario that began when Windjammer Coleman Powers returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.
Camden Hills jumped to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and led 14-6 at halftime.
However, Old Town seized the momentum in the second half as the game turned into a shootout.
Following a 70-yard touchdown run by Alex Crans and a two-point conversion catch by Crans from quarterback Nick Rozsahegyi in the third quarter, Camden Hills led 22-6 and attempted an onside kick.
Camden Hills recovered the kick, but the officials overturned the call due to a faulty spot.
"We lost all the momentum on that reversal," said Wadsworth, who added, "It looked like we were going to win going away when we went up 22-6 and recovered an onside kick in the third [quarter]; however, the officials overturned the call because they spotted the ball at the 35 and not the 40 even though [the ball] went 20 yards downfield before we recovered."
Old Town then scored 18 unanswered points to take a 26-22 lead, while the two teams traded scores in the fourth quarter, with Camden Hills preparing to take a knee on third down with 25 seconds left, leading 36-34.
The Coyotes broke through the line and knocked Rozsahegyi to the ground, while the Windjammer sideline received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, stopping the clock.
"I told the officials that we were taking a knee," said Wadsworth. "Usually they want to know because they're trying to protect the kids, but to allow them to do that then penalize us is just absurd. We're trying to take a knee to end the game and it almost ended up costing us the game."
The adversity for the 'Jammers did not end there.
Camden Hills, with its long snapper out of the game, went for it and fourth down and came up short, turning the ball over on downs.
The Windjammers then made a stop in the middle of the field with the clock winding down, but were whistled for a late hit penalty, giving Old Town a chance to win the game from the 10-yard line with seven second remaining.
However, an Old Town pass from Cameron Archer was intercepted in the end zone and Windjammer Marty Farrell returned the ball 108 yards for a touchdown as time expired.
Crans rushed for 138 yards on 16 carries and also made two receptions for 17 yards and a score to lead Camden Hills, while Powers (7 carries for 18 yards; 3 receptions for 39 yards, TD), Isaac Young (16 carries for 69 yards, TD) and Chris Weiss (3 carries for 7 yards) also contributed to the offense.
Rozsahegyi was 7-of-17 under center for 59 yards and two touchdowns.
Powers found the end zone for the second time in the first quarter when Rozsahegyi hit him with a 15-yard TD strike to round out the first-half scoring for Camden Hills.
The 'Jammers then got a 70-yard TD run from Crans in the third and Crans caught a TD pass from Rozsahegyi in the fourth, along with a five-yard touchdown run from Young in addition to Farrell's interception return.
Braden Upshaw had three touchdowns to lead Old Town, while Archer threw for two scores and ran for another in the loss.
Leading Camden Hills' defense were Powers (10 tackles), Taylor Crosby (9 tackles), Young (sack, 5 tackles), Alex Bryant (quarterback sack, 4 tackles), Colt Muir (4 tackles), Ian Nason (2 sacks, forced fumble, 3 tackles), Jacob Moulton (3 tackles), Farrell (3 tackles), Alex Sweitzer (tackle), Weiss (tackle), Mike Haskell (tackle) and Greg Wolff (tackle).
In the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Points for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (1-4, 60.0000 points) is 12th, while Leavitt of Turner (5-0, 157.5000 points) is first in the 14-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.
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