The following is a synopsis of the 2011 Oceanside High School varsity football squad:

Team: Oceanside football.

Coach/years coached current team: Woody Moore, fifth year (coached Rockland for four seasons).

Last year’s record/playoff information: Rockland finished 4-4 and earned the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Class C playoffs. The Tigers lost 31-0 to No. 2 John Bapst in the quarterfinals.

Roster: Seniors David Harrison (6-1, 185-pound tight end/defensive back), Tyler Stains (6-1, 190-pound offensive lineman/defensive tackle), Seth Batty (6-0, 225-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman) and John Renchen (5-11, 285-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman), juniors Sam Meklin (6-4, 215-pound quarterback/defensive end), Matt Zable (6-2, 160-pound wide receiver/defensive back), Dan Hendricks (5-9, 180-pound linebacker/wide receiver), Christopher Prescott (5-10, 175-pound wide receiver/defensive back), Dan Stone (5-11, 180-pound tailback/defensive back), Travis Stone (5-9, 180-pound fullback/linebacker), Sam Simmons (5-11, 215-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Jacob St. Pierre (6-0, 225-pound offensive lineman/defensive back), Eric Rahkonen (6-1, 200-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman) and Jacob Butman (6-2, 190-pound tight end/defensive back); sophomores Garrett Burns (5-10, 175-pound fullback/linebacker), Damien Ball (5-5, 125-pound running back/defensive back), Cameron Rubenstein (5-0, 100-pound wide receiver/defensive back), Antonio Baudanza (5-10, 145-pound wide receiver/defensive back), Ellery Montgomery (5-10, 155-pound tight end/defensive lineman), Trenton Jarrett (5-10, 200-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Benjamin Young (5-9, 150-pound fullback, defensive lineman), Thomas Smalley (5-6, 240-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Sean Long (6-1, 220-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Joshua Poor (6-0, 185-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Jack Holt (5-7, 120-pound wide receiver/defensive back) and Elijah McDougall (6-2, 190-pound tight end/linebacker); and freshmen Dakota Fulton (5-9, 150-pound quarterback/defensive back), Ryan Allendar (5-5, 125-pound quarterback/wide receiver/defensive back), Caleb Fish (5-5, 120-pound wide receiver/defensive back), Preston Spear (5-8, 140-pound running back/defensive back), Alden Wadsworth (6-1, 190-pound fullback/linebacker), Rebekah Hilt (5-0, 100-pound wide receiver/defensive back), Alexander Rackliffe (6-0, 200-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Drew Philip (5-6, 240-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Adam Young (5-8, 234-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Isaiah Powell (5-10, 225-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman), Ryan Davis (6-1, 260-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman) and Noah Stevens (6-0, 220-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman).

Graduation losses: Derek Miller, Donald Prescott, Joe Nelsen, Pared Meklin, Tyler Fogg, Brandon Knight, John Gerry, Bill Kelly and Ben Staples.

Significant impact players: Sam Meklin, Dan Hendricks, David Harrison, Seth Batty and Travis Stone.

Team strengths: Defense and experience. Quarterback, wide receiver and running back play also looks to be strong along with the offensive line.

Team goals: To improve every day and be the most physically conditioned team in Class B. Also to make the postseason and to “make it fun,” the coach said.

Top league opponents: Leavitt of Turner, Mount Blue of Farmington and Gardiner.

Outlook: The Mariners leave behind the Tigers of Rockland District High School as well as Class C’s Little Ten Conference, making the jump to the more competitive Pine Tree Conference of Class B. Behind the play of Meklin, who threw for 843 yards and six touchdowns last year in addition to a strong running game and hopeful aerial attack, Oceanside hopes to make waves this season and earn a spot in the postseason.

“We expect to make the playoffs and, if we can stay healthy, plan to make some noise,” said Moore.

Schedule:

9/3/11 – Oceanside at Nokomis – 3 p.m.

9/9/11 – Waterville at Oceanside – 7 p.m.

9/16/11 – Oceanside at Madison – 7 p.m.

9/23/11 – Camden Hills at Oceanside – 7 p.m.

9/30/11 – Mount Blue at Oceanside – 7 p.m.

10/7/11 – Oceanside at Gardiner – 7 p.m.

10/14/11 – Leavitt at Oceanside – 7 p.m.

10/21/11 – Oceanside at Morse – 7 p.m.

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