The new Medomak Youth Football high school squad got its first taste of real game action Aug. 27 when it played a neighboring school as Oceanside hosted Medomak for a jayvee game at Wasgatt Field.

Earlier the same day on the same field, the Medomak middle school squad faced off against host Oceanside.

The Medomak squads are not affiliated with Medomak Valley High School or Medomak Middle School and are under the auspices of the Medomak Youth Football program. This is the first year for the high school-age program and second season for middle school and peewee programs.

Oceanside has both high school- and middle school-sponsored squads, both in their second year of existence after Rockland offered high school football for more than 100 years and middle school football for decades.

In Monday’s games, the Oceanside jayvees beat Medomak 6-0, as Preston Spear scored the lone touchdown on about a five-yard run. In the earlier middle school game Oceanside won 38-16, as Chris Christian scored three touchdowns, Mike Norton caught two scoring passes and Sam Atwood and Gage Robinson each had one touchdown.

The Medomak Valley high school-age program is led by Ryan Snell, a 2000 graduate of Brewer High School. Snell later returned to Brewer and was part of the 2005 state Class B championship team with the Witches as an assistant coach.

Despite the outcome of Monday’s game, Snell was ecstatic to see Medomak players on the field and acclimating so quickly to game speed.

“It’s great,” said Snell. “You’re excited for the kids that football is in the area now. I’ve said the last couple years that this is a football town in waiting, so to see that product on the field was very gratifying. The kids were absolutely locked in.”

The team sports four seniors, five juniors, three sophomores and 13 freshmen, with the latter group hopeful they will be playing in a full-fledged high school varsity program in a few short years.

“They’re a part of the first team,” he said. “Forty years down the road from here anytime this program has success, this group is all going to be able to come back and celebrate the fact that we were part of that first team. We laid the groundwork [and] we laid the foundation.”

Snell said there are obviously plenty of things the team needs to work on, but, in the short term, he was encouraged with how quickly the players progressed as the game went on, particularly holding the Mariner jayvees scoreless in the second half after giving up a first-half touchdown.

“There’s a lot of little football things to clean up, but that’s a great thing,” said Snell. “As opposed to the opposite of that where we’re not able to run our huddle or not able to run plays or anything like that.”

“There are a lot of positives we can take from this experience,” he said.

Team members for the Medomak high school-aged football team include seniors Ariele Rancourt (offensive line/defensive line), T.J. Harriman (linebacker/fullback), Brandon Poland (defensive end/tight end) and Zach James (offensive line/defensive line); juniors Chris Conclin (offensive line/defensive line), Cody Severson (offensive line/defensive line), Cyril Miller (quarterback/linebacker), Ethan Morin (wide receiver/defensive back) and Mike Prescott (linebacker/running back); sophomores Mackie Whitehill (defensive back/running back), Alex Kenniston (tight end/defensive end) and Chris Armstrong (offensive line/defensive line); and freshmen Brendan Lash (offensive line/ defensive line), Cortland Fischer (linebacker/running back), David Herron (quarterback/defensive back), Dion Emery (offensive line/linebacker), Dylan Smith (wide receiver/defensive back), Ethan Swan (wide receiver/defensive back), Jarod Overlock (wide receiver/defensive back), Nick McAuliffe (wide receiver/defensive back), Owen Gilbert (tight end/defensive end), Riley McCollett (quarterback, defensive back), Ryan Martin (tight end/defensive end), Travis Reed (defensive line, offensive line) and Walker Grindle (offensive line/defensive line).

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