The Eastern Maine Middle School Football League season has drawn to a close, with one of the top teams in the conference playing in the Midcoast.

The Five Town Football team proved one of the top teams in the conference, finishing the season with a 6-2 record.

Team members included Elvis Bowen, John Chilton, Brandon Debrosky, Nick Doran, Marco D'Amato, Tyler Gerry, Isaac Hall, Calvin James, Aaron Jones, Dawson Lane, Mason Mahonen, Hunter McDaniels-Rossiter, Eben Merrifield, Drake Modery, Gage Modery, Isak Hall, Nate Raye, Michael Russillo, Tyler Wood, Nicholas Winter, Peyton Young and Seth Young. The team's head coach is Thad Chilton.

"We had a great season running neck and neck with [Oceanside] and Bangor for supremacy in the Eastern Maine Middle School Football League until the conclusion of the final game of the season," said Chilton, whose squad dropped a 31-26 decision to the Mariners Oct. 23 at Wasgatt Field in Rockland to cap the year.

"We were small in numbers with only 22 players, but were big in execution and even bigger in determination to succeed," the coach said.

Modery had two rushing touchdowns and a conversion run in the game against Oceanside, while Bowen added a touchdown and a conversion run and Debrosky one touchdown.

Oceanside got on the board first to take a 7-0 lead, while Bowen rushed for a TD, along with a conversion run by Modery, to tie the game.

The Mariners then turned the ball over on its next possession, allowing FTF to take a 14-7 lead after a Modery TD and a Bowen conversion run.

Oceanside added two more touchdowns before halftime, sandwiched around a Debrosky touchdown, to give FTF a 20-19 halftime lead.

In the second half, Oceanside scored back-to-back TDs to take a 31-20 lead, but Modery cut the hosts' lead to five points late with another score.

FTF then attempted an onside kick, which failed, allowing the Mariners to run out the clock.

Five Town Football sported a 5-0 record early on with victories over Hampden (20-12), Belfast (13-6), Newport (34-0), Hermon (21-12) and Bucksport (42-12) before dropping a 25-23 decision to talented Bangor Oct. 10 in Camden.

The Schooners had a chance to take the lead late in the game with the ball in Bangor territory, but turned it over to the visitors.

FTF then split its final two games, a 24-13 win over Brewer and its season-ending loss to Oceanside. FTF also had a pair of exhibition victories over Medomak Youth Football (36-12) and Lincoln County (18-0) early in the season.

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