It all started so perfectly with idyllic late-summer weather conditions under the bright portable Friday night lights, hundreds of pumped up high school football fans around the field and AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" blaring through the speakers atop the public address/press box building.

After a beautiful rendition of the national anthem sung by a group of Medomak Valley students, a pair of 2-0 teams — visiting Winslow and the Panthers — took the field to clash for early-season bragging rights and to enjoy the hosts' annual homecoming celebration.

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The energy was high and atmosphere electric.

Then, the Black Raiders put a damper on the hosts' festivities when they figuratively — and, in all intents and purposes, literally — shut out the lights on the Panthers.

In fact, the Black Raiders proved a talented, deep, experienced juggernaut, an unwavering force of football nature, as they grabbed the momentum early and rolled to a 76-6 victory.

Winslow led 8-0 at the eight-minute mark of the first quarter, 22-0 with 3:59 left, 29-0 at the end of the opening stanza and 35-0 less than two minutes into the second quarter and simply cruised from that point.

The Black Raiders have a storied gridiron history and decades of high-level success while the Panthers, although making great strides and realizing strong success in recent seasons, have only had a varsity program for a handful of years.

Friday's game saw a handful of injuries to players on both teams, some significant enough where they may force student-athletes from the squads to miss future games this season. There were, in fact, several delays in play to attend to injured players.

Josh MacDougal led the Panthers with 60 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Hayden Staples added 42 yards on the ground, Levi Ward 13 and Colvin Standring and Tucker Holgerson 10.

Defensively, Gabe Shellman keyed the squad with six solo tackles, while Erik Benner finished with three solo tackles and an assisted tackle, Levi Ward three solos and Colvin Standring and Jakob Gess two solos and an assist.

"Winslow took it to us," said Panther coach Ryan Snell. "There's a reason they're the best team in our league. We would have had to have played close to a perfect game in order to compete with them, and we obviously didn't do that. Just about anything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. Oddly enough we were in this position last year, losing to [Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield] 73-0. We regrouped and upset Oceanside [of Rockland] 7-6 the week after that. We will regroup again this year and get ready for Morse [of Bath] on Friday."

The Panthers certainly faced an opponent with a championship pedigree on Friday night. While Medomak Valley's quest each fall is challenge for a regional playoff spot and make a deep postseason run, the Black Raiders have had state championship expectations for decades.

And in two Maine Principals' Association classes since the 1950s. In fact, in Class B, Winslow has won eight state titles (2001, 2000, 1993, 1992, 1986, 1982, 1976, 1958) and finished second four times (2006, 2004, 1981, 1979). In Class C, Winslow, which, in recent years, dropped a class, also has won two state titles (2014, 2015) and finished second twice (2012, 2013).

This fall, in the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Point Standings Class C North, Medomak Valley (2-1, 120.8667 points) is fourth, while Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (3-0, 147.8261 points) is first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs. Winslow (2-1, 125.0333 points) is third in the region.

Earlier this season, Medomak Valley defeated Nokomis of Newport 38-0 and Belfast 32-22. Winslow previously beat Nokomis 62-0 and lost to Wells 18-6. Wells is 3-0 and first in Class C South.