BATH — Despite a last-minute opponent and venue change, the Camden Hills football team maintained its stellar season-opening, eight-man play thanks, in large part, to a student-athlete who continues to give Windjammer opponents fits.

The Windjammers improved to 2-0 on the young campaign with another impressive offensive performance, again spearheaded by a monster performance from Hunter Norton, en route to a 60-42 victory over the host Morse Shipbuilders on Saturday night, Sept. 11.

The outcome was significant, not only because it was another strong all-around performance for the Windjammers after not being able to play an official game in 2020 due to the pandemic, but because Camden Hills initially was scheduled to play at Ellsworth/Sumner this weekend and that game was canceled due to COVID issues at the other schools.

Thus, Camden Hills punted and found another opponent, in this case, the Shipbuilders.

The game was competitive, but Morse — like most opponents — ultimately, had no answers on how to stop, or even slow, Norton.

The rugged senior turned in a yeoman effort. He finished with 280 rushing yards, scored six touchdowns and converted a two-point conversion. He had scoring runs of 60, 46, 45, nine and seven yards and a 29-yard TD reception. He was responsible for 38 of the team’s 60 points.

As longtime Windjammer football supporter Carl Chadwick said, “it was Hunter Norton all day and all night [on] both sides of the ball.”

Added Windjammer head coach Chris Christie, “It was quite a roller-coaster of emotions and patience as we went from having our scheduled [opponent] cancel our game, then have two teams decide not to pick up our game, and then finally — with a lot of greatly appreciated work by our athletic director Jeff Hart — we found a game with a very talented Morse team.”

The head coach added, “Obviously our senior Hunter Norton had a tremendous day, but much credit to our offensive line for opening the gates for Hunter to have the success he did.”

Camden Hills scored six points in the first quarter, 13 in the second, 15 in the third and 26 in the fourth, while Morse tallied eight in the first, 16 in the second, six in the three and 12 in the fourth.

The Shipbuilders led 8-6 after one quarter and 24-19 at halftime, before the visitors outscored the hosts 41-18 in the second half.

The Windjammers recovered the initial kick to Morse and scored and the opponents traded scores until Camden Hills led 34-30 with about seven minutes to go in the third quarter. That is when the Windjammers  held the Shipbuilders on crucial 4th-and-4.

It essentially was the only stop of the game by either team’s defense — Camden Hills also recovered two fumbles — and the visitors scored to go ahead 41-30. Morse scored to make it 41-36 then Camden Hills scored to make it 48-36. The Shipbuilders returned a kickoff for a TD to make it 48-42.

Then the Windjammers pulled away.

Besides Norton’s immense effort, Ryan Clifford (1-yard scoring run), Louis Mainella (19-yard scoring pass from Clifford, 20-yard TD run) and Owen Reynolds (four extra-point kicks, three kickoffs for 112 yards) also played key roles on offense for the Windjammers. Clifford also threw the 29-yard scoring pass to Norton.

Camden Hills finished with 511 total yards, including 406 on the ground and 105 through the air. Morse had 370 total yards, including 313 on the ground and 57 in the air.

Additionally, Camden Hills finished with 11 penalties for 91 yards.