FALMOUTH — As if the Medomak Valley football team had not waited long enough.

After the Panthers had their Friday, Sept. 17 homecoming game with Old Town canceled as the Coyotes were in COVID-19 protocols, Medomak Valley then changed course and trekked south for a Saturday night, Sept. 18 high school road game with Falmouth/Greely.

Then, after the scheduled 6:30 p.m. start was pushed to 8:20 after a thunder-and-lightning delay, the Panthers finally hit the field and had “a heck of an effort against a Class B team,” said Medomak Valley coach Ryan Snell, in a hard-fought, 16-8 defeat.

The game was scoreless at halftime before a blocked punt by Falmouth/Greely’s Cooper Bush in the third quarter gave the hosts a short field. Bush, also the team’s quarterback, tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass and the hosts took an 8-0 lead after the two-point conversion.

The hosts doubled their lead after a 12-yard touchdown run by Bush and another two-point conversion.

Levi Ward scored for the Panthers on a seven-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion with six minutes to go. Medomak Valley got the ball back with less than two minutes left — on their own one-yard-line — but could not go 99 yards in that amount of time to attempt to knot the score.

Ward rushed for 68 yards to pace the Panthers, while Hayden Staples rushed for 48 yards.

Nolan Gahagan (5 solo tackles, assisted tackle, interception), Staples (4 solos), Blake Morrison (2 solos, 2 assists), Isaac Simmons (3 solos, 3 assists), Gatlin Bedenik (4 solos, 2 assists), Kayden Wright (5 solos, assist) and Jethro Pease (solo, 3 assists) paced the Panther defense.

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