ROCKLAND — The conditions were sloppy and muddy at Wasgatt Field on Friday night, Oct. 1 as the Oceanside football team hosted Nokomis of Newport in a midseason high school contest.

And for the Mariners, predominately a running team, it was the perfect recipe for a “get-right” game against the Warriors after being off for more than two weeks.

Oceanside’s Gavin Ripley, left, and Jack Elwell (58), among others. Photo by Zack Miller

The Mariners scored a touchdown in each half and got a late interception from Carter Galley to preserve what proved a 12-0 victory in front of a sizable homecoming crowd.

“I thought we responded well after an embarrassing loss at Old Town and then two weeks off due to quarantining,” said Oceanside coach Wes Drinkwater. “We played tough on defense. The kids played their assignments well, there was much better containment on coverages and communication was much better.”

Oceanside’s Jacob Carroll. Photo by Zack Miller

Aiden Sergent and Hale Morris had rushing touchdowns in the win for the Mariners as Hale scored on a five-yard run in the second quarter and Sergent a 62-yard scamper in the third.

The veteran coach added Carroll’s interior running “complimented Aiden Sergent running counters and sweeps very well.”

Oceanside fans cheer on the team. Photo by Zack Miller

“The offensive and defensive line played well, but I was mostly impressed by the turnaround in tackling and toughness on the defensive side of the ball,” the coach said.

The Mariner offense was led by Sergent as he rushed for 194 yards on 10 carries and added one touchdown, while Jacob Carroll (70 yards on 15 carries), Robert Blair (21 yards on 3 carries) and Hale Morris (20 yards on 3 carries, touchdown) also had solid contributions. Carroll was 4-of-8 passing for 22 yards.

The Mariner defense was led by Nate Thompson (5 tackles), Jack Elwell (5 tackles), Larry Robbins (5 tackles), Sergent (5 tackles, quarterback sack), Carroll (4 tackles), Morris (4 tackles), Duncan Natale (4 tackles, fumble recovery) and Carter Galley (interception).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Crabtree Point Standings for Class C North, Oceanside (2-1, 96.6667 points) is first in the nine-team region.

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Oceanside’s Jacob Carroll (10), among others. Photo by Zack Miller