NEWPORT — Sometimes, a high school team’s most significant enemy on the football field is not the competition. It is the clock.

And Medomak Valley nearly learned that lesson the hard way on Saturday, Oct. 9 in a road game at Nokomis.

The Panthers built a 14-point lead in the first half, but held off the Warriors in the second and prowled to their fourth win in six tries, this time a 14-6 victory over the Warriors.

“We did enough to get the win on the road,” said Medomak Valley coach Ryan Snell. “Nokomis outplayed us in the second half. We were fortunate to get out of there. As we’ve seen the last couple weeks, anyone can win on any given night in this conference. We’ve got to come ready to play each time out.”

The game was scoreless after the first quarter before the Panthers got a pair of second-quarter touchdowns and took a 14-0 lead at halftime. The visitors maintained that edge through three quarters. The Warriors got on the board with a fourth-quarter touchdown.

Levi Ward accounted for Medomak Valley’s points as he scored on touchdown runs of two and one yards and also rushed for a two-point conversion. He had 56 yards on the ground, while Hayden Staples rushed for 109 yards for the Panthers.

Nolan Gahagan (4 solo tackles), Blake Morrison (3 solos), Ethan Wood (2 solos), Staples (2 solos), Isaac Bickford (2 solos, quarterback sack), Wyatt Rhodes (2 solos), Tucker Holgerson (2 solos, assisted tackle, sack), Ward (solo, assist, fumble recovery), Marshall Addy (solo, sack), Jethro Pease (2 sacks) and Sam Moody (fumble recovery) led the Medomak Valley defense.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Crabtree Point Standings for Class C North, Medomak Valley (4-2, 104.5977 points) is first in the nine-team region.

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