WALDOBORO — The Medomak Valley football team continued to stuff victories in the win column, and did so for the fourth straight time, in a showdown under the lights on Monday night, Oct. 18 at home with Hampden Academy.

The Panthers — as they have this fall — got sensational efforts on the ground from Hayden Staples and Levi Ward and steamrolled the winless Broncos to the tune of a 40-12 victory.

Medomak Valley’s Blake Morrison (11), Gatlin Bedenik (15) and Jethro Pease, among others. Photo by Mark Haskell

The Panthers and Broncos originally were to play over the weekend, but that game was postponed to Monday.

Staples rushed for a whopping 201 yards and one touchdown, while Ward rushed for 82 yards and three scores and Nolan Gahagan added one rushing TD. Ward and Kaleb Dodge also added two-point conversion rushes, while Wyatt Simmons connected with Jacob Craig, Staples and Garret Hutchins on conversion passes.

The Panther touchdowns were on short yardage rushes, set up primarily by large chunk plays on the ground by Ward and Staples.

Tyler Coffin had a short yardage touchdown run and Gunner Newey a 74-yard touchdown rush late in the game for the Broncos.

The hosts led 8-0, 24-0 and 24-6 at the quarter breaks.

Hampden Academy also had six turnovers — four interceptions and two fumble recoveries — many of which translated into quick points for the Panthers.

Gahagan (5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles), Isaac Bickford (4 solos, 3 assists), Ethan Wood (interception, fumble recovery, 5 solos, assist), Blake Morrison (interception, 3 solos), Gabe Lash (interception, solo, 2 assists), Gatlin Bedenik (fumble recovery, solo), Kaleb Dodge (forced fumble, solo), Tucker Holgerson (2 solos, 2 assists), Ward (interception, 4 solos, 2 assists), Staples (3 solos), Hutchins (forced fumble, 2 solos), Sam Moody (2 solos), Kayden Wright (2 solos, 2 assists), Marshall Addy (solo), Isaac Simmons (solo) and Kory Donlin (solo) led the Medomak Valley defense.

Ward got the Panther scoring attack started in the first quarter with a short touchdown run and two-point conversion with 7:33 to go, while Staples did the same with 11:10 left in the second to make the score 16-0. Ward added his second from close range with 3:23 remaining in the half and, after a two-point catch by Craig, as hosts took a commanding 24-0 lead.

Medomak Valley’s Ethan Wood (21), among others. Photo by Mark Haskell

Coffin found the end zone with 4:30 left in the third quarter as the Broncos looked to play their way back into the game, but an interception by Ward with 8:38 to go in the game set up a short field and quick touchdown for Ward, which put the clash out of reach.

Morrison picked off a Broncos pass on the next HA possession, which resulted in a three-yard TD plunge from Gahagan with 5:27 to play.

Panther coach Ryan Snell said “the whole team did a great job all week,” but “now it’s officially Oceanside week and we’ve got a quick turnaround to get ready for them.”

“It’s one-game-at-a-time mentality for these guys,” he said. “We’ve been fortunate to play each week so far, and hope we get that opportunity again Friday night.”

The Panthers will travel to face the Mariners — on three days rest — on Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in Rockland.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Crabtree Point Standings for Class C North, Medomak Valley (5-2, 105.5195 points) is first in the nine-team region.