ROCKLAND — There certainly were electrifying plays — long touchdown passes, tough, gritty runs and pad-smacking tackles — on the agenda on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 27 as Oceanside hosted Oak Hill of Wales in a high school football preseason controlled scrimmage at Wasgatt Field.

When the dust settled, the Mariners — varsity and jayvees — had enjoyed much-needed, game-situational work against the Raiders of central Maine.

Oceanside’s Cohen Galley. Photo by Ken Waltz

Under new head coach Sam Weiss, the varsity Mariners won 14-12 and junior varsity prevailed 6-o.

One of the highlights of the varsity clash for the hosts was a 75-yard scoring pass from Cohen Galley to Zeb Foster.

“We are totally confident in our offense,” said coach Weiss. “We fizzled out on our first drive, turning it over on downs. We had a fumble during our third drive that also ended a drive. Outside of that we had a one-play, 75-yard TD from Cohen Galley to Zeb Foster that put us back in the game offensively. We also ran for [more than] 200 yards on the day.”

The coach said defensively “we really need to work on our responsibilities and putting players in the right position to make plays.”

The coach said the team lost Carter Galley — he is the identical twin brother of Cohen Galley — to injury (high ankle sprain) on the team’s first offensive possession, thus, the Mariners also had to find a replacement for the talented athlete on defense.

“We didn’t let up big plays, but we let little plays continue too much,” Weiss said. “Those added up.”

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