WALDOBORO — In a dominating week one road victory over Belfast, the Medomak Valley football team conducted its offensive assault largely through the air.

In the Panthers’ home-opener on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 10 against Winslow, the Panthers went back to the ground attack.

And, again, their opponents had no answers.

Medomak Valley’s Tucker Holgerson, left. Photo by Mark Haskell

In a high school gridiron game between opponents who coasted past their week 1 foes, the Panthers scored on four of their first-half possessions — and also saw sensational play on defense and special teams — and controlled play throughout in an eye-opening, 40-0 victory over the Black Raiders.

Through two games, the Panthers have outscored opponents 82-6 and have yet to allow an offensive touchdown.

Aaron Reed had rushing touchdowns of 27, six, three and two yards on the afternoon, while Hayden Staples had a short-yardage score and Porter Gahagan a seven-yard TD to pace the Panthers.

Medomak Valley’s Gabe Lash, middle, and Winslow’s Gavin Chambers, left, and Michael McCullough. Photo by Mark Haskell

Staples rushed for 164 yards on 20 carries and Reed 82 yards on 18 carries.

Jaiden Starr also recovered a fumble and booted four extra points in the win for Medomak Valley, while Blake Morrison had a key interception in the second quarter.

Tucker Holgerson had a full-extension block on a Winslow punt with less than 30 seconds to play in the first half, which resulted in a Panther touchdown as time wound down that, ultimately, put the game out of reach.

Medomak Valley’s first possession ended in a seven-yard TD scamper for Gahagan to put the hosts up 7-0, while the Panthers second possession saw Reed again cash in on a two-yard TD run, set up after a key fourth-down conversion catch by Gaitlin Bedenik from Wyatt Simmons.

Simmons was 3-of-4 under center for 42 yards for the hosts.

Medomak Valley’s Gatlin Bedenik, left, and Winslow’s Zak King. Photo by Mark Haskell

Winslow’s third possession saw Morrison pick off a Jared Newgard pass near midfield with 5:10 to go in the half. That resulted in a six-yard TD run by Reed — set up by a long rush by Staples — with 2:26 to go in the half that put Medomak Valley up 20-0.

Winslow was forced to punt on its ensuing possession, but Holgerson broke through the line and laid out for a sensational punt block, which gave Medomak Valley a very short field with 32.6 seconds to go in the half.

Three plays later, a three-yard touchdown run by Staples and ensuing extra point from Starr essentially put the game on ice as the Panthers took a 27-0 lead with 16.2 seconds to go.

Morrison’s interception and Holgerson’s punt block, in essence, doubled Medomak Valley’s lead heading into halftime.

“I was happy with the guy’s efforts overall,” said Medomak Valley coach Ryan Snell. “Just a true team win. We were able to get a couple extra scores in the second quarter after Blake’s interception. And then we took a shot there toward the end [of the half] on punt block [and] Tucker was able to get in and get one. Getting that late score. plus getting the ball to start the second half, really put us in a good spot to finish it out.”

Starr recovered a third-quarter fumble — which resulted in a 27-yard touchdown run by Reed with 7:12 to go in the stanza — while Reed added a three-yard TD rush in the fourth quarter for Medomak Valley.

The Panther defense was keyed by Bedenik (7 solo tackles, quarterback sack, forced fumble), Holgerson (2 solos, 2 assisted tackles, sack, blocked punt), Marshall Addy (3 solos), Starr (3 solos), Xavier Woodbury (2 solos, assist), Reed (solo, assist), Gabe Lash (solo, assist), Kaden Wright (2 solos, assist), Gahagan (2 solos), Gavin Clark (solo) and Morrison (solo, interception).