ROCKPORT — Camden Hills had to wait a week longer than most of the state’s high school football programs to kick it off its campaign, so, the Windjammers’ Saturday afternoon, Sept. 10 season- and home-opener affair was highly anticipated.

The relatively young Windjammers played tough defense, but their “youthful nervous energy,” said assistant coach Carl Chadwick, might have hampered them in game one as the hosts turned the ball over three times and watched their opponent run nearly twice as many plays.

From left, Camden Hills’ J.T. Johndro, Avery Laite and Isaac Dutille. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

In the end, Yarmouth/North Yarmouth Academy earned a 28-16 eight-man victory on Don Palmer Field.

The hosts led 16-14 after one quarter, but were held scoreless the rest of the way as the visitors tacked on 14 more in the second stanza for the margin of victory.

Camden Hills ran 39 plays to 76 for Yarmouth/NYA, and finished with 123 total yards versus 310 for the visitors. Yarmouth/NYA led in passing yards 43-14, rushing yards 267-109 and first downs 18-5.

The Windjammers finished 0-of-7 on third downs and 1-of-2 on fourth downs, while Yarmouth/NYA was 10-of-22 overall in those down situations.

Camden Hills’ Louis Mainella (8) and Yarmouth/North Yarmouth Academy’s Cam Boone. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Camden Hills also had two interceptions and a fumble, as well as nine penalties for 51 yards.

The individual leaders for Camden Hills were Owen Reynolds with 86 rushing yards, William Haslam 14 passing yards and Cameron Lawrence nine receiving yards.

Camden Hills scored in the first quarter on Lawrence’s five-yard TD run while Dylan Lowe caught a pass from Haslam for two-point conversion.

Owen Reynolds’ 55-yard scoring run, following by a Haslam-to-Lawrence two-point conversion pass, gave the hosts a 16-14 advantage in the opening stanza.

The Clippers scored on two-, five-, nine- and 57-yard runs.

Also for the Windjammers, Louis Mainella (4 carries for 64 yards, long of 55) chipped in on offense.

On defense for Camden Hills, Isaac Dutille (5 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles), Connor Beal (4 solos, 4 assists), Louis Mainella (3 solos, 9 assists), Vincent Mainella (3 solos, 5 assists), Mason Thomas (3 solos, 5 assists, quarterback sack), Hollis Schwalm (3 solos, assist), J.T. Johndro (2 solos, 7 assists, fumble recovery), Reynolds (solo), Lawrence (solo, assist), Lowe (solo, 9 assists), Hunter Beveridge (solo), Saxton Smith (4 assists), Justin Batty (3 assists), Aaron Heald (3 assists, fumble recovery) and Max Ergas (2 assists).

On special teams, Dutille had two kick returns for 16 yards and Louis Mainella one for 12.

Reynolds also booted three kicks for 148 yards and Matt Mitchell punted four times for a 20-yard average.