ELLSWORTH — The Camden Hills football squad played its way into the win column on Friday night, Sept. 23 as the Windjammers went on the road and sailed back to Rockport with a 31-14 high school gridiron win over Ellsworth/Sumner.

“It was a great all-around team victory,” said Camden Hills coach Chris Christie. “After the effort that athletes have put in since July, it was great to get that first win. Our goal for the season does not change: We want to be playing our best in October and November.  This game was a good step towards that goal.”

Camden Hills led 6-0 after the first quarter, 17-6 at halftime and 25-6 after three stanzas.

Hollis Schwalm was 9-of-15 under center for 202 yards and tossed a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another in the win for Camden Hills, while he also tossed two-point conversion passes to Owen Reynolds and Cameron Lawrence.

Louis Mainella also had a touchdown on the ground and caught one of Schwalm’s passes for a score, while Dylan Lowe caught the other TD for the Windjammers.

On the ground, Camden Hills was keyed by Reynolds (9 carries for 42 yards), Louis Mainella (8 carries for 32 yards, TD), Matt Mitchell (rush for 8 yards), Vincent Mainella (rush for 3 yards), Schwalm (8 rushes for 2 yards) and Zachary Gilbert (rush for yard), while Louis Mainella (3 catches for 71 yards, TD), Lowe (3 catches for 70 yards, TD), Isaac Dutille (35-yard catch), Connor Beal (16-yard-catch) and Reynolds (10-yard catch) hauled in passes.

Camden Hills took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when Schwalm connected with Lowe on a 60-yard touchdown strike, while Louis Mainella’s 13-yard touchdown run — along with the ensuing two-point conversion — gave the Windjammers a 14-point cushion.

After an Ellsworth score, Reynolds booted a 35-yard field goal to give Camden Hills an 11-point halftime edge.

Christie said “fundamentals were key in this game” and “a lot of credit should go to coach [Joe] Russillo and coach [Tim] Doran for dialing up great offensive and defensive plans for this game.”

“We will continue to get better as we move our focus to Spruce Mountain and our homecoming game on Friday night,” he said.

Defensively, the Windjammers were keyed by Dutille (8 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, interception), J.T. Johndro (7 solos, 9 assists, interception, fumble recovery), Reynolds (4 solos, assist), Louis Mainella (2 solos, 14 assists, fumble recovery), Mason Thomas (2 solos, 8 assists), Justin Batty (2 solos, 4 assists, interception), Matt Mitchell (2 assists), Vincent Mainella (4 assists, fumble recovery), Lawrence (fumble recovery), Aaron Heald (6 assists), Hunter Beveridge (3 assists) and Michael Rollins (assist).

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