ROCKPORT — The atmosphere, as usual, was electric.

What with jam-packed stands and fans lined around Don Palmer Field’s perimeter fence, as well as a large student section that, when not cheering or chanting, reacted to every piece of action on the field.

There was a buzz in the crisp fall night air, for sure.

Camden Hills’ Mason Thomas, right, and Spruce Mountain’s Reece Davis. Photo by Ken Waltz

There were plenty of positive moments for the host Windjammers, but, ultimately, it was Spruce Mountain’s night as the visiting Phoenix from Jay grabbed an early lead and never relinquished it en route to a 30-14 high school eight-man football victory on Friday, Sept. 30 under the lights.

Camden Hills’ William Haslam, right, and Cameron Lawrence (3), among others. Photo by Ken Waltz

The young Windjammers, who have only five seniors, dipped to 1-3 on the season.

Spruce Mountain led 16-6 after the first quarter and the foes added six apiece in the second. The visiting Phoenix added six in the third and that was it for the scoring.

For the Windjammers, Louis Mainella finished with 192 rushing yards, William Haslam 48 passing yards and Cameron Lawrence 26 receiving yards and Owen Reynolds 20 yards through air.

Mainella scored on an electrifying 80-yard run in the first quarter to cut Spruce Mountain’s lead to 8-6. Reynolds scored on a five-yard pass from Haslam in the second quarter, followed by Louis Mainella’s two-point conversion run.

Spruce Mountain finished with 233 yards on the ground and 86 passing yards. The Phoenix led in total yards at 319 to 208, first downs 14-11 and total plays 67 to 53.

Louis Mainella had a huge night with 15 carries for 192 yards.

Defensively for the hosts, Isaac Dutile (9 solos tackles, 3 assisted tackles), Mason Thomas (8 solos, 6 assists), Louis Mainella (6 solos, 4 assists), Reynolds (4 solos, 2 assists), Hollis Schwalm (3 solos, assist), Dylan Lowe (2 solos, 2 assists), Vincent Mainella (2 solos, assist), J.T. Johndro (solo, 7 assists), Lawrence (assist), Aaron Heald (2 assists), Justin Batty (assist, fumble recovery) and Saxton Smith (2 assists).

Reynolds had four kicks for 126 yards and Matt Mitchell and Reynolds averaged 25 or longer on punts.

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