WALDOBORO — The Medomak Valley football team had the ball in its hands with fewer than five minutes to play against Lisbon on Friday night, Sept. 30 with a long field in front of them and opportunity to pull even or ahead in the balance.

However, the Greyhounds got the play of the game from cornerback Jimmy Fitzsimmons, who picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown with 1:32 to play, which sealed a 20-7 road high school gridiron victory for the visitors.

It was the third straight victory for the Greyhounds, who lost their first two games of the season and compete in Class D. For the Panthers, it was their second consecutive loss after starting the year on a three-game win streak in Class C North.

“Lisbon did a great job controlling the ball and clock like they did last week [against Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft],” said Medomak Valley coach Ryan Snell. “We started moving the ball in the second half and got a long touchdown pass from Liam [Wilson] to Gatlin [Bedenik] to put us within a score. We thought we had a defensive stop there inside the 30, but it didn’t work out that way.”

The Greyhounds led 8-0 after the first quarter, 14-0 at halftime and 14-7 after three quarters.

Wilson tossed a 70-yard touchdown pass in the second half to Bedenik and also rushed for 32 yards, while Chase Peaslee (19 rushing yards), Hayden Staples (6 rushing yards), Blake Morrison (6 receiving yards) and Jaiden Starr (extra-point kick) led Medomak Valley’s offense.

Medomak Valley had a drive midway through the second quarter stall at midfield before Lisbon moved methodically down the field before Adam Hayes hauled in a touchdown grab with under a minute to play in the half, which made the score 14-0.

Midway through the third, after a Greyhound drive stalled following an interception by Bedenik, the Panthers got on the board as Wilson found streaking Bedenik up the middle and he hauled in a touchdown pass with 2:29 to play in the stanza. The extra-point kick by Starr cut the hosts’ deficit in half at 14-7.

The Panthers made a late defensive stand and had the ball with a chance to march down the field and tie the game, but Fitzsimmons picked off a pass and returned it for a TD with 1:32 to play to seal the win for the Greyhounds.

Defensively, the Panthers were paced by Tucker Holgerson (8 solo tackles, assisted tackles), Bedenik (7 solos, assist, interception), Morrison (2 solos, assist), Porter Gahagan (2 solos, 2 assists), Staples (5 tackles, assist), Kaden Wright (5 solos), Isaac Simmons (3 solos), Xavier Woodbury (solo), Aaron Reed (5 tackles), Peaslee (2 solos), Ethan Wood (4 solos), Gabe Lash (solo), Nathan Gess (2 solos), Connor Light (solo) and Marshall Addy (solo).

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