YORK — Despite being thin on the offensive line, the Oceanside football team had a strong showing on Saturday night, Oct. 1 far from home in Southern Maine.

The Mariners led for much of the high school game, but a late touchdown run by Gavin Davis allowed the Wildcats to prowl to their fourth straight win, this time 28-24 over competitive Oceanside.

Oceanside (3-2) led 12-7 after the first quarter and 24-21 at halftime.

Aiden Sergent carried the ball 25 times for 161 yards and three touchdowns, while Cohen Galley added 40 yards on 11 carries for the Mariners.

Galley was 2-of-7 under center for 54 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, while Zeb Foster also had a 60-yard completion to Hale Morris for the visitors. Gavin Ripley made a 53-yard catch and Robert Blair one grab.

The Mariners held a 24-21 advantage late into the fourth quarter before Davis, the team’s quarterback, rushed into the end zone from six yards with about five minutes to play, which gave the Wildcats the late lead.

York’s defense held over the waning minutes.

Oceanside coach Sam Weiss said he was proud of his team’s effort.

“We were extremely thin up front missing three starting offensive linemen,” Weiss said. “Even with that we were able to do what we wanted in the first half. We just need that to continue into the second half. We have now lost by four, and by two [points]. We also scored a combined 60 points in those games. We really just need to improve our coverage and tackling. Big defensive practice week [coming up].”

“Sam [Weiss] is doing a really great job up there,” said York coach Matt Nelson. “That team was ready to play. They were tough, they were aggressive and their running back Sergent, he is the best running back we have faced this season. Those kids are playing hard for [the coach] and he’s doing a really good job.”

The Oceanside defense was keyed by Sergent (5 solo tackles, assisted tackle, interception), Nate Thompson (solo, 3 assists), Galley (2 solos, 2 assists), Blair (3 solos, assist), Morris (5 solos, 4 assists), Ben Tripp (solo, assist), Maddox Robishaw (4 solos), Ripley (7 solos, 3 assists), Foster (solo, assist, interception), Brady Proctor (4 solos, 5 assists), Chris Mills (2 solos), Andrew Gehouskey (3 solos, assist) and Kaiden Quinn (assist).

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