BATH — The No. 1 Medomak Valley football team — in its new home away from home — made a loud, bold statement for the rest of Class C North in its quarterfinal playoff game against No. 8 Belfast.

And that statement was: Look the heck out, the Panthers are on the prowl.

Belfast’s Elias Higgins, left, and Gabe Kelley, back, along with Medomak Valley’s Porter Gahagan, middle, and Marshall Addy. Photo by Mark Haskell

The Panthers roared loud and proud on offense, forced four turnovers on defense and asserted their will on the one-win Lions on their way to a lopsided, 51-0 quarterfinal playoff victory on Saturday night, Oct. 29 on the artificial turf at McMann Field.

With the win, Medomak Valley (7-2) advances to the semifinals, where it will host No. 5 Winslow (4-5) on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. back at McMann in Bath.

Belfast saw its season conclude at 1-8.

The Panthers defeated Winslow 40-0 in their second game of the season on Sept. 10, but the Black Raiders were without starting running back Matt Quirion, who broke his hand during the team’s season-opening win against Old Town.

Quirion will be back for the semifinals against the Panthers.

Belfast’s Jackson Lapierre, right, and Medomak Valley’s Chase Peaslee. Photo by Mark Haskell

On Saturday, Hayden Staples (11 carries for 88 yards) and Chase Peaslee (8 carries for 92 yards) rushed for two touchdowns in the win for Medomak Valley, while Gatlin Bedenik (6 carries for 81 yards), Liam Wilson (7 carries for 34 yards) and Ethan Wood (83-yard run) rushed for one.

Wilson added a pair of two-point conversion rushes, while Gavin Clark rushed for one and also booted three extra points.

Tucker Holgerson (3 carries for 21 yards), Devin Secotte (2 carries for 27 yards), Clark (carry for 3 yards), Wyatt Simmons (carry for 7 yards) and Porter Gahagan (carry for 10 yards) also chipped in on offense for Medomak Valley.

Wyatt Simmons was 2-of-2 under center for 32 yards, with a 26-yard pass to Blake Morrison and six-yard pass to Gabe Lash.

Belfast’s Teddy Dyer (8) looks to escape prowling Panthers — Isaac Simmons, left, Porter Gahagan, middle, and Marshall Addy. Photo by Mark Haskell

Saturday’s game marked the second time in three weeks the Panthers have played a home game on the turf at McMann Field due to rain that saturated Medomak Valley’s home field in Waldoboro. The region’s top seed are 2-0 on that surface in Bath.

Medomak Valley led 8-0 after the first quarter, 29-0 at halftime and 43-0 after three quarters.

The Lions, after a quick completion to Gabe Kelley, were forced to punt on their first possession, but the Panthers went on the offensive quickly as Bedenik ripped off a 25-yard run and Staples rushed for a 48-yard touchdown moments later on fourth down to put the higher seed on the board.

Wilson’s two-point conversion run gave the Panthers an 8-0 lead.

That lead held into the second quarter, but Peaslee quickly helped double that lead as he rushed for a 30-yard TD off a jet sweep — followed by another conversion rush by Wilson — to put the Panthers up 16-0 with 10:22 to go in the half.

After the Lions fumbled the ball back to the Panthers on their ensuing possession, Belfast looked to be on its way to forcing a Medomak Valley punt as the higher seed faced a third-and-14, but a personal foul on the defense extended the drive.

Bedenik followed with a long rush to set up first-and-goal at the two-yard-line, but the game was halted for several minutes as Lion defensive back Elias Higgins (and quarterback) went down with a knee injury and did not return.

It proved the point of no return for the Lions as the Panthers scored their third touchdown of the game — a two-yard run by Bedenik — on the next play as Belfast faced the rest of the game without its signal caller and one of the team’s top defenders.

Freshman Luke Littlefield and junior Teddy Dyer saw time at quarterback the rest of the game for Belfast.

The Panther defense forced three interceptions in the second half, which turned into a seven-yard TD run by Staples, a one-yard touchdown run by Wilson and an 83-yard touchdown run by Ethan Wood. Peaslee also had his second TD run in the second half for Medomak Valley.

Medomak Valley’s defense was keyed by Wood (5 solo tackles, forced fumble), Sam Moody (solo), Brody Vigue (solo), Secotte (2 solos, assisted tackle), Holgerson (3 solos, interception), Xavier Woodbury (4 solos, 2 assists, forced fumble), Gahagan (3 solos, assist, fumble recovery), Marshall Addy (2 solos, sack), Isaac Simmons (2 solos, 2 assists, quarterback sack), Chase Peaslee (solo), Aaron Reed (3 solos, assist, interception), Staples (2 solos), Coleby Ridgley (sack), Bedenik (2 solos, assist, interception), Lash (solo), Wilson (2 solos), Bryant Harvey (sack), Shamus Pease (solo), Logan Vigue (solo) and Cole Bales (solo).

Andrew Fairbrother led Belfast with 12 tackles, while Kaden Bonin added 10 tackles and Tommy Littlefield six.

The Panthers also beat the Lions 42-6 in the regular season.