ROCKLAND — The Oceanside football team has made its points, emphatically, to opponents this fall and, on Friday night, Oct. 28 at cold, crisp Wasgatt Field, the Maine Central Institute Huskies of Pittsfield received the message loud and clear.

That is because the Mariners (6-3), who have a dynamic, multi-dimensional offense, led by a talented quarterback, beast running back and skilled receivers, made a direct statement that as the Class C North high school playoffs move forward, the Rockland-based squad will be tough to contain, handle and defeat.

Oceanside’s Aiden Sergent, right, and Maine Central Institute’s Logan Washburn. Photo by Ken Waltz

The No. 3 Mariners grabbed the early momentum against the No. 6 Huskies (3-6) under the lights and, in a game in which the temperature dipped to the upper-30s, secured an eye-opening, 52-0 victory in a quarterfinal playoff encounter.

With the postseason win, the resurgent Mariners advanced to play No. 2 Hermon (6-3) on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Cameron Stadium in Bangor in the regional semifinals.

Hermon edged Oceanside 38-36 in an exciting, down-to-the-wire regular-season game in Rockland.

Oceanside’s Zach Woodman. Photo by Ken Waltz

To advance, the Hawks beat No. 7 Hampden Academy (2-7) 16-0 in the quarterfinals.

“We had a great team win,” said Oceanside coach Sam Weiss of Friday’s lopsided decision over MCI. “We are peaking at the right time. Our offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage allowing our backs to do what they wanted. We also played very disciplined all-around, keeping penalties, and negative plays, to a minimum. If we continue to play the way we are playing we will be very tough to beat.

Joanna Hall, front, is a member of the chain gang. Photo by Ken Waltz

“Next week with Hermon we will look to do the same thing. Hermon is a well-coached team that will look to control the clock and feed their running back as much as possible. I believe our guys are ready to avenge our first loss of the season. It was a hard-fought battle where we started slow. We will just need to play four quarters of Oceanside football, and not spot them 22 points like we did the first time.”

This season, Oceanside has outscored opponents 346-186 and the Mariners’ losses have come by two, three and four points.

Earlier this fall, the Mariners also beat the Huskies 54-14.

Oceanside’s Nate Thompson (88) and Maddox Robishaw (17), along with Maine Central Institute’s Kyle Hall (4). Photo by Ken Waltz

On Friday, Aiden Sergent scored four touchdowns and added a two-point conversion, while Cohen Galley added two scores and a two-point conversion, and Robert Blair a TD and two two-point conversions.

The Mariners proved dominant in the run and pass games, as Cohen Cohen (10 carries for 116 yards, 2 TDs), Sergent (17 carries for 117 yards, 4 TDs), Blair (3 carries for 91 yards, TD) and Gavin Ripley (6 carries for 20 yards) led the ground attack.

In the air, Ripley had three catches for 48 yards and Blair and Chris Mills one for 17.

Cohen Galley finished 5-of-6 passing for 64 yards and his twin brother, Carter Galley, completed his only pass for 17 yards.

Keying the Mariner defense were Duncan Natale (6 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 2 quarterback sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss), Sergent (assist), Nate Thompson (3 solos, 4 assists, 1.5 tackles for loss), Cohen Galley (3 solos, assist), Blair (interception), Ben Tripp (2 solos, assist), Maddox Robishaw (solo, 2 assists), Ripley (7 solos, 3 assists), Larry Robbins (solo, sack), Zeb Foster (4 solos, assist), Brady Proctor (solo, assist), Mills (solo), Jack Elwell (assist), Blade Brann (2 solos), Carter Galley (2 solos, assist, sack, 2 tackles for loss) and Isaiah Meklin (solo).