BATH — McMann Field quickly has become the Medomak Valley football team’s home away from home.

Facing No. 5 Winslow in the Class C North semifinal playoffs on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 5, the No. 1 Panthers used a heavy dose of senior running back Hayden Staples and bend-but-do not-break defense to prowl to a 21-13 win over the Black Raiders (4-6).

Winslow’s Matt Quirion (33), along with Medomak Valley’s Tucker Holgerson, right, and Aaron Reed (22), among others. Photo by Mark Haskell

The victory propelled Medomak Valley (8-2) to its first regional championship game in program history, where it will face No. 2 Hermon (7-3) on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at Hampden Academy (change: originally scheduled for Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. at same site).

The winner of that regional title game will advance to the state Class C championship encounter, to be played on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Cameron Stadium in Bangor against South winner No. 1 Leavitt of Turner (9-0) or No. 3 Cape Elizabeth (8-2).

The Panthers are 3-0 this season on the artificial surface at McMann Field as Medomak Valley’s home field has been unplayable the past few weeks due to heavy rain the Midcoast.

Medomak Valley’s Hayden Staples, left, and Winslow’s Gavin Chambers. Photo by Mark Haskell

At the Bath venue, the Panthers defeated Oceanside 35-32 in a regular-season game Oct. 15 and also No. 8 Belfast 51-0 in a regional quarterfinal playoff game on Oct. 29.

The regional championship game will be a rematch of the final game of the regular season as Medomak Valley edged Hermon 14-12 on Oct. 21 in Waldoboro.

Medomak Valley, which has outscored opponents 265-108 thus far, beat Winslow 40-0 on Sept. 10 in Waldoboro, but the Black Raiders were without starting running back Matt Quirion, who broke his hand in a 58-14 season-opening win against Old Town.

Medomak Valley’s Gabe Lash, left, and Winslow’ Davian Costigan. Photo by Mark Haskell

Quirion, sporting a large cast on his left hand, was back for Saturday’s semifinal and scored one of Winslow’s two touchdowns on the day, while the other was a short-yardage score in the third quarter by Pedro Garcia.

Hayden Staples scored two of Medomak Valley’s three touchdowns and rushed for 173 yards on 25 carries, while Gavin Clark booted three extra points.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my team to get that win and be the first team in Medomak [Valley] history to make it this far,” said Staples.

Medomak Valley’s Liam Wilson (3), among others. Photo by Mark Haskell

Aaron Reed (5 carries for 14 yards), Gatlin Bedenik (2 carries for 4 yards), Chase Peaslee (2 carries for 5 yards) and Liam Wilson (4-yard carry) also chipped in on offense for the Panthers.

The higher-seed’s first touchdown started the scoring in the first quarter as Wilson connected with Gabe Lash on a 23-yard pass.

The Panthers had a short field on their first possession after a long return by Bedenik and kept their offense on the ground for the first six plays, which set up a fourth-and-two with a little more than six minutes to play.

Wilson dropped back to pass and found an open Lash sprinting up the left sideline for his lone pass attempt of the day. The tall receiver hauled in a 23-yard touchdown pass. The extra point by Clark spotted Medomak Valley to a 7-0 lead with 5:58 to play in the opening quarter.

Winslow’s Michael McCullough, right, as well as Medomak Valley’s Chase Peaselee, left, and Gabe Lash, back. Photo by Mark Haskell

Winslow’s second possession bled into the second quarter and featured a heavy dose of Quirion along with a few screen passes from Jared Newgard to Michael McCullough to extend the drive, which culminated in a 10-yard touchdown run by Quirion to knot the score 7-7.

Medomak Valley turned the ball over on downs on its next possession in Winslow territory, while the Black Raiders punted to the Panthers with less than two minutes to play. The higher-seed, pinned deep, ran out the clock to end the half.

The Panthers got a long return by Peaslee to begin the second half and started their drive on the Winslow 28-yard-line. Medomak Valley showcased a heavy dose of Staples on the drive, which ended with a two-yard touchdown run with 9:13 to go in the third quarter.

Clark’s extra point, which would prove to loom large, gave the Panthers a 14-7 advantage.

Winslow’s first possession of the second half saw a mix of Quirion and Garcia on the ground, along with a screen pass to McCullough and a first-down pass from Newgard to Zak King. The Black Raiders cashed in with a short TD plunge by Garcia with less than a minute to play in the quarter, but the ensuing extra-point kick attempt clanged off the crossbar as the Panthers maintained a one-point edge.

The Panthers put more distance between themselves and the Black Raiders — to the tune of a 50-yard touchdown run from Staples — and took a 21-13 lead with 9:54 to go.

“We were marching the ball down the field pretty well and then had a run up the middle to the left side,” said Staples. “I got wrapped up pretty high and was able to spin-move out of the guy’s arms and saw open field.”

Medomak Valley punted the ball to Winslow with less than three minutes to play, but the Panthers forced a turnover on downs with 50 seconds to play to clinch the win.

Now, the Panthers turn their attention to a Hermon team that knocked them from the semifinals last season.

“I think the whole team knows what we need to do against Hermon,” said Staples. “Exactly what we have been doing all year. Not let off the gas pedal and keep focused all week in practice and just be ready mentally and physically come game day. It means a lot to us [17] seniors after losing to them last year to end our season, so it means a lot to us and we are willing to do whatever it takes to come out on top.”

Defensively, Medomak Valley was keyed Saturday by Peaslee (2 solo tackles), Bedenik (9 solos, 2 assisted tackles), Tucker Holgerson (4 solos, assist), Marshall Addy (3 solos), Isaac Simmons (6 solos, 2 assists), Reed (2 solos, assist), Kaden Wright (7 solos, 2 assists), Blake Morrison (4 solos, assist), Lash (2 solos) and Staples (3 solos, assist).