ROCKLAND — The Coastal Youth Football League wrapped its seasons in the fifth-and sixth-grade and third- and fourth-grade divisions in late-October as two Oceanside squads were tested in a pair of championship games that, while similar, could not have been more different.

The Mariners needed extra time to do so, but each collected CYFL titles in a pair of barnburner clashes against Boothbay and Medomak on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Wasgatt Field.

By day’s end, the Mariner fifth-sixth squad — with scores at a premium — earned a hard-fought, 7-0, overtime victory over Medomak.

The first title game of the day, while also going to overtime, was the polar opposite in terms of scoring as the Mariner third-fourth team did just enough to edge Boothbay 61-60 in a game that needed four overtimes to decide.

Overtimes rules in the CYFL ensure each team gets one chance to possess the ball — a first-and-goal from the 10-yard-line — with four chances to score.

While the fifth-sixth game needed just one possession for each team, the third-fourth contest saw the squads possess the ball four times before a late Oceanside defensive stand earned the Mariners the title.

Team members for Oceanside fifth-sixth, coached by Jeremy Tolman and Chris Brown, included Bryce Gushee-Brown, Todd Reid III, Everett Tolman, Kai Thomas, Autumn-Skye Quinn, J.D. Corbett, Liam McLennan, Colt Woods, Levi Rodin, Dylan Fales, Joseph Guarneri, Spencer Patten, Brady Watts, Oren Shepard, Andrew Burchett and Jack Page.

The team featured a strong nucleus of players, including Gushee-Brown, Reid and Everett Tolman, all of whom have played together since first grade.

“They displayed great leadership on the game field, but, most importantly, on the practice field,” said coach Tolman. “Watching the three of them help coach their teammates was the greatest reward of all.”

The title game gave the Mariners a chance to avenge their lone loss of the season in their regular-season finale against Medomak.

The title game was scoreless after four quarters and went to overtime, where the Mariners dialed up the perfect play — called “Kai’s swing” — at the perfect time when Everett Tolman connected on a five-yard touchdown pass to Thomas.

Medomak had four tries to tie the game, but a fumble forced by Reid, and secured by Rodin, on Medomak’s second try gave Oceanside its second straight CYFL title.

Fales, Rodin and Everett Tolman led the rushing attack this season for Oceanside, while Gushee-Brown, Reid, Rodin, Woods and McLennan hauled in a bevy of passes throughout the campaign to pace the Mariner receivers.

Oceanside third- and fourth-graders with their championship ball. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Monroe

Team members for the Oceanside third-fourth, coached by Matt Breen and Tommy Monroe, included Tyler Breen, Blake Monroe, Clay Fowlie, Liam Prescott, Blake Page, Zachary Falls, Owen Shepard, Bryce Slape, Bryan Slape, Joel Woodman and Jacoby Oakes.

“It was a great team effort,” said coach Breen. “Every one of the kids stepped up and made plays to help the team win. We trailed most of the game, but the kids stayed composed and battled to the end. They are a talented group of kids who worked extremely hard to make this happen.”

Oceanside and Boothbay third- and fourth-graders in championship game. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Monroe

Oceanside defeated Medomak in the semifinals to set up the championship final with Boothbay, where Tyler Breen scored six touchdowns and Blake Monroe led the Mariners down the field and threw a touchdown pass and conversion pass to Page to force overtime.

Both teams scored TDs and extra points on their first three possessions of overtime before Boothbay took a 60-54 lead, but failed to convert the extra-point attempt.

That set the stage for Blake Monroe to rush in the tying touchdown and Breen rushed in the championship-winning point on a quarterback sneak for Oceanside.

Oceanside third- and fourth-graders. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Monroe

“It was one of those games that came down to whoever was going to be able to get a [defensive] stand on the extra point was going to win,” said coach Breen.

The coach added that Tyler Breen, Page and Blake Monroe led the team offensively throughout the fall season — as did that same trio on the defensive side of the ball — along with Fowlie.

“Our offensive line was pretty good for our age group,” coach Breen said. “We had Clay Fowlie on the line, Joel Woodman, Bryce Slape and Jacoby Oakes. They did a nice job blocking. They were able to let Tyler get to the second level before he had to deal with any tacklers or give him time to pass. And Blake Page, in his first year playing football, gave us a great receiver to throw the ball to. They were all really good as a unit. Not everyone made tackles or had stats, but they did a good job of filling their gaps.”