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Blustery ball: Mariners, Panthers blown away with cool efforts

Midcoast athletic rivals enjoy fun in sun in 7-on-7 play
By Ken Waltz | Oct 09, 2020
Photo by: Ken Waltz Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. Panther Evan Mariano, right, knocks a pass away from Mariner Aidan Munro. The host Mariners beat the Panthers 35-22.

Rockland — It was a sunny, but cold and blustery afternoon at Wasgatt Field on Thursday, Oct. 8, but those difficult conditions could not — and did not — keep Oceanside and Medomak Valley from enjoying an entertaining few hours of 7-on-7 flag football.

Mariners and Panthers saw plenty of action in a multitude of positions on defense and offense, from hiking the ball to throwing and catching passes. And there were several diving, flag-grabbing plays as well as passes knocked away at the last moment.

In the end, the hosts grabbed a 35-22 victory.

There were plenty of fine, athletic plays by the players, including difficult touchdown catches to interception returned for scores.

While there is no tackling in this format, there still was plenty of skill work on display, including punts and extra-point kicks.

Watch video and see about 80 photos below.

Brady Marchessault, Logan Jones, Aidan Munro and Matt Spear made touchdown catches for the Mariners, while Jason Leclerc returned an interception 50 yards for a score. Gavyn Tower converted four extra-point kicks.

For the Panthers, Colvin Standring caught a touchdown pass from Wyatt Simmons in the first quarter and Ethan Wood grabbed the two-point conversion pass. Jakob Gess caught a scoring pass from Jethro Pease in the second quarter and Ethan Reed caught a TD pass from Liam Wilson in the third.

Veteran Mariner coach Wes Drinkwater said Thursday's game was "a lot more positive for us" than the team's season-opening 24-0 loss to  Belfast the prior week.

"Medomak brought there whole team, like us, and the varsity, jayvee and linemen all got good reps," Drinkwater said. "I thought all my quarterbacks threw the ball well. I thought Jacob Carroll and Cohen Galley had good nights. They are both smart kids and managed the wind well.

"Landdon Willis and Matt Spear did a very good job with a new coverage concept we put in. For two kids who have mostly been playing the run to smoothly execute banjo coverage after briefly being explained how to do it was impressive. Zeke Miller, Aidan Munro, Finn Lynch all had big-play catches."

Panther coach Ryan Snell said, "Overall, we were happy with how the day went. Goals this fall are get as many pass reps in our new pass scheme as possible and get more comfortable with it each week. We felt like we did that yesterday and it was good to see some of our new faces out there getting more live reps. Wyatt Simmons and Liam Wilson did a good job at quarterback. They’re seeing things well and getting more comfortable each day. We’re at Morse [of Bath Friday, Oct. 9] so it’s another great chance to get a bunch of reps while we can."

The Panthers also faced the Shipbuilders earlier in the campaign at Bath, but did not keep score.

Snell said. "We basically played it like we do summer 7-on-7, and we had two games going at once. One end we did our linemen versus their linemen, and the other end was skill guys versus skill guys. We did ones versus ones then twos for twos for the skill guys. Twenty-five-minute running time for the games. Each team started with the ball at the 40-yard line going in. Both teams got a lot of reps for everyone and had a great time with it."

Medomak Valley at Oceanside football
Oceanside hosts Medomak Valley on Oct. 8 in high school football at Wasgatt Field in Rockland. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland.
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Medomak Valley at Oceanside on Oct. 8 in high school football in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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