High school football

Camden Hills pushes hard against Mountain Valley in road affair

In home perch, Falcons swoop down to grab 21-6 victory
By Staff | Sep 30, 2019
Courtesy of: Sally Russillo Camden Hills players, including Brady Hedstrom (12) and William Thorn (9), among others, are in the middle of the high school football action against Mountain Valley on Sept. 27 in Rumford. The Falcons beat the Windjammers 21-6.

Rumford — After having its homecoming spoiled two weeks prior, the Camden Hills football team hoped to play spoiler itself in a road game on Friday night, Sept. 27 against Mountain Valley of Rumford.

The visitors did get on the scoreboard for the first time in two weeks, but the Falcons — winless coming into Friday’s game — found the end zone three times and soared past the Windjammers by a 21-6 score in a high school gridiron clash.

While Camden Hills was without quarterback Ryan Clifford Friday night, coach Jeremy Marks said his defensive turned in its best performance of the year, as it held the hosts to two scores and 167 total yards.

"Our defense got back to playing our style of football,” said Marks. “Aggressive and team-driven. We still have a lot of work to do to get better, but we are trending in the right direction."

Aedan Kehoe played under center for Camden Hills on Friday and, “stepped into the most difficult position on the field and gave us a chance to win,” said Marks.

Brady Hedstrom had four solo tackles and 12 assisted tackles, while Will Thorn added six solos and three assists for the Windjammers.

Camden Hills fell behind 8-0 early after a Mountain Valley touchdown pass and safety, but Ben Craft took a jet sweep handoff, took a wide angle and was able to evade a few tackles and scamper for a 64-yard touchdown to pull the visitors within 8-6.

The game was 8-6 at halftime before the Falcons got another touchdown pass and an interception return for a touchdown to round out the scoring.

The Windjammers get a week off before they host Lake Region of Naples on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

"We are thankful for the off week to get healthy and work on where we need to get better,” said Marks. “I am excited for the stretch run and we all think the best is yet to come for this team."

In the Maine Principals’ Association Crabtree Standings for Class D South, Camden Hills (1-3, 78.3333 points) is fifth, while Spruce Mountain of Jay (4-0, 134.3750 points) is first in the eight-team region.

The Windjammers are ineligible for the regional playoffs because they elected to play down two classes from where their enrollment numbers would place them, which would be Class B.

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Camden Hills team members stand for the national anthem. (Courtesy of: Sally Russillo)
Camden Hills' Enzo Russillo, left, and Braden Moulton, among others. (Courtesy of: Sally Russillo)
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