High school football

Crusaders invade Panther den, ride off with strong victory

Medomak Valley looks to stay in solid playoff position as season continues
By Mark Haskell | Oct 08, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Medomak Valley's Josh MacDougall (32) avoids John Bapst of Bangor defenders Ryan Guy (77) and Judah McNally (48) on Oct. 4 in high school football in Waldoboro. The Crusaders beat the Panthers 48-18.

Waldoboro — The Medomak Valley football team dug itself into a sizable hole in the game’s first four possessions against John Bapst of Bangor on Friday night, Oct. 4.

And while the Panthers did put points on the board with their offense and special teams, its defense could not keep the balanced Crusader attack off the board as the visitors picked up a point-worthy 48-18 high school gridiron victory.

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Josh MacDougall provided the offensive spark for the Panthers as he racked up 135 yards on 15 carries, including a 40-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter.

Devin Secotte also cashed in on offense and special teams Friday as he rushed for a second-half score and also returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown late in the first half for Medomak Valley.

Secotte had a 19-yard catch and rushed for 47 yards on four carries, while Jacob Light (8-yard catch, 14 yards rushing) and Zeke Hesseltine (27 passing yards) also chipped in for the Panthers.

The Medomak Valley defense was paced by MacDougall (6 solo tackles, assisted tackle), Erik Benner (5 solos, 2 assists), Lance Bennett (4 solos, assist, fumble recovery), Garrett French (2 solos, 2 assists), Hesseltine (2 solos, assist), Jarod Thompson (2 solos, assist), Ethan Wood (3 solos), Gage Seavey (2 tackles), Secotte (2 solos, 2 assists), Kaden Wright (3 tackles), Connor Light (solo), Malachi Roque (solo), Isaac Simmons (solo), Tucker Holgerson (solo, assist), Gaitlin Benedict (assist), Xavier Woodbury (assist) and Jakob Gess (assist).

The Crusaders received the opening kickoff and marched down the field, which culiminated in a 12-yard touchdown run by Colby Brown to put the visitors up 7-0.

After a Medomak Valley punt, John Bapst again found the end zone, this time on a 7-yard score by Landon St. Peter to double its advantage.

The Panthers fumbled the ball back to the Crusaders on their next possession, while the visitors saw their advantage swell to 21 points after a 45-yard touchdown run by Max Chadwick.

The hosts again settled for a punt on their fourth possession, while John Bapst countered with its first throw of the game — a toss from Wilson Higgins to Chadwick — which went for a 45-yard score with 5:15 to play, to make the score 28-0.

With its backs against the wall, Medomak Valley converted a fourth down with a long gain by MacDougall, who took the next carry for a 40-yard TD with 1:33 left to go. After the failed conversion, the Panthers trailed 28-6.

The teams traded scores before the half as Higgins completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Rhett MacDonald for the Crusaders, while the Panthers countered moments later with an exciting, 90-yard kick return by Secotte with 23 seconds to play.

The Crusaders fumbled the ball with time winding down in the half — recovered by Medomak Valley’s Bennett — but the Panthers could not find the end zone before halftime.

In the Maine Principals' Association Crabtree Point Standings for Class C North, Medomak Valley (2-3, 93.8462 points) is seventh, while Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and Winslow (4-1, 130.0000 points) are tied for first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

John Bapst at Medomak Valley football
Medomak Valley hosts John Bapst on Oct. 4 in high school football in Waldoboro. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Drew Severson, left, and Erik Benner. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Drew Severson, left, and Erik Benner. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Josh MacDougall, left, and Erik Benner. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Light. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Drew Severson, middle, and John Bapst's Garrett Kirlin (42), Jake Chapman (75), Colby Fournier (66) and Max Chadwick (2). (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Light, left, and Drew Severson, right, as well as John Bapst's Jake Chapman (75), Devlin Crowley (55), Colby Fournier (66) and Max Chadwick (2). (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Light, left, and John Bapst's Colby Brown. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Light, left, and John Bapst's Max Chadwick. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley on offense. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Zeke Hesseltine, middle, and Lance Bennett, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Lance Bennett, left, Josh MacDougall, middle, and Jakob Gess, right, as well as John Bapst's Ryan Guy, left, Judah McNally, middle, and Colby Fournier, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Lance Bennett, left, Josh MacDougall, middle, as well as John Bapst's Ryan Guy, left, and Judah McNally, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Erik Benner (74), Jakob Gess (62), Zeke Hesseltine (12) and Lance Bennett (10). (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Light. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
John Bapst's Rhett McDonald, left, and Medomak Valley's Zeke Hesseltine. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
John Bapst's Rhett McDonald, left, and Medomak Valley's Zeke Hesseltine. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
John Bapst's Rhett McDonald, left, and Medomak Valley's Zeke Hesseltine, right, and Jacob Light, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gage Seavey (54), Jakob Gess, middle, and Jacob Light (22), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Josh MacDougall, middle, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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