High school football

Eagles swoop in, fly out with 13-6 win over Panthers in competitive opener

By Ken Waltz | Sep 02, 2018
Photo by: Ken Waltz Medomak Valley's Elijah Lash (70) heads to the end zone for a touchdown on a long kick return during a Sept. 1 high school football game with Mount Ararat in Waldoboro. The visiting Eagles of Topsham beat the host Panthers 13-6.

Waldoboro — On a sun-splashed, late-summer day, the Medomak Valley and Mount Ararat of Topsham football teams clashed in a competitive high school game that was not decided until the final seconds.

The hard-fought contest was tied 6-6 at halftime before the visiting Eagles took a 13-6 edge after three quarters. The Panthers made a final push to tie the game late but turnovers on two potential fourth-quarter scoring drives foiled the hosts in a season-opening battle.

The Panthers also suffered injuries to several players during the contest, including senior Korbin Daniels, a solid all-around contributor.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

Elijah Lash had a 72-yard kick return for a touchdown for the Panthers, while one of the Mount Ararat scores came on a eight-yard pass from Nolan Blessington to Austin Damon. Those points came in the first half.

In the second half, the Eagles tallied a touchdown as Blessington added a 21-yard scoring run and Damon converted the extra-point kick to take a 13-6 advantage.

Medomak Valley also had a long second-half touchdown run called back due to penalty.

Eli Miller, Jacob Light, Drew Severson and Jakob Gess received the bulk of the ball carries for the Panthers.

Light led the Panthers with 80 yards on 16 carries, while Miller (13 carries, 39 yards), Severson (8 carries for 19 yards), Gess (4 carries for 20 yards) and Korbin Daniels (2 carries for 8 yards) chipped in on the ground.

Miller completed one pass — a 15-yard strike to Severson — for Medomak Valley.

Leading the hosts on defense were Dakota Nutter (6.5 solo tackles, fumble recovery), Miller (6 tackles), Zeke Hesseltine (5.5 tackles), Severson (4.5 tackles), Benner (4.5 tackles), Amos Hinkley (3.5 tackles), Jacob Weston (2.5 tackles), Alex Clevette (2.5 tackles), Gabe Shellman (2 tackles), Gess (2 tackles, quarterback sack), Lash (1.5 tackles, sack) and Levi Ward (tackle).

"Overall we battled well and outgained Mount Ararat, but costly penalties thwarted drives," said Medomak Valley coach Ryan Snell. "We gave Mount Ararat a short field on their first touchdown, but responded well with our kick return. They were able to put one in during the second half, and we weren’t able to answer. Ultimately, our penalties and a bad turnover cost us a chance to open the season with a win."

Mount Ararat at Medomak Valley football
Mount Ararat at Medomak Valley high school football on Sept. 1 in Waldoboro. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
From left, Medomak Valley's Gabe Shellman, Mount Ararat's Austin Damon, and Medomak Valley's Alex Clevette. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Garrett French. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Medomak Valley's Teddy Cotton, Erik Benner, Korbin Daniels and Elijah Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Jakob Gess. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount Ararat's Daniel Jackson, and Medomak Valley's Jakob Gess. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount Ararat's Daniel Jackson, and Medomak Valley's Jakob Gess. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Elijah Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Elijah Lash, left, Mount Ararat's Austin Damon, and Medomak Valley's Dakota Nutter. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Elijah Lash and Mount Ararat's Austin Damon. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Elijah Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Elijah Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Weston. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mount Ararat's Hunter Lohr, and Medomak Valley's Alex Clevette, Gabe Shellman and Dakota Nutter. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount Ararat's Hunter Lohr and Medomak Valley's Alex Clevette. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Medomak Valley's Nathan MacDonald, Jethro Pease, Liam Boucher and Jacob Light. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Medomak Valley's Evan Mariano, Elias Miller, Max Moody and Nathan MacDonald. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Medomak Valley's Garrett French, Elijah Lash and Teddy Cotton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Medomak Valley's Garrett French, Elijah Lash and Teddy Cotton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Garrett French, left, and Elijah Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Elijah Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Drew Severson, left, and Mount Ararat's Hunter Lohr. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Medomak Valley's Drew Deverson, Mount Ararat's Hunter Lohr and Medomak Valley's Zeke Hesseltine. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Dakota Nutter. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Elias Miller. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Elias Miller. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Elias Miller, left, and Mount Ararat's Nick Viles. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Medomak Valley's Jakob Gess, Elias Miller and Jacob Light. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Light. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Light, left, and Jakob Gess. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From top, Medomak Valley's Lance Bennett, Erik Benner, Silas Faria, Amos Hinkley, Elijah Lash, Garrett French and Gabe Shellman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Medomak Valley's Erik Benner, Mount Ararat's Austin Damon, Medomak Valley's Jakob Gess, Silas Faria and Amos Hinkley. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Elias Miller. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Medomak Valley's Elias Miller, Mount Ararat's Hunter Lohr and Cody Holman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Weston and Mount Ararat's Hunter Lohr. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley players gather with a Panther coach. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Light. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mount Ararat's Cody Holman and Hunter Lohr, and Medomak Valley's Ben Martin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Light. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Medomak Valley's Jacob Light, Ben Martin and Lance Bennett. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mount Ararat's Austin Damon, Medomak Valley's Jacob Light, Mount Ararat's Hunter Lohr and Medomak Valley's Ben Martin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mount Ararat's Daniel Jackson, Jed Rice, Medomak Valley's Jacob Light and Mount Ararat's Brady Mitchell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mount Ararat's Austin Damon, Hunter Lohr, Cody Holman, and Medomak Valley's Jacob Light and Alex Clevette. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Medomak Valley's Jacob Light, Silas Faria and Erik Benner. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Mount Ararat's Hunter Lohr, Medomak Valley's Drew Severson and Alex Clevette and Mount Ararat's Jack Sillaman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Silas Faria, left, and Mount Ararat's Cody Holman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Jakob Gess, left, and Mount Ararat's Jack Sillaman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
The Medomak Valley offense lines up for a play. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Medomak Valley's Jakob Gess and Silas Faria, and Mount Ararat's Austin Damon. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Elias Miller. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Elias Miller. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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