High school football

In back-to-back weeks, Oceanside suffers two different style losses to Hermon

On fast artificial turf, high-flying Hawks swoop past Mariners in quarterfinal playoff
By Mark Haskell | Oct 29, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Hermon's Jacob Bailey makes a catch as Oceanside's Zach Cody closes in during a Class C North high school football quarterfinal playoff contest on Oct. 26 at Hampden Academy. The Hawks beat the Mariners 41-0.

Hampden — The Oceanside football team could not have come much closer to picking up a win over Hermon to end the regular season, as the Mariners dropped a 23-22 decision to the Hawks on Friday, Oct. 19 in Rockland.

What a difference a week makes.

Seven days later, in a Class C North quarterfinal playoff game between the No. 7 Mariners and No. 2 Hawks at Hampden Academy, the Mariners had no answer for senior Garrett Trask, who scored points almost at will — offensively and defensively — throughout the 48-minute affair.

Trask set the tone early when he returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown — and found the end zone three more times during the evening — as the Hawks soared to an emphatic 41-0 victory over the visiting Mariners.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

With the win, Hermon (8-1) advances to the semifinals, where it will host either No. 3 Winslow (5-3) or No. 6 Waterville (4-4) Friday or Saturday, Nov. 2-3.

Oceanside saw its season conclude at 4-5.

Zach Tubbs also had a pair of touchdowns in the second half to pace Hermon, which used its quickness on the fast artificial turf much better than the week earlier playing the Mariners on natural grass at Wasgatt Field in Rockland.

“They did a good job adjusting to us over the week,” said Oceanside coach Wes Drinkwater. “They had a good game plan for what we run on offense [and] they looked at what they did well on offense. And what they did well was running right at us. Trask was tough to stop and then they’d run that big fullback at us and then he’d pull it and when he gets to the outside, not only is he hard to catch, he’s hard to bring down.”

“The coaches did a nice job and the players did a nice job adjusting.”

Oceanside finished with 26 carries for 48 yards and 1-of-10 passing for three yards. Ben Ripley collected 42 yards on 11 carries and completed one pass. Mike Yates had six carries for 18 yards and Zach Cody a 59-yard kick return.

Defensively for the visitors, Dylan O'Reilly sacked Trask twice and Ripley and German exchange student Michel Schmidt were in on several tackles. Schmidt had at least six tackles

For Hermon, Trask carried 18 times for 147 yds (2TDs), a conversion rush and was 4-of-5 passing for 69 yards. Zach Tubbs carried 19 times for 150 yards (2TDs), Sean Stark one carry for one yard (TD) and Evan Pete three carries for three yards.

The Hawks finished with 41 carries for 301 yards.

Trask’s pick-six put Hermon up 6-0 in the early going. He also added touchdown runs of 67 and 21 yards as the Hawks pulled away and held a 21-0 lead at halftime.

“It was wide open,” said Drinkwater of Trask’s interception. “I’ve got two young quarterbacks [Elliot Lucier and Jacob Carroll] right now. And he [Lucier] got hit as he threw and it was just a bad ball. It wasn’t necessarily his fault it was probably the [offensive] line’s, but he got hit, ball went in the air, he picked it off and took it for six.”

Oceanside’s first drive of the second half, where Ripley saw time under center, was its best chance to score as Ripley completed a few short passes and ripped off several long gains on the ground.

The drive eventually stalled on a missed field goal before the Hawks continued to soar.

Trask had a long completion to Keith Pomeroy, which set up first-and-goal at the 4-yard line. Tubbs then barreled in on the next play on a touchdown rush as Hermon took a 27-0 lead with 6:09 to play in the third.

Hermon’s next drive was similar as Trask had a long completion — this time to Jacob Bailey — which set up another short-yardage touchdown by Tubbs with 34 seconds to play as the hosts took a 34-0 lead.

Trask added a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.

Oceanside at Hermon football
Hermon hosts Oceanside on Oct. 26 in high school football at Hampden Academy. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Oceanside's Tim Mazzeo, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Trevor Reed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Oceanside's Zach Cody, Hermon's Adam McGuire, Oceanside's Ben Ripley, Finnegan Lynch and Trevor Reed, and Hermon's Keith Pomeroy. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Hermon's Jacob Bailey, left, and Oceanside's Zach Cody. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Hermon's Alec McGuire, Oceanside's Jacob Carroll, Hermon's Zach Tubbs and Oceanside's Aidan Munro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Jacob Curtis, left, and athletic trainer Mary Britt. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Dylan Whitamore. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Zach Cody, middle, and Darius Pierpont. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Aidan Munro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Trevor Reed. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Oceanside's Zach Cody, middle, and Ben Ripley, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Oceanside's Sebastian Sanfilippo, Maguire LeBlanc and Anthony Radzimirski. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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