High school football

Mariners 'pound rock' with Munro to run past Coyotes

Junior tailback rushes for 283 yards, three TDs as Oceanside halts three-game losing streak
By Staff | Oct 14, 2019

Rockland — After a three-game skid, the Oceanside football team got back to basics against Old Town on Friday night, Oct. 11 at Wasgatt Field.

Namely, it pounded the rock with tailback Aidan Munro.

Munro racked up a whopping 283 yards on 23 carries and found the end zone three times for touchdowns — and again for a two-point conversion. The Mariners needed every one of those points against the Coyotes and, eventually, held on to collect a much-needed 22-18 high school gridiron victory.

Oceanside coach Wes Drinkwater said “it felt good to win one” after dropping its last three games against Winslow, Belfast and Hermon.

“The coaches needed it, the kids needed it and it all started with a focused, upbeat week of practice,” he said. “We were quite shorthanded this week so we changed the offense and decided to put the ball in Aidan’s hands as many times [as possible so] he could keep making plays.”

Munro got the Oceanside offense going with a one-yard plunge in the first quarter, while he added a 68-yard touchdown run in the third and 78-yard score in the fourth.

Drinkwater said that Matt Spear had “solid runs up the middle” and was the lead blocker on many of Munro’s big runs.

Munro also scored 20 points in the team’s season-opening win at Waterville.

Karl Ilvonen had a key two-point conversion pass to Zach Healey in the fourth quarter to put the Mariners up two scores, while Gavyn Tower also blocked a field goal early in the fourth quarter to keep Oceanside in the lead.

Spear added 35 yards on nine carries, while Ilvonen had 32 yards on three carries for Oceanside.

Leading the Mariner defense were Tower (6 tackles, field goal block), Michael Yates (4 tackles, quarterback sack), Landon Willis (6 tackles), Spear (5 tackles), Darius Pierpont (6 tackles, interception), Matt Herrold (5 tackles) and Chris Carroll (4 tackles, sack).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Oceanside (3-3, 100.0000 points) is sixth, while Winslow 5-1, 132.1889 points) is first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

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