High school football

Mariners start fast to corral defending state champion Huskies

Host Oceanside led by impressive efforts from Norton, Kaewthong, Ripley, others
By Staff | Sep 04, 2017
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Oceanside's Titus Kaewthong, left, and Maine Central Institute's Kurt Larochelle during a Sept. 1 high school football game in Rockland. The host Mariners beat the Huskies of Pittsfield 38-14 at Wasgatt Field.

Rockland — Michael Norton Jr. returned the opening kick 73 yards for the first of his four touchdowns as host Oceanside defeated defending state Class D champion Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 38-14 on Friday night, Sept. 1 in a season-opening high school football game at cool, windy Wasgatt Field.

Oceanside led 14-6 after the first quarter, 20-6 at halftime and 26-14 after three stanzas. The Mariners added 12 points and Huskies 14 in the fourth quarter.

Norton scored on a 74-yard pass play from Titus Kaewthong in the opening quarter to put the Mariners ahead 14-0 before the Huskies got on the board when Kempton Roy scored from two yards.

Norton also added scoring runs of 46 and 58 yards in the contest.

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Kaewthong scored two touchdowns — 7-yard run and 58-yard fumble recovery — to close the scoring for the Mariners. Kaewthong, a converted soccer player, was 3-of-8 passing for 93 yards, including a touchdown and interception, in his first varsity start at quarterback. He also kicked two extra points and had a 71-yard punt for the Mariners.

MCI's freshman signal-caller Ryan Friend finished 10-of-23 for 112 yards, and two interceptions, in his varsity debut. David Young finished with five receptions for 70 yards and TD for the Huskies. MCI was paced on the ground by Tucker Sharples, who had 70 yards on 12 carries, fumble and two-point conversion.

Norton finished with 182 yards on 16 carries and three rushing TDs. Kaewthong carried eight times for 35 yards and TD, Ben Ripley had 116 yards on 10 carries and Thomas Coombs 20 yards on four carries for the Mariners.

Norton led the Mariners with two receptions for 85 yards, while Jack Freeman had one grab for 10 yards. Kaewthong and Karl Ilvonen also had interceptions for the Mariners.

Defensively for the Mariners, Freeman finished with 11 tackles; Ripley, nine tackles; Norton, nine tackles and two quarterback sacks; Kaewthong, eight tackles, interception and score on fumble recovery; Alex McLaughlin, six tackles and fumble recovery; Trevor Reed, five tackles; Karl Ilvonen, two tackles and interception; and Mike Yates, four tackles.

The individual scoring included:

O — 73-yard kick return by Norton, Kaewthong extra-point kick, 11:46, first quarter.

O — 74-yard pass from Kaewthong to Norton, Kaewthong extra-point kick, 8:13, first quarter.

M — 2-yard run by Roy, extra-point kick failed, 5:57, first quarter.

O — 46-yard run by Norton, 2-point run failed, 0:37, second quarter.

O — 7-yard run by Kaewthong, extra-point kick failed,4:52, third quarter.

M — 22-yard pass from Friend to Young, Sharples 2-point rush, 10:24, fourth quarter.

O -—58-yard run by Norton, 2-point rush failed, 9:24, fourth quarter.

O — 58-yard fumble recovery TD by Kaewthong, 2-point pass failed, 7:31, fourth quarter.

Doug Curtis and Mariner coach Wes Drinkwater provided the information for this story.

Courier Publications’ sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Maine Central Institute at Oceanside football
Oceanside hosts Maine Central Institute on Sept. 1 in high school football in Rockland. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
From left, Oceanside coach Wes Drinkwater, Kirt Ilvonen, Oliver Vanorse-Jones, Michael Norton Jr. and Jack Freeman. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Michael Norton Jr. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Kirt Ilvonen. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside player huddle on offense. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Michael Norton Jr. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Sebastian Sanfillippo, right, and Maine Central Institute's Kurt Larochelle. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
On the line with Maine Central Institute players, front, and from left, Oceanside's Kirt Ilvonen, Alex McLaughlin and Oliver Vanorse-Jones. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Titus Kaewthong, left, and Maine Central Institute's Kurt Larochelle. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside coach Wes Drinkwater, left, and Titus Kaewthong. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the season-opening game. Oceanside's Kirt Ilvonen (70) is in the middle. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Michael Norton Jr., right, catches a long touchdown pass. Maine Central Institute's David Young is at left. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Michael Norton Jr., right, catches a long touchdown pass. Maine Central Institute's David Young is at left. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Titus Kaewthong, left, and Karl Ilvonen. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside's Titus Kaewthong, left, kicks off. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the season-opening game. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Maine Central Institute's Devon Varney, middle, and a slew of Oceanside defenders, including Thomas Coombs (24) and Jack Freeman (9), among others. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Karl, left, and Kirt Ilvonen. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from the season-opening game. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Maine Central Institute's Devon Varney, right, and T.J. Kuespert, left, along with Oceanside's Jack Freeman, middle, among others. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Maine Central Institute's Devon Varney, with ball, along with Oceanside's Thomas Coombs (24) and Karl Ilvonen. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside players on the sideline, including Chris Carroll (54). (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Oceanside players on the sideline, including Chris Carroll (54) and Finnegan Lynch, left. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
From left, Oceanside's Oliver Vanorse-Jones, Michael Yates, Kirt Ilvonen and Jack Freeman. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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