High school football

Mud bowl: Camden Hills proves wet, wonderful in playoff win over OOB

Windjammers Johndro, Hebert, Cayouette rush for touchdowns, Freeport on-deck
By Staff | Oct 29, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Sam Hebert carries the ball during the Windjammers Class E playoff contest against Old Orchard Beach Monday, Oct. 29. The Windjammers beat the Seagulls 22-0.

Rockport — Conditions were far from ideal for either team on Monday afternoon, Oct. 29 as the No. 4 Camden Hills football team hosted No. 5 Old Orchard Beach in a Class E high school football quarterfinal playoff game at Don Palmer Field.

Rain fell at a steady clip and intensified at times throughout the 48-minute affair, which saw the teams turn the ball over multiple times with ballcarriers toting a slick ball on a saturated, muddy field all the while attempting to evade multiple tacklers.

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But, it was the Windjammers who capitalized on those turnovers on the scoreboard as the hosts scored 22 first-half points and maintained that lead throughout the second half on their way to a rain-soaked, mud-filled, 22-0 victory over the Seagulls.

With the win, Camden Hills (5-4) advances to the semifinals, where it will play at No. 1 Freeport (7-1) on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.

Old Orchard Beach saw its season wrap at 4-5.

Earlier this season, Freeport beat Camden Hills 14-6 in Rockport.

“I was really happy with the way the boys performed today,” said Camden Hills coach Jeremy Marks. “Tough conditions, mud field out there and a wet ball, but the boys didn’t let it affect our play. I’m really proud of the effort. Old Orchard Beach had a great season and I’m happy for them, but I’m even happier for the ‘Jammers to advance to the next round.”

Spencer Johndro, Sam Hebert and Ethan Cayouette had rushing touchdowns in the win for Camden Hills, which led 8-0 after the first quarter, 22-0 at halftime and by that score throughout the second half. Johndro and Hebert also added two-point conversions runs for the Windjammersd.

Hebert (13 rushes for 70 yards), Cayouette (13 rushes for 60 yards), Brady Hedstrom (11 rushes for 40 yards), Hunter Norton (3 rushes for 11 yards) and Johndro (14 rushes for 4 yards) led the Windjammer offense.

While both teams struggled at times with the rain-soaked conditions, Old Orchard Beach’s mistakes proved more costly.

In the first half, the Seagulls missed the kick on a pair of punt attempts, both times putting Camden Hills in prime scoring territory.

The second muffed punt put the Windjammers 12 yards from the end zone and Hebert rushed in from there two plays later — and added the two-point conversion — to put Camden Hills ahead 16-0 with 8:28 to play in the first half.

Throws were few and far between for the opponents, with no positive results for either when they opted to go through the air. Old Orchard Beach quarterback Dale Lord threw interceptions in the second and fourth quarters to Will Thorn and Hunter Norton, respectively.

Interestingly enough, it was the passing game that led Old Orchard to a 26-20, triple-overtime victory over Camden Hills on Oct. 6 in OOB.

“What succeeded for them [in that game] was the pass offense,” said Marks. “And it’s hard to throw the ball in the rain.”

Camden Hills outgained OOB 185-14 on the ground. Neither team completed a pass on the afternoon.

Late in the second quarter, Cayouette got free on a long punt return, which gave Camden Hills a first-and-goal at the 4-yard line with 1:46 left in the half. Cayouette plunged in three plays later from two yards out to put the hosts up 22-0.

“Either you embrace these kind of games — you embrace the mud, the wet and the cold and you just kind of suck it up and enjoy it — or you let it affect your play,” he said. “And it got to them. It seemed like they weren’t the same team we played three weeks ago.”

Leading the Windjammer defense on Monday were Hebert (3 solo tackles, assisted tackle), Brady Hedstrom (3 solos, 9 assists), Thorn (2 solos, assist, interception), Johndro (solo, 3 assists), Cayouette (solo), Connor Hedstrom (solo, 3 assists), Braden Moulton (solo, 3 assists), Coleman Haskell (solo, 4 assists, quarterback sack), Jacob Knowlton (solo, 2 assists, sack), Ryan Clifford (assist, interception), Norton (assist, interception) and John Heath (2 assists).

Old Orchard Beach at Camden Hills football
Camden Hills hosts Old Orchard Beach on Oct. 29 in high school football in Rockport. (Video by: Zack Miller)
The Camden Hills' defense gets set before a play. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ryan Clifford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, the Camden Hills' offense line, Spencer Johndro, Connor Hedstrom and Brady Hedstrom. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Nate Bartlett, left, and Sam Hebert. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Old Orchard Beach's Kobe Weinstein, left, and Camden Hills' Sam Hebert. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Old Orchard Beach's Brad Houle, Jacob Methot and Tim Trott, Camden Hills' Connor Hedstrom and Sam Hebert, and Old Orchard Beach's Kobe Weinstein. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Old Orchard Beach's Montgomery Leclerc, Camden Hills' Sam Hebert, and Old Orchard Beach's Jacob Methot. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Old Orchard Beach's Dale Lord, left, and Camden Hills' Jon Heath. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Old Orchard Beach's Dale Lord, and Camden Hills' Jon Heath and Sam Hebert. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Old Orchard Beach's Dale Lord, and Camden Hills' Jon Heath, Sam Hebert and Coleman Haskell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Old Orchard Beach's Dale Lord, and Camden Hills' Jon Heath, Sam Hebert and Coleman Haskell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Old Orchard Beach's Dale Lord, and Camden Hills' Jon Heath, Sam Hebert, Coleman Haskell and Jordan Durkee. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Sam Hebert, Coleman Haskell and Braden Moulton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Sam Hebert, Coleman Haskell, Braden Moulton and Ryan Clifford. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Braden Moulton, left, and Sam Hebert. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Spencer Johndro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Spencer Johndro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Spencer Johndro, front, and Old Orchard Beach's Dale Lord. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Spencer Johndro, front, and Old Orchard Beach's Dale Lord. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Old Orchard Beach's Jacob Methot and Jaden Davies, and Camden Hills' Spencer Johndro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Spencer Johndro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Nate Bartlett, Spencer Johndro, Jon Heath, Ethan Cayouette, Jordan Durkee, Noah Deabler and Stuart McNaughton. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Old Orchard Beach's Kobe Weinstein, Camden Hills' Jordan Durkee and Ethan Cayouette, Old Orchard Beach's Jaden Davies, Camden Hills' Stuart McNaughton and Old Orchard Beach's Dale Lord. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Stuart McNaughton, Brady Hedstrom and Spencer Johndro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Stuart McNaughton, Brady Hedstrom and Spencer Johndro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
The Camden Hills' offense runs a play. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Ethan Cayouette, Brady Hedstrom and Spencer Johndro. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Spencer Johndro, Ethan Cayouette, Brady Hedstrom and Jon Heath. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Spencer Johndro, Ethan Cayouette, Braden Moulton and Brady Hedstrom. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Old Orchard Beach's Peter Coleman, Camden Hills' Ethan Cayouette Old Orchard Beach's Jaden Davis, Camden Hills' Sam Hebert, and Old Orchard Beach's Brad Houle and Dale Lord. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Old Orchard Beach's Peter Coleman, Camden Hills' Will Thorn and Brady Hedstrom, Old Orchard Beach's Jaden Davis, and Camden Hills' Connor Hedstrom and Ethan Cayouette. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Will Thorn and Nate Bartlett, Old Orchard Beach's Kobe Weinstein, Camden Hills' Connor Hedstrom, Old Orchard Beach's Jaden Davis, Camden Hills' Ethan Cayouette, and Old Orchard Beach's Dale Lord and Tim Trott. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ethan Cayouette, left, and Old Orchard Beach's Sean Pratt. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Ethan Cayouette, and Old Orchard Beach's Tim Trott and Sean Pratt. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Ethan Cayouette, and Old Orchard Beach's Casey Kocian and Tim Trott. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ethan Cayouette, left, and Coleman Haskell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Sam Hebert, Ethan Cayouette and Coleman Haskell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Camden Hills' Sam Hebert and Ethan Cayouette, and Old Orchard Beach's Brad Houle. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ethan Cayouette. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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