High school football

Shutout city: Late defensive score helps Panthers stay ahead of Patriots

Medomak Valley blanks host Gray-New Gloucester to halt four-game losing streak
By Staff | Oct 09, 2017

Gray — Suffering through a four-game losing streak, the Medomak Valley football team hoped to turn things around — as the high school regular season winds to a close — in a road game against Gray-New Gloucester on Friday night, Oct. 6.

And entrenched in a tight battle with the host Patriots, the Panthers got help on the defensive side of the ball late in the game to help pull away.

Holding a 7-0 advantage with less than three minutes to play, Panther Josh Goldrup intercepted a Patriot pass and took it 46 yards for a touchdown as the visitors emerged with a 14-0 victory.

Darius Pierpont was 3-of-3 under center for the Panthers for 40 yards.

Leading the Medomak Valley offense were Tyler Simmons (16 carries for 74 yards, 2 catches for 25 yards), Drew Severson (9 carries for 13 yards, 15-yard catch) and Eli Miller (10 carries for 29 yards, touchdown).

Goldrup also booted a pair of extra points and had three passes defended in the win for the Panthers.

Miller's touchdown came on a 4-yard run with 3:19 left in the first quarter.

Also chipping in on offense for Medomak Valley were Brian Pollard (4 passes defended, interception), Dylan O’Reilly (7 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1.5 quarterback sacks), Erik Benner (solo tackle, 3 assists, 1/2 sack), Garrett Bowers (5 solos tackles, 4 assists), Amos Hinkley (3 solo tackles, fumble recovery) and Miller (3 solo tackles, 2 assists).

The Panthers beat Belfast in Week 1, but dropped the next four before earning a shutout victory on Friday.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Medomak Valley (2-4, 2.5000 points) is 10th, while Mount Desert Island (5-1, 101.5625 points) is first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

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

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