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Waterville shuts down Medomak Valley in football clash

Defense stands tall, but offense sputters for host Panthers
By Staff | Sep 12, 2017

Waldoboro — As the  adage goes, offense wins games, but defense often can win championships.

In that respect, perhaps the Medomak Valley football got a bit ahead of itself in their second game of the young season against visiting Waterville on Friday night, Sept. 8.

The Panther defense kept them in the game against the Purple Panthers, but the offense sputtered as the visitors rode out of town with a 14-0 shutout victory.

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“It was a tough night for us overall,” said Panther coach Ryan Snell. “Turnovers certainly hurt us and Waterville is much improved over the last year. I knew they’d be a tough matchup. They’ve got a small senior group and it’s a pretty good group of athletes.”

Leading the Medomak Valley defense was Eli Miller with five solo tackles, eight assisted tackles, two forced fumbles and a quarterback sack, while Garrett Bowers added four solos, 10 assists and a fumble return in which he rumbled 67 yards.

But, the Panthers could not cash in offensively on that opportunity.

Drew Severson rushed 10 times for 40 yards and Miller (7 rushes for 26 yards; 2 catches for 22 yards) also chipped in on offense for the hosts.

“Our defense did a great job keeping us in the game, but unfortunately we didn’t have the same tenacity on the offensive side,” said Snell.

Chase Wheeler and Nick Wildhaber had touchdown runs for the Purple Panthers.

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Waterville at Medomak Valley football
Medomak Valley hosts Waterville on Sept. 8 in high school football in Waldoboro. (Video by: Zack Miller of VStv)
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