In a wild, fun, homecoming football affair, the shipbuilders dock with Windjammers – Knox County VillageSoup
ROCKPORT – The atmosphere was electric, with hundreds of cheerful fans in the stands and along the perimeter fence singing and singing, visiting cheerleaders bringing constant energy and the host group playing music. catchy, as well as, of course, the inspiring presence of the first responders and their vehicles.
It was back in high school football at its best and what an exciting spectacle put on by Camden Hills and Morse of Bath under the night lights at Don Palmer Field.
The last time the Windjammers and Shipbuilders played this fall, visiting Camden Hills pulled out a 60-42 as Hunter Norton led the way with 280 rushing yards, six touchdowns and 38 points.
Well, despite the chants of the great Windjammer student section of “Hunter Norton!” On Friday night, the shipbuilders “contained” Norton and the hosts to claim a 44-30 victory in the thrilling, wide-open eight-man football game.
Of course, contain isn’t a word used to describe Norton or the Windjammers offense, but, in this game, the visitors did just enough to secure the victory.
The Windjammers were down 16-14 after a quarter, tied 22-22 at halftime and trailed 38-30 at the end of the third stanza, before the Shipbuilders added a final touchdown in the fourth quarter. to seal victory on the road.
Camden Hills totaled 240 yards offensive on 45 plays, with 203 yards rushing and 37 in the air, while Morse had 384 yards (291 rushing and 91 passing) on 62 plays.
Norton again accounted for the majority of the Windjammers’ offensive distance – and 28 points – as the senior ran 21 times for 139 yards and had two passes for 23 yards, and four scores and two two-point conversions. Ryan Clifford was 5 of 8 for 37 yards in the air, with one touchdown and one interception, while running nine times for another 13 yards, and rushed for a two-point conversion.
Additionally, Louis Mainella ran four times for 51 yards and caught an 11-yard pass, while Hayden Davis caught an 11-yard pass for the hosts.
The Windjammers finished with 12 first downs and were 2 of 7 (29%) on the third down and 1 of 2 (50%) on the fourth down.
Morse collected 21 first tries and was 8 out of 13 (62%) on third try conversions and 2 out of 3 (67%) on fourth try conversions.
Norton (9 solo tackles, 10 assist tackles) led the Windjammer defense, while Louis Mainella (4 solos, 10 assists, fumble recovery), Josh Harrington (2 solos, 13 assists), James Johndro (2 solos, 2 assists, quarterback sack, tackle for loss), Vincent Mainella (4 solos, 4 assists), Owen Reynolds (3 solos, 2 assists), Mason Chadwick (2 solos, 4 assists), Enzo Russillo (solo, assist), Clifford (solo, assist), Connor Beal (solo, assist), Thomas Mitchell (assist) and Mason Thomas (assist) performed well.
Camden Hills forced one turnaround, while Morse forced two. The Windjammers also received four penalties for 24 yards, while the visitors had three for 26 yards.
On special teams, Reynolds and Clifford took care of the kickoff duties, while Clifford kicked three times for 40 yards, going 54 yards. Johndro, Louis Mainella and Thomas returned the kickoffs, while Reynolds returned a punt.
“It was a classic homecoming game between two evenly talented teams that showed true sportsmanship from start to finish,” said Windjammer coach Chris Christie. “It was amazing to see the support of this whole community. The athletes and coaches are so grateful for the support.
“This game was more important than football. It represents the hard work these athletes and coaches have put in over the past two years. It brought a community together overnight and the senior athletes got the recognition they so deserve… I am a lucky coach to share the field with these athletes and coaches.
Morse scored the first touchdown, as the shipbuilders connected for a 70-yard pass and converted the conversion to two runs. Camden Hills tied the game as Norton hit the ball through the one-yard goal line, and Clifford converted the two-point conversion by finding Norton in the air.
Morse struck again with a four-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion, while Norton broke free for a 59-yard rushing score, but the Windjammers failed for the two-point conversion.
The second quarter saw half as many touchdowns as the first quarter, as Morse scored the first, this time on a 19-yard run (the two-run conversion failed), while Clifford found Norton in the air for scoring 26 yards and Norton converted the two-run attempt to tie the game 22-22.
Camden Hills got their first lead of the night in the third stanza, as Norton scored his fourth touchdown on a nine-yard run, while Davis joined Clifford in the air for two more runs. Morse responded with a 17-yard rush and a two-run attempt to even the score, before the shipbuilders returned to the end zone on a 21-yard rushing score and a two-point conversion.
Morse added the final points of the night in the fourth quarter, as the visitors rushed for a 25-yard touchdown but failed the two-point conversion.
In the Maine Executives Association’s Crabtree points for big-school eight-a-side football in the North, Camden Hills (3-2, 115.5556 points) is third and Waterville (4-1, 137.1429 points) first in the five-team region. Morse is 4-1 and second.
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