High school football

Medomak Valley forges road win over Belfast in key late-season battle

Severson buoys visitors with 169 yards on 23 carries, 3 TDs as Panthers outduel host Lions
By Mark Haskell | Oct 08, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Medomak Valley's Alex Clevette at his wide receiver position, with most of the rest of the players back on the line of scrimmage, on Oct. 5 during a high school football game with host Belfast. The visiting Panthers beat the Lions 36-14.

Belfast — The late-season battle high school football between Medomak Valley and Belfast on Friday night, Oct. 5 featured a pair of opponents seemingly trending in opposite directions.

The Panthers, after dropping their first two games of the campaign, appear to be surging to the postseason, while the Lions, after splitting their first two games of the campaign, have dropped three straight.

At the conclusion of Friday’s contest, the Panthers continued their ascension up the Class C North ladder as they capitalized on a few Lion turnovers and emerged with a 36-14 win at Dennis “Bear” Bryant Field.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

The foes were scoreless through the first quarter, while the Panthers scored 20 unanswered points in the second and led 20-0 at halftime. Medomak Valley then took a 28-6 lead after three quarters.

The Panther offense was led by running back Drew Severson, but also racked up important chunks of yardage on the ground from Colvin Standring and Jacob Light.

However, Severson was the key cog for the visitors on Friday as he rushed for 169 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns, while Standring (13 carries for 55 yards, TD), Light (9 carries for 44 yards), Eli Miller (8 carries for 14 yards, 3 2-point conversions) and Korbin Daniels (carry for 4 yards) also contributed for Medomak Valley.

Medomak Valley coach Ryan Snell said his team's 286 yards rushing on the night was largely due to the play on the offensive line, including tackles Erik Benner and Nick Viles, guards Garrett French, Ben Martin and Elijah Lash, tight ends Gabe Shellman and Jacob Weston and fullback Daniels.

Miller finished 4-of-10 under center for the Panthers for 30 yards and one touchdown pass to Brian Pollard, who had two catches for 21 yards.

Defensively, the Panthers were led by Dakota Nutter (6 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles), Pollard (6 solos), Lash (5 solos, 2 forced fumbles), Miller (3 solos, 2 assists, 2 fumble recoveries), Amos Hinkley (forced fumble, fumble recovery), Benner (fumble recovery) and Severson (interception).

The teams struggled in the first quarter, but the Lions’ struggles spanned into the second stanza as the hosts did not convert a first down in the game’s first 24 minutes.

The Panthers wasted little time to begin the second quarter as they forced and recovered a Belfast fumble on the first play of the stanza and Standring took a pitch for a 20-yard touchdown run with 11:44 to play in the half.

After Belfast went three-and-out and Medomak Valley got a nice punt return by Pollard, Severson found the end zone after two runs — and after a two-point conversion by Miller — the Panthers were up 14-0 with 9:16 to go.

Medomak Valley continued to pour it on when Miller found Pollard on a 15-yard touchdown pass to put the visitors ahead 20-0 at halftime.

The hosts got on the board on the first possession of the third quarter after Dylan Abbott completed a pair of long passes and also racked up a chunk of yardage on a quarterback keeper to give the Lions a first-and-goal at the two-yard line.

Abbott found the end zone on a two-yard rushing touchdown with 8:43 to play to make the score 20-6.

The Lions then mounted a defensive stand and forced the Panthers to turn the ball over on downs, but fumbled the ball back to Medomak Valley on their next offensive play and put the visitors in business with a first-and-goal at the nine-yard line.

Severson found the end zone two plays later, and another two-point conversion rush by Miller put Medomak Valley on top 28-6.

Severson added a late score on a two-yard rush for Medomak Valley, while Abbott connected on a 70-yard touchdown pass up the right sideline to Jack Hansen as time wound down for Belfast.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Medomak Valley (3-3, 43.7500 points) is fifth, while Belfast (1-5, 17.1875 points) is eighth. Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (5-1, 110.9375 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.

Medomak Valley at Belfast football
Belfast hosts Medomak Valley on Oct. 5 in high school football. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Belfast's Chris Kelley takes a drink of water as he and his teammates prepare for the game. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Jack Hansen. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Alex Clevette. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
The line of scrimmage. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Drew Severson, left, and Erik Benner (74), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Drew Severson, right, and Erik Benner (74), aalong with Belfast's Donald Resh, left, Patrick Curtis, Dylan Abbott and Tanner Veilleux. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Eli Miller, left, and a slew of players on the line of scrimmage. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Drew Severson, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Drew Severson, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott, right, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valleys' Jacob Light. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Eli Miller, right, and Belfast's Dylan Abbott. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Eli Miller, right, and Belfast's Dylan Abbott. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Eli Miller. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Light. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott, middle, among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Chris Kelley, right, dives forward. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott (11) and Cameron Watts (54), along with Medomak Valley's Dakota Nutter. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Belfast's Dylan Abbott (11), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Belfast's Tanner Veilleux, Dylan Abbott and Chris Kelley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley players, including Jacob Weston, left, and Amos Hinkley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Nick Viles, (55), Jacob Light, middle, and Eli Miller, along with Belfast's Brian White (56) and Chris Kelley. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Eli Miller (19), Elijah Lash (70) and Nick Viles (55), among others. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Brian Pollard, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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Mark Haskell
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.

Mark loves iced coffee, cargo shorts, spending time with friends and family and suffers no longer after his beloved Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.

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