WALES — Three times in the second half of its Class D South football season opener Saturday, the Old Orchard Beach offense drove deep into Oak Hill territory. Each time, however, Oak Hill’s defense came up with a big play, keeping the Seagulls out of the end zone.

Those plays were the difference, as Oak Hill capitalized on a few Old Orchard Beach mistakes in the second half to score a pair of touchdowns and take a 26-14 win.

“We’re designed to be a bend but don’t break defense, and the kids did a good job. They kids made some plays,” Oak Hill Coach Stacen Doucette said.

OOB had a bye in Week 1 while Oak Hill, which has won 23 straight games, beat Maranacook. The Seagulls played an exhibition game against Sacopee Valley, but the starters were on the field for only one quarter, hardly the proper tuneup when preparing to play the three-time defending Class D state champions.

“As a (coaching) staff we had some concerns about that. Game conditioning, just game situations, yeah, that’s probably part of it, but I don’t want to make excuses,” Old Orchard Beach Coach Dean Plante said.

The Seagulls spotted the Raiders a 14-0 first-quarter lead before rallying to tie the game.

With 3:11 left in the first quarter, OOB tight end Kyle Allen caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Boudreau. In the second quarter, after recovering an Oak Hill fumble on its own 1, Old Orchard mounted a 99-yard, 15-play drive. The big play was a 53-yard run by Boudreau, who capped the drive with a 2-yard run.

Boudreau led OOB with 147 yards rushing and 104 yards passing.

“(Boudreau’s) a great athlete. He’s a very good quarterback in our conference. We knew he could make plays with his legs and his arm. We were just trying to keep him in the box,” Doucette said.

“They like to run up the middle. They keep running up the middle, but then they hit you with a pass,” said Oak Hill senior Steve Gilbert. “You just need to do your responsibilities.”

Plante felt his team had the momentum going into the second half, but a penalty on the kickoff pushed the Seagulls back to their own 4. When the drive stalled at the 10, Darryn Bailey returned the punt 25 yards to the 5. Quarterback Matthew Strout scored from the 2 two plays later, giving the Raiders a 20-14 lead.

“I love the way we responded to the hole we dug. We thought we had all the momentum going into half, coming out and getting the ball. You’ve got to capitalize on the momentum against things like that,” Plante said.

The Seagulls had a chance to take the lead after Dylan Creswell intercepted a Strout pass at the Oak Hill 43 late in the third quarter. That drive ended, when Strout recovered a fumble at the 15 and returned it to the 35.

“We think we’re as good as (Oak Hill). They played more sound. If the phrase beat yourself could apply, we did,” Plante said. “We had a few more penalties than them. … Our special teams didn’t play well at the beginning of the second half. Just little things, and you don’t beat Oak Hill when you don’t do the little things well.”

Strout scored on a 1-yard run with 4:21 remaining.

The Seagulls reached the Oak Hill 13 on their final drive, but Boudreau fumbled on fourth down when he was sacked by Peter Flaherty and Cruz Poirier.

Oak Hill scored on its second play of the game – a 27-yard run by Gilbert. Gilbert gained 64 yards on five carries.

Poirer scored on a 4-yard run midway through the second quarter to push Oak Hill’s lead to 14-0.

WINTHROP/MONMOUTH ACADEMY 19, TRAIP ACADEMY 7: Alec Brown ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Ramblers (2-0) overcame an early deficit against the Rangers (0-1) at Kittery.

Traip opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 4-yard pass from Angelo Succi to Dalan Hubbard on fourth down.

The Ramblers tied the game late in the quarter on a 1-yard run by Brown and took the lead when Abram Sirois scored from the 2 just before halftime.

Brown added a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.


POLAND 3, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Hwida Nawass, Lexi Morey and Brianna Doucette scored for Poland (2-2) in a victory over the Patriots (0-5) in Gray.

Higera Nawass and Olivia Bell had assists for the Knights.

Alicia Credit made 17 saves for Gray-New Gloucester.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 3, LAKE REGION 0: Joelle Buzzell and Bridget Tweedie each had a goal and an assist as Fryeburg (2-2) scored three times in the second half to beat the Lakers (0-3) in Naples.

Taylor Kruger also scored.

Lakers goalie Maddie Nelson kept the game close with 12 saves.

MASSABESIC 10, PORTLAND 1: Logan Champlin scored three goals to pace the Mustangs (4-0) in a win over the Bulldogs (1-3) at Waterboro.

Champlin opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game, before Nettie Welsh answered for Portland just 1:30 later.

The Mustangs, though, got goals from five different players as they opened a 6-1 halftime lead.

Joanna Lafrance and Emma Rutledge each finished with a pair of goals. Emma Desrochers, Aspen Reinauer and Jackie Bearse also scored.

KENNEBUNK 3, TRAIP ACADEMY 2: Britney Gregoire scored a pair of goals to lead the Rams (2-2) past the Rangers (2-1) at Kennebunk.

Christine Jarowicz contributed a goal and an assist, and Allie Gregoire also recorded an assist.

Kiara Perez and Amelia Sullivan scored for Traip.

MESSALONSKEE 5, OXFORD HILLS 1: Kaitlyn Smith scored twice, and Lydia Dexter had a goal and two assists as the Eagles (3-2) downed the Vikings (3-1) in Oakland.

Ciara Hamlin scored for Oxford Hills.

LINCOLN ACADEMY 1, MARANACOOK 0: Erika Mathieson’s goal midway through the second half gave the Eagles (1-2) a victory over the Black Bears (0-4) in Newcastle.

Katie Moore inserted the ball into the circle after it popped out during a scramble, and Mathieson poked it home.


MARSHWOOD 3, THORNTON ACADEMY 1: The Hawks (2-1) got second-half goals from Marin Smith, Casey Perry and Reagan Nichols in a win over the Golden Trojans (2-1) at South Berwick.

Hannah Niles scored in the second half for Thornton Academy.

MT. ARARAT 4, CONY 0: Nikki Bradstreet, Jessica Cloutier, Lauren Labbay and Emily McCracken each recorded a goal for the Eagles (2-1) against the Rams (0-2-1) at Topsham.

Kate Guerin and Sabrina Paetow shared goalkeeping duties for Mt. Ararat.

WISCASSET 3, HALL-DALE 2: Gabby Chapman scored the go-ahead goal with 23:09 remaining to lift the Wolverines (3-1) over the Bulldogs (1-2-1) in Farmingdale.

Grace Webber scored the other two goals for Wiscasset. Lindsay Gordon made 11 saves.

Addie Davis had a goal and an assist, and Sabrina Freeman scored the other goal for Hall-Dale.

MONMOUTH ACADEMY 9, BOOTHBAY 0: Emily Grandahn scored four goals to lead the Mustangs (4-0) past the Seahawks (1-3) in Monmouth.

Haley Fletcher finished with a goal and four assists, and Audrey Fletcher had two goals and three assists.

OAK HILL 5, MT. ABRAM 0: Sydney Drew, Sam Weeks, Alicen Gilbert, Eliza Whisenant and Rylea-Mae Swan contributed a goal apiece for Oak Hill (2-1-1) in a win over the Roadrunners (0-3-1) at Salem.


WELLS 5, POLAND 1: Liam Bell scored four times and assisted on a fifth goal as the Warriors (2-1-1) beat the Knights (0-3) in Wells.

Bell opened the scoring 1:43 into the game. He converted Gary Andrews’ assist three minutes later before setting up Andrews for a 3-0 lead 18 minutes into the game. Bell jumped high for a header at 21:00 and scored his final goal less than a minute later.

Sam Walker scored for the Knights midway through the second half.

YARMOUTH 5, YORK 1: Eric LaBrie had two goals and an assist as the Clippers (2-0) beat the Wildcats (1-2) in Yarmouth.

LaBrie gave Yarmouth a 2-0 lead with two goals in the first 13 minutes. Ryan Webb converted a penalty kick to cut the deficit to 2-1, but Matthew Dostie opened the second half with a pair of goals. Gibson Harnett added a final tally in the closing minutes.

CARRABEC 1, TELSTAR 0: Dustin Crawford converted a penalty kick in the final minute of regulation to give the Cobras (3-1) a win over the Rebels (1-2) in Bethel.

Seth Padelford made 10 saves to earn the shutout.

Zach Hill made 25 saves for Telstar.

MT. ABRAM 4, OAK HILL 0: Sam Storer had a goal and an assist for the Roadrunners (2-1-1) in a win over the Raiders (1-2) at Wales.

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