Hayden Staples rushed for three touchdowns and Medomak Valley earned its first regional football title with a 40-20 victory Friday night in the Class C North final at Hampden Academy.

Staples staked the top-seeded Panthers (9-2) to a 13-0 lead with a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter. After the first of three touchdown runs by Hermon’s Gary Glidden, Chase Peaslee’s 1-yard run made it 20-6 at halftime.

Glidden cut the deficit to 20-14 with a 9-yard run in the third quarter. But Medomak quickly answered with a 45-yard pass from Wyatt Simmons to Blake Morrison, then added 2-yard runs by Liam Wilson and Staples in the fourth.

Glidden, who had seven touchdowns in a semifinal win over Oceanside, capped the scoring with a 91-yard run.

Medomak advances to face Leavitt or Cape Elizabeth next Saturday at Bangor’s Cameron Stadium.

Second-seeded Hermon finished 7-4.


FOXCROFT ACADEMY 32, WINTHROP 0: Caden Crocker rushed for two touchdowns and Wyatt Rayfield threw a pair of TD passes, leading the top-seeded Ponies (9-1) past fourth-seeded Winthrop/Monmouth/Hall-Dale in a Class D semifinal at Dover-Foxcroft.

Crocker finished with 135 yards rushing and receiving as Foxcroft, the reigning state champion, won a rematch of last year’s state final.

Crocker opened the scoring on a 7-yard shovel pass from Rayfield. After a 35-yard field goal by Kemsley Marsters, Crocker made it 17-0 with a 6-yard run.

Rayfield added a 10-yard scoring pass to Jadon Richard, and Marsters had a 22-yard TD run.

Foxcroft will seek its second straight state championship next Saturday when it plays third-seeded Lisbon/St. Dominic at Bangor’s Cameron Stadium. Lisbon won the regular-season meeting, beating the Ponies 14-13 at Dover-Foxcroft in September.

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