WALES — Week 5 of the high school football season was a rough one for Hancock County as all three local teams suffered defeats.
Bucksport fell to a 25-20 loss to Oak Hill in a tight Saturday afternoon battle in Wales. Elsewhere Saturday, Ellsworth/Sumner and Mount Desert Island were held to one score apiece in their respective eight-man games against Morse and Camden Hills.
Quarterback Ayden Maguire threw two touchdown passes for Bucksport (1-2) in the first half against Oak Hill, but the Raiders responded on both occasions to limit the Golden Bucks to a 14-13 lead at halftime. The home team then took advantage of turnovers by the visitors in the second half to take a 25-14 lead with just under four minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Bucksport answered in the fourth quarter via a Jaxon Gross touchdown run and had a chance to drive for the winning score when it took over near midfield with two minutes to play. Yet Oak Hill (3-1) broke up a desperation pass from Maguire on fourth down to extinguish the visitors’ comeback hopes and avenge a 21-14 loss to the Golden Bucks two years ago.
In Bath, Ellsworth/Sumner fell to 0-2 on the season with a 56-6 loss to Morse (4-1). Matt Carney scored the lone touchdown on the afternoon for the Eagles, who were playing for the first time in nearly a month after COVID-19 issues internally and among opposing teams forced the cancellations of their Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4 games.
“It’s really important to be playing actual football games because that’s how you get better at this sport, and it was great to do that again,” said Ellsworth head coach Dave Svec. “We were better this time around than we were in the first game, but we still obviously have lots of room for improvement.”
MDI (1-3) lost 32-8 to a Camden Hills team that, while shorthanded due to quarantines, still brought plenty of talent to Bar Harbor. Although the game was scoreless through the first quarter and a half, the Windjammers took a 16-0 lead into the break and added two more second-half scores before a fourth-quarter touchdown run from the Trojans’ Jacob Shields ended the visitors’ shutout bid.
The Trojans got 99 passing yards and 33 rushing yards from Spencer Laurendeau, 81 rushing yards and 41 receiving yards from Alex Gray and 51 rushing yards and 20 receiving yards from Shields. Hunter Norton rushed for 213 yards and three scores for Camden Hills (3-1).
Bucksport and Ellsworth/Sumner will be back in action Friday, Oct. 8, for home games against Freeport (3-1) and Dexter (1-1) at 6 and 7 p.m., respectively. MDI is scheduled to take on Waterville (3-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Waterville Senior High School.
The following week, Ellsworth/Sumner and MDI will face one another in what will be the first regular season matchup between the two teams in more than 60 years. The winner of that game, scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in Bar Harbor, will likely beat out the other for the eight-man level’s last Large-School North division playoff spot.
“Every year, we’re going to have two goals: Beat MDI and win in the playoffs,” Svec said. “Those goals are still achievable right ahead of us.”