Midcoast Athletics

Camden Hills football preps for second season in Class E

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 11:00pm

ROCKPORT — It is a little after 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24 and Camden Hills head football coach Jeremy Marks is in his office overlooking the front entrance of the school. He is openly excited and looking forward to what his 2018 squad can bring in the way of school and community pride to the Five Towns area this season.

“Last year, I would not have said that I think we can be really good because I didn't really know what we were going to have,” said Marks. “But with this year's team, I have no problem saying that I think we can be special.”

The Windjammers took on Oceanside and Mount View in Thorndike Aug. 25 in what was an exhibition format of each team playing two 10 minute quarters of football against the other two teams.

Considering that the Windjammers had to discontinue its 2015 season due to mounting injuries and low roster numbers while spending 2016 in a probationary year as a junior varsity squad, Marks was pleasantly rewarded by the Windjammers’ top four finish in the newly formed Class E last season at 5-3, which ended with a semifinal loss to Maranacook in the 2017 playoffs.

Now, the program once again has been granted full Varsity status and Marks sees the 2018 campaign as the chance to launch something truly special.

“My hope is to exceed our finish last year and not only go out on top,” said Marks, “but truly give this community a football program it can support and be proud of for years to come.”

The Jammers graduated no seniors last year and return a veteran core of senior talent including Spencer Johndro, Sam Hebert, Connor Hedstrom, Coleman Haskell, Isaac Luce and Ethan Cayouette. They are supported by a rising corps of juniors and sophomores.

Marks states he feels good that the freshmen are benefiting from loyal and supportive leadership via the elder statesmen of the team along with assistant coaches Josh Brady and Joe Russillo. This matches Marks observed coaching style that no team can rely on one player to be successful.

2018 Schedule

Aug. 31 at Sacopee Valley 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 vs. Telstar 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 vs. Freeport 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 at Maranacook 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 vs. Traip 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Old Orchard Beach 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Boothbay 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 vs. Medomak Valley 1:30 p.m.

Reach the sports department at: sports@penbaypilot.com.