ROCKPORT — The Camden Hills high school football team had a Week 1 bye on its schedule, but will be ready to kickoff the season Saturday, Sept. 10 in the 8-man large school division.
The Windjammers will open the season against Yarmouth at 1 p.m. with the contest taking place on Don Palmer Field at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport.
Camden Hills finished the 2021 regular season at 4-2 before succumbing to Morse in the divisional semifinal.
And while the Jammers return a number of players from last year's squad, highlighted by senior running back and linebacker Louis Mainella, head coach Chris Christie must look for the formula to replace the now graduated Hunter Norton and his 30 total touchdowns along with valuable senior leadership that did not always show in a box score.
Although there is one more senior on the roster this year than last, the word 'young' still comes into play with this group.
“After a very successful July conditioning camp and two weeks of double sessions, these athletes are ready to get on the field and play the game they love,” said Christie. “They continue to work hard every day and we hope to continue to grow from the success of last year.”
Alongside Mainella, Camden Hills acknowledges offensive tackle and nose guard Aaron Heald as a leader in the trenches. First year starting quarterback Will Haslam will be relied upon as an on-field extension of offensive coordinator Joe Russillo as the season progresses.
The team has no shortage of potential breakout players among many possibilities in junior running back and cornerback Owen Reynolds; tight end and defensive end Dylan Lowe; and fullback and linebacker J.T. Johndro. Sophomores Connor Beal and Isaac Dutille are other players to keep an eye out.
Individual game tickets are $5 each or $15 for families of 3 or more and can be purchased at the gate upon arrival. Camden Hills students will be admitted for free and tickets are $3 for those under 12.
The Windjammers follow up the opening home date with another Sept. 17 when they host Mt. Ararat of Topsham, also at 1 p.m.