NEWPORT — After last week’s lopsided loss to Brunswick, Messalonskee football coach Brad Bishop was eager to see how his team responded. On Saturday night at Nokomis, Bishop got the answer he was looking for.

The Eagles ran for 578 yards to pull away with the 63-28 Pine Tree Conference Class B win. Messalonskee is now 4-1, while Nokomis is 0-5.

“I knew this would be a tough place to play. They’ve got some good athletes,” Bishop said of Nokomis. “I’m just proud of our guys, they way they bounced back.”

Most of Messalonskee’s yards came from the trio of lead backs: Tyler Lewis (199 yards, two touchdowns), Austin Pelletier (183 yards, four TDs), and Colby Dexter (164 yards, three TDs). With that strong running attack, the Eagles built a 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

The Warriors responded with a good passing attack, led by sophomore quarterback Andrew Haining. Tyler Pelletier caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Haining to get Nokomis on the scoreboard, and after an Austin Pelletier touchdown run for the Eagles, Haining connected with Chance Graves on an 8-yard scoring pass with 8.7 seconds to play in the first half.

“Our offense was good,” Nokomis coach Matt O’Connell said. “Defensively, we had no answer. They’ve got an awesome system.”

Haining threw for 276 yard and three touchdowns, and ran for 49 yards.


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