ROCKPORT — Junior fullback J.T. Whitten rushed for 157 yards and scored three touchdowns as Waterville rebounded from its first loss of the season to defeat Camden Hills 35-22 in a Pine Tree Conference Class B football battle at Palmer Field on Saturday afternoon.
Waterville, now 3-1, will host defending state champion Leavitt of Turner Center in its homecoming game next Saturday. Camden Hills falls to 2-2.
Whitten scored on a 2-yard run and on a 10-yard pass from Kyle Bishop in the second quarter to help the Purple Panthers build a 21-0 halftime lead.
Bishop, who completed 7 of 12 passes on the day for 77 yards, also hit tight end Tim Locke with a 22-yard scoring pass in the second period..
Waterville’s defense, meanwhile, shut down Camden Hills’ rushing duo of quarterback Collin Downs and tailback Jacob Powers early, as they combined for just 47 yards in the first half before Downs left the game late in the second quarter with apparent heat exhaustion.
Powers came alive in the second half, rushing for three touchdowns and 169 of his game-high 209 yards as the Windjammers attempted a comeback.
Powers scored on a 49-yard run on the first series of the third quarter to pull the Windjammers within 21-6, but Waterville’s Josh Gormley ran the ensuing kickoff back 83 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown to take away Camden Hills’ momentum.
Whitten added his third touchdown of the game on a 17-yard run to make it 35-6 with 5:32 left in the third quarter.
Powers, en route to his second straight 200-yard rushing game, scored on touchdown runs of 50 and 25 yards in the fourth quarter, with backup quarterback Alex Crans rushing for a two-point conversion after each score.
Crans rushed for 25 yards on six carries and completed both of his pass attempts for 30 yards in relief of Downs.
Waterville freshman Evan Greatorex, playing for injured starting tailback Aaron Saucier, added 30 rushing yards for the Purple Panthers, while Bishop rushed five times for 32 yards.
Waerville finished with 300 total yards and 18 first downs, while Camden Hills amassed 296 yards and 12 first downs.