I’m a Proud Alumnus of Oxford Hills for Winning Their First Maine Class A Football Championship
I'm a 1989 graduate of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. Not to sound like old man Parsons here, but back in my day, we weren't comprehensive. Also back in my day, our Oxford Hills Vikings football team never won a Class A championship and was never able to hoist that gold ball in the air.
I wasn't an athlete. I gave up on football in Junior High when I just got tired of being knocked down on my butt again and again by the biggest guy on the team while running drills in practice. So instead I joined the Key Club in high school and was at every home game for the Vikings running the concession stand. Even though we were busy, we were always able to keep an eye on the game.
All throughout my four years at Oxford Hills, the Vikings never won a championship. And that continued for another 32 years. The Vikings came close in 2021, but lost the championship to the Thornton Academy Trojans. But that didn't stop this team from going for the gold ball.
Saturday, November 19, was the rematch between Oxford Hills and Thornton Academy, and this time, the Vikings came out on top 21-7. Since Oxford Hills High School was founded in 1961, this had never happened. It took 61 years, but the gold ball finally went to Oxford Hills.
A lot of these players are the sons of the people I went to school with at Oxford Hills. A lot of the Oxford Hills staff, including principal Paul Bickford, played football at Oxford Hills. All of us couldn't be more proud of this team, because once you're a Viking, you're always a Viking.
Congratulations to the team and the coaching staff, including head coach Mark Soehren and assistant coach Nate Danforth. Congrats to the students, the parents, and the entire Oxford Hills community and alumni that are now basking in this fantastic achievement. It's been a long time coming. Enjoy this moment. It's one you will never forget.
The Oxford Hills Vikings Win Their First Class A Championship