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Young Falcons drop open to veteran Wells
This was some of the action during Mountain Valley's opener with Wells on Friday night at Hosmer Field. (Times photos by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- Although it's a new beginning, Mountain Valley fully realizes that nothing comes easy and that was the message delivered in a season opening Class C Campbell Conference football game.
The Falcons were simply unable to get on the right track in the first half and Wells' Colin Seviney, Jake Moody and quarterback Nate Booth each ran for touchdowns en route to a 44-13 win at Chet Bulger Field.
It was the first game played between the teams in the realigned Class C, although the opponents are certainly no strangers. They had memorable battles in Class B during the previous three decades. The senior-laden Warriors established the line of scrimmage on its two possession of the game, with Sevigney busting over for a five-yard TD and Moody sprint for a 55-yard TD in the second quarter. The Warriors trickery formation led to the first of two two-point conversions.
"I really didn't know what to expect tonight," said Wells coach Tim Roche. "We hadn't played that well in scrimmages against York and Kennebunk, and Class C has some good teams. When we got in the red zone and then had that TD called back I thought 'here we go again.' But, the kids came back."
Mountain Valley has a young team as the majority is comprised of freshmen and sophomores. Still, they had opportunities to make some noises, but was held to 11 rushing yards in the first half.
“We are a young team and we made mistakes," said Mountain Valley coach Jim Aylward. "Wells is a well-balanced team.”
The Falcons put things together in the second half by recovering two turnovers and scoring two TDs. Mike Eversen recovered a fumble and following a big loss initially, QB Ian Austin passed to freshman Kyle Farrar, who clearly beat the secondary for a 41-yard TD. Wells fumbled on the ensuing possession and Farrar (55 yards) broke free for 24 yards to the 12. Three plays later, Farrar scored from five yards out. Caleb Gavin booted the PAT.
"We'll get better," said Aylward, who praised the team for playing hard in second half."Some guys still need to return."
Mountain Valley linemen Brandon Roberts (OT), Anthony Boucher (center), Dalton Milledge (guard), Alan Carrier (tackle), Austin Varnum, Zac Cross and Isiah Stickney had trouble against the Warriors' front seven.
The Falcons gained 77 yards on the ground in the second half.
Wells added a dagger when it scored on a Booth to Carney 57-yard scoring strike with one minute remaining in first half.
"I said to one of my coaches, I can't remember ever coming up to Mountain Valley and leading 29-0 at halftime," said Roche.