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Homecoming win 200th for Aylward
This was some the action in the Falcons' 35-14 homecoming win over the Patriots on Friday night at Chet Bulger Field. (Times photos by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- Something had to give between the two evenly matched teams and Mountain Valley delivered a message in a Class C Campbell Conference football homecoming game Friday.
The Falcons went back to the basics and unleashed a torrid second half attack with four touchdowns by four different runners, including the eventual winner by Kyle Farrar on a 52-yard weave en route to a 35-14 win against Gray-New Gloucester. Junior Josh Mason turned in a yeoman-like performance with a 33-yard TD and two big interceptions.
Both teams have struggled on both sides of the ball, similar in points scored and against.
Mountain Valley established the line of scrimmage behind a solid line, led by 274-pound Alan Carrier. The blocking assignments opened wide holes for Farrar (174 yards, 21 carries), Mason (84 yards, eight carries) and Tom Thibeau (51 yards, 11 carries)
"We were just tired of losing," said Mason, regarding the team mindset entering the game. "I felt that we really was able to put things together in the second half and it went well."
Mountain Valley (1-4) scored on its first two possessions of the second half. Thibeau burst over for a one-yard TD to complete a nine-play, 65-yard drive. The Falcons covered 62 yards in three plays, with Farrar breaking through the line and cutting for 52-yard TD and a 20-14 lead.
“We just wore them down in the second half," said Mountain Valley coach Jim Aylward, who recorded his 200th career coaching win. "When they got off the bus and we saw they had 18 players, that's what we planned on doing. But Gray coach Jim Hersom deserves a lot of credit because even with just 18 suited up, they played a solid game and they were physical. That's not the same team that I've seen on film.”
Gray-New Gloucester (0-5) didn't roll over and responded with a score on its first possession of the second half. Quarterback Zack Haskell rolled right and threw a pass to Adam Dumas, who used second effort on a nine-yard TD. Dumas (83 yards, 15 carries) was a workhorse on the 59-yard drive. Nicholas Correa kicked the PAT to tie the contest 14-14 midway through the third quarter. The Falcons put things together with Farrar scoring and on the ensuing possession the Falcons' Austin Varnum recovered a fumble. Three plays later, Mason cut outside and ran 33 yards for a TD.
GNG was forced to hurry up and pass the ball. Haskell tried throwing big Justin McKenna but Mason stepped in front and ran it back to the two. Mike Everson ran in for a TD.
Dumas scored a 16-yard TD on the initial possession of the game. The nine-play drive covered 65 yards.
Mountain Valley responded with Logan Wihoite running for a 6-yard TD, completing a 7-play, 65-yard drive.