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AYF Falcons rout the Raiders
RUMFORD -- The AYF Falcons improved their record to 3-0 with a 31-12 victory over the Raiders from Jay on a warm humid Sunday afternoon at Chet Bulger field.
The Falcons kickoff team set the tone early as they recovered the pigskin at midfield.
Falcons quarterback Cam Godbois then orchestrated a seven-play, 50-yard scoring drive. Keegan Davis lugged the ball twice for 19 and 20 yards to set up a Curtis Gauvin seven-yard TD plunge, using all 139 pounds of his body to cross the goal line for the 6-0 lead with 4:55 left in the opening frame.
The Falcon defense forced the Raiders to turn the ball over on downs when linebackers Will Sorensen, Andrew Weston, Kyle Kenney and Gauvin made textbook tackles giving the Falcons the ball at the Raiders 18. However, the Raider defense came up big by recovering a muffed snap at the 20.
The Falcons defense responded with another four and out as Jon Hodge, Ian Brennick and Alex Gorham had tackles for losses, for possession at the Raider 15.
One snap later, Godbois handed the ball to Gauvin, who followed good blocking from linemen Ty Murray, Brennick, Gorham, Luke Beaudoin and Tyler Morse for a 15-yard TD for a 12-0 lead.
The Raiders kept it close as they ran a misdirection play for a 50-yard TD.
The Falcons' defensive pressure in the second quarter held the Raiders in check as Jack Lavorgna, Weston and Sorensen came up with tackles for losses. Davis then picked off a pass and returned the pigskin to the Raider seven.
One play later, Gauvin went up the middle for his third touchdown, and a 18-6 lead with 2:47 left before intermission.
On the second play of the second half, the Falcons' Gauvin went 51 yards for a score, breaking two tackles and outrunning the Raiders into the end zone for a commanding 24-6 lead.
The Falcons put another touchdown on the board in the fourth quarter as they strung together an eight-play drive. Zach Blodgett ran five yards up the middle, Colby Parent for a yard, the QB Ethan Laubauskas completed a first down pass to end Josh Thibodeau. From there, Sorensen rushed to the Raider nine, Will Bean rushed inside the five, Kenney got dragged down at the one before Gorham hit paydirt behind a huge line surge from linemen Nick McInnis, Shannon Morton, Nick Perrault, Josh Hodsdon and Thibodeau. Gauvin's P.A.T. kick was good for a 31-6 lead.
The Raiders tacked on a late TD to conclude the scoring.
The Falcons' coaching staff is proud of each of their players. They travel to Jay at 12:30 p.m. Sunday to play the Broncos.
Submitted by Falcons' coach Mark Richard.
Members of the AYF Falcon football team is seen with packages of socks for the Socks For Soldiers program, put together by Roxanne Gorham, who works for Bank of America. On each package of socks is a note each player wrote for a soldier. (Photo coutesy of Marie Gauvin)