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Falcons rebound to drop Rangers, 35-7
RUMFORD -- When Mountain Valley utilizes their assets, there will be trouble and that’s exactly what transpired in a Class B Campbell Conference football game Saturday night.
It was two by land and one by air for Matt Hosie, who rushed for 204 yards and scored three touchdowns and the Falcons defense stiffened in a convincing 35-7 triumph against Greely at Chet Bulger Field.
Mountain Valley (6-1) was challenged early with the score tied 7-7, but eventually gained control by scoring the final 28 points of the game. Kyle Duguay (71 yards, 19 rushes) scored on a six-yard TD run and Izaak Mills kicked the extra point to put the Falcons ahead with 5:52 left in the first quarter. The Falcons were in a foul mood after having lost to Wells last week.
Hosie had received solid blocking by the offensive line for an 89-yard TD on the Falcons first possession of the game. Once Hosie reached the line on a 21-trap play, the seas parted and the junior sprinted untouched all the way up the left side.
“I owe it all to the offensive line,” said Hosie. “With holes as wide as they were tonight, anyone could have run the ball.”
Mountain Valley, relied on their dominating running game (425 yards), led by center Scot Nicols, guards Ryan Glover and Nate Nicols, and tackles Ryan Stickney and Devon Hamel.
Greely (5-2) had tied things on a pass from quarterback Drew Hodge to Mike Leeman that covered 55 yards.
“We had a breakdown defensively,” said MV coach Jim Aylward, regarding the coverage and responsibilities. “But the defense made the proper adjustments and reacted well to the snap of the ball. We contained (Svenn Jacobson) well.”
In the second quarter, QB Zach Radcliffe dropped back and set up a middle screen pass to Hosie for a 25-yard TD.
Greely, who had only 18 rushing yards in the game, was in Falcon territory when Hamel recorded a sack and Jacob Theriault intercepted the first of two passes.
“That sack was it for us,” said Hamel, regarding the turning point. “I knew I needed to get in there on the quarterback.”
In the third quarter, Taylor Carey blocked a punt and Isaac Roberts recovered the ball on the Greely nine-yard line. Mills ran in for a TD. On the ensuing possession, Theriault and Hosie added a 58-yard TD.
Glover also picked off a pass.
“Playing defense is great,” said Glover. “Especially middle linebacker, it’s my favorite position because I’m all over the field hitting people and in on a lot of tackles.”
The Falcons' Kyle Duguay rushed for 71 yards, including a touchdown, in Saturday's 35-7 win over Greely. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)