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Falcons clinch home field advantage with win
RUMFORD -- It was Mountain Valley who refused to let a grand opportunity sail away in a Class B Campbell Conference football game last Friday night.
There proved to be some interesting moments, however, Devon Hamel and the Falcons defense stiffened in a 20-14 triumph over Cape Elizabeth on the artificial turf at Hannaford Field.
Mountain Valley (7-1) is the No. 2 seed and host Spruce Mountain (4-4) this Friday. Cape is No. 3 and could have a rematch with the Falcons in the semifinals in Rumford.
MV was trying to run out the clock when a fumble caused a chain reaction of events. While the officials were searching through a pile of bodies for the ball, Falcon senior Taylor Carey was 10 yards up the field. Following a long discussion, Cape was awarded the ball, which prompted anger from the Falcon sideline and fans, but the battle resumed.
“I think the fumble call took a lot of guts,” said MV coach Jim Aylward. “First to blow a whistle, not know where the ball is, have a five-minute conference and then give it to the home team.”
Cape ran a play and the clock never started, so the refs ran three seconds off the clock. A two-handed spike didn’t force action; by rule, a two-handed spike is a fumble. Hamel sacked quarterback Derek Roberts at the CE 36. An incomplete pass set up fourth down and Jacob Theriault knocked down a pass at the Falcon five to seal it.
Ryan Glover recovered a fumble, second play of game and Kyle Duguay (198 yards, 25 rushes) scored on a four-yard TD run and the Falcons led 6-0 in the first quarter. Cape grabbed the lead after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a TD.
Mountain Valley regained the lead when QB Zach Radcliffe scored on fourth and inches. It capped a 12-play, 68-yard drive. Late in the second quarter, Radcliffe passed to Carey, who slipped off a tackle at the 15 and completed a 49-yard TD. The Falcons drove 95 yards in six plays.
Cape Ellizabeth (6-2) featured 300-pound Andrew Lavallee, who stayed at guard and avoided the backfield. The Falcons had practiced thinking Lavallee would be lining up as the fullback. Cape scored on first drive of third quarter, a one-yard sneak by Roberts, with Donald Cark (110 yards, 25 carries) running six of the eight plays.