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Falcons tear apart Patriots in homecoming
The pass here to Falcon receiver Isaac Roberts just falls off his fingertips. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
Mountain Valley's defense, seen converging on the quarterback for Gray-New Gloucester, was dominating all night long. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
Seen here enjoying the Mountain Valley homecoming parade are members of the AYF Steelers. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- The Falcons delivered a message by scoring 27 points in the first quarter, including an 80-yard kickoff return by Kyle Duguay for a touchdown on the opening play as the unbeaten Falcons rolled to a 54-0 win over Gray-New Gloucester at Chet Bulger Field.
Mountain Valley (4-0) provided the homecoming crowd with plenty of excitement by scoring in a variety of ways. This onslaught had been a trademark of the River Valley team and tonight was another perfect example. The Falcons shutout the Patriots 55-0 last September.
“When I received the ball, field was wide open,” said Duguay. “I thought 'this is great,' so I cut right and ran untouched all the way. Team was able to stay focused on what we wanted to accomplish but the penalties (eight) in first half is a concern because we can't be doing that against York next week.”
GNG had trouble moving the ball and punted. Falcon Quarterback Zach Radcliffe (yards) threw a pass to a wide open Taylor Carey for a 13-0 lead. Jacob Theriault intercepted GNG QB Roman Latno and returned it 45 yards for a score.
Throughout the years, Mountain Valley’s bread and butter has been a dominating running game and the current cast is no exception. The offensive line has paved the way with center Scot Nicols, and guards Ryan Glover and Nate Nicols.
“As a lineman, I need to stay focused and know my assignments,” said Nate Nicols, who recovered a fumble. "We needed to concentrate tonight and get the younger guys playing time and we did that.”
Matt Hosie scored a 39-yard TD on his only carry.
“We have four tough games coming up,” said coach Jim Aylward. “We need to be prepared for them.”
Gray-New Gloucester (0-4) was held to minus 27 yards rushing in the first half and two of three first downs resulted from encroachment flags by MV. Jon Greenleaf was a two-way standout (six punts) and Tyler Hicks recovered a fumble to halt the Falcons.
“That’s four wins,” said Hamel. “It qualifies us for the playoffs and that was a team goal. Now we can go for it all.”
Izaak Mills intercepted a pass and on the next play ran for a 21-yard TD. Mills and Glover each kicked three extra points.
“Coach said I was going to score some points tonight and he was true to his word,” said Glover. “The early lead helped and it allowed the younger players in. That’s what this program has been about."
Brett Beauchesne gained 51 yards on three rushes. Ryan Nicols recovered a fumble.