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Analysis of Wells game
WELLS -- It is what is.
For the previous three weeks, Mountain Valley dealt with the lingering effects endured throughout a long football season and these intangibles finally caught up with the cobalt blue and silver.
MV had won away conference championship games, ’04 in Gorham and ’07 in Cape Elizabeth. However, Wells proved to be another challenge.
“Wells is a great team and it showed today,” said MV senior Kyle Duguay. “They are really, really tough and with our injuries, I think, finally caught up with us. It’s tough to come in here with all of us hurt.”
Duguay who had been knocked out of the semifinal game against Cape Elizabeth, did the bulk of the running because Matt Hosie ran the ball once in the first quarter, but was still hobbled by a sprained ankle.
For the past few weeks, we have tried to work through our injuries,” said Duguay. “I’m certainly not making excuses because the better team won today.” Mountain Valley has a dominating running game, but it never materialized, gaining 54 yards on 23 carries. On October 7, the Wells defense limited the Falcons to 96 yards on the ground in a 28-12 Warrior win.
“The little things hurt us,” said Duguay. MV shutout Wells 18-0 in the regional final last year in Rumford.
Falcon quarterback Zach Radcliffe played throughout the day with a shoulder injury, while Izaak Mills fought off lightheadedness.
Wells, who won their first regional title since 1997, started the initial drive on their own 44 and reached the MV 5. Falcon linebacker Colin Merrill made a tackle on third down. Following a delay penalty, wells kicked a 25-yard FG.
It was the only points that the MV defense would allow in the first half. Wells is known for their big-play capabilities, but this time the Falcons held their ground.
Linebacker Ryan Glover (shoulder) had 17 tackles and a sack. Devon Hamel and Nate Nicols combined on a sack and a Mills tackle also forced a punt. Tackles Justin ‘Bubby” White and Santos Rodriguez, and ends Taylor Carey and Hamel, kept Wells rushers under the century mark.
The secondary of Jake Theriault, Ryan Nicols and Isaac Roberts sealed the airways of QB Paul McDonough.