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AYF Falcons open with win
RUMFORD -- The Area Youth Football fifth and sixth grade Falcons opened up their regular season at sundrenched Chet Bulger Field with an 18-0 victory over the Spartans from Bethel.
The Falcons won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. The Spartans got a great kick and a favorable bounce as Will Sorensen picked up the loose pigskin before being tackled at the Falcon 19.
The offense started with a nine-yard burst up the middle by Curtis Gauvin. G. Sorensen ran for five yards before Curtis Gauvin bulled his way for a first down behind good blocking from linemen Ian Brennick, Ty Murray, Andrew Weston, Tyler Morse and Alex Gorham. Two plays later the Falcons lost the ball on a fumble at the F-47.
Defensive, the Falcon nose guard Jack Lavorgna came up with a nice hit, then Ian Brennick make a tackle at the line of scrimmage. The Spartans went for the first down on fourth down but Gauvin sacked the quarterback.
The Falcons then put together a six-play, 62-yard scoring drive highlighted by two Keegan Davis runs for 15 yards that set up a Gauvin 42-yard touchdown run for a 6-0 lead with 6:26 left in the second quarter.
The Spartans started at midfield, but Brennick and Cam Godbois teamed up for a one-yard loss followed by a Kyle Kenney and an Andrew Weston tackle, forcing a punt.
Just before the half, Alex Gorham recovered a fumble after a hard hit by J. Lavorgna.
At the start of the second half, the Falcons' Kyle Kenney recovered the live ball at the Spartans 40 on a great hustle play to giving the offense good field position. But they turned the ball over, thanks to penalties.
The Falcons defense didn't miss a beat as Brennick had two tackles and recovered a Spartans' fumble at the S-33.
From there, Sorensen ripped off a 20-yard run, setting up a sweep pitch to Davis for an 11 yard touchdown jaunt with 1:41 left in the third quarter for a 12-0 lead.
Fundamental tackling from Kenney, Gorham, Gauvin, Sorensen and Davis led to great field position at the S-34.
It took the Falcons three plays to hit pay dirt. Davis went off tackle for a 14 yard, Gauvin followed with a 15-yard rush, and Sorensen blasted over the right side for an 18-0 lead with 6:09 left to play.
The Falcons had some good defensive play in the fourth quarter from Will Bean and Nick Perrault while Brennick recovered his second fumble. Zack Blodgette also ran the ball hard for positive yardage near the end of the contest.
Subitted by AYF Falcons coach Mark Richard.