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AYF Falcons advance to championship
FARMINGTON -- The AYF Falcons have returned to the championship game for the second straight year following a hard-fought 21-19 victory over the Mt. Blue Giants of Farmington Sunday on a cloud-free day at Kemp field.
The Giants won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. The Falcons defense wasted no time making hard hitting tackles as Ian Brennick and Will Sorensen made solo tackles for the Falcons. Cam Godbois recovered a Giants' fumble at the Falcon 36, stopping their first offensive possession.
The Falcons offense got on the score board on their first snap from scrimmage. Sorensen took a Godbois hand off and followed a great offensive line surge from Tyler Morse, Brennick, Ty Murray, Alex Gorham and Luke Beaudion for a 64-yard touchdown run. Curtis Gauvin kicked the point after.
Howver, the Giants were able to score on a run play, then scored on a passing play to take the lead at the end of the first quarter, 13-7.
The Falcon offense was able to put together a 10-play, 50-yard touchdown drive in the second stanza. Gauvin started the series with two lugs for 11 yards to the Giants 39. Sorensen followed up with a four-yard rush. Gauvin pounded out another five yards bringing up a third and one. Gauvin plowed his blocking for a first down at the Giants 27. Keegan Davis ran twice for five yards before Sorensen hammered his way for another Falcons first down. From the Giants nine, Gauvin burst up the middle to knot the game up at 13-13 as the teams went into the break.
The Falcons opened the second half on offense. They strung a seven play, 65-yard scoring drive to start the half. Gauvin ran the ball four times for 50 yards, including a five-yard touchdown plunge for a 19-13 lead. Gauvin's PAT rush for 2 points made it a pivotal 21-13 lead after three quarters of play.
The Giants got into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter to tighten the contest up at 21-19. The Falcon defense stopped the tying PAT run to hold onto the lead. The Giant offense was moving the ball in Falcon territory with under a minute to go in regulation when Falcon defender Davis picked off a Giants' pass and returned it to midfield with 36 seconds left to secure the victory.
The Falcons will play in the championship game Sunday in Jay. Great job Falcons!
Submitted by Falcons Coach Mark Richard.