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Battle of mountains goes to Spruce
JAY/LIVERMORE -- It's a sharp learning curve for the Mountain Valley football team, who have found the going tough and that trend continued in another Class C Campbell Conference football game Friday night.
The Falcons may be going through a rough spell, however, there's better times coming.
Senior fullback Tom Thibeau scored on an 11-yard run early in the second quarter, but the Falcons were simply unable to get on the right track in the second half and Spruce Mountain had too much firepower en route to 45-8 win.
The Falcons couldn't establish the line of scrimmage that has been their trademark bread and butter.
For the second straight week, Mountain Valley (0-3) lost to a team that they had always beaten. In 2011 at Griffin Field, the Falcons beat Spruce 42-0 and last year in Rumford, 33-16. This year, the Phoenix have a veteran team, but the Falcons had opportunity to make some noise on their first possession of the game. QB Ian Austin engineered a drive lasting nearly six minutes, but Kyle Farrar was stopped on 4th-and-3 at the Spruce Mountain 34. It was a prelude of things to come because MV tied the score in the second quarter.
On its second series, MV marched 67 yards in 13 plays. Thibeau followed the offensive line in for a TD. Farrar threw a halfback option pass to Caleb Gauvin for a two-point conversion.
Mountain Valley was unable to answer the Phoenix defense the rest of the game. The Falcons were held to 41 net yards in the second half.
"You're truly looking at a team that had zero kids starting last year, and when the wagon wheels fall off, they fall off and we don't have enough experience or leadership. And that is not a slam on the kids," noted Mountain Valley coach Jim Aylward. "We're going through some major growing pains and I hope people can live with it, because I can."
Thibeau and Farrar combined for 107 yards on 25 carries. Mountain Valley led in first downs.
Spruce Mountain was led by Matt Vigue, who scored four TDs, a 61-yard run, a 58-yard catch and run, an 80-yard kick return and a one-yard dive. QB Peter Theriault threw three TDs.
Mountain Valley will return to Chet Bulger Field against Yarmouth this Friday.