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Falcon football recap
RUMFORD -- A lot of things usually transpire throughout a football season and Mountain Valley certainly experienced the highs and lows. Still, the team held together and fought with everything they had when push came to shove.
That was the mindset when the Falcons began their path in the Class B Campbell Conference, although they encountered new opposition. The first three games were scheduled against newcomers to Class B. Westbrook and Marshwood had dropped from Class A and Spruce Mountain was created with the merger between Jay and Livermore Falls.
MV provided a rude awaking by outscoring the trio 123-23. Westbrook had won the coin toss, deferring to the second half and the ploy backfired. On the first play, Matt Hosie sprinted untouched up the right side line for a TD in a 47-7 win.
“All of our plays were working,” said Hosie, who gained 283 of the team’s 387 rushing yards. “We came into this game knowing full well we needed to minimize the mistakes that we had made against Messalonskee and capitalize. We have two all-state guards in Ryan (Glover) and Nate (Nicols).”
The Falcons made some adjustments and the results were effective as Kyle Duguay rushed three touchdowns in the second half in a come—from-behind 34-16 win over Marshwood. Duguay had three TDs and the ball-hawking defense forced four turnovers in a 42-0 win over Spruce Mountain at Griffen Field. Hosie began with a 96-yard TD.
“We took the momentum right away from them when Hosie ripped off that run and (Izaak) Mills picked off pass on the next series,” said MV coach Jim Alyward. “It was all a matter of momentum at that point.”
MV scored 27 points in the first quarter, including an 80-yard kickoff return by Duguay for a TD in a 54-0 win over Gray-New Gloucester at Chet Bulger Field.
At homecoming, Quarterback Zach Radcliffe passed to Taylor Carey for a TD and Jake Theriault returned an interception 45 yards for a score.
The next two games exposed the Falcons.
Hosie scored in the fourth quarter wild 34-22 triumph against York, but Wells ambushed the Falcons 28-12; their first loss since 2009. MV relied on its dominating running game (425 yards) in a 35-7 win over Greely and held back Cape Elizabeth in regular-season finale.
The second season resulted in rematches, beginning with a 48-0 win over Spruce Mountain. Mills added two TDs, 107 yards rushing. Carey returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and Radcliffe threw a scoring strike to Theriault in a 13-0 semifinal win against Cape Elizabeth.
No. 2 Mountain Valley lost 10-0 to Wells in the regional championship.