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Falcons begin playoffs with shutout win
RUMFORD -- The Mountain Valley football team relishes the second season and that was evident in their Class B Campbell Conference quarterfinal tilt Friday night.
Kyle Duguay was a wrecking machine with 212 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the first half in a 48-0 win over Spruce Mountain at chilly Chet Bulger Field.
Izaak Mills also was effective with a pair of scores and 107 rushing, plus he kicked an extra point.
MV had shut out Spruce Mountain in week three as Duguay rushed for three TDs.
“Everyone has a job to do,” said Ryan Glover. “We don’t expect anyone to come into a game and be a hero. We focus on our responsibilities.”
Mountain Valley (8-1) started out conservative until Devon Hamel recovered a ball in the end zone following a bad snap on a punt for his first-ever high school score. The Falcons then made the most of its opportunities, scoring 29 points in the second quarter. Mills and Duguay scored from one and three yards, respectively.
On the ensuing possession, Jacob Theriault intercepted Zach Bonnevie’s pass and returned it to the Phoenix 21.
“This was a hard-hitting game,” said MV coach Jim Alyward. “We’re pretty banged up, Matt Hoise didn’t play at all, but we circled the wagons and did what we had to do. We live to play in November.”
Quarterback Zach Radcliffe threw a 14-yard TD pass to Isaac Roberts and also connected with Mills on the conversion. The defense forced another three and out and on a busted play, Duguay (242 yards, 22 carries) reversed direction and ran 65 yards for a TD. Mills kicked the extra point for a 35-0 lead at halftime.
The Falcons established control of the line of scrimmage, on offense and defense. Phoenix runner Bill Calden gained 140 yards on 24 carries, majority in second half.
Spruce Mountain was held to two first downs and no passing yards in first half.
Mountain Valley's defense was led by linebackers Mills, Nate Nicols, Glover and Colin Merrill, as well as tackles Santos Rodrizes and Justin "Bubba" White, and ends Hamel and Taylor Carey.
Aylward said the team worked hard.
“We had containment,” said Radcliffe, who scored on a one-yard sneak in the fourth quarter. “The backers came up and filled the holes. This was a good all-around effort defensively.”
The Falcons continued their smash-mouth running and drove a nail deeper in the coffin, with Mills scoring on the opening possession of the third quarter. The 12-play, 74-yard drive lasted 6:19. Brandon Roberts recovered a fumble and Brooke Dolloff recorded a sack.
MV will host No.3 Cape Elizabeth in a semifinal game on Friday. The Falcons defeated the Capers 20-14 just two weeks ago.