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Freeport wins battle of Falcons
RUMFORD -- Something had to give between the two Falcon teams and strange thing certainly transpired throughout the second half in a Class C Campbell Conference football game.
The Falcons went back to the basics and unleashed a second half attack with touchdowns by runners, David Schaedler and Sean Pardy and then Freeport had to fend off a challenge by Mountain Valley for a 20-8 win at Chet Bulger Field.
Mountain Valley was snake bitten again, however, it certainly wasn't due to a lack of effort.
Freshman Kyle Farrar turned in a yeoman-like performance with a 22-yard TD and 184 yards rushing. A goal-line stand gave Mountain Valley (1-6) a chance in the fourth quarter, but mistakes ultimately proved costly.
Freeport clinched a playoff berth with its fourth win. A fake punt by Pardy that went for 37 yards, led to Schaedler's (51 yards, 15 carries) eventual game winning 7-yard TD on Freeport's opening drive of the third quarter.
Freeport coach Rod Grover said. 'In the second half, it was the determination by the kids and our ability to run some counter plays."
Mountain Valley established the line of scrimmage behind a solid line led by 274-pound Alan Carrier. The blocking assignments opened holes for Farrar, Josh Mason (52 yards, 10 carries) and Tom Thibeau up the middle.
On fourth down, Farrar cut outside for a TD. Ian Austin passed to Caleb Gavin for the conversion. The 53-yard, seven-play drive pulled MV within 13-8. It became a battle as Freeport was stopped on the goal line on Thibeau's tackle. The teams traded fumbles, with Alex Ridley of MV recovering in the end zone.
The Freeport defense held and Pardy cut back for a 29-yard TD and Eric Wenthworth kicked the PAT.
"That score was big for us," said Grover. "They had come back on us and then we had all those bad breaks on the goal line. But the kids didn't quit."
Mountain Valley immediately drove to the red zone, with Farrar covering 48 yards, while carrying defenders on his back. But Freeport held again. Each team had three possessions in the first half. Pardy intercepted a pass in MV territory and Nixon (90 yards, 13 carries) ran for a three-yard TD. Wentworth kicked the PAT with 2:07 left in the first half.
"We had to alter our game plan," said Grover. "We wanted to run more play action, but Mountain Valley had their safety to deep.”