Blue Blazes roll over Falcons, 30-0
WESTBROOK -- The objective is always to work on and try finding improvement, which is a driving force for the Mountain Valley football team and that was the mindset in its Class B Campbell Conference season-opening game Friday night.
The Falcons were simply unable to get on track offensively, while other shortcomings cropped up throughout the contest as Westbrook pulled away for a 30-0 win.
The results was the exact opposite from the 2011 season opener in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
The Falcons running game was in full motion in a 47-7 win against Westbrook at Hosmer Field.
Mountain Valley came out and established control on the first play from the line of scrimmage.
“We were undermanned Friday night, but still hoped to steal one," said MV coach Jim Aylward last week, in regards to the stiff challenge. "Westbrook improved more than anyone else last year, starting 1-4 before winning four in a row. They gave Wells all they could handle in a semifinal game. They should be a playoff contender."
The Blue Blazes proved to be no fluke this time, limiting the Falcons to one first down and 27 yards rushing in the first half, while leading in total yards, 513 to 123. Last year, Westbrook had 136 total yards.
Ben Grant led Westbrook with 151 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
MV's lone threat was Brett Beauchesne with 55 yards on 14 carries.
The Falcons had created their lone momentum early on, when Aaron Benson intercepted a pass and found some open field. Benson fumbled and MV recovered, but was unable to move the ball.
During the game, guard Ryan Stickney and back Colin Merrill were each injured and didn't return to action.
After the game, Aylward was frustrated and took the time to express his dissatisfaction regarding the Sun Journal experts having placed the Falcons No. 10 in its poll of statewide teams.
“You look at last year's records and then decide who the state champions are going to be,” said Aylward. "Come watch our practices sometime. We've known where we are. Thanks for all that pressure on the kids.”
MV quarterback Ryan Nicols completed 3 of 10 passes for 25 yards and Jake Theriault intercepted a pass in the end zone. The Falcons will try to get on track with home games against Marshwood and Spruce Mountain.