Falmouth, Freeport, Greely football all fall
While the Yarmouth football team managed to continue its inspirational roll Friday night (please see story), the other three teams in Forecaster Country weren't as fortunate.
The Falmouth Yachtsmen battled defending Class B state champion Mountain Valley for 48 minutes, but fell to 3-4 after a 21-7 setback.
Greely dropped to 2-5 with its third straight defeat, 41-7, at red-hot powerhouse Cape Elizabeth.
Freeport is now 1-6 in its inaugural varsity season after a wild 70-40 loss at Boothbay.
A year ago, Falmouth made the playoffs for the first time, but was bounced 41-6 by Mountain Valley at Rumford in the semifinals (the Falcons also rolled over the Yachtsmen 42-7 in the regular season in 2008). Falmouth was coming off an confidence-boosting 36-0 win over Gray-New Gloucester and certainly made Mountain Valley aware it was in a game Friday night.
The Falcons started strong and scored twice in the first quarter with two long drives. Cam Kaubris threw a 45-yard strike to Tyler Mason, who had beaten the coverage. Kaubris also dove in from the 1. Jacob Arsenault kicked both PATs to put the Falcons ahead 14-0.
Falmouth junior quarterback Zack Alexander gained positive yards witth shifty moves and scored on a 14-yard run in the second quarter. Alexander had a strong passing arm and sophomore Jack Cooleen (six catches, 65 yards) was the favorite target.
Matt Duka scored on a 17-yard run in the third quarter and the Falcons held on to win, 21-7, leaving the Yachtsmen 3-4.
"Compared to last two games with Mountain Valley, we had progress with without success," said Falmouth coach John Fitzsimmons. "After giving up two quick touchdowns on defensive lapses, we played dead even for the next three quarters.
"(Junior quarterback) Zack Alexander played his best game of the season. He went 10-for-15, with three dropped balls, and he passed for 91 yards. Zack scored our only TD on a 18-yard scramble. (Senior defensive tackle) Josiah Feigleson led the defense with 7.5 tackles, followed by (junior middle linebacker) Storm McGovern's 6.5. (Sophomore) Ryan MacDonald played well in the second half and had an interception and 20 yard return."
The Yachtsmen still have a chance to finish with a winning record. Saturday, Falmouth plays at Poland. On Oct. 30, the Yachtsmen host Greely in the finale.
Speaking of the Rangers, they not only had to visit unbeaten Cape Elizabeth last weekend, they also hadn't scored in three weeks. While Greely was able to get on the board Friday, it couldn't hold the explosive Capers at bay and fell to 2-5.
Cape Elizabeth grabbed a 20-0 lead in the first period on a TD pass, TD run and interception return for a score. The Capers tacked on three more scores in the second quarter (two scoring runs and a TD pass) to make it 41-0 at the break. The Rangers got in the end zone in the fourth when freshman Svenn Jacobson scored on a 5-yard run to account for the 41-7 final score.
Greely is home with Fryeburg Friday night, then closes at Falmouth.
Freeport hasn't been able to build on its first varsity win, back in Week 2. The Falcons were 1-5 and on a four-game skid when they went to Boothbay Friday. Freeport's offense made its presence felt, scoring a season-high 40 points, but the Falcons couldn't hold the opposition down and Boothbay scored 70 points to win. Senior Miguel Beckels had another superb contest, rushing for over 200 yards and three scores and returning a kickoff for a TD.
Freeport closes the regular season at home against red-hot 5-2 Yarmouth Saturday afternoon.
Sun Journal staff writer Bob McPhee contributed to this story.
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