RUMFORD — It hasn’t been an easy season for the Mountain Valley football team.
The Falcons finished off the regular season with a solid but losing effort against Cape Elizabeth on Saturday night.
A couple of big plays by Cape Elizabeth, including a 67-yard pass from quarterback Jeb Boeschenstein to Ben Ekedahl for a touchdown, along with time-consuming drives fueled a 21-0 triumph over Mountain Valley at Chet Bulger Field.
Cape Elizabeth (6-2) will enter the playoffs seeded fourth, while Mountain Valley (2-6) will be seeded seventh and be on the road at Spruce Mountain next week.
It was Cape’s first-ever win at Mountain Valley in seven tries.
The Falcons went back to basics and used a running attack by big Coyote Freeman, Logan Wilhoite and Josh Mason, who ran for 118 yards.
”We just wanted to shorten the game,” Mountain Valley coach Steve LaPointe said. ”We needed to keep the ball out of the hands of Cape Elizabeth’s big play-makers, and I feel that our defense was able to do a good job most of the time.”
Cape went to the airwaves on their second possession of the game. Boeschenstein lofted a spiral to Ekedahl, who beat the Falcons’ secondary. Ekedahl kicked his first of three extra points.
Mountain Valley stopped Cape drives twice on turnovers in the first half. Linebacker Dalton Milledge recovered a fumble near midfield, but the offense went three-and-out.
Just before halftime, Alex Ridley intercepted a pass on the MV 9-yard line.
”We came into the game wanting to throw. We were able to execute that early pass play and a couple runs,” said Cape Elizabeth coach Aaron Filieo, who used running backs Riley Pillsbury (175 yards, 27 carries) and Nate Weare (84 yards) to control the clock. ”But Mountain Valley did a good job of stepping up and taking it away from us.”
Despite a huge advantage in time of possession, the Capers led only 7-0 at halftime.
The Falcons were unable to generate any positive yards, as senior quarterback Ian Austin had limited time on the opening series of the third quarter.
Weare ran for a 31-yard touchdown to complete a 73-yard, nine-play drive on the Capers initial drive of the second half.
Mountain Valley received a 15-yard run by Freeman and eight yards from Mason, but was snakebitten again, converting 1-of-5 on third down in the second half.
After a 16-yard TD run by Cape’s Devon Stanford in the fourth quarter, it was the Falcons who came alive.
Jordan Parent returned the kickoff 32 yards and Wilhoite ran around the left side to the Cape 13. The drive stalled, and an attempted field goal was blocked.
Mountain Valley got solid play from tackle Alan Carrier and end Caleb Gauvin.