High school football: Hornets land on Falcons


RUMFORD — Leavitt has a knack for scoring quickly, and it was no different Friday night in a Class C Campbell Conference football game.

Quarterback Levi Craig threw four touchdowns — including three to favorite target Gabe Seeley. The Hornets’ defense proved to be equally stout en route to a convincing 60-13 triumph over Mountain Valley before a homecoming crowd at Chet Bulger Field.

Leavitt (5-1) had too many weapons and Craig (9-of-15 for 214 yards and a touchdown) was the kingpin who set the tone on offense.

The defense put things in motion by forcing a three-and-out on Mountain Valley’s first possession, and after two first-down runs by Julian Kirouac, ]junior signal-caller Craig hooked up with Seeley for a 32-yard score. The Hornets scored on their five possessions in the first half.

“We’ve had some luck with our passing game,” Leavitt coach Mike Hathaway said. “Plus, we wanted to establish our running game with Kirouac and (Billy) Bedard, which we were able to do. We have tough games coming up against Wells and Spruce Mountain, so we really wanted to play some good football tonight.”

A sack by Falcons tackle Joey Blanchard only prolonged the inevitable. On the next play, Bedard caught a 39-yard scoring strike. The Hornets’ Isaiah Calder rushed the second two-point conversion for a 16-0 lead after one quarter.

Mountain Valley QB Ian Austin found some success throwing passes to Caleb Gauvin and Kyle Farrar. But the Falcons (2-4), who beat winless Gray-New Gloucester 38-14 the previous week, were unable to generate positive yards on the ground.

Hathaway lauded the defense’s front seven. Leavitt tackle Travis Morin broke through to block Farrar’s punt, and three plays later, Craig double-pumped and aired it out to Seeley who was behind the secondary, making it 31 unanswered points.

“Leavitt is a well-coached team,” Mountain Valley coach Steve LaPointe said. “They are one of the teams who are in the upper echelon in this league.”

Following another three and out, Bedard (148 yards, six carries, two TDs) ran around the left side for a 34-yard TD. Craig, who has reeled off 9 TDs in two games, threw a 41-yard TD to Max Green. Craig rushed the conversion for a 40-0 lead at half time.

“We really haven’t made many changes this season,” Hathaway said. “We don’t have a big offensive line and a slew of runners like last year. So, we have had to move people in areas where they can be most productive.”

On the Falcons’ first drive of the third quarter, Austin (8 of 12 for 116 yards) established a drive. He hit Mike Provencher for 35 yards, then lofted a moon shot to Farrar for a catch-and-run 39-yard TD.

Farrar, who ran for 220-plus yards in both Falcons wins this season, gained 66 yards on 17 carries. Nick Newman ran for a 34-yard TD in the fourth quarter.

“We are still fighting for a playoff spot,” said LaPointe, whose team travels to Freeport next Saturday. “Our team is small, but never give up. They played hard the whole game.”