RUMFORD — The Mountain Valley football team has constantly proved how dangerous it can be, and the Falcons demonstrated that again in their regular-season finale at Chet Bulger Field.
The hard-hitting Falcons remained unbeaten with a 25-0 win against Cape Elizabeth. It was the sixth shutout by the defense this season.
Mountain Valley (9-0), the 2010 Campbell Conference Champions, have home-field advantage throughout the regional playoffs.
“The defense has done it all year,” said Izaak Mills, who had two of the Falcons’ four interceptions. “Our offense feeds off what the defense does. It’s been great for us.”
Both of Mills’ picks resulted in Taylor Bradley scoring touchdowns on runs of six and 29 yards, respectfully. Bradley gained 104 yards on 16 carries, intercepted a pass and finished with over 200 all-purpose yards.
Neither team could generate much offense and punted twice in the first quarter. Bradley returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, but it was negated by a penalty.
The Falcons used a Tyler Mason run to set up first-and-goal, and two plays later, quarterback Cam Kaubris followed guard Ryan Glover into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown. Two plays later, Mills stepped in front of Cape quarterback Kyle Danielson’s pass and returned it to the 8. Bradley ran in for a 12-0 lead.
Cape Elizabeth (5-4) couldn’t get going offensively and was its own worst enemy. Jack Barber gained 93 yards on 30 carries. The Capers needed to win in order to clinch a playoff berth, but they now in a three-way tie for third place with Falmouth and Greely. A coin flip will eliminate one of the team.s
“Cape made 40 mistakes and we took advantage,” Mountain Valley coach Jim Aylward said. “The game was closer than the score, and if we match up next week with Cape, we wont be intimated.”
For the second straight week, the Falcons scored in the final minute of the first half. Bradley returned an interception to the Cape 37 and Christian Durland caught a 34-yard over-the–shoulder pass. Mason ran in a 4-yard touchdown with 3 seconds left.
“We didn’t want to let this one slip away,” Bradley said. “As far as the playoffs, we’ll take it one game at a time and not underestimate our opponents.”
In the third quarter, Cyrus Wolfinger intercepted a pass in Falcon territory, but the drive stalled. Cape made it to the Mountain Valley 13 on a 34-yard reception, but the Falcons Nicholas Sterling intercepted on the goal line.
“The interceptions in the four quarter killed their momentum,” Mills said.
The Falcons made five of their six first downs in the first half. The Capers were 2 of 12 on third down.