LIVERMORE FALLS – With all of the uncertainty in the Campbell Conference this season, despite Madison’s meager 0-4 record, Livermore Falls was hardly going to take the Bulldogs lightly.

It showed, early and often.

The Andies racked up 146 yards an five touchdowns in the first half and cruised to a 44-18 win over winless Madison at Griffin Field on Saturday.

Mark O’Shea led the Andies with 158 total yards and two touchdowns, while Mike Nichols ran for 55 yards and added 33 yards receiving – scoring four touchdowns in the process.

“The line played a great game, I could have driven a car through those holes tonight,” said O’Shea. “You saw how versatile everyone in our backfield is tonight.”

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, avoided being in the negative in yards like they were last week against Lisbon, and even punched a pair of scores into the end zone in the second half, avoiding the shutout.

Ben Spaulding led Madison with 20 carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Fullback Russ Berry popped off a nice 23-yard run in the second half, too, and finished with 31 yards.

“They ran hard, they blocked much better than last week, and their tackling was better,” said Madison coach Joe Hayden.

`1vq”We went up against a tough team tonight. If we keep plugging away like this, good things will happen.”

The Andies (3-2) made sure Madison was never close enough to threaten, though. The teams traded punts to start the game, and on the next Livermore Falls possession, O’Shea broke a 20-yard run for a touchdown to put the homestanding Andies ahead 6-0.

Nichols scored his first points with 3:06 to play in the first quarter on a four-yard scamper, and he made it 18-0 early in the second when he hauled down a Kevin Gats pass from 21 yards out.

“We did what we needed to do and stayed focused,” said Livermore Falls coach Brad Bishop. “We were ready to play (Friday) night, but the field wasn’t, so we had to sit around, but we picked everything up and played well.”

Nichols’ third score with 5:14 to play in the first half and the ensuing Donovan Smith kick made it 25-0, and Nichols again found the end zone with 1:31 to play in the half on a seven-yard run to make it 31-0.

In the second, the Andies gave their starters two more series, and they made the most of it. O’Shea chugged in for his second score on a 15-yard run with 6:44 left in the third.

The Bulldogs managed their first points with 2:17 to play, when Spaulding turned the corner from two-yards out and dove through a gaggle of tacklers.

The Livermore Falls second team, led by running backs Andre Uter and Jesse Ciarcia, drove down the field in the fourth, chewed up more than half the quarter on one drive and scored on an Uter dive. Spaulding gained half of his total yards on the next drive – all on one play – when he scampered 42 yards up the right side to cap the scoring.


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