DIXFIELD – There is no secret to the Livermore Falls’ basic attack because its ball-control offense has been getting the job done.

Unfortunately, the Dirigo football team had to view it first-hand on a sunny Saturday at Harlow Park.

Mark O’Shea gained 149 yards while scoring three touchdowns as Livermore Falls posted a 21-6 win against Dirigo in a Class C Campbell Conference contest.

Livermore Falls (4-2) ran the same formations and ruled the ground attack behind tackles Mike Durrell and Rory Young and center Craig Jackman. The time of possession told the story for the Andies and O’Shea was a workhorse with 29 carries. The Andies have become transformed into a playoff contender since starting 0-2

“We are a ball-control team,” Andies coach Brad Bishop said. “Our plan was to come in here and control the ball. We ran the same basic plays that we always run. Dirigo is a big, physical team and they made us work hard for what we earned.”

Livermore Falls scored on drives of 58 and 65 yards to take a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Quarterback Kevin Gats provided the spark by running around the end for long gains. The junior ran for 75 yards on three carries in the first half.

O’Shea followed the left side of the line in for a five-yard TD to complete the eight-play drive. Dirigo burst in to block the kick and trailed 6-0.

Dirigo (2-4) found the going tough and quarterback Dakota Holmquist threw an interception. The Cougars have lost three straight games.

On fourth down, O’Shea tucked it in behind the linemen and ran in a six-yard TD. Mike Nichols rushed the conversion.

“We came in here and got the job done,” Gats said. “I thought our offensive production was good. I love our line. They made good blocks all day long.”

Dirigo didn’t go away and earned a first down on a trick play to Josh Daley on the Andies’ 30-yard line. The drive stalled, however, on a sack by John Yankura. Daley and Kevin O’Leary each rushed for 31 yards.

A key play came when the Andies punted on the ensuing possession. The snap went over the punter’s head, but he booted it and the Cougars drew a penalty. The play netted 70 yards, and hurt the Cougars’ field position.

“We didn’t do any thing special defensively,” Livermore Bishop said. “We don’t pick out certain players or formations. Our guys read their keys.”

Livermore Falls drove 84 yards in 12 plays on its initial drive of the third quarter. O’Shea scored a seven-yard TD on fourth-and-four. Donovan Smith kicked the PAT.

In the fourth quarter, Holmquist (5 of 7 for 40 yards) rolled right and threw to Spencer Berry for a six-yard TD.


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