FRYEBURG — Taylor Bradley scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and the defense proceeded to make a statement to keep Mountain Valley  unbeaten with 51-0 triumph before a homecoming crowd at Fryeburg Academy.

Mountain Valley (5-0) set a clear tone with bone-jarring tackles and scored on its seven possessions in the first half. In their last four meetings, the Falcons have outscored the Raiders 191-6.

“When we got off the bus we knew we were ready to play,” quarterback Cam Kaubris said. “We knew this was their homecoming, and they would be fired up, but we love to play the spoiler.”

On the third play from scrimmage, Bradley cut outside and followed a wall of blockers for a 25-yard TD. Following a Fryeburg three-and-out, the Falcons took over on their own 38-yard line and, on the fourth play, Bradley ran 18 yards for another touchdown. On the drive, 6 foot-6 ends Ben Higley and Hanson Gorham each caught passes for 25 and 13 yards. Bradley (127 yards, eight rushes) also had a 51-yard score and Izaak Mills kicked two extra points for a 20-0 lead, with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.

“We continue to improve as a team,” Bradley said, who added a 7-yard touchdown. “Especially the offensive line. They struggled earlier this season, but they are really blocking well (317 yards, 45 rushes). Even with the injuries we’ve had, the other players have stepped in and haven’t skipped a beat.”

Fryeburg (1-4) never found a rhythm as freshman QB Ethan Jordan (two of four for 4 yards) couldn’t get set in the pocket. A majority of the plays went for negative yards, and the Raiders didn’t earn a first down.

“The next four weeks will determine how far we’ve come as a team,”Mountain Valley coach Jim Aylward said. “We have some tough games remaining. No team can expect to walk through its schedule.”

The defense made several huge stands led by its front seven; tackle Taylor Carey and Tyler Morton, linebackers Ryan Glover, Rashad Lavoie, Josh Allen and Mills and ends Christian Durland and Higley. The Raiders longest play from scrimmage was a 6-yard run by Peter Bacchiocchi in the third quarter against the Falcons’ second defense.

“We are definitely ready for the challenges,”Allen said. “I don’t know for sure if (coaches) believe we are ready, but the team believes in itself.”

Kaubris scored two touchdowns, including one on a busted play when he ran around the right side for a 16-yard score. The Falcons recovered a fumble and Mills rushed a four-yard TD and kicked PAT.

“We are using different offensive schemes,” Kaubris said. “It’s no longer Mountain Valley’s three yards and a cloud of dust. We like to mix it up.”

Mountain Valley played its reserves in thesecond half. With Zach Radcliffe directing the show, Jacob Theriault scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter. The Falcons used several runners.

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

filed under: