LANGDON, N.H. – “Last week we had a mediocre week of practice. We have to quickly understand that we need to focus right now. This week is really important. We play a team that is on the same level as us and we need to take advantage of that,” said Fall Mountain football coach Orion Binney on Sunday evening. His team had lost their opener 60-14 to Interlakes the day before and they were looking ahead to their second straight road game to open the season. Binney knew it would be of utmost importance as to which team would be more prepared and ready for the second game of the season.
There was good news looking ahead. Fall Mountain’s opponent this week, Farmington, fell in their opener to Bishop Brady 59-2. The outcome sounded worse than what the Cats went through at Interlakes. The outcome on paper was worse. Will the 2017 version of Fall Mountain Wildcat football be prepared enough to win their first game in a couple of seasons?
Interlakes advanced to the Division III title game in the fall of 2016. The Wildcats proved in their opener that they are not near ready for playing with the best yet, but everyone already knew that prior to the season even being kicked off. Binney, absolutely feels this week will be much different. He is likely right that now it is very important to have a good week of practice because opportunity knocks.
Interlakes put together three sustained drives in the first quarter and held a 21-0 advantage after one in the opener versus the Cats. They upped the advantage to 48-6 at halftime. Binney knew his team was young and inexperienced, but he still expected more from his team in those first 24 minutes.
“I was pretty upset at halftime. We had given an inconsistent effort. I played a lot of people in the second half. Everyone needs to play a more consistent game,” Binney said.
The biggest highlight of the Wildcats day had to be the first highlight reel play in the career of freshman Alex Flynn. Early in the second period, during what Interlakes expected to be another sustained drive to the end zone, Flynn did one better than tackle the ball carrier, he actually took the football away from the runner and raced 65 yards to score the first FM touchdown of the season to make things 21-6.
Reggie Decamp had some decent moments at quarterback in a reserve role in the second half for FM and was orchestrating a touchdown drive in the third quarter, when he had the wind knocked out of him, and starter Jacob Shoemaker came on to toss a 9-yard scoring pass to Justin Garneau for the first score of the half to make the tally 48-14. Issac Westover rushed for the extra points.
Now it is on to Farmington for the Wildcats where opportunity awaits.