Fall Mountain Wildcats Football '11

Sat, Oct 08, 2011 01:30 PM @ Sanborn
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Fall Mountain 0 7 7 14 28
Sanborn 0 7 0 0 7

Depleted Sanborn fades against Fall Mountain

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Saturday, October, 08 By Chuck Frye
Staff writer

KINGSTON, N.H. — Fall Mountain may have only dressed 24 players for yesterday's game, but it was host Sanborn that was undermanned.

Without its top two quarterbacks going into the action, the Indians simply ran out of options offensively. Those limitations meant that Sanborn just couldn't sustain drives. Understandably, the defense tired out and once Wildcat quarterback Kaian Wilkes had some time to work through his passing progressions, he took full advantage in a second-half explosion that created a 28-7 victory.

"Our offense was fine until we lost our starting quarterback and our second quarterback," Indian head coach Mike Drouin said. "Before (starter) Ryan (Morris) was out, we were scoring 28 points per game.

"He's our go-to guy," Drouin said. "Ryan has just as many running yards as he does passing yards. He can run the option, the zone keep ... it opens up our whole playbook. But with (these injuries), our playbook is limited."

Senior Glen Smith and sophomore Zack Tessier split time at quarterback, but Fall Mountain loaded up the box and forced the Indians to pass. The idea failed once when receiver-turned-running back Dylan Spence hit Mike Rich on a perfect halfback option pass for a 37-yard touchdown and a 7-0 second-quarter lead, but not much afterward.

"They had a good game plan," Drouin said. "Stop the run and make us throw with a kid (Smith) who's really a running back."

Smith did his best, hitting on half of his 12 passes, but he also was pressured into a pair of interceptions as well as a sack and fumble that led to a 20-yard loss.

From there, Wilkes went to work, turning the two second-half turnovers into touchdowns as part of an impressive, 13 of 17 air effort that rolled up 223 yards and four TDs.

"It really helps that I've been starting since I was a sophomore," the senior said. "I definitely know all the plays, we have great receivers that run great routes, and the line picked up and blocked anybody we needed them to."

Despite losing target Caleb Kelcey to a broken bone in his hand, Wilkes synced up with classmate Tyler Gendron for seven completions, 159 yards and three TDs.

"I feel bad throwing (to Caleb) in the middle where we was vulnerable, but we have a few strong subs that know what they're doing," Wilkes said.

For the Indians (1-5), Spence was a two-way force as he also rushed for 63 yards while adding seven tackles on defense.

"He's our catalyst back there," Drouin said. "He gets the defense going with a big hit and we usually feed off of it."

Unfortunately, the cupboard was bare on the offensive side, something that could change next weekend as Morris is expected to return.

"Fall Mountain is a tough, physical team," Drouin concluded. "They're better than their record (now 2-4). We came out flat and when it came down to making plays, we didn't and they did."

Game Statistics:

Second Quarter

S — Mike Rich 37 pass from Dylan Spence (Glen Smith kick), 9:08

FM — Tyler Gendron 7 pass from Kaian Wilkes (Ryan Bentley kick), 1:14

Third Quarter

FM — Gendron 55 pass from Wilkes (Bentley kick), 1:32

Fourth Quarter

FM — Zach Fetzer 19 pass from Wilkes (Bentley kick), 6:43

FM — Gendron 49 pass from Wilkes (Bentley kick), 4:16


RUSHING: FM (36-145) — Kaian Wilkes 7-40, Clay Gendron 11-38, Nello Fico 10-35, Zach Fetzer 8-32; S (29-54) — Dylan Spence 19-63, Zack Tessier 1-2, John Morris 1-(-5), Glen Smith 8-(-6) 

PASSING: FM — Wilkes 13-17-0, 223; S (7-13-2, 88) — Smith 6-12-2, 51; Spence 1-1-0, 37 

RECEIVING: FM — Tyler Gendron 7-159, Fico 2-14, Fetzer 1-19; S — Ben McClary 3-9, Spence 2-12, Mike Rich 1-37, Tessier 1-30 

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