October 9, 2013
The North Country Junior Falcon Football varsity squads traveled to Montpelier Saturday to face the Central Vermont Raiders at U-32 High School.
The B team took the field, losing the coin toss but receiving the ball. Shortly into the game, showing the speed and agility fans have come to expect from him, Shawn Fearino crossed for the first Falcon touchdown. Teammate Kyle Martin later crossed for a second Falcon touchdown; the extra points were missed in both cases. With the defense showing strength and forcing the Raiders to try and pass from their own goal line, Nick Choquette scooted around the outside, making a big tackle in the end zone and getting two points for the safety. Shawn Fearino again bounced his way off Raiders tackles into the end zone for another six. With time winding down, the Raiders scored, making the final score 20-6, and giving the Falcons B team their second victory in a row.
The A team took the field, looking like they were following a new game plan. The Falcons again received the opening kick. The offense didn’t go far before the defense came out. Showing strength and teamwork, Cole Azur and Skylar Stone came together, converging on, and sacking, the Raider quarterback. Again the defense made a stand with Devon Chagnon making a big tackle close to halftime. Just before the whistle, the Raiders crossed the line and got the extra two. Following halftime, Chad Langtagne made a tackle in the backfield, showing again why he plays Falcon football.
Big tackles were also put up by Stephen Austin, Garrett Giles, Lucas Wooten and others. The Raiders went on to score two more times, handing the Falcons’ head coach his first loss in two seasons, and the A team their first loss this season. The final score was 20-0. The squads play their final regular season games next Saturday morning, at home, where they will face Barre Crimson Tide. — submitted by Eva Broome