The NFL New England Patriots faced the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, but on Saturday the NVYFL Fairfax Patriots faced the North Country Falcons.
The B team varsity took the field first with kickoff at 12:30 p.m. Nine minutes and ten seconds in, Falcons quarterback Jack Young crossed the end zone, putting the first points on the board. Sam Austin had a big tackle in the backfield for the Falcons, setting up a long set of downs, and the turnover for Fairfax. Shawn Fearino carried the ball through a gap, made by Braxton Azur and Kyle Martin, for a touchdown and then held on to a wobbling ball for the extra point.
Soon after, Fearino picked off a Patriot pass, giving the Falcons great field position. The Falcons took advantage of this, with Conlon St. John crossing for another Falcon six. Fairfax had yet to score at the half.
Following halftime, Fearino came back for another touchdown and extra point. Fairfax scored on a long run, just to have it answered by Falcon Kyle Martin, running out of his cleat but not stopping. Jack Young crossed for the extra point. Kevin Langtagne had a hard-hitting tackle late in the fourth quarter, setting up a second and twenty-nine that the Patriots never fully recovered from. The B team got their first victory of the season in style, winning 33-8.
The A team took the field with Fairfax scoring first blood early in the first. Cole Azur returned the kick 42 yards, giving the Falcons offense exceptional field position. Quarterback Alex Haugwitz kept the ball, running 35 yards for a Falcon touchdown. He repeated the action in the second, again scoring for the Falcons.
After a long injury timeout, in which a Patriots player was taken to North Country Hospital, Chad Langtagne, playing eyes wide open, jumped on a Patriots fumble to end the half. Fairfax came back fighting — scoring quickly, only to have the kick returned for a touchdown by Cole Azur. The teams traded touchdowns with the Patriots scoring and then Falcons Garrett Gile scoring and Rian Hayman-Jones getting the plus two. Hayman-Jones had an interception, allowing the Falcons to score with Alex Haugwitz again carrying the ball.
Fairfax scored to open the final quarter, opting for an onside kick, which was covered by Steven Austin. Bouncing off the Patriots defense, like a ricocheting bullet, Gile carried the ball over for another touchdown. Going up for the ball, Ethan Sarault came down with an interception giving the Falcons possession, allowing them to take a knee, ending a hard-played football game. The A team Falcons remain undefeated with a final score of Falcons 32, Patriots 29.
The squads travel to U-32 next Saturday to face the Central Vermont Raiders. — submitted by Eva Broome