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SPRINGFIELD-North Country Head Coach Bob Davis wanted to stress fundamentals and shore up execution. That was accomplished in spades as NCU rolled to its seventh victory of the year 63-6 over the outmanned Springfield Cosmos.
The Falcons scored an amazing four touchdowns when their defense was on the field. Nick LeClair had a fumble recovery and return for 99 yards and he picked off a pass returning that 65 yards for the score. LeClair had found time to do some offensive damage as well with two scoring runs. Nick went in on the sweep from three yards out and then broke a 45 yarder for six more. That gave the talented tailback four touchdowns during the contest, the third time he has reached the end zone at least four times in a game during this falls campaign.
He had plenty of help. Senior Jason Hatin, evening a tremendous year on the gridiron himself, had a 40 yard touchdown on an interception and scored on offense as well. Linebacker Riley Simoneau grabbed another errant pigskin and pulled it in showing breakaway speed going 66 yards to paydirt. Senior signal caller Tre Sanville who finished with 74 yards rushing on just 7 carries, punched in a scoring play of his own.
The final numbers, considering the score, offensively were bizarre. NCUHS out-gained Springfield 206 to 204 total yards. The Cosmos had more first downs in the contest 7 to 5. The Falcons scored via the big play and the defensive strikes left very little time for the NC ground game to get many snaps.
The Cosmos did not go down without a fight however, as they threw the ball 31 times. They were picked off three times and run back to the end zone each time. They completed 6 of the aerials.
Head Coach Bob Davis said afterward,â€ť The only thing I would have liked was to get more reps with the first team offense.â€ť
NCU got 29 yards out of Hatin on a mere 4 carries. LeClair finished with 62 yards on six attempts.
The fun really starts next week for the 7-0 Falcons. They host a very good 4-2 pass oriented Burr and Burton Bulldog team on the campus of NCUHS this Friday night.
The Falcons are now officially in the playoffs by virtue of their seventh win already under their belts. Another win would clinch a home field playoff game.
There are no more easy collisions left with NCâ€™s last regular season game at Milton high School Friday October 28th. Milton is currently riding the crest of an undefeated season themselves, also standing at 7-0.