NEWPORT-You have to wonder how much more productive this offensive machine for the North Country Falcons can be. The 2-0 Falcons ran for 365 yards on the ground and pounded visiting U-32 on both sides of the ball, ransacking their East Montpelier opponents 73-6.
Jason Hatin was the big man in the offense scoring four touchdowns on the ground from 2, 3, 5 and 37 yards out. He added an 84 yard kickoff return for good measure as NCU dominated. Quarterback Tre Sanville scored twice and threw a touchdown pass as well.
U-32 began the contest with good yardage on the counter play. On their second snap a big collision on the Raider ball carrier shook the pigskin loose. Jason Webster out fought everyone for the ball and the Falcons were in business at the U-32 33 yard line. NCU wasted little time as Hatin blasted in from the five yard line behind a big surge from center Ben Bonneau and Bubba Collins.
After an exchange of punts senior signal caller Tre Sanville rumbled in from the four to complete the Falconâ€™s second scoring series.. His run,two plays previously for a first down on a 12 yard carry, set things up nicely. The drive was highlighted by a 28 pickup from LeClair and a bruising 14 yard rumble from fullback Adam Pothier. LeClair picked up 12 on another carry but ran a good fifty yards on the play as he changed direction three times to end up with a very positive gain.
The Falcons defense was up to task as Adam Fortin, Collins, and Webster took turns delivering telling blows to Raider ballcarriers. That got the ball quickly back to the offense and they knew what to do with the pigskin.
Two minutes later the explosive Nick LeClair turned the right hand corner and cruised into the end zone from 23 yards out. For the first time in three attempts, the Falcons connected on the two point conversion as Adam Pothier, the Falcons version of the rambling wreck from Georgia Tech, slammed in from the three.
After a 20-0 first period, NC did not let up. They produced 24 second quarter points. Tre Sanville banged in from the three before Hatin added another score three minutes later. LeClair and Pothier completed the two point additions respectively. Sanville then got into the aerial assault as he rolled out to his right and lofted a soft pass into the end zone where Jacob Buckles hauled it in from 21 yards out. Pothier crashed into pay dirt for the two conversion and NCU led 44-0 at the halftime horn.
The third period saw the home team keep producing huge gains offensively. Hatin broke one wide open from 37 yards out. Pothier added the running conversion before Hatin stomped in from the two for another touchdown.
U-32 responded with MacIsaac running in from 13 yards.
The following kickoff was picked up by Hatin on the 15, he veered left and raced to the endzone from 85 yards out.
Head Coach Bob Davis totally cleared his bench. Sophmore Ty Sanville ran in a five yarder followed by Buffiâ€™s extra point kick. NCU closed out the incredible 73 point night with a safety as the ball was fumbled out of the end zone.
The Falcons racked up 14 first downs to U-32â€™s 7. They forced U-32 to fumble five times and averaged 8.4 yards from scrimmage themselves with their running game churning out 365 yards.
Head Coach Bob Davis had this to say after the game, â€śWe really improved in terms of running our option offense, that was great to see. We had five kids with over 40 yards rushing. We also made adjustments to our passing game even though we did not throw much. the kids worked hard and were happy to show off their new uniforms, which they designed themselves. Our kids are big and theyâ€™re athletic, and thatâ€™s a great combination to have.â€ť
North Country indeed broke out the new threads Friday night as they played their first home game of the year. In case you missed the fresh Falcon designed uniâ€™s, NCUHS returns to action next Friday as they host a very strong Fair Haven Slater team. Kickoff for the home coming weekend at 7 pm.