LANGDON — The Wildcats took care of business on Friday by dismantling Franklin 36-0 with Quinn Healy finishing things off with a run that had the defense headed for the hills.
“This was a game we earned,” said Fall Mountain head coach Orion Binney as the Wildcats control their own destiny on the field with playoffs approaching. “We practiced hard and that rolled right into the game tonight.”
The Wildcats defense was smothering on the first Franklin possession then Fall Mountain quarterback Luke Gay and his offense went to work.
“My line was just unbelievable tonight, they played like men,” Gay said.
Vincent Rende and Eric Franklin started hitting holes in the line and grabbed nice gains then when Gay dropped back, he hit a streaking Brady Elliott for a 30-yard touchdown to get the Wildcats on their way, 8-0 after E. Franklin scampered in for the conversion.
After a second offside call that had Binney going crazy on the sideline, the Fall Mountain defense stiffened while E. Franklin broke up a pass on fourth down giving the pumpkin back to Fall Mountain. The wildcats were laying hits all over the field as Quinn and E. Franklin combined for a crushing hit that resulted in Dominic recovering the fumble.
Behind the blocking of Quinn, Sean Tracy and Daniel Farnham, Rende, E. Franklin and Gay were breaking off chunks of yardage on the ground then a burst to the outside by Gay had him looking at nothing but the end-zone as the lead grew to 16-0 with a two-point conversion to Ethan Rilling.
Fall Mountain would sputter for the rest of the half but came out for the final half inspired.
“We did a hell of a job in the second half,” Binney said. “We talked about lots of things at the half and played Fall Mountain football.”
With seven seniors playing their final home game, the second half went started just how they hoped. Gay who snagged pass from the Golden Tornadoes and returned it 34 to give Fall Mountain a big 22-0 lead.
“I saw the play develop and reacted to be where the ball was headed,” said Gay after the game.
The Wildcat defense again would put points on the board when Quinn wrapped up Ezekiel McCoy as he dropped back to pass, McCoy tried to fling a pass out of the end-zone but Josh Pillsbury bragged the pass in the end zone for a Fall Mountain touchdown increasing the leads to 30-0 with Rende tacking on the two-point conversion. The linebacking corp of Fall Mountain were sensational all night as Franklin never got closer than 30 yards to the end-zone with Max Vogel having a great game.
With the game decided and Fall Mountain driving, it was Quinn who got the call for the last play.
“I’ve been waiting for this all my career,” said Quinn as the lineman bulldozed his way through the Franklin defense for his first high school touchdown.
From my spot I could hear the visitors all discuss how nobody was going to stop that freight train as Fall Mountain would end the night with a 36-0 win.
“He deserved that carry,” Binney said. “He is one of the finest football players in the area and works so hard. I couldn’t be happier for him.”
Fall Mountain improves to 4-3 and currently occupies the fourth spot in the standings with a huge game at Mascoma (3-4) that could big playoff implications for the Wildcats.
“We need to have out best week of practice starting Monday,” Quinn said. “This is where we find out who we are.”