Falcons soar to 8-0 mark, seventh in nationTeam will host playoff on Oct. 13 on Larrabee Field
Knox — The Mid-Coast Falcons of the New England Football League are having another sensational season.
The squad, made up of players from around the state, including two men who are assistant coaches in the Mustang Youth Football League, finished the regular season 8-0 and ranked seventh in the nation in the American Football News Today AA rankings by Dennis Morris.
The Falcons are a semi-pro football team whose home is Larrabee Field in Knox.
The team won its final regular-season game 43-0 against Bay State Bulldogs to earn the number one seed in the North Bracket and earn a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
The Falcons will host a playoff game on Sunday, Oct. 13 in Knox.
The Falcons, who have outscored opponents 233-81 this season, also do what they can to help the youth football league. After games the Falcon players take time with the children from the crowd to sign t-shirts or autographs.
Among the two local players are Donald Resh Jr. and Eddy Rodriguez. Rodriguez attended Mount View and helped work on the youth field (Larrabee Field) when it was being built. Resh has a son who played in the local youth league until this year. Resh's still has two daughters who play in the Mount View Youth Football League.
The Falcons include Brent Hewett, Cory Bezanson, Vito D. Colaneri Jr., Tim Lamoureux, Shawn White, Derek Allen, Jason Garbinski, Nicholas Garnett, Seth Sutter, Matt Moody, Obed Rinvil, Nick Nelson, Dajuan "Jus" Harris, Matt Perry, Steven Brown, Shane Beal, Andrew Mudie, Eric Bezanson, Jose Eric Garcia, Hasan Riley, Corey Sibley, Justin Lowe, Frank Vickerson, Shawn Blair, Resh, Brandon Craft, Rodriguez, Josh Ricker, Shane Billington, Michael Barton, Brock Pollis, Phillip Rogers, Sam Cronk, Tim Parker, Sam Diaz, Nate Lake, Billy-Ray Denman, DeAndree Morton, Mark Ensworth, Jeremiah (J.B.) Lindelof, Dave Demerchant, Josh Linell, Craig Wallace, Koukou Nouillo, Sherman Keith and Andrew Johansmeier.
Barton has the most semi-pro experience with 26 seasons and Diaz with 16 and Lake 14.
The top 25 teams in the nation as of Sept. 23, with ranking, team name, league affiliation (see below), record, points scored and allowed, are:
1-Minnesota Sting MPFL 11-0 523-104 *league champions
2-Ohio Golden Knights OFL 15-0 648-156 *league champions
3-Grand Junction Gladiators ADFL 9-0 344-74 *league champions
4-Nassau Punishers FSFL 11-0 323-63
5-Catawba County Hornets CCFL 10-0 289-52
6-Central Mass Sabercats NEFL 8-0 254-44
7-Mid-Coast Falcons NEFL 8-0 233-81
8-Cincinnati Hawks NFFL 13-1 483-210 *league champions
9-Rock County Rage IFL 11-1 486-105 *league champions
10-Northwest Ohio Knights CRFL 15-1 459-136 *league champions
11- Alabama Trojans HOSFL 8-1 258-57 *league champions
12-Charlotte Colts CCFL 11-1 298-81
13-Southern Ohio Buckeyes NFFL 13-1 616-84 *season Over
14-NYC Harlem Gators FSFL 10-1 251-121
15-Hollywood Stars CFA 7-1 255-95
16-Woonsocket Wardogs NEFL 8-1 193-81
17-Kentucky Warriors NFFL 11-2 336-229 *season Over
18-Brooklyn Seminales FSFL 10-2 297-96
19-Hudson County Bounty Hunters FSFL 7-2 331-111
20-Michigan Lightning CRFL 13-2 382-76 *season Over
21-Sheboygan County Rebels WSFL 8-2 349-96
22-Brass City Brawlers NEFL 6-2 222-38
23-Milwaukee Hurricanes IFL 12-2 410-189 *season Over
24-M&M Timberjacks WSFL 6-2 293-107
25-Ohio Crush CRFL 11-2 335-191 *season Over
ADFL- American Developmental Football League
ACFA- Atlantic Coast Football Alliance
CFA- California Football Alliance
CCFL- Central Carolinas Football League
CRFL- Crossroads Football League
FSFL- Five Star Football League
HOSFL- Heart Of The South Football League
IFL- Ironman Football League
MFL- Magnolia Football League
MPFL- Midwest Premier Football League
MSFL- Mountain State Football League
NEFL- New England Football League
NFFL- Northern Frontier Football League
NLFL- Northern Lights Football League
NXFL- Northern Xtreme Football League
OFL- Ohio Football League
RFL- Royal Football League
SAFL- Southern American Football League
UNFL- United National Football League
WSFL- Wisconsin State Football League