After a tough defensive battle, with points a precious commodity, the Mid-Coast Falcons of the New England Football League forged a spot in the Maritime Conference semifinals with a hard-fought victory on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 13.

The No. 1 Falcons (9-0), a semi-pro team, swooped in to beat the visiting No. 4 Mystic River Tigers of Medford, Mass. 14-6 in a North Division playoff clash on Larrabee Field.

Click for photos from the playoff game.

For the Falcons, running back Shane Beal scored both touchdowns and Obed Rinvil kicked both extra points in the playoff victory.

The Falcons are made up of players from around Maine, including two men who are assistant coaches in the Mustang Youth Football League.

Thanks to Sunday's playoff victory, the Falcons move on to host a second-round playoff game on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. in Knox. The Mystic River Tigers beat the No. 5 Middlesex Warlords to earn the right to face the Falcons in last weekend's playoff encounter.

The Falcons next will play the No. 2 East Coast Ducks of Charlestown, Mass.

The Falcons again will have cannons and noisemakers, as well as a food truck available, at the next postseason game. The Falcons also will host another punt and pass competition for the children who did not win last Sunday.

The overall conference championship will be Oct. 26-27 and those in the running from the South Division are the Vermont Ravens, Franklin County Greyhounds, Central Mass. Sabercats, South Vermont Storm, Brass City Brawlers and Monadnock Marauders.

The Falcons also are ranked seventh in the nation in their division in the American Football News Today AA rankings by Dennis Morris, and the Midcoast team has outscored opponents 247-87 in nine games.

The Minnesota Sting of the Midwest Premier Football League are No. 1 in the nation, having finished 11-0 and their league champs, as well as outscoring foes 523-104 in the process.

The Falcons, who play games from July through October, also do what they can for the local youth football league. After games, 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.

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