High school football

Mustangs rally late, stampede to OT victory over Eagles

Boivin uses arm, feet, Noble rushes in to help Mount View earn season's first victory
By Staff | Sep 12, 2017
Photo by: Mark Haskell Mount View's Jack Valleux (17) stays a few steps ahead of the Ellsworth defense en route to the end zone during a Sept. 9 high school football game in Thorndike. The host Mustangs beat the visiting Eagles 43-35 in overtime.

Thorndike — While thunder rolled in the first half for the Mount View football team on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 9 in its home game against Ellsworth, lighting struck — figuratively — in the second half for the high school squads.

However, it was the Mustangs who were able to bottle that energy and harness it, as the hosts turned a slim halftime deficit into a thrilling 43-35 overtime victory.

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Rayno Boivin was terrific through the air and on his feet for Mount View as he tossed for 179 yards and rushed for 104 more. He ended the game with two touchdown passes, two more on the ground and a two-point conversion. His five-yard rushing touchdown in overtime helped seal the victory for Mount View.

Also chipping in on offense for the Mustangs were Kyle Noble (181 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns), Adrien Sholes (39 rushing yards), Jordan Brown (27 rushing yards, 2-point conversion, TD), Jack Valleau (110 rushing yards, 2-point conversion), Justin Landers (89 rushing yards, TD, 2-point conversion) and James Thompson (rushing yard, 2-point conversion).

Leading the Mount View defense were Thompson (4 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles), Sholes (2 solos, 2 assists), Brady Moulton (2 solos, 3 assists), Noble (3 solos, 7 assists), Alan Gagnon (6 solos, 4 assists), Joe Lepore (solo, assist), Boivin (solo, assist), Brown (2 solos), Raymond Durant (solo, assist), Matthew Keating (2 solos, assist), Christopher Dodge (solo, assist), Garrett Smith (2 solos, assist), Valleau (2 solos, assist), Landers (4 solos, 3 assists), Zach Ward (assist), Mark Ward (2 solos), Theo Dodge (2 solos, interception) and Jason Wood (assist).

Mount View trailed 7-6 midway through the second quarter before moving down the field in a hurry with time winding down after a pair of large gains by Valleau and Noble, which set up a first-and-goal with under two minutes to play.

Thunder then clapped and the game went into a mandatory 30-minute weather delay. When play resumed, Boivin connected with Brown on a short touchdown pass to put Mount View up 13-8.

But the hosts went into halftime trailing 14-13 after Javon Williams hauled in a touchdown pass for Ellsworth as time expired.

Williams had a sensational day on the gridiron as he caught seven passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns for the Eagles.

But the Mustangs were able to overcome Williams’ big day on the field.

Mount View trailed 35-27 late in the game before Boivin connected with Noble on a touchdown pass — and rushed in for the two-point conversion moments later — to tie the score.

The hosts scored first in overtime when Boivin rushed for a 5-yard touchdown, while the Mustangs added to their lead moments later after scoring a two-point conversion on a fake kick. That put the hosts up 35-27.

“I took some timeouts [late] and we were basically drawing plays up in the dirt,” said first-year Mustang coach Rick Leary. “The kids executed perfectly on the fly.”

Leary added that assistant coaches Ryan Doucette, Mike Booker and Jason Woodward have also been instrumental preparing players for the season.

“They have been working relentless with me,” said Leary. “Twenty hours of work every weekend, conversations after and before practice. Without everybody together, this team would not be rolling the way it is.”

Ellsworth managed to move the ball into the red zone, but Dodge came up with an interception at the goal line to seal the victory for the ‘Stangs.

"We changed some things up and we were trying to get some pressure on them," said Leary. We tried to get some pressure up the middle on them more and he [Dodge] picked it."

Leary added that the win was especially meaningful not only as the first victory of the season — and his first as a head coach — but that his players dedicated the win to Leary’s wife, who passed away in December.

“That was pretty moving,” he said.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Mount View's Jack Valleau, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View players converge to stop an Ellsworth ball carrier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
From left, Mount View's Mathew Keating, Theo Dodge, Christopher Dodge and Mark Ward. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Jack Valleau. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Kyle Noble, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Kyle Noble, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Kyle Noble, top. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Kyle Noble. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View players walk off the field at halftime. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Alan Gagnon. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View players converge on the Ellsworth ball carrier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View players converge on the Ellsworth ball carrier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Rayno Boivin, left, and James Thompson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Rayno Boivin. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Justin Landers, front. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View's Justin Landers, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Mount View players converge on the Ellsworth ball carrier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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