It wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was certainly a step in the right direction. After dropping their first three games of the season, the last two in lopsided fashion, the Falmouth High School football team showed up and delivered a solid four-quarter performance against New Bedford High School last Friday night to pick up their first victory of the season.
Senior Eric Zylinski and sophomore Collin Govoni each scored two touchdowns as senior quarterback Aiden North, back after missing a game due to injury, tossed scoring passes to each as FHS scored a 28-13 win at home.
Head Coach Joe Morency said it was hardly a perfect effort from his team, citing fumbles and penalties as issues to be cleaned up going forward, but he was very pleased with the outcome.
“The kids dug down deep, we finally got some guys back healthy, but we played a full football game,” he said. “North came back and played a great game. He threw the ball well. He’s a leader on the field, whether he knows it or not, and he put together a good game. They were tough, they were physical, they were a good football team.”
After having to watch from the sideline a week earlier, North said he was very happy to come back and have an impact on the game for his club. He said that his confidence in his receivers allowed him to hit big passes in the game as FHS exposed NB on routes down the seam. His touchdown throws were both big plays, going for 37 yards and 88 yards respectively. He also had a big 41-yard throw up the middle of the field to Nate Gaboury that preceded the 37-yard toss to Govoni.
“I threw the ball knowing that they were going to come down with it. I just had to let it fly,” North said.
Big plays were the name of the game for the Falmouth offense against the Whalers. From the outset the team hit back-to-back monster gains on their first drive of the day. After taking over at their own 36 midway through the first quarter it took just two plays for FHS to find the end zone as Zylinski broke free for a run of 29 on the first play from scrimmage for FHS and on the next one Govoni got to the edge on a sweep and scored from 36-yards away. Zylinski ran in the conversion for an 8-0 FHS lead.
Falmouth’s defense then came up with a huge stand at the goal line to preserve the advantage late in the first quarter, but a short punt set up NB in great field position at the FHS 24. It took the Whalers just a play to close the gap when running back Jayden Frazier used a sweet hop-step to open a lane and take it 24-yards to the house, cutting the FHS lead to 8-7.
Falmouth did not relent, though. The team punched one in before the half thanks to some more big plays. Nate Gaboury made a pair of plays for the highlight reel, with an interception at the Clippers’ 10-yard line and then on the ensuing drive he took a slant from North for a gain of 41 down to the Whalers’ 35. It later looked like that drive may stall out, but North converted on fourth-and-12 by finding Govoni on a seam route that went to the end zone for a 14-7 FHS lead with 4:19 to go in the first half.
Yet another big play gave FHS some breathing room in the third quarter. North was getting matchups he loved down the seams all game long and on first down from Falmouth’s own 12 he hooked up with Zylinski for a play that exploded for an 88-yard score. The extra point put Falmouth on top 21-7.
“Zylinski’s speed, we’re finally starting to highlight that, and Govoni is just a great football player,” Morency said of the game’s big playmakers that night.
NB did answer back with a long touchdown of their own, but the FHS defense held from that point. Falmouth got the ball back late in the fourth quarter and went about killing the clock. With a little over a minute to go they added an exclamation point as Zylinski got his second TD of the night on a pitch to the left for a 12-yarder that made it 28-13.
Falmouth hopes to make it two wins in a row when it hits the road Friday, October 8, at East Bridgewater High School. The Vikings are currently 1-2 overall. The squad opened the season with a 29-17 victory over rival West Bridgewater High School. Since it has lost routs to Hanover, 34-0, and North, 27-6.