Norwood made plays from the opening kickoff and blasted past the Falmouth High School football team in Norwood on Saturday, September 18, 42-7. The Mustangs galloped their way into the end zone four times in the first half and never looked back as they sent FHS down to 0-2 to start the season.
It took just seconds for Falmouth to fall behind and they were never able to dig out of the hole as Norwood scored all but one time it had the football in the first half and led 28-0 at the intermission. Bryan Metayer picked up a bouncing kickoff to start the game and rumbled all the way down the field for an 82-yard kickoff return touchdown that set the tone for the Mustangs. After a Falmouth three and out, Norwood returned the ball down to the Clippers’ 37-yard line and needed just four plays to up their lead to 14-0 on an eight-yard run by Metayer.
Falmouth’s best chance to get back into the game came up short on their next drive. Behind some strong running by quarterback Aiden North and fullback Cooper Young, Falmouth got across midfield and all the way down to Norwood 38-yard line. After already converting one fourth down on the drive, Falmouth went for it on fourth-and-six. North put his pass on his receiver, hitting him in the chest on the critical fourth down play but the ball fell to the turf and Norwood took over on downs at their own 38. Had the catch been made FHS would have been just inside the Mustangs 30.
On the very next play Metayer switched the field position in favor of the Mustangs with a long run that went for 31-yards and went down to the Falmouth 33. A few plays later Joey Steeves found an open Igor Reis in the middle of the field and the receiver turned the all upfield and took it in for a 29-yard touchdown.
FHS had another close miss to keep their next drive alive. Down 21 points, FHS had to go for it on fourth and seven from their own 42. North lofted a nice rollout pass up the right sideline for Nathan Gaboury. The receiver appeared to make a fantastic leaping grab along the line, but the referee ruled that his feet were out of bounds as he tried to drag his toes, and the ball turned over on downs to the Mustangs, nullifying what would have been a 20-yard gain.
Gaboury did get the ball back for the Clippers with a nice interception two plays later, but again the FHS offense was unable to do any damage. With 41 seconds left in the half Subodh Dhakal capped off a drive for the home team with an eight-yard scoring run. The PAT put the Mustangs ahead 28-0.
The lead got to 42 points in the second half. Metayer had a 68-yard pick six in the third quarter for the Mustangs to make it 35-0. Steeves scored on a six-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Falmouth’s lone points came in the fourth quarter with the JV team on the field. Tommy Bushy led a nice drive for FHS from the quarterback spot and followed up an 18-yard option keeper with a three-yard dive up the middle to put the Clippers on the scoreboard.
The Clippers look to bounce back and pick up win number one on the season when they hit the field tonight in Sandwich at 6 PM against the Blue Knights. SHS lost their opener on September 10 to Fairhaven High School, 14-8, when the Devils scored in the final minute to pick up a comeback win.
Sandwich’s skill position players are very good, especially running back Patrick Morin, as well as the team’s outside receiving threats.