Plymouth North lost their top two quarterbacks during their previous game, forcing them to turn to another spot in the backfield for their game against Falmouth. Running back Nick Derocher took the snaps behind center for the Eagles and flew like his team’s nickname to rally the home team past Falmouth High on Friday, November 15.
Durocher rallied his troops back from a two touchdown deficit to defeat Falmouth High, 33-21. With the loss the Clippers fell to 3-7 overall on the year.
Falmouth’s offense sputtered in the second half after their starting quarterback, Kyle Connolly, appeared to reinjure the same ankle that had kept him out of action the previous week. The senior co-captain finished the game, but his being hobbled prevented him from leading the running attack with the efficiency he had in the first half. After running for over 100-yards and a touchdown in the first half, Connolly ran for 100-yards in the first half, but was held in check in the second as Coach Derek Almeida opted to have the Clippers go away from their top ground option.
FHS came out strong in the game, going up by a 14-0 lead early. Fullback Cam Rowell spun away from the Eagles for a 42-yard touchdown run with 1:54 left in the first quarter to push the Clippers up 7-0. Coach Almeida then dug into the bag of tricks and surprised PNHS with an onside kick that the Clippers recovered at their own 47. FHS marched down the field again and Connolly did most of the heavy lifting, finishing the drive with a one-yard TD run with 8:38 to go in the half. Gerald Mahoney nailed his second PAT of the night for a 14-0 Clippers lead. By that point in the game Connolly had 105 yards on the ground.
North broke onto the scoreboard late in the first half after a couple of big Derocher runs. He capped the drive with a nice run to the pylon for a six-yard TD that made it 14-7 at the half.
Early in the second half the game took its biggest swing. The Falmouth defense forced a three-and-out and was looking to regain its two TD lead after a North punt. Barrett Stutzman gave the home team a positive jolt, though, by making a big hit at the line of scrimmage to loosen the ball, which he scooped and then jaunted 36-yards for the game-tying touchdown.
That play swung the game towards the Eagles. North stopped Falmouth on the next drive and then converted their chance as Gio Hendrickson scored on a short TD to make it 21-14. FHS had a chance to get back to even on a great deep shot by Connolly for Cam Govoni early in the fourth quarter, but Derocher made a fantastic play to close on the ball and knock it free to force a turnover on downs. He then orchestrated a touchdown drive to put the Eagles up by 13 points, breaking free for a 53-yard run.
Down by two scores, Connolly led an impressive scoring drive that got lots of players involved. Dre Cain Williams started it off with a big run, Julian Hendricks and Rowell each turned in big runs and Connolly capped it off by hitting Sam Cavossa for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Cavossa made a fantastic play on the ball, diving to grab the ball while getting a foot down to stay in bounds.
That score pulled Falmouth within six points, and gave them hope, but Derocher and company took that hope right away. After recovering a Falmouth onside kick with 4:07 to go, the Eagles exploited the short field as Derocher had runs of 21, 13 and finally 11, to the end zone, to put the game out of reach.
The Clippers play their final game of the year on Thanksgiving Day against their rivals from Barnstable. The game will be held at the new All-Purpose Field at 10 AM.