Falcons defend turf in 33-3 win over Mohawks

By Eric Hale - PDT Sports Contributor

MINFORD — This week, the Northwest Mohawks joined in a unified march to the Falcons home nest to take on Minford in a contest that seemed to be anyone’s game.

However, the Falcons were more than prepared to defend their home turf, as Minford ultimately proved. Kelton Kelley, in particular, was prepared to defend his native grass as the junior signal-caller collected four total touchdowns on the evening while Jordan Bowen and Breydan Tilley obtained credit for two scores apiece en route to leading the Falcons to a 33-3 running clock victory over a solid, hard-fought effort from the Mohawks on Friday evening.

From the outset, Kelley showed off his abilities throughout the evening. Even though a 34-yard touchdown run was called back due to holding on Minford’s opening drive, Kelley responded not long after by collecting a 44-yard scamper to put the Falcons ahead by a 7-0 tally.

From that point on, Minford was able to take control as the Falcons followed that three-and-out with another score from Kelley as the junior found the ever-explosive Breydan Tilley from 35 yards away to immediately put the Falcons up by a 14-0 tally with 8:52 still to go in the opening quarter. Then Tilley, who showed off his multi-purpose skills, threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Bowen to put the Falcons up by a 20-0 tally after a quarter of play.

“We came out playing our assignments well,” Minford head coach Jesse Ruby said. “We came out and played some good assignment football.”

In the second quarter, Northwest made an attempt to establish some momentum. After starting a drive from inside its own 20, Garrett Rowe was able to scramble to the 41 yard line, which allowed the Mohawks to secure back-to-back first downs and mount a possible charge into Minford territory.

However, the Falcons’ defense stiffened from that point forward, and after forcing Northwest into a three-and-out, the Minford offense was able to drive down to the Northwest 24, where Kelley found Bowen for another touchdown with 2:43 to play in the first half en route to making the score a 27-0 mark at the halftime break.

“We had some positives offensively, but also some negatives which we need to improve on,” Northwest head coach Doug Montavon said.

Kelley quickly put the game on ice with his five-yard touchdown run in the third quarter as Minford was able to obtain a running clock for the quarter of the affair. Evan Throckmorton salvaged the evening for the Mohawks by nailing an impressive 37-yard field goal try in the final quarter of action to close out the scoring.

With the loss, Northwest, who fell to 0-4 on the year, will look to start off SOC I play on the right track when the Mohawks play Eastern in Beaver. As for Minford, the Falcons, who are 2-2 on the year, will attempt to move back on the right side of .500 when the Falcons face Williamsburg on Friday evening.

“We need to bring efficiency to the table in all areas,” Ruby said. “Williamsburg is going to provide us with a tough challenge, so we need to continue to push each other in practice so that we can be at the top of our game next Friday.”

By Eric Hale

PDT Sports Contributor