FALMOUTH – The Wells High football team spoiled the christening of the new turf field at Falmouth High on Saturday, rolling to a 41-8 victory in a Western Class B game.

“Wells is a solid team,” Falmouth Coach John Fitzsimmons said. “They presented some real challenges for us. We weren’t moving the ball and their offense was moving the ball in a way we didn’t like.”

Led by Chad Whitten, who scored three touchdowns and rushed for a season-high 162 yards, Wells (4-1) churned out 420 yards, all but 26 of it on the ground.

Wells limited the Yachtsmen (3-2), who suffered their second consecutive defeat after opening with three victories, to nine first downs and 103 yards.

“Everyone takes care of his own square,” said Whitten, a linebacker on defense. “That’s the way our defense works, and we definitely took care of that today.”

The Warriors enjoyed playing on the artificial surface.

“It’s fun to play on these kind of fields because our field isn’t like this,” said quarterback Paul McDonough, who scored on a 38-yard run.

“You can cut better. You can run a lot faster. It hurts a little bit more when you’re tackled, but it’s definitely all right.”

The Wells defense scored the first two points of the game when Josh Ingalls, a defensive end, and Brandon Pridham, a defensive back, sacked Falmouth quarterback Zack Alexander in the end zone for a safety less than four minutes into the first quarter.

After the free kick, Whitten scored on a 5-yard run to cap an eight-play, 50-yard drive to make it 8-0.

On the second play of the second quarter, Michael Moats-Carpenter intercepted a pass from Falmouth halfback Matt Kingry at his own 18.

McDonough capped the eight-play drive by sweeping left for his touchdown run to make it 14-0.

With four minutes left in the first half, Whitten scored on an 8-yard run to complete a five-play, 72-yard scoring drive.

The touchdown was set up by a 26-yard pass to Ingalls from McDonough, his only completion.

The Yachtsmen appeared to gain momentum when Alexander finished the first half by completing five consecutive passes. He capped a quick six-play, 71-yard march with an 11-yard pass to Alex Derhagopian.

But the Warriors regained their edge in the opening moments of the second half by forcing the Yachtsmen to punt after they lost 16 yards on their first three plays.

With two minutes left in the third quarter, Moats-Carpenter scored on a 4-yard run five plays after Whitten had intercepted a pass at the Falmouth 34.

In the fourth quarter, Whitten scored on a 35-yard run and J.T. Sherburne added a 73-yard touchdown run for Wells.

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