By Glenn Jordan firstname.lastname@example.org
WESTBROOK — A year after what Westbrook senior Ben Grant called a mopey ride home from Rumford, the Blue Blazes turned the tables on Mountain Valley with a dominant 30-0 shutout Friday
night in a Class B football season opener at Olmsted Field. "It was a sulk," Grant said after absorbing a 47-7 defeat a year ago, Westbrook's first game since dropping down to Class B. "Now they get that long ride home and we get to come home with success." Grant ran for 161 yards and two first-half touchdowns and fullback Cale Bollig added 110 yards and two scores of his own as Westbrook controlled the line of scrimmage and punted only once. The Blue Blazes churned out 16 first downs and might have won by an even larger margin but for two interceptions and twice being stopped inside the 10. Junior Brett Beachesne gained 63 yards on 14 carries for Mountain Valley, which played without running back Matt Hosie, one of its best returning players. Coach Jim Aylward declined to provide an explanation for Hosie's absence. The Falcons made only one first down in the first half and not until their fourth possession, early in the second quarter. Overall, they were outgained 356-112 on the ground and 91-25 through the air.