RUMFORD – With five minutes to go in the first half, Cape Elizabeth was locked in a scoreless tie with undefeated Mountain Valley.

But then the Falcons do what makes them the best Class B team around. They capitalized.

Mountain Valley scored three quick touchdowns at the end of the half and went on to a 25-0 victory over the Capers on Friday night at Chet Bulger Field.

Mountain Valley (9-0) moves into next week’s playoffs as the No. 1 seed in Western Class B.

Cape Elizabeth (6-3) does not know its fate. Because Falmouth beat Greely 15-14, both of those teams are also 6-3, causing a three-way tie for third place in Western Class B.

A coin toss will decide which teams are the third and fourth seeds, and which team does not make the playoffs. It was not determined Friday where or when the coin toss will take place.

“A coin flip will not be good,” said Capers Coach Aaron Filieo, before he knew the Greely-Falmouth result.

On Friday night, Filieo watched his team turn the ball over too much. Mountain Valley intercepted Cape Elizabeth four times.

The Falcons followed three of those with touchdowns.

“We knew coming into it, we cannot make mistakes and field position is going to be big,” Filieo said. “This is a team you cannot turn the ball over against. And we did.”

The Falcons scored on drives of 37, eight, 34 and 35 yards.

“I hate to take anything away from our kids, but I think Cape beat themselves,” Falcons Coach Jim Aylward said. “Both teams played good defense.”

Capers running back Jack Barber rushed 25 times for 95 yards, but the rest of the Capers’ offense rushed for four yards and passed for 30 against the notorious Falcons defense.

Cape’s defense also played tough, stopping Mountain Valley on its first three possessions. The interior line, led by Andrew Lavallee, rarely budged.

But field position eventually gave Mountain Valley the edge.

After Taylor Bradley’s 10-yard punt return, the Falcons started their fourth series on the Cape 37.

Mountain Valley drove in, capped by quarterback Cameron Kaubris’ one-yard sneak, with 4:44 left in the half.

Cape Elizabeth tried to rally before halftime, but threw two interceptions. The Falcons scored after each one.

The Capers took the second-half kickoff and drove to the Falcons 36 before stalling.

Early in the fourth quarter, after Cape’s Cyrus Wolfinger intercepted a pass at the Mountain Valley 31, the Capers drove down to the 13.

But two illegal procedure penalties forced a passing down and the Falcons intercepted.

 

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at: [email protected]