Vernon Vipers 19, Durham/Middlefield Falcons 0: Unfortunately for the Falcons, their offense never seemed to be on the same page, as they failed to find pay dirt all afternoon.
Despite the final score, several strong performances were turned in by the Falcons. Tucker Carroll had a solid day under center, hooking up with receivers Derek Grant and Colin Sheehy on multiple occasions.
On defense, the Durham/Middlefield squad was led by Aidan Scarcia, Dante Aparo, and Chris Ulizio, who recovered a fumble in the second half.
Strong special teams performances were had by the Falcons’ punter/kickoff specialist Giovanni Aparo and long snapper Bryce Fleck.
Vernon Vipers 18, Durham/Middlefield Falcons 14: The Falcons were forced to play catch up all afternoon.
Early on, it was all Vipers, as they scored early and often to surge ahead 18-0.
The Falcons began to show signs of life as Donovan Mumback returned a kickoff 60 yards to help ignite the Durham/Middlefield offense.
Later in the drive, running back Drue Fleck rumbled into the end zone, putting the first Falcons points on the board.
The Falcons picked up where they left off on their next possession. Quarterback John Palo called his own number and carried the ball 71 yards for a score to bring the Falcons to within striking distance.
But the Vipers would not be denied.
Aside from Palo, Fleck and Mumback, the Falcon offense was led by Jake Manning, Ryan Grant, Mark Melillo, and Justin Garretson.
The Durham/Middlefield defensive unit was anchored by Blake Santor, Ryan Wirger, Kevin Lee, Ben Pitruzzello, John Legge, Tyler Doyle and Matthew Bradanini.