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October 5, 2013

Valles (227 yards, 3 TDs), defense spark Danvers past Patriots

DANVERS — Senior captain Mike Favreau wants it known: his Danvers High Falcons are not the best team in the Northeastern Conference South.

Yet.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do before we can say that,” said Favreau, who had an immense game defensively off the edge while fellow captain Alex Valles rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns in a 20-12 triumph over Revere at Deering Stadium last night.

Favreau certainly wasn’t implying that the Falcons can’t finish atop the conference heap; with a 2-0 mark thus far in league play and three straight wins under their belts, the Blue-and-White are certainly improving rapidly each week. But that doesn’t mean, he said, that there isn’t plenty of room for improvement.

“We have to be that much better next week (at Lynn Classical),” said Favreau, who blew up Revere running back Tommy Portrait twice with crushing hits sprinting into the backfield from his spot at defensive end. “We have to keep improving.”

After a slow start last night, the Falcons got untracked offensively in the second half — thanks in large part to Valles. The mercurial tailback took a handoff on the first play of the second half, cut left and sped down the sidelines untouched. Sam Vitale’s extra point kick gave Danvers a 7-6 lead just like that.

Before the third quarter expired, Valles reached paydirt again. On 4th-and-2 from the Revere 27-yard line, an inside handoff again took Valles left, and he burst through the line and didn’t stop running until the officials had their arms in the air. Another Vitale kick doubled the lead (14-6) for the Falcons.

“The defense had been carrying us in the first half,” said fellow captain Anthony Cordoba, who had 52 yards rushing on eight carries as a perfect change-of-pace compliment to Valles out of the Danvers backfield. “The backs knew we had to start hitting the holes in the second half, and the O-line knew they had to improve and protect (quarterback) Nick (Andreas).”

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