Down by a point at halftime, the Falcons rallied by scoring two touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters and wearing down the game-but-undermanned Vikings (4-3).
Senior captain Alex Valles (a game-high 133 yards on 14 carries) gave the Falcons the lead for good at 19-14 by scoring from 45 yards out on a sweep right.
“Every year Winthrop is one of the toughest teams we play, and this was no different,” said Alex Valles, who has 947 yards rushing and a dozen touchdowns on the ground this season.
After a Winthrop punt, Danvers scored again when junior quarterback Nick Andreas (3-for-4, 79 yards) fired a missile down the left sideline that tight end Lucas Lentine caught in stride for a 42-yard score. Captain Anthony Cordoba’s 2-point conversion rush gave the visitors a 27-14 lead after three quarters.
“Lucas was the second option on that play,” said Rogers. “Nick Andreas did a phenomenal job checking down on that wing pop play; (Winthrop) sat on the wing, so Lucas went up the sideline and Nick hit him in perfect stride.”
Winthrop workhorse Jordan Corbett-Franks (131 yards on 31 hard-earned carries) scored his third touchdown of the night on a 1-yard plunge with 6:32 to play, cutting the hosts’ deficit to 27-20. But junior Chris Behen took the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown (his second of the night), killing any momentum Winthrop had gained.
The Vikings again made it a one-score game when QB Dylan Driscoll found Vinnie Sparacino with a 31-yard TD pass with 1:35 to go, but Danvers ran out the clock and Cordoba (102 yards) actually scored on the game’s final play, a 50-yard burst down the left sideline as time ran out.
“This means the world to me,” junior wideout Cris Valles, who caught a 13-yard slant pass (off another checkdown) from Andreas on Danvers’ first offensive play. “It’s great to see the town come together around the football team.”