HUDSON – It’s too soon to tell if Friday marked a new foundation for Alvirne’s 2016 football season, but it certainly was an evening the Broncos can remember with pride.
Alvirne came from behind to defeat the visiting Red Raiders of Spaulding, 36-26, in a game featuring winless Division I teams.
Spaulding (0-5) went ahead on the first play from scrimmage, as Jonathan Speltz ran 81 yards to score. Speltz added two more touchdowns and 137 yards rushing before leaving the game just before the end of the first quarter.
Cameron Hults added another touchdown for the Red Raiders before the half, but Alvirne had their moments. The Broncos (1-4) were able to answer that initial score with one of their own from Mason Miller on their first drive of the evening and Hayden Callery added a second score to keep the Broncos in a game.
Both teams combined for 15 penalties, not including several declined penalties on both sides.
As the second half began, a light rain increased in intensity, adding to misfires on both ends. While Alvirne began the half with another score from Miller, they followed that up with a red zone interception, grabbed by Spaulding’s Andrew Lucas.
However, Spaulding couldn’t capitalize on the turnover, just as Alvirne could not capitalize on an interception a few minutes later.
The gridlock continued until another pick by Alvirne’s Jake Champagne.
That interception turned into another Miller touchdown to put Alvirne in the lead and a third Spaulding interception was transformed into the game’s final score, a flea flicker from Callery to Miller to a waiting Griffin Caronneau with 1:31 left.
Miller ended the day with 202 yards on the ground, but the win was a team effort according to Alvirne head coach Tim Walsh, built on a refusal to give up after falling behind in the first half.
“We made some adjustments at halftime, the coaches made an outstanding job making adjustments,” said Walsh. “Every kid that was out there didn’t give up, they overcame a lot of adversity tonight. They kept with it and eventually it paid off.”
Both teaSpaulding will seek to stop their slide at home next Friday against Keene.