GREAT FALLS --
With the threat of rain imminent, the Nation Ford Falcons thundered to its first win of the season, 55-35, over the Great Falls Red Devils in Pride Valley Friday night.
In the first half, the Falcons' offense got in gear and scored 28 points. Nation Ford's tough junior quarterback, Thomas Condron, opened up the scoring when he connected with senior running back Jackson Gibson for a 56-yard touchdown pass. Condron's teammates showed their toughness as well. Wide receiver Nick Damm fought the ball away from a Red Devil defender for the reception and crashed into the end zone for another touchdown.
The defense struggled in the first half, however, surrendering 29 points.
Nation Ford broke open a tight game in the second half and Great Falls seemed to wear down. The Young Red Devils led 29-28 at the half after Shaq Lamar hit Isaiah Lynn on a two-point conversion with 12 seconds left. But they only managed one late touchdown with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, and by that time the outcome had been decided.
Great Falls outgained the Falcons in total yards, but lost on the scoreboard due to untimely turnovers and big plays. Nation Ford scored two touchdowns in 1:09 late in the first half, two more in 1:30 in the third quarter, and two in 14 seconds in the last minute of the game. Each time, the second TD came after a Red Devils fumble.
Condron stole the show with 224 total yards and a hand in five touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Gibson caught two of the touchdowns.
In the second half, the offense hit full stride as the offensive line formed a protective pocket around their quarterback and opened running lanes. J.J. McCullough had five carries for 100 yards. Will Ford had three receptions for 40 yards, Gibson snagged two for 73 yards, rushed six times for 40 yards and caught a two-point conversion pass, Damm caught two for 38 yards and Sturgis had one for four yards.
Next up, the Rock Hill Bearcats will visit Nation Ford Friday for the first ever home game at the Falcons' new stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
For more, see the Sept. 2 print editon of the Fort Mill Times.