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Seven-on-seven drills underway
RUMFORD -- The summer is suppose to be laid back and a time for relaxation, however, the Mountain Valley football team certainly must be thinking about the upcoming season.
There will be changes to deal with, so the Falcons can not afford to rest on their laurels.
Several of the players and a few coaches will be involved with seven-on-seven drills at Leavitt High School in Turner throughout July. These events are designed to create greater versatility with the offense and attract numerous high school teams from throughout western and central Maine.
Another major adjustment has been necessary because longtime head coach Jim Aylward has taken on a greater responsibilities. In addition to being the face of football, he accepted the role of athletic director/part time teacher at Mountain Valley.
Aylward believes he is a short term solution, and remains confident with that hard work he can meet the needs of MV’s athletic department. Aylward enjoys the classroom, and hopes to have a chance to return to a full class load when the budgets and enrollments are more stable.
Aylward replaced John Bernard, who spent the past seven years as the full-time athletic director at Mountain Valley, retired last month.
In another move, the coaching staff has asked Aylward to shift from directing the quarterbacks to line next year.
Aylward has served as the MV head football coach since the merger between Rumford-Mexico in 1989. His tireless brand of no-nonsense, hard-nosed coaching has become well known statewide. Over the past two decades, MV football has consistently achieved the most success of any program in the state, including more than one dozen Campbell Conference championships, eight Western Class B regional championships, state crowns in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
MV administrators and Aylward made a decision to petition to remain in Class B football next year despite being reclassified by enrollment as Class C. At the same time, realignment saw a few Class A schools with nearly twice Mountain Valley's enrollment dropped to Class B. Next year's schedule is set and it is a very challenging hill the Falcons face in the fall. The first three games will be a strong barometer of things what the future holds in store.
Former Class A foes Marshwood and Westbrook will provide MV with a strong physical test. This will be followed by Spruce Mountain; the Jay and Livermore Falls teams have voted to combine.
Aylward felt strongly that he couldn’t turn his back on this challenge.