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Campbell Conference all-stars
RIVER VALLEY -- The length of a football season can be grueling and it quite often tests the physical and mental limits of the student-athletes.
That’s why it’s extremely rewarding when players receive recognition for their exploits displayed on the field. Several from the River Valley have been selected to the Campbell Conference All Stars for Class B and C.
Leading the way for Mountain Valley was Ryan Glover, Nate Nicols, Izaak Mills, Kyle Duguay and Matt Hosie.
Dirigo standouts included Bryan Blackman, Ben Holmes, Jake Dowland and Zach White.
Both of the teams qualified for their respective playoffs. The Falcons won games against Spruce Mountain and Cape Elizabeth in the quarter and semifinals before being shut out by Wells in the conference finals. Dirigo needed to win their regular-season finale to secure a spot in the postseason and then lost to Traip 34-0 in a quarterfinal game.
The Falcons' Glover, a two-way standout, repeated as a conference all star. The middle linebacker had 149 tackles, including 17 against Wells, with a relentless pursuit of opposing running backs. He was equally dominating as an outstanding guard offensively. Glover was hampered by a banged up shoulder, but displayed a high degree of toughness.
“He'll chew the arm off if it gets worse,” quipped MV coach Jim Aylward during the playoffs.
Fellow senior Nicols was equally effective as a guard on offense and a linebacker.
The Falcons utilized the versatility of Mills throughout his four-year career. Mills played multiple positions and drew Aylward's praise as a "playmaker," whether by leveling opponents with bone crushing blocks or as a solid linebacker defensively. The one-two punch of Hosie and Duguay each rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored nine and 15 touchdowns, respectively. The tandem was both hampered by injuries in the latter part of the season.
In Dixfield, Holmes passed for 828 yards, 45 completions in 124 attempts and also rushed for 96 yards. He figured in 14 touchdowns.
Blackman was one of the featured runners in Class C with 952 yards on 117 carries, 152 receiving yards and 14 TDs. He suffered a concussion during the first series against Traip and was held out the rest of the game.
Dowland was a blocking fullback, with 257 rushing yards and three TDs. He was a fearless linebacker and led the team with 102 tackles.
White, a junior, was a two-way tackle and was second on the Cougars with 75 tackles.