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Falcon football preview
RUMFORD -- The Mountain Valley football team might have a different look, however, the ultimate goal remains the same and that is for every player to extend their best effort on every play.
Hopefully, the 2011 season will turn out to be positive.
The Falcons will need to strike a new identity after having proven to be dominating enroute to winning the Class B state championship last fall. The realignment has divided the schedule into two tiers based on team performances over the previous five years. There are 12 teams in Western Class B, so one extra round has been added to the playoff picture.
The Falcons returning starters are Izaak Mills (offensive back, outside backer), Ryan Glover (guard/LB), Taylor Carey (defensive line), Nate Nichols (offensive line) and Matt Hosie (LB).
Glover, who has proven to be one of the hardest-hitting tacklers in the state, will be a defensive leader. Mills is solid and Carey was effective as a down lineman.
“We have lots of holes to fill,” said coach Jim Aylward, regarding the Falcons' outlook.
MV has several top other returnees who will each have an opportunity to contribute. This begins with end Isaac Roberts, who will be a favorite target of new quarterback Zach Radcliffe, who is a dependable decision-maker under center. The backfield will be comprised of a triple threat with Mills, Hosie and Kyle Duguay. Duguay missed last year with a shoulder injury and will continue the Falcons' tradition of physical ball-carriers.
“We know we have 'x' amount of kids who can play,” said Aylward. "It's just putting them in a position to be successful.”
Look for the offensive line to be a force led by Glover, Devon Hamel, Bubby White, Ryan Stickney, and Nate and Scott Nicols.
Jake Theriault saw action in the secondary as did Colin Merrill (HB/LB).
MV graduated several key players, including Cam Kaubris (QB/DB), Christian Durland (end), Taylor Bradley, Josh Allen (FB/LB), Ben Higley (E), Tyler Morton (L), Isaac Ledesma (L), Travis St.Pierre (E), Nick Sterling (B), Hanson Gorham (E), Rashaud Lavoie (L/LB) and Tyler Mason.
The coaches were able to better evaluate players during scrimmages against Dirigo and Messalonskee.
The Falcons will know where they stand after playing three newcomers to Class B. They hosted Westbrook last Friday and hit the road for games at Marshwood and Spruce Mountain (Jay/LF).