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Recap of MVMS football
MEXICO -- The true measure of a football team cannot always be measures in the numbers of wins and losses because there is so much that transpires throughout the season.
The Mountain Valley Middle School is a perfect example because it proved that enduring early adversities can be overcome through hard work.
“It was a tough season,” said MV coach Gary Dolloff. “But I do believe the kids improved a lot during the year. When we played Oxford hills a second time the results were different and we beat them, 24-6.”
The initial meeting in September against Oxford Hills was an exciting game lots of good hitting lots of good plays and the Hawks had some opportunities. It ended in a 12-8 loss.
“It just showed the growth and heart of the team,” said Dolloff. “These eighth graders will have a lot of success at the next level. I truly believe they will carry on the (Mountain Valley) tradition quite well.”
Some leaders were Allen Carrier, J.T Greene, Alex Ridley, Rylie Flynn, Troy Cochran, Nate Blodgett, Caleb Gatchel, Ben Marston, Dylan Gaudet, Logan Willhoyt, Kyle Cote, Michael Evangalista, Joshua Kelly, Kevin Cogley, Austin "Ozzy" Oswald and Mike Provencher.
Highlights included watching Carrier dominate the line on both sides of the ball; the running of Gaudet and Willhoyt, Cote running for a touchdown; Kelly getting a sack; the improved defense with Cogley’s hard hits and Provencher’s tackles; Blodgett’s TD on a middle screen; Cochran executing the fumble roouski and Greene getting better as a quarterback; Evangalista becoming a true football player and Cameron Payne, in a JV game, picking off a pass and going the distance.
Dolloff said the players battled all year and never quit, a great bunch of kids whose names will be inked for the Falcons in a couple years.”
MV had started the season against a tough Lewiston team, who they just could not contain and lost 26-6; a tougher Mt Blue team won 35—18, but the kids never quit; Dirigo had too much team speed and very athletic in a 42-18 loss. The Hawks played a defensive battle against Auburn and scored a safety first and fumbled twice inside the ten, before losing 8-2. The seventh grade team had a .500 season, with several of talented kids coming back next season.