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What’s entailed in trying to kick a football through the uprights of a goal post?
Just ask Barry Justard, who was fortunate to have his ticket drawn to attempt field goals from three different spots on Chet Bulger Field. This drawing is held during halftime of every Mountain Valley football game.
The Mountain Valley athletic Boosters run the operation and sell tickets throughout the first half. The winning ticket hold automatically receives a $25 gift certificate from Brian's Bistro. Then there’s an opportunity to earn three additional prizes. Ringmaster Ed Paterson sets the tee on the painted lines for FG attempts of 10, 25 and 40 yards. Definitely, not an easy feat.
Now there’s no reason to think Justard is a ringer, but he has experience kicking on what was then Hosmer Field. The mild-mannered Justard donned the maroon and white colors of the Rumford Panthers from 1974-76. Number 81 handled the kicking duties, which included attempted extra points and punts. Back in the day, Justard could kick with best of them (in his own mind), but those days are history. The 1977 graduate is on the back side of 50 and although the mind is still thinking "Yes I can," at the same time the body is calling for a time out.
Surprisingly, Pud lined up the first attempt, stepped directly back five or more steps (for increased leg power) ran forward and split the yellow uprights. The homecoming crowd went wild and Falcon announcer Peter Perry provided comic relief from the press box.
Pud was way short and wide left on a kick for the second attempt. There’s no need to bring up the third kick because the poor guy encountered a stutter step and promptly kicked the ball along the ground. Pud displayed good sportsmanship and didn’t make any excuses. Although he did remark that the results might have been more productive if he had ingested some Gatorade.
Ryan Glover is a two-way stand out, middle linebacker and offensive guard for the MV football team. The senior is also the long snapper on extra points. Zach Radcliffe is the regular holder for Izaak Mills. It was certainly different to see Glover line up to kick a PAT during the second quarter of the game against Gray-New Gloucester. Mills was the holder and Glover wound up being successful on three of four.
Mills and Glover each kicked three extra points.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Glover during the waning moments. “It was the first time that I had kicked in a game. Coach said I was going to score some points tonight and he was true to his word.”
The MV cheerleading squad nearly equaled the entire GNG team in sheer numbers.
Dirigo’s Natalie Bolduc scored five goals in a girls' soccer game, while goalie Tasha DeRoche recorded two shutouts.