The football gods haven't been very kind to the Mountain Valley football team so far this season. However, the players are certainly gaining experiencing what it's like to play under adverse conditions.
The young team have found the going tough, however, in a short time that trend discontinue because all those hours spent practicing will start to pay off when the Falcons engage in competition against another Class C Campbell Conference opponent.
That time maybe coming soon because there is no time like the present. Mountain Valley will have a grand opportunity to break in to the win column when it hosts Gray-New Gloucester this Friday. The Patriots are also in dire straits, with no wins and have struggled against the opposition.
The Falcons find themselves in a similar position on both sides of the ball, GNG have scored 37 points in four games, 10 more than MV. Defensively, the Patriots have allowed 129 points, to 141 by the Falcons.
Granted, things change week-to-week, but both MV and GNG have had woes against common opponents. The Patriots suffered a shutout against Spruce Mountain at Griffin Field in Livermore Falls. The Falcons also found the going rough against the Phoenix, who won 45-8; based on several big scoring plays.
Senior fullback Tom Thibeau scored on an 11-yard run early in the second quarter. It came on the second series, MV marched 67 yards in 13 plays. Thibeau followed the offensive line in for a TD. Kyle Farrar threw a halfback option pass to Caleb Gavin for a two-point conversion, to tie the score 8-all.
Mountain Valley was unable to answer the Phoenix defense the rest of the game. ''You're truly looking at a team that had zero kids starting last year, and when the wagon wheels fall off, they fall off and we don't have enough experience or leadership. And that is not a slam on the kids," said Mountain Valley coach Jim Aylward at the time, while making no excuses. ''We're going through some major growing pains and I hope people can live with it, because I can.''
It concluded with Gibbons going through and around several Falcon defenders, but the Falcons were simply unable to get on the right track in the second half.
The Falcons running game, behind the offensive line, has been their trademark bread and butter.
Mountain Valley had opportunity to make some noise on their first possession against Lake Region. Quarterback Ian Austin engineered a drive lasting nearly six minutes, but the Falcons lost to the Lakers, 20-6.
GNG lost to Lake Region 20-19, last weekend. Mountain Valley was shutout by Yarmouth last Friday.