RUMFORD – The more things change, the more things stay the same for the Mountain Valley football team.

The Falcons totally dominated Gray-New Gloucester in the season-opening Campbell Conference game. Junior Justin Staires returned a punt and an interception for touchdowns and threw for another score as the Falcons ran away for a 66-0 victory over the Patriots at Hosmer Field on Friday.

Mountain Valley has won the Class B state championship two of the last three years, but this is a new team that is determined to carve out its own identity.

The Falcons have adapted their attack mode based on their personnel, and it led to a 26-0 advantage after one quarter and 54-0 at halftime. This included rotating quarterbacks Staires and Keith Brennick.

On the initial possession, Gray-New Gloucester punted after three plays, and Staires (201 all-purpose yards) returned it 55 yards to the 7-yard line. Matt Laubauskas ran it in for a touchdown.

“What can I say,” Mountain Valley coach Jim Aylward said. “One game does not make the playoffs, and we’ve still got a lot of work ahead of us. Plus, we have a big game at Wells next Friday night.”

Staires scored twice in less than a minute. The speedster returned a punt behind a Falcons wall and then intercepted Patriots quarterback Nathan Rowe, and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown.

Staires then picked off a pass, broke four would-be tackle and sprinted-in.

“On the punts,” Staires said. “I look to go up the middle, but I keep my eye on the outside. Tonight (my blockers) were set-up and they gave me the outside.”

The defense stuffed the Patriots, limiting them to 1 yard rushing for the game. Gray-NG installed a new system and had trouble getting set. The Falcons’ Josh Bennett, Dean McCrillis and Ryan Laubauskas led the way.

Mountain Valley scored four times in the second quarter to put the game on ice. Senior Derek Sicotte ran in from 2 yards and then intercepted Rowe (five of 21 for 66 yards, 5 interceptions). Matt Laubauskas (three rushes, 76 yards) broke loose for a 45 touchdown. T.J. Burgess and Smith scored on runs of 15 and 2 yards, respectively.

Senior end Owen Jones caught a 40-yard scoring strike from Staires. Tom Puiia and Cameron Kaubris also had interceptions.

Falcon kicker Aaron Cote was busy and was successful on seven of 10 extra points.

The Patriots went airborne in the third quarter when Taylor Valente caught three of his five passes.

Mountain Valley scored two more touchdowns in the second half, behind sophomores and freshmen.

Kaubris and Chris Day called signals. Josh Allen (34 yards, four rushes) ran in from 15 yards to compete a seven-play, 80-yard drive. Eddie Estes scored on a 2-yard run.

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