The Rivals Trailer (2010)
Trailer for the documentary The Rivals.
The story of "The Rivals" centers on two very different communities in Maine. The Mountain Valley Falcons are a long time football powerhouse led by coaching legend Jim Aylward. Their community is located in the western mountains of Maine, supported only by a paper mill that is continuously cutting jobs. The fiery Aaron Filieo, who is five years into his first head-coaching job of a program that is only 6 years old, commands the Cape Elizabeth Capers. Their community is along the scenic coast is one of the wealthiest in the state, home to doctors, lawyers, and type A personalities.
In the last 20 years Jim Aylward has led his team to 6 conference championships and 2 state championships. He is funny, passionate, driven to win and intent on his ‘kids’ leaving the field prepared for a life that in most cases, will be one of mostly hard knocks in a Mill town with a glorious past and an uncertain economic future.
For Aaron Filieo and his "Cape kids" the future is bright and the brand new astro-turf is always green. But for them, football is one of many distractions in a well-funded school known more for its academic excellence. Filieo lacks Aylward’s years and football wisdom, but like his players, he is focused and smart, determined to overcome the only obstacle left in his way; Mountain Valley. Will he inspire enough passion for the sport to strip this mill town of the only pride it has left?
In a story that explores much more than just a game we find it does take a village to raise a child and the lessons these two rival towns impart about winning and losing will shape a lifetime.