The Mill River Minutemen football team extended their winning streak to three games last Saturday afternoon when they defeated the previously unbeaten Springfield Cosmos 28 - 6 at home.
The game began like the visiting Cosmos, who averaged 47 points in their first three games, were accustomed to. On Springfields second possession they marched the ball 85 yards in 12 plays, with Steve Miller taking it in from one yard out giving the Cosmos an early lead.
But that drive would be Springfields lone moment of glory in this one. Mill Rivers defense, led by Cody Peterson, would completely shut down the Cosmos offense the rest of the way. Meanwhile the Minutemen offense, behind quarterback Connor Burke, would score four unanswered touchdowns to secure the huge win.
Burke completed four of his seven pass attempts for 124 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those touchdown passes were to Preston Kinney who caught scoring strikes of 46 and 13 yards. Burke also teamed up with Drew Poalimo from 15 yards out. Allen White led the ground attack for the victorious Minutemen, carrying the ball nine times for 146 yards, including a 75 yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Pat Benini was effective as well gaining 92 yards on 17 carries.
Both clubs stood at 3 - 1 following the Mill River win. The Minutemen will try to make it four in a row this Saturday when they travel to Poultney to take on the Blue Devils. Kickoff is Scheduled for noon.
The Otter Valley Otters were hoping to make it three in a row themselves when they traveled to Bellows Falls last Saturday to take on the Terriers. But they fell behind 16 - 0 and couldnt recover, bowing to the Terriers 22 - 15. Otter quarterback Ross Jakubowski completed five of his ten pass attempts for eighty yards, including a twenty-seven yard touchdown pass to Justin Lertola in the fourth quarter. Eric Becker, who had an eighty-three yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter, carried the ball nine times for 35 yards. Both teams stood at 2 - 2 following the Bellows Falls victory. The Otters host the Fair Haven Slaters this Saturday at their homecoming weekend.
The Mount Saint Joseph Mounties were in action last Saturday too, seeking their first win of the 2007 season, but they wouldnt get it. The BFA-St. Albans Bobwhites playing in front of their hometown fans were to much for the Mounties, sending them home winless at 0 - 4 after administering a 27 - 6 thrashing. The lone Mounty score came in the fourth quarter when they were trailing 27 - 0. Quarterback Will Hadeka connected with Richie Kussel for a 25 yard touchdown pass.
The Poultney Blue Devils dropped a heartbreaker last Saturday in Hinesburg to the CVU Redhawks 27 - 20. It was a see saw type battle in which Poultney was never behind until the end. The Blue Devils jumped out to a 7 - 0 lead when Ricky Ross scored from two yards out late in the first quarter. But CVU answered with a scoring drive capped off by a two-yard touchdown run by Jake Nealy to cut the lead to 7 - 6. Ryan Davenport then finished a Poultney second quarter scoring drive with a touchdown run that put the Blue Devils on top 14 - 6.
But the lead was short lived as the Redhawks would find the end zone again before the half and nail the two point conversion, tying the game at 14 - 14 at the half. Ross would then score his second touchdown of the day on a 20-yard run giving Poultney back the lead 20 - 14, but this lead literally lasted just a few seconds. CVUs Mark Talley returned the ensuing kickoff seventy yards for the game tying touchdown. Then with just over two minutes left in the game Talley picked off a pass and returned it 42 yards to give CVU the 27 - 20 win. Poultney will host the red hot Mill River Minutemen this Saturday at noon.
The Rutland Raiders traveled all the way to Danbury, Conn., last Friday only to suffer a 33 - 10 defeat to the Danbury Hatters. Trevor Olson played behind center for the Raiders and turned in a solid performance despite the lopsided final. Olson completed ten of his sixteen passes for 157 yards. His favorite target was Akeem Evans who had five catches for 104 yards. Connor Beerworth ran the ball four times for twenty-eight yards, including a thirteen yard touchdown run for Rutlands only touchdown. Rutland, after a 2 - 0 start, fell to 2 - 2 on the year while Danbury improved to 1 - 1 with the win.
West RutlandWest Rutland sophomore Katie Lincoln scored twice in thirty seconds to turn a 1 - 0 nail biter into a 3 - 0 Golden Horde win over their rivals the Proctor Phantoms at last Saturdays West Rutlands homecoming celebration. Freshman forward Toni Girardi scored West Sides first goal in the opening half. West Rutlands defense was so effective keeping the ball out of the middle that Golden Horde goalie Emily Sumner needed to make just seven saves to earn the shutout. West Rutland improved to 3 - 4 with the win, while the loss dropped Proctor to 1 - 4 - 1 on the year.
The same two squads met in boys soccer action last Saturday, but with different results as the Proctor Phantoms destroyed the homecoming celebration for the West Rutland boys defeating them 2 - 1. West Rutland dominated the first half of play, but thanks to some key plays on defense by Proctor, and a sensational save from Phantom goalie Brennan Watkins, who wound up with an impressive fifteen saves, the Golden Horde only enjoyed a 1 - 0 halftime lead. Their first half goal was scored by Greg Hughes when he took a direct kick from Randy Cameron and drilled it into the upper right hand corner from fifteen yards out.
But in the second half Proctor took control of the contest and found the net twice while doing so. Jacob Tanner tied the game midway through the second period on a penalty kick, and then with 10:48 left to play in the game Adam Falco, with an assist from Joshua Tarnovich, scored the game winner for the Phantoms who improved to 5 - 1 - 1 with the win. The loss drops West Rutland to 4 - 3 on the year.
The Otter Valley Otters girls team was in action last Friday night and they fell on the road to the Burr and Burton Bulldogs 5 - 2. The Otters dug themselves into a 4 - 0 hole and couldnt crawl out of it. Jenna Hoffman scored twice, while Dunja Jovicic, Abby Marsh and Kelsey Hill each added single tallies for the victorious Bulldogs. Morgan Harvey and Julie Ketchum scored for the Otters. Otter Valley utilized three goalies in this one. Erin Trombley (one save) and Tamara Bishop (four saves) minded the net in the first half, and Kelsey Knapp kept the game respectable by making fourteen saves in the second half.
In boys soccer action last Friday the Poultney Blue Devi;s fell to the Arlington Eagles 6 - 2. Matt Belnap scored twice and Logan Foster, Nick Sheldon, Eric Peterson and John Cusick each scored single goals for the victorious Eagles.