Fair Haven running back Evan Amery converted 13 carries into 111 yards and three touchdowns to lead his hometown Slaters to a convincing 36-14 win over the visiting Poultney Blue Devils last Friday evening in high school football action.
The victorious Slaters also received rushing touchdowns from David Atkins and Kody Bardin Among his 111 yards Amery had touchdown runs of 10, 14 and 3 yards. Bardin opened the game's scoring with an 11-yard TD run and Atkin's touchdown was from six yards out.
Fair Haven didn't just run the ball however. Slater senior quarterback Jessie Maynard completed 11 of his 17 pass attempts to Amery, Mac Stannard, Levi Ellis and Bardin for 131 yards, effectively keeping Poultney's defense honest.
The Blue Devils, after falling behind 21-0, battled back to get within seven at 21-14, before seeing the game slip away for good. On the last play of the first half, while being tackled, Poultney quarterback Skyler Staples (completed 11 of 24 pass attempts for 147 yards and a touchdown) found Nate Bourn in the end zone for a six yard touchdown pass, making it 21-6 at the break. Then on the opening kickoff of the second half Poultney's John Fairbanks stripped the ball from Fair Haven kick returner Derick Hernandez's hands. Fairbanks, after gaining possession of the football, took it 40 yards to the end zone. Staples successful 2-point coversion run made it 21-14. But that is as close as Poultney would get.
Fair Haven improved to 2-2 with the win, while Poultney fell to 1-3 on the year.
On the same night in Winooski the Mill River Minutemen engaged in an offensive slugfest with the hometown Spartans, and came up on the short end of a 52-31score.
For the victorious Spartans it was all about running the football, as they gained more than 500 yards on the ground against a helpless Mill River defense, and the Grant brothers, along with Cyle Chaplin led the way. Gary Grant rushed for 201 yards to lead all running backs, including a pair of 80 yard touchdown runs, and another from 32 yards out. Chaplin, who had a 54-yard touchdown run, followed Gary Grant with 179 rushing yards. Geoffrey Grant added another 175 rushing yards to the Spartan's deadly ground attack, including a pair of 75-yard touchdown runs, and a one-yarder late in the game.
Mill River Quarterback Tyler Wood led the Minutemen with three rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown.
The Rutland Raiders and Otter Valley Otters suffered defeat last weekend as well. Rutland traveled to Foxborough Massachusetts only to get hammered by the hometown Patriots 42-7. Rutland's lone touchdown came when Troy Davine completed a 35 yard touchdown pass to Mike Triller. It was the Rutland falls to 3-1 overall.
Meanwhile in Brandon last Saturday the Otter Valley Otters lost on the last play of the game in front of a homecoming crowd. With OV ahead 16-14 and just over one second left on the clock. With the ball on the Otter's thirty the visiting Mount Mansfield Cougars lined up to what amounted to a 47-yard field goal. They missed the field goal, game over, right? Wrong. An unidentified Otter, who was in the end zone to guard against a fake, fielded the missed field goal and then thinking the game was over spiked the ball and began celebrating. However, because he had fielded the ball it was still live, and a Cougar fell on it in the end zone for 20-16 Cougar win. Mount Mansfield improved to 3-1 with the win, while the Otters fell to 1-3 on the year.
Otter Sticksters Grab
In Brandon, Shayna McDonough scored nine minutes in overtime to propel Otter Valley to a 3-2 win over Mount Anthony last Saturday in division II field hockey action.
Otter Valley jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when Kristy Pinkham fed Emily Waldrip, who coverted the pass into a goal, and an early 1-0 Otter lead. The Patriots answered with unanswered goals from Kassie Hoag and Lizzie CurtinKassie to take a 2-1 lead. It looked lik the Patriots might hang on to claim the win, but with just three minutes left Pinkham, assisted by McDonough, scored to tie it at 2-2, and set the stage for McDonough's overtime heroics.
Chelsea Robbins made 11 saves in the net for the Otters, who improved to 6-1-1 with the win. MAU goalie Brenna Elwell made four saves for the visiting Patriots.
The win pushed the Otters' record to 6-1-1, setting up a big game at powerful Windsor on Tuesday.
Otter Valley goalie Chelsea Robbins was busy with 11 saves. Mount Anthony outshot the Otters 13-7 and had an 8-4 edge in penalty corners.
The Rutland Raiders field hockey team was on the road last Friday in Manchester, where they delivered a 3-0 shutout to the hometown Burr and Burton Bulldogs. The Raiders dominated the contest from the outset, out-shooting their hosts 20-2. This was evident by the fact that Rutland goalies Sam Rajsky and Danielle Greco needed to make just a pair of saves between them to claim the shutout.
The final would have been much worse than 3-0 if Michaela Lewis hadn't been in the net for the hometown Bulldogs. The goalie was impressive, and she turned in 17 saves to prove it.
Taylor Kresconko, Kristen Trevino and Trevino scored for the Raiders, who remained perfect at 7-0 with the win.
Phantoms Deliver Shutout,
Keagan McDonnell recorded a hat trick to lead his Proctor Phantoms to a 5-0 win over Long Trail in high school boys soccer action last Saturday in Pittsford. Ricky Carroll and Calvin Knowles rounded out Proctor's scoring with single goals. John Connell contributed a pair of assists to the win and Josh Tarnovich added one more.
Proctor goalie Justin Ratti made three saves to earn the shutout for Proctor,who improved to 7-0 with the win.
Long Trail's goalie John Krieg made 10 saves in a losing effort.
Meanwhile the Otter Valley Otters continued to struggle with their offense. The Otters were in action last Saturday, and were again shutout. Colin Hagenbarth scored three goals to lift the visiting Woodstock Wasps to a 3-0 win in division II soccer action. The 0-5 Otters, who after Saturdays game had still not scored a goal this year, came all so close in this one, blasting three shots off the crossbar.
Wasps goalie Nick Brands stopped 10 shots to post the shutout while Gran Robin made three saves for the winless Otters.
On Friday night in Poultney the West Rutland Golden Horde snapped their scoreless streak. The visiting Horde scored 4 times and delivered a 4-0 loss to the hometown Blue Devils. Adan Garcia led the charge with three goals and Greg Dupree added the fourth.
As good as Garcia was junior Blue Devil goalie Michael Condon, who was starting in his first game, was just as impressive. The junior made turned in an incredible 17 saves. Emmitt Ackerman stopped two shots for the 2-4 Horde.
Things didn't go so well last Friday for either the Mill River Minutemen or the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties.
In North Clarendon Rory Silenan scored a pair of goals, and his teammate Sam Polas added another as the visiting Hartford Hurricanes blanked the hometown Minutemen 3-0.
Hartford goalie Ben Pfister made four shots to earn the shutout for 5-1 Hurricanes. Luke Davis recorded six saves for Mill River, who fell to 3-2-1 with the loss.
Last Friday wasn't a great day for the Mounties either. .After Jonas Seldhaus scored to give MSJ an early 1-0 lead but then watched that lead vanish as the visiting Arlington Eagles responded with five unanswered goals to claim a 5-1 win.
Net minder Ryan Boyd made five saves for the victorious Eagles while Ethan Wincowski posted an impressive 19 saves for the Mounties who fell to 1-5 on the year.
Raiders Blank Mount Greylock
Liz Douglass had two goals and an assist to lead her Rutland Raiders to a 4-0 win over Mount Greylock last Friday in girls high school soccer action. In a game that was totally controlled by Rutland Caitlin scored her first varsity goal and Ali Dorion added a goal to round out the Raiders scoring. Rutland improved to 3-3-1 with the shutout.
Meanwhile in Brandon the same evening Burr and Burton Academy's Michaela Madden's second half goal was the difference in a 1-0 win Bulldog win over the hometown Otters. The game should have been a slaughter, as the visiting Bulldogs denied the Otters any shots on goal, while their offense managed 17. Otter keeper Erin Trombley was up to the challenge though, stopping 16 of them to keep OV in the game right up to the end. The Otters fell to 1-3-1 with the loss.