After suffering an opening day shutout, the Otter Valley Otters switched quarterbacks, and under the guidance of Grant Jakubowski have won two in a row. This past Saturday in Brandon the senior quarterback led the Otters to 403 yards of total offense, and a 21 - 12 win over the previously unbeaten Union-32 Raiders. Jakubowski was 10 for 17 for 145 yards, three interceptions and two touchdowns. Senior tailback Erik Becker did his share of the work carrying the ball 34 times and racking up 162 yards and a touchdown. Becker also caught a 33 yard touchdown pass from Jakubowski. Jakubowskis other touchdown pass was a 20-yard strike to senior, and first year player Justin Lertola.
Tucker LaClair led what offense the Raiders could muster against a stingy Otter defense. LaClair rushed for 66 yards and caught a 39 yard touchdown pass. The loss drops Union-32 to 2 - 1 on the year, and the victory elevates the Otters to the same 2 - 1 mark. The Otters will travel to Bellows Falls this Saturday to take on the Terriers. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
Like the Otters the Mill River Minutemen won their second straight this past Saturday after dropping their season opener. Allen White and Pat Banini scored three touchdowns apiece to lead the Minutemen to an easy 42 - 6 road win over Oxbow. White caught two touchdown passes for 11 and 19 yards and added a seven yard TD run. Banini ran in two short ones and caught a twenty yard touchdown pass from quarterback Connor Burke. Burke ended the game throwing for one-hundred-twenty-five yards and three touchdowns. Mill River will try to make it three in a row this Saturday when they host a tough Springfield squad. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
Things looked bleak for Poultney late in their game last Saturday in Burlington against Rice. After building up a 20 - 8 halftime lead the Blue Devils watched as Rice came roaring back in the second half to take a 24 - 20 lead. That is where the score stood with just over four minutes left to play and it all came down to one play for Poultney when they were looking at a fourth down and long. But just when all looked lost Poultney halfback Ricky Ross came up big. Ross caught a screen pass from quarterback Kurt Hewes, and then spun and weaved through the Rice defense for 43 yards, a first down and new life for the Blue Devils, which they took advantage of. A few plays later, with just 3:30 left to play in the game Ryan Davenport ran it in from 13 yards putting the visiting Blue Devils ahead 27 - 24, and that is how this one would end.
Ross rushed for 86 yards on 16 carries, including a five-yard first half touchdown run. He also caught four passes for 56 yards. Kurtis Petty added a 13 yard TD reception for the victorious Blue Devils. The Devils improved to 2 - 1 on the year while Rice fell to 0 - 3.
MSJ continued to struggle last Saturday losing in South Burlington 37 - 0 to fall to 0 - 3 on the year. Rebel quarterback Ernie Bragg completed 6 of 9 passes, with three of those passes resulting in touchdowns. Taylor Devarney caught a seven yard touchdown pass, Josh Varney hauled in an eight yarder and Sol Bayer-Pacht had a 23-yard TD reception. In addition to his eight yard touchdown reception Devarney carried the ball ten times for 97 yards including a 26-yard touchdown jaunt. The Rebels also got a 29-yard touchdown run from Justin Lynch and a second half safety from their defense. South Burlington improved to 2 - 1 with the win.
In a battle of two 2 - 0 teams played last Friday evening in Middlebury the hometown Tigers prevailed, handing the Rutland Raiders their first loss 19 - 9. The Tigers built up a 13 - 0 halftime thanks to touchdown runs by Sam Jones and Chad Foley. Rutland cut the lead to 13 - 7 early in the second half on an 11-yard touchdown run from Connor Beerworth. They pulled even closer when a mishandled punt resulted in a Raider safety, making it a 13 - 9 ball game. But the Tigers then scored again late in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Foley exploded for a 58 yard run from scrimmage to set up a nine yard touchdown run from Lance Robinson.
Robinson, who had a 72 - yard run from scrimmage to set up the Tigers first score, wound up with an impressive 102 yards gained on a mere six carries. Foley had a solid rushing game himself, carrying the ball nine times for 86 yards. Jones only threw four passes, but he was perfect going four-for-four for forty-four yards. Beerworth had 15 carries for 69 yards for Rutland who fell to 2 - 1 with the loss. The Tigers remain perfect at 3 - 0.
MountiesAfter playing the entire 2006 season without a win, and dropping their first two games of this season the MSJ boys soccer team have won two straight to pull even on the year at 2 - 2. Their second win came last Saturday in the form of a 2 - 0 shutout over the Poultney Blue Devils. It was the second straight shutout recorded by Mounty goalie Steve Kallen who posted a dozen saves during the contest. Seung Kyu Lim and Corey Lacz scored the goals for the victorious Mounties.
In girls soccer action last Saturday in Fair Haven Ali Mancuso scored a pair of goals to lead the Slaters to a 5 - 1 thumping of the Otter Valley Otters. Ashley Brown, Jess Amsden and Emily McIntyre also scored for Fair Haven, with Chelsea Murray and Meaghan Hutchins each contributing an assist to the win. Megan Wooster and Sam Forrest shared net duty for the Slaters and their combined effort yielded five saves. The final score could had been much worse if it hadnt been for the dozen saves made Tamara Bishop and Kelsey Knapp who split the goalie duties for Otter Valley. Celenia Bedard scored the lone Otter goal.
OttersIn varsity field hockey action last Saturday in Brandon Emily Waldrip and Shayna McDonough scored twice each to lead the Division II Otter Valley Otters past the Division I Brattleboro Colonels 5 - 1. Natalie Merrick added a goal and an assist for the Otters who improved to 2 - 1 - 3 with the lopsided win. The Otters controlled this contest, evident by the fact that their goalie Madison Smith was required to make just three saves the entire contest.