After a tough, season-opening loss to South Burlington, the Rutland High School Raiders football squad bounced back in a big way, putting five touchdowns on the scoreboard in a 36-0 shut out win over Mount Mansfield at Rutland's Alumni Field.
After not having much luck with the running game last week, the Raiders produced a much more balanced attack against the Cougars, as running back KC Mee rushed for 105 yards on 15 carries, including two touchdowns. However, Rutland also mixed in the passing game, as sophomore quarterback Nick Boles had a great game, throwing for 251 yards (13-for-23) and two touchdowns.
The first score came on a quick pass to wide out Kyle Kelly, which he turned into a 79-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead after the Jamie Peterson point-after kick. Then after the defense got the ball back to the offense, Mee scored on a 9-yard touchdown run with less than three minutes left in the quarter to make it 14-0, after the extra-point.
Along with the quick offense, the Raider defense also played a big role, completely shutting down the Cougar offense by only allowing three first downs in the first half, two of which occurred in Mount Mansfield's first offensive drive. Rutland would score again before half time, when Boles threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Drew Laird to make it 21-0 headed into halftime.
The second half would see much of the same, as Rutland extended their lead to 28-0 on a 10-yard touchdown run from Boles to make it 28-0. After the Raiders defense forced a safety after blocking a punt, the QB Boles would again score a rushing touchdown, this time from 1-yard out, to make it 36-0.
Despite all the offense for Rutland in this one, it was their defense that really set the tone for the game, smothering the Cougars offense and never letting them get in any kind of a groove. They effectively shut down the running game, while also putting pressure on Mount Mansfield quarterback Tim Wesson whenever he dropped back to throw.
Kelly also had a great defensive game for the Raiders, picking off a pass in the first half, while also recovering a fumble. Other defensive stand outs included Domenic Brown, Joe Sullivan and Eli Rogers. Rutland, now 1-1 on the season, will travel to Brattleboro on Saturday.
Rutland ladies prevail
The Rutland High School girls' soccer team recently got a win, knocking off Otter Valley, 2-1, in Brandon. Erin Reilly scored both goals for the Lady Raiders, an unassisted tally in the fist half, and then the game-winner in the closing minutes of regulation off a corner kick.
Rutland goal keeper Gabby Vest made seven saves in the win, while Otter Valley net-minder made nine saves. The Lady Raiders also led in corner kickswith six, and shots on goal.
Lady Goden Horde hold on
In West Rutland, the Lady Golden Horde soccer team got a penalty kick goal from Sam Lacz late, and held on for 1-0 win over Long Trail.
Despite only having one available player on their bench, West Rutland played shut down defense to preserve the win.