Action-packed week for county teams

The Mill River Minutemen utilized a potent ground game, led by running back Mitch Blair, to annihilate the Winooski Spartans 40 - 6 last Saturday in North Clarendon. Blair carried the ball fourteen times and ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Allen White added fifty-five yards and a touchdown on just five carries. White also contributed a forty-five yard defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery. Patrick Benini (a touchdown run), Travis DePhillips, Justin Martelle and Nick Stone also carried the ball for the victorious Minutemen. Quarterback Conner Burke didnt need to pass a lot, but when he did he was effective, completing six out of twelve pass attempts for eighty-seven yards, including a seven-yard touchdown pass to Preston Kinney. The win elevated Mill River to 5 - 2 with just two games left and they are looking good to make the playoffs. They will be hosting the Division II Lyndon Vikings before ending their regular season next week at Burr and Burton. Winooski fell to 3 - 4 with the loss. Poultney continued their winning ways Saturday too defeating the Springfield Cosmos 28 - 19 behind the running of quarterback Kurt Hewes. Hewes ran the ball fourteen times for 120 yards, including three touchdown runs of fifty-two, twenty-five and two yards. Injured running back Ricky Ross added ninety-two more rushing yards on sixteen carries. Ryan Davenport, who had a six-yard touchdown run for the Blue Devils other touchdown, carried the ball fourteen times and added sixty-eight more yards to Poultneys devastating ground game. Poultney improved to 5 - 2 overall and 4 - 2 in league play with the win, keeping their post season hopes alive. They will host Burr and Burton next week before ending their season the following week in Fair Haven. Winooski fell to 4 - 3 with the loss. The Otter Valley Otters were in action last Saturday but werent quite as successful as Poultney or Mill River. The Otters watched as Mount Mansfield utilized a string defense, and a ground game that racked up 262 yards to turn a 7 - 0 halftime lead into a 28 - 13 win. The Otters, who lost their starting quarterback Grant Jakubowski for disciplinary reasons, suffered from turnovers behind three quarterbacks fell behind 28 - 0 before turning to freshman Zack Williams late in the game. Williams was effective completing thirteen of his twenty-two pass attempts for 135 yards including touchdown passes to sophomore Joey Masores and senior Justin Lertola. Senior running back Erik Becker turned in a solid performance for the Otters, carrying the ball twenty times for 111 yards. The loss is the second in a row for Otter Valley who fell to 3 - 4 overall, and 2 - 3 in division play. The Otters finish up their season with road trips to Rice and Spaulding. The Cougars improved to 7 - 1 ( 6 - 1 D-II.) The MSJ Mounties remained winless, falling to the Hartford Hurricanes 34 - 7 last Friday evening in Hartford. Led by Senior running back Pete Lynch the Hurricanes used a savage ground attack to build up a commanding 28 - 0 halftime lead, and from their cruised to the 34 - 7 win. Hartford improved to 5-2 overall and 5-1 in Division I play. The Fair Haven Slaters boys soccer team was shutout by the Middlebury Tigers 1 - 0 last Saturday in Middlebury. The two teams seemed to be headed into overtime in a scoreless tie, but with 1:30 left to play Tucker Myhre took a feed from Tucker Burns and drove it past Slater goalie Chris Bashaw for the Tiger win. Bashaw ended the game with fourteen saves for the saves. Middlebury goalie Quinten Collins needed to make just two saves to earn the shutout for the Tigers who improved to 6 - 4 - 3 with the win. The Castleton Spartans mens soccer team improved to 9 - 6 overall on the year, and to 6 - 1 in conference play by winning their final two home games of the 2007 regular season. In a battle for first place of the North Atlantic Conference the Spartans defeated the Becker Hawks 2 - 1 last Saturday afternoon. Ryan Hahn nailed the game winner on a penalty kick in overtime to vault the Spartans into sole possession of first place in the NAC. Becker jumped out to an early 1 - 0 lead on an unassisted goal from Samuel Adjei Only to have Castleton answer when Hahn fed Jerry DeChance, who headed in the game tying goal, the first goal of his collegiate career. Aaron Fill wound up with five saves for Becker, while Mike Anthony needed to make just two stops to secure the Spartan win. Hahn would repeat his Saturday performance of a goal and an assist to lead the Spartans past Lesley College 2 - 0. Hahn drove one off the post that Bennett Laderoute rebounded a put back into the net giving the Spartans a 1 - 0 lead. It was Laderoutes first career collegiate goal. Hahn would add an insurance goal later in the second half, but Anthony and the Spartan defense wouldnt need it. Anthony needed to make just three saves to record the shutout. Castleton will end their season at Plymouth College on Wednesday, October 17th.

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