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.