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.