Peter Batista, Nate Fitzgerald and Keke Frye led a deadly ground attack last Saturday, in Rutland, that amassed 396 yards on 32 carries (12.8 yards per carry) leading the Otter Valley Otters to a 55-8 thumping of the hometown Mount Saint Joseph Mounties. Batista had touchdown runs of five and 22 yards. He also had a 32-yard interception return for another TD.
Frye, whose 84 yard TD scamper was the longest of the day, added a 6 yard scoring run. Fitzgerald (seven yards) and Lance Schu (nine yards) added touchdown runs to the onslaught. Quarterback Zak Williams attempted just one pass and he completed it ti Jimmy Winslow for 11 yards. Kicker Pike Ladigo nailed seven of his eight extra point attempts on a day where everything seemed to go right for the boys from Brandon. MSJ, who fell to 0-4 with the loss, scored their only touchdown on an eleven yard pass from Collin Gilbert to Josiah Corlew. Otter Valley improved to 2-2 overall on the year.
On the same afternoon in Clarendon the Mill River Minutemen turned five turnovers by the Winooski Spartans into a 53-22 Division III high school football win. Five fumbles led to five Mill River touchdowns. Derrick Mashteare-Guilmette added two rushing touchdowns to the victory. Spartan quarterback Devin Rollins rushed for one touchdown himself and hit Jalen Miller on a TD pass for another score.
Meanwhile, in Poultney the Fair Haven Slaters outscored the Poultney Blue Devils 28-7 in the second half to roll to a 35-14 win. Cody Bardin led the Slater attack with three rushing touchdown. Levin Ellis scored the remaining two Slater Tds. He had a forty-yard interception return, and he caught a ten yard touchdown pass, thrown by quarterback Robert Colutti. Tyler Rice had touchdown runs of 3 and 2 yards in defeat for the Poultney Blue Devils. Fair Haven improved to 2-2 with the road win.