Saturday October 13, 2012

ADAM SAMROV

Sports Editor

BENNINGTON -- Rutland scored twice in the final three minutes of the first half, then on the first possession of the second half en route to a 49-13 win over Mount Anthony Union High School in Division I football, a tough result to for the Patriots on their Senior Night at Spinelli Field.

"They fought hard all night and they're upset of course, but I'm proud of them," said MAU coach Bill Hay.

The Patriots (1-6) stuck with Rutland (5-2) for most of the first half. After the Raiders scored on their first possession -- a 54 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Boles to Eli Rogers -- MAU came back on the first drive of the second quarter after a Scott Crosby fumble.

Starting at the Rutland 47, MAU drove 53 yards in eight plays, capped off by a Conner Rawling two-yard touchdown run to tie it at 7-7.

Rawling rushed 13 times for 45 yards and the touchdown.

But Rutland punched back quickly. After a late hit penalty by MAU, Rutland got the ball at the Patriots 30. Tim Sullivan capped a 10-play, 45-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run to give the Raiders a 14-7 lead with 2:45 to go until the half. MAU went three-and-out on the next possession and Rutland got the ball back with 1:49 left.

The Raiders took advantage as Boles found a wide-open Josh Cody on third-and-9 for a 51-yard touchdown, getting behind the defense for the score.

"It was just a missed assignment, but a good call on their part," Hay said.


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Boles had an extremely productive night, completing 11-of-17 passes for 273 yards and five touchdowns.

"Playmakers make the difference and Nick made some nice plays tonight," said Rutland coach Mike Norman.

Rutland got the ball to start the second half, and promptly fumbled on the first play from scrimmage. On the very next play, Mount Anthony fumbled to give Rutland the ball back and six plays later, got into the end zone again, a 26-yard pass play from Boles to Rogers for a 28-7 lead.

"If we hold on to the ball, and scored, it's a different game," Hay said. "But the quick turnover knocked the wind out of our sails."

Mount Anthony scored midway through the fourth quarter on a three-yard run by Zach Bahan, set up by a 50-yard jaunt from Tyler Mattison.

The sophomore led MAU with 103 yards on only nine carries.

The Patriots travel to Brattleboro next week for the final game of the regular season.