BENNINGTON — It's been a tough season to say the least for the Mount Anthony football team.

The Patriots have had little to celebrate about in their 2016 champaign, entering tonight's game against Champlain Valley winless on the season.

Going along with their 0-6 record, the injury bug has bitten the Patriots throughout the season, the most recent one being wide receiver Will Fischer who sustained a season ending injury in MAU's loss to Hartford last Friday night.

Even through all the hardships that they had to deal with this season, the players and coaches of the Fighting Patriots have come back to work each and every week to keep working towards trying to win that week's game and to keep playing the sport they love.

"One of our big pushes after the Rutland game that we harped on to the kids was that even with our struggles that we all are still out here because we want to be here and because we love playing the game of the football, so we have to remember that," said MAU coach John Martin. "Also, every week is a new week. That's something our coaching staff preaches to the kids because anything can happen in game. If we believe in ourselves that we can win, we're going to give ourselves opportunities to do so."

The team the Patriots will battle this week will be (5-1) CVU, a team that has only given up more than 10 points twice this season.

With another tough test in front of them, Martin said his team knows what's ahead of them and what they need to do to combat it.


"We need to do a good job of getting the ball to our skill players in space and take advantage of what they give us when we're on defense," Martin said. "It's really been the same game plan we have had in every game we have played this year. We just have to go out and execute it."

The biggest thing Martin said he wants to see from his team tonight is to compete for all four quarters.

"CVU is a good team and the kids know that they have to fight for all four quarters if they want to come out with a win," Martin said. "We want to see our kids compete and fight all game. If we can do that, it will be a big step for us moving forward."

Tonight is also a very special night for the Patriots as it is Senior Night.

A very emotional and special night for their senior players to be a part of, Martin hopes the team will do its part in making a night those seniors will always remember.

"Senior night is always a special but tough night since it a signal that those players' careers are coming to an end," Martin said. "My hope is that our team can help make this game fun for seniors and send them out on a high note. Put on a nice show for the hometown crowd as well."

MAU quarterback Ryan O’Neill looks to find an open receiver during the team’s practice on Wednesday. O’Neill is one of nine seniors that
MAU quarterback Ryan O'Neill looks to find an open receiver during the team's practice on Wednesday. O'Neill is one of nine seniors that will be honor tonight for Senior Night. (steven bassin — bennington banner)

Kickoff for tonight's game is scheduled for 7 p.m.