CVU's run game overpowers MAU
BENNINGTON >> A season of struggles continued for the Mount Anthony football team in their game on Friday night against Champlain Valley.
The Redhawks rushed for a total of 423 yards in their 40-0 win over MAU, sending the Patriots to 0-7 on the season.
Right from opening kickoff, the Redhawks were able to run the ball effectively against the Patriots, capping their first drive off on a 37 yard touchdown run by Braven Bose to take an early 7-0 lead.
The Patriots responded well though on their first offensive possession of the game, when quarterback Ryan O'Neill hooked up with wide receiver Lias Levin on a 48 yard completion that brought MAU deep in Redhawks territory.
On a third down and long following the big pass play, the Patriots had a chance to tie the game, but O'Neill's would-be touchdown pass was dropped by wide receiver Cole Bushee.
The dropped pass by Bushee stopped the momentum the Patriots had on their opening drive, as MAU turned the ball over on downs on the next play, giving the ball back to CVU.
CVU made MAU pay for the missed scoring opportunity, putting together another outstanding drive that capped off with a 14 yard touchdown run by quarterback Graham Walker on a counter to make it 14-0, Redhawks.
After O'Neill throw his first of two interception in the game on the Patriots next offensive possession, the Redhawks used their veer offense again to perfection as Jacob Griggs this time broke free for a 17 yard touchdown run to give CVU a 21-0 lead going into the second quarter.
"They did a good job spreading us out on defense and made it hard for our guys to read their running plays," said MAU football coach John Martin. "We had trouble all game stopping the combinations of the veer, midline, counter and isolation plays they ran at us."
CVU rushed for a total of 156 yards in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Bose kept the Redhawks running game going, breaking free for his second touchdown run of the night, this one from a 21 yards out to extend the CVU lead to 28-0.
On the pursuing kickoff, the Redhawks were successful on their onside kick attempt, recovering the ball around midfield.
That helped set up, Bose's game-high third touchdown run of the game, which came on a five yard run to make a 34-0, CVU lead.
Bose finished with a game-high 123 yards rushing to along with his three touchdowns on the night.
In total, the Redhawks rushed for 297 yards in the first half to take a 34-0 lead into halftime.
The Patriots responded well to start the second half, holding CVU to no points scored in the third quarter, which included a impressive goal line stand by the Patriots defense.
MAU though couldn't take advantage of the big goal line stand by their defense as running back Steve Ganier fumbled the football away after picking up a first down, stopping another nice drive by the Patriots offense.
"Turnovers killed us tonight," Martin said. "We have to do a better job at protecting the football."
The Patriots had a total of three turnovers in the game.
The other problem the MAU offense had in the second half was that all their drives stalled around or just over midfield, not allowing them to get back in the game.
In the fourth quarter, CVU added their sixth rushing touchdown of the night to make it 40-0.
The Redhawks in total ran the football 51 times on the night and only attempted two passes in the entire game, both of which were not completed.
After another Patriots drive stalled in Redhawks territory, CVU was able to run out the clock for their shutout victory, helping them improve to 6-1 on the season.
O'Neill finished 7-18 for 101 yards passing in the contest for MAU.
Levin had two catches for 52 yards to the lead the MAU receiving core, while Ganier rushed for a team-high 42 yards for the Patriots.
"I think our team could have played a way better game tonight, if we executed our game plan better," Martin said on the loss. "Not saying the result of the game would have changes, but our guys have the potential to play better then what they did tonight. We just got get back to the drawing board now and get ready for Brattleboro next week."
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