Kaiden Simpson looks to make a catch with a BBA defender on his hip during Thursday's 21-14 MAU win. 

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BENNINGTON — A four-yard Jack Ware touchdown reception from Caleb Hay with 4:10 remaining turned out to be the difference maker in Mount Anthony’s 21-14 win over the defending Division I state champion Burr and Burton Bulldogs on Thursday night.

Ware had a strong night, finishing with five catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns.

Hayden Gaudette was responsible for the other MAU score, a 65 yarder in which Gaudette showed good speed creating separation from BBA defenders.

The junior had four catches for 88 yards and the score. He also had an interception.

Both teams threw two picks. MAU's Braeden Billert picked off a BBA pass attempt in the end zone in the second quarter that shifted momentum back to the Patriots.

The Patriots used three quarterbacks on Thursday night. MAU outgained BBA 334-263.

Hay went 14 for 28 throwing for 178 yards and two scores.

Gavin Schnoop only attempted four passes, but he made the most of them. Schnoop had three completions, including the 65 yard touchdown to Gaudette, for a total of 79 yards. Schnoop’s lone misfire was an interception.

Billert went 7 for 13 for 77 yards and one interception.

Gavin Johnson also had a strong performance for the Patriots, hauling in four balls for a total of 80 yards.

MAU has a back-to-back, as they host Mill River Union for a 6 p.m. start on Friday.

Sports Reporter

Michael Mawson is a sports reporter for the Bennington Banner. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire in 2019. Michael was the sports editor of UNH’s student newspaper where he covered NCAA Division I athletics.


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