Mount Anthony’s 7-on-7 football team has been progressing as the season moves forward.
The squad looked really strong in their season opener, a 48-13 thumping of Otter Valley back on Sept. 29.
Then, adversity hit. After clicking on all cylinders offensively, they were shutout in their second game of the season, a 6-0 loss at Rutland.
Even with the loss, their defense shined, allowing a season-low six points.
MAU is currently on a four-game winning streak, and the teams they have defeated tells a lot about the Patriots’ chances in the upcoming regional playoff format.
The Patriots started their winning streak with a 21-14 win over Mill River.
Next, MAU beat the defending state champs, Burr and Burton, 21-14 at home the very next night.
They avenged their only loss of the season with a senior night win over Rutland 21-10 where their defense forced four interceptions. The win over Rutland was the programs first in more than two decades.
The Patriots look like a team who could make a run at winning the regional playoff format. It will be difficult.
MAU and BBA face off again Oct. 21.
A week later, they play in the quarterfinal matchup of the regional playoffs. That will mark the third contest between the two schools in just a 20 day time frame.
Patriots roll PoultneyMAU improved to 5-1 on the season with a 51-14 win over Poultney on Saturday. The defense ruled the day as they came up with seven interceptions, including returning three for scores. Gavin Johnson returned two for touchdowns, while Cameron Becker returned a pick for a score. Kaiden Simpson had a pair of interceptions, while Caleb Hay and Austin Grogan each came up with interceptions to stop Blue Devil drives.
Hay, Braeden Billert and Gavin Schnoop combined to complete 30-of-50 passing for 443 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Hayden King was the leading receiver, catching five for 97 yards and a score. Hayden Gaudette caught four for 80 yards and a touchdown. Jack Ware and Becker each had four catches. Connor Barrett caught the other scoring pass for the Patriots.
New kicker debuts
In Saturday’s contest, Mount Anthony had a new kicker in junior Sophia Kipp. Sophomore Josh Worthington made 1-of-3 extra points before yielding to Kipp, who scored her first-ever varsity point after a Gavin Johnson interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter.
“Josh came into [Saturday’s game] and he’d only missed one [point-after],” said MAU coach Chad Gordon. “His leg was bothering him and I didn’t want him to hurt it any further. So I sent Sophia in and told her, just kick it and see what happens.”
Kipp made two of her four chances on Saturday, becoming the first female player to score a varsity point for Mount Anthony.
“She talked to me about wanting to try kicking last year, and this year, when we went to 7-on-7, she’s working in on plays and running all the drills. She’s just a football player,” Gordon said.