Patriots fall in opener to Slaters

BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony football team had a tough task in its Week 1 opener, facing one of the top teams in the state in Fair Haven.

The Patriots got a taste of that in their Division II debut on Friday night as Cam Coloutti threw six touchdown passes in a 61-22 win for the Slaters.

Fair Haven came out of the gates quickly, scoring on its first possession of the night, a 1-yard touchdown from Aaron Szabo to take an early advantage. After trading possessions, Fair Haven doubled the lead on Coloutti's first touchdown of the night to make it 13-0.

Three plays later, Fair Haven intercepted Mount Anthony quarterback Will Fischer and then, just after the beginning of the second quarter, Coloutti completed his second touchdown for a 20-0 lead.

Coloutti completed 16-of-29 for 197 yards and the six scores against zero interceptions.

Fair Haven continued to move down the field in big chunks, Coloutti throwing a third touchdown pass to make it 27-0 with 7:12 left in the first half, but then Mount Anthony came back to get on the board. Fischer led the Patriots on a 69-yard drive, helped by a pair of Slater penalties, and it was finished off by Shane Wood's 14-yard jaunt to make it 28-7. Fair Haven, running its no-huddle offense, responded with a quick two-minute drive and yet another Coloutti touchdown pass to make it 34-7 at the break.

Fischer completed 7-of-17 passing for 123 yards and two interceptions. Wood ran for 29 yards and the touchdown on four carries.

Mount Anthony came out of the locker room and took the opening drive down the field, a pair of big plays doing the damage — a 31-yard pass to freshman receiver Gavin Johnson and a 27-yard pass to Cole Bushee that got MAU into the red zone. On second-and-goal, Fischer finished with a six-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 34-14.

Coloutti ran for a 1-yard touchdown on a sneak on the ensuing drive and after an MAU punt, Kevin Alexander bolted out for a 49-yard touchdown run. Alexander carried eight times for 110 yards and the long score.

MAU added a third touchdown when Fischer ran for a 29-yard touchdown with 8:57 left in the contest.

MAU faces Lyndon on Friday night at Spinelli Field.


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