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Otter Valley football clobbers Poultney

POULTNEY — Senior running back Michael Winslow and junior quarterback John Winslow led the Otter Valley Union High School football team to a 65-13 victory over host Poultney on Saturday.
The Winslows did all their damage in the first half as OV took an insurmountable 44-7 lead in the Division III contest. Michael Winslow carried the ball 18 times for 187 yard and two touchdowns, and John Winslow connected on eight of 11 passes for 171 yards.
Michael Winslow capped OV’s first drive with a two-yard TD run 2:30 into the game, and two minutes later John Winslow tossed a 24-yard TD pass to Erik Stage to make it 13-0.
Poultney answered with Vinny Kendall’s 90-yard kickoff return that made it 13-7. OV increased its lead to 21-7 as the first quarter ended on another John Winslow-to-Stage TD pass and Winslow’s two-point conversion connection with Josef Scarborough.
After a John Winslow interception early in the second quarter, he and Scarborough hooked up for a 51-yard touchdown. Scarborough next returned another interception 60 yards for a score, and Michael Winslow tacked on an 18-yard touchdown run before halftime.
In the third quarter, Carson Leary contributed a 41-yard touchdown run, and Jove Bautista returned another interception 68 yards for a score. Brent Nickerson’s added a five-yard touchdown run in the fourth.
Poultney QB Brandon Davenport scored on a 1-yard rush in the third quarter, and Kendall ran for 149 yards.
Poultney fell to 2-3 in D-II, 2-4 overall. OV improved to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in D-III, good for fifth place, a game behind Mill River and Mount Abe, each 5-1 overall, 4-1 in D-II. MRU hosts Mount Abe on Friday, giving OV a chance to move up. The Otters travel to face Winooski (0-5) on Friday, and close the regular season by hosting Oxbow (2-4) the week after.

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