Eagle football blows away Poultney, Otter Valley next

BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham/Vergennes cooperative football team nailed down the No. 4 seed in Division III on Saturday with a 42-0 win over visiting Poultney.
The 6-2 Eagles will host 5-2 Otter Valley this coming Saturday at 1 p.m. in a quarterfinal matchup, with the winner almost certain to travel to meet undefeated defending champion Woodstock the following weekend.
On this past Saturday, the Eagle defense held Poultney to 146 total yards while gaining 466 yards, 356 yards on the ground and 110 yards through the air.
Senior tailback Tommy Lee Hodsden accounted for much of the production, rushing 14 times for 254 yards and three touchdowns and throwing for another score.
The Eagles took the lead in the first quarter, when Hodsden capped a 75-yard, 15-play drive with a 14-yard run. Joey Payea threw to Mike White for the two-point conversion.
Early in the second, the Eagles stopped Poultney on 4th-and-goal from the one to take over, and three plays later, Hodsden swept 88 yards around right end to make it 14-0.
Before the half, Payea tossed a 29-yards touchdown pass to Travis Bachand, and Austin Lafayette ran in the conversion to make it 22-0 at intermission.
On the first play from scrimmage of the second half, Hodsden ran 65 yards for another touchdown to make it 28-0. Later in the quarter, Hodsden tossed a 36-yard halfback option pass to White to make the score 34-0.
In the fourth quarter, Josh Cyr rushed four yards for the final Eagle touchdown, and Paul Sabourin tacked on the two-point conversion to make the final score 42-0.
Coach Ernie Senecal said he was equally pleased with his defense, which forced three turnovers, including a Hodsden interception and two fumble recoveries.   
“Erik Eisenhower and Austin Lafayette led a strong defensive effort,” Senecal said.
In all, Payea completed three of eight passes for 75 yards, while Ryan Paquin rushed three times for 52 yards.
Poultney finished at 2-6; the team was led offensively by Jacob Cook, who rushed 26 times for 81 yards.

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