Dominating performance: MAU crushes Lyndon for first win in two years

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BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony football team took the opening kickoff and rambled off a near-perfect 70-yard drive, finishing it with a touchdown.

It was the start of a good night for the Patriots, who dominated throughout in a 41-7 win over Lyndon Institute, the team's first win in nearly two years.

"It's a feeling like no other," said senior lineman Jake Harkins. "After losing so much of the time, having the [students] pick on the [football team], finally they came out and cheered us on and we whooped some butt. I almost want to cry."

As a team, the Patriots rushed for nearly 300 yards, led by senior quarterback Will Fischer, who ran for 140 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Fischer also completed 5-of-11 for 48 yards and two scores through the air.

"Will's football IQ is high, he really understands the game," said first-year coach Chad Gordon, who earned his first victory as varsity coach. "He's the kid you want to have the ball in his hands."

Fischer's first touchdown of the night came on a draw play, 13 yards for the score up the middle to put MAU on top. A few moments later, Shane Wood hit paydirt from a yard away to double the lead 14-0. Wood, who rushed for 68 yards on the night, had a 32-yard jaunt the play before to set up MAU at Lyndon's goal line.

On the next possession, Lyndon quarterback Brandon Brunell was intercepted by Aaron Mattison, who took the ball back into Lyndon territory after a 30-yard interception. Five plays later, Fischer found Austin Gordon in the back of the end zone for a 21-0 lead.

"You got to have some dog in you, go against that guy in front of you and knock him on his butt every time," Harkins said.

"We had three keys coming in, one was to dominate the line of scrimmage," Gordon said. "We challenged the offensive line after Week 1 and they stepped up to the challenge."

Lyndon took advantage of some sloppy play from the Patriots in the second quarter for their lone score. On the first play of the drive, Brunell was sacked for a loss by Carson Morgan, but after an interception, Brunell hooked up with Jacky Lau for a 44-yard touchdown to get the Lyndon sideline back in the game.

In the second half, Fischer scored on an 11-yard run on MAU's first possession, then after Lyndon turned the ball over on downs, thanks to a 4th and 3 stop by the Patriot defense, Fisher and Mattison found the end zone again on a 6-yard touchdown.

Fischer finished off his big night with a 35-yard touchdown run to seal it with four minutes to go.

"He just waits for his blocks to set up, on the last one, Chris Mayer had a hell of a block coming over and he just went," Gordon said.

MAU will look for a second win in a row next Friday, when they host North Country.

"Every year the kids work hard, you want to see them have success," Gordon said. "They deserve this, it's been almost two seasons since beating CVU."

"Points this week don't go to next week," Harkins said. "We got to keep working and keep the momentum rolling."


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