Vermont Ravens 12th season
New England Football League 25th season
Sept. 23, 2018
Twin City Riot - 0
Vermont Ravens – 49
The Ravens earned a much-needed win today and clinched the last spot of the play-offs in the Maritime Conference of the New England Football Leagues Single A division. Vermont defeated the Twin City Riot from Orono, Me 49-0.
The Twin City Riot traveled light coming with just enough to play and did an admirable job and made a game of it before numbers took their toll. Vermont with a 28-0 lead after the first half the Riot agreed to let the clock run so to avoid injuries from fatigue as they were playing iron man football.
Vermont scored once in the opening quarter at the 4:46 mark with running back #23 Adam Gowans scoring the first of his three touchdowns on the day from 7 yards out. The point after by #58 Juju Ayida was low and the score was 6-0 Ravens which was the score for the quarter.
In the second quarter the Ravens took control as they scored three times. Fullback #24 DeEric “Bud” O’Neil dove in from the 1 and QB #14 Clayton Torres threw to receiver #7 Kenny Phillips II for the 2-point conversion making the score 14-0 Ravens 9:04 left second quarter.
At the 2:27 mark running back #3 Akeem Williams ran one in from 7 yards out and this time Ayida’s kick was good, 21-0 Ravens. The last score of the half occurred at the 30 second mark when Torres hit Phillips in stride at the 10-yard line and the Vermont receiver took it home for the score. Ayida again was good with the kick, 28-0 Ravens end of half.
Both teams agreed to a running clock for the second half due to the low numbers of the Riot, and Vermont kept the ball on the ground with a couple of exceptions to aid speeding it up. One score in the quarter for Vermont, this time Gowans ran 55 yards for his second score and Ayida connected again 35-0 Ravens 7:48 left third quarter.
Two scores in the fourth. Gowans completed his hat trick with his third score this time a run from 31 yards out which put him over 100 yards rushing on the day, and Ayida good, 42-0 Vermont.
The last score for the Ravens was a Kenny Phillips II run of 19 yards and Ayida hitting his 5th point after, 49-0 Vermont.
1 touchdown pass and 1 2-PT conversion pass by #14 Clayton Torres
3 touchdowns by #23 Adam Gowans on runs of 7, 55, and 31 yards and over 100 yards total.
2 touchdowns, 1 on a run and 1 on a pass and 1 2-PT conversion reception by #7 Kenny Phillips II
1 touchdown by #24 DeEric “Bud” O’Neil
1 touchdown by #3 Akeem Williams
5 for 6 point after attempts were good by #58 Juju Ayida
1 interception by #1 Matthew Gomes
1 kick-off return of 40 yards by #18 Terrance Whitney
The Ravens finish the regular season with a 3-5 record after starting off 0-4. They have a bye week next week and travel to Bennington, VT for a Oct. 6th game against the Southern Vermont Storm. The kick-off is tentatively set for 1:00 PM