FAIR HAVEN — Don’t get the Fair Haven Slaters angry or you will pay the price. The Otter Valley Otters learned that lesson and were hammered by Fair Haven 64-7 Friday before a big crowd at Thomas E. LaPlaca Field in a backyard Division II football game.
The Otters must have riled the Slaters up plenty Friday when they had the audacity to recover a fumble and then march 55 yards for a Tyler Rowe touchdown on a 15-yard QB keeper.
But that score, crowned by an extra point at 9:52 of the second quarter that sliced the Fair Haven lead to 14-7, was the Otter high point. The Slaters responded by scoring touchdowns on their final seven possessions.
The defending Division II champion Slaters made a statement by rolling to a victory over the Otters and pushing their record to 2-0, while the Otters dropped to 1-1.
The Slaters piled up 476 yards from scrimmage and scored on 9 of 11 possessions. Two of those scores came in the second half despite a running clock.
Quarterback Cam Coloutti passed for five touchdowns and ran one in himself. But Coloutti did most of his damage through the air, completing 15 of 29 passes for 361 yards.
Coloutti hooked up with his receivers on some bombs, throwing scoring strikes of 30, 11, 52, 24 and 68 yards.
Coloutti hit eight different receivers on this cool night, but his favorite was clearly Aubrey Ramey, who hauled in six passes for 101 yards, including a 52-yard TD catch.
Coloutti spread the touchdowns around his athletic and dynamic offense, finding Parker Morse with a 30-yard TD pass, Brett Huntley with an 11-yard touchdown, Aaron Szabo with a 24-yard TD hookup and Andrew Lanthier with a 68-yard TD bomb.
Szabo didn’t have much chance to run the ball but he did add a 6-yard TD run, while sophomore scatback Kobe Murray provided a view of the future by leading the Slater ground game with 42 yards on eight carries and scored the final Slater TD on a 5-yard sweep. Morse had an interesting evening kicking five extra points and then when the snap got away from his holder, picked up the loose ball, scrambled and found Andrew Ferrara for a two-point conversion.
The Otters played hard but couldn’t match the firepower that the Slater offense embodied.
Fair Haven’s defense rushed Rowe hard all evening, sacking him six times and intercepting him once. Fair Haven held the Otters to a mere 94 yards of total offense, yielding 85 on the ground and only 9 through the air. It was a rough homecoming for Otter coach Kipp Denis and defensive coordinator Keith Alexander, both of whom played major roles for Fair Haven teams as student/athletes.