On Saturday, the last of the high school fall sports championships will be handed out at the football state title games. The D-3 game between top seed Windsor and third seed Otter Valley kicks off first. The Otters, last year's state champs, pulled off the surprise upset of the playoffs last weekend when they knocked off second seed Woodstock in a 38-36 nailbiter. Windsor on the other hand cruised past #4 U-32 by a 22-0 margin.
The last time Otter Valley met Windsor was back in Week 4, with the Yellow Jackets winning that one 55-13. However, Otter Valley lost big to Woodstock in the regular season too and the rematch turned out very differently.
"We've definitely got a lot of momentum going at a good time to go into the championship game like this," said Otter Valley senior, William Ross. "We're going to have to keep working hard all week. That's what it comes down to and it's going to be a fight on Saturday, that's for sure."
"After we lost the first time to Windsor, we kind of sat down as a team and said we're starting our season over and it starts right now," added fellow senior Tyson Cram. "If you tally all of our scores right now, after that game, we're undefeated. So, I think that change of mentality is really what we needed and we're looking to keep it going."
Windsor has the added pressure of being favored in the matchup, but the players understand there's still a big obstacle in their way.
"Up to this point (the season has) been great, but we still have that common goal that we set at the beginning of the season and we're really looking forward to achieving it hopefully," said Yellow Jacket senior Caleb Harrington. "We didn't know who we were going to face. It was a toss up. We knew we wanted to be in the finals and whoever is in there, we'll play them."
"The whole team, everyone has just been working hard to get to where we are today," added senior Hunter Patenaude. "At the beginning of the season, we all set a goal to get to the state championship game. Now we're living up to that goal to make it to it, but now we really just need to win the championship to seal the deal."
The Division 3 State Championship Game is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday morning at Rutland High School.
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