The Rutland Raiders will host the 2-time defending Division I state champion Hartford Hurricanes on Friday night. Hartford defeated the Raiders 56-20 in last year’s match-up. The Hurricanes now have a 2 game winning streak in the series. Both teams have combines to win 9 Division I state championships since 2000. The teams met in the 2008 state finals when Hartford won 26-14.
Eli is a 2-yard letterman on the varsity football team and a 3-year letterman in basketball. He plays as a wide receiver and defensive back for Rutland. Eli holds a 100.9 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has applied to a number of Ivy League and NESCAC colleges.
Taylor Potter is a 3-year letterman in football and is expected to earn his 3rd letter in basketball at Hartford High School this winter. He is one of the captains of this year’s football team, and is expected to be a leader on the basketball team as well. This season he has been one of the featured running backs in Hartford’s highly regarded ground attack. With the current season not yet completed, Taylor has already been a part of two state championship teams and has been on three varsity teams with a combined win-loss record of 27-2. He has a GPA of over 3.9 and has taken almost exclusively Advanced and AP classes. He is planning to go to college and hopes to study business or finance. His top college choices are University of Rhode Island, Byrant University, and Brown University.
Ethan played in the Rutland-Hartford rivalry his sophomore, junior and senior years. As a captain of the 2008 team, Ethan was unable to play against Hartford in the regular season and state championship games due to a season ending injury. Ethan was still named all-state and represented team Vermont in the Sugar Bowl versus New Hampshire. Ethan has gone on to M.I,T., been a 4 year starter in the offensive line, 2 year team captain, academic all American and just recently named a semi-finalist in for the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy. Ethan is 1 of 147 student athletes from all levels of college football for this prestigious award that recognizes the best scholar-athlete in the nation.
Peter was a 4-year letterman with the Hurricanes. He captained the 2008 state championship team. He was selected all-League both his junior and senior years. Some of his best games were against rival Rutland High School As a junior, Peter had 3 touchdown carries for over 60 yards each in a 35-23 loss to Rutland. During his senior year, Hartford and Rutland met once during the regular season and again in the State Championship game. In the first game, Peter had 30 carries for 160 yards and 1 touchdown to lead the Hurricanes to a 31-25 win, and in the championship game he rushed for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns in a well fought 26-14 win over Rutland for the Division 1 State Championship.