The Middlebury Union High football team continued to roll in week four of the high school football season with a 55-14 thrashing of winless Brattleboro Union High. It was a different story for the Mount Abraham Union High 11 as they remained winless at home after being crushed 46 to 6 by BFA Fairfax.
Middlebury 55, Brattleboro 14
This one was over almost as soon as it began. The Tigers scored on three of their first four offense plays in rolling to the win in front of a large homecoming crowd.
Senior quarterback Brendan Burrell got things rolling. With the Tigers taking the ball over on the Colonels 38, following a pass interception on the first series of the game, Burrell rolled around the right side of the line and sprinted untouched for the first score of the night.
The Tigers then got scoring jaunts of 54 and 47 yards in jumping out to the 21-0 lead with 4:42 left in the first quarter.
Hastings added a 25-yard touchdown run, while Bryan Ashley-Selleck, Jordan Connor and Mitchell Velancey chipped in touchdown scampers of 15, 23 and 22 yards in pushing the lead to 48-6 by the end of the first half.
The Tigers are on the road this week as they travel south to take on Mount Anthony Union High under the lights in Bennington on Friday night. They will then come home for a huge Division II contest as they take on Champlain Valley Union High on Friday Oct. 8.
BFA46, MAUHS 6
This was actually close for most of the first half. Quarterback Andrew Barden gave BFA and early lead as he capped a 70-yard drive for the Bullets with a 12-yard touchdown run at the 5:38 of the first quarter. The Eagles came right back with a 55-yard drive of their own with Geoffrey Grant bulling in from six-yard out to tie the game three minutes later. But it as pretty much down hill from there.
A Barden to Kris Wehner three-yard touchdown pass snapped the tie early in the second quarter. After the Bullets recovered a Eagle fumble on the Mount Abe 24 Barden hooked up with Brandon Bates on another scoring strike to pushed the lead to 19-6.
BFA got the ball to start the second half and went 60-yards in six plays. This time Barden and fullback Robert Bannister capped things off with hooking up on a screen pass that went 34 yards for a score that pushed the lead to 25-6. BFA rolled from there to the lopsided win.
Bannister led a punishing running game for BFA totting the ball 10 times for 97-yards. The Bullets actually had 11 people with at least one carry in racking up over 250 yards on the ground.
The Eagles, who picked up their first win of the season at MSJ the week before, will try and turn things around hosting Mill River Union High this Saturday. .