TIGERS NOW 9-0, EAGLES LOSE
The Middlebury Union High football team put the finishing touches on an undefeated regular season with a 41-14 whipping of Otter Valley Union High on this past Saturday. Mount Abraham Union High Eagles, however, ended their season with a 1-8 mark dropping a tough one at home to Poultney High 14-0.
MIDDLEBURY 41, OTTER VALLEY 14
Senior quarterback Brendan Burrell's ability to generate offense for the Tigers either with his legs or his throwing arm has been a major part of the Tigers success this season. That was the case again on Saturday as Burrell ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for one in Middlebury's 41-14 win over host Otter Valley.
Middlebury would build a 27-0 lead in this one before Otter Valley got on the score board late in the first half. The Tigers would then cruise the rest of the way in finishing the regular season with a 9-0 mark. Dillon Robinson, Mitchell Clark, Alex Bowdish and Hobbs also crossed the goal for the Tigers. Robinson lead a Middlebury offense that churned out over 300 yards on the ground as he carried the ball six times for 127 yards.
Senior quarterback Zakk Williams turned in a solid effort in his last game for the Otters completing 12 of 22 passes for 160 yards, including tossing a 19-yard touchdown strike to Jimmy Winslow late in the first half. Otter Valley also had Nate Fitzgerald rip off a 24-yard scoring jaunt in the second half for their second score. The Otters, who were 3-2 at one point this season, lost their final four to finish the season with a 3-6 mark.
The Tigers now jump into the post season as the top seed in the Division II Playoffs. They will look to move on to the Division II title game when they host Fair Haven this Friday night at 7 p.m. Middlebury pulled away to a 33-13 victory at Fair Haven the second week of the regular season. But the Slators, who had 7-0 and 13-7 lead first half leads in that first game, have come on strong over the second half of the season. Since losing a rescheduled game on a Monday night in early October to Otter Valley, Fair Haven has won it's last four games in a row.
The winner of this game will move on to take on the win of playoff game between Champlain Valley Union High and Rice Memorial in the Division II title game next week.
POULTNEY 14, MOUNT ABRAHAM 0
On a day in which the seniors were honored in their final home game the Eagles turned in one of their best efforts of the season. But two penalties proved costly as they lost a tough one falling to the Poultney High Blue Devils 14-0.
Poultney took the opening kick-off and churned down the field to take a 7-0 lead on a John Fairbanks five yard touchdown a little more then a minute and a half in the first quarter. The Blue Devils wouldn't score again until Tyler Rice bulled in from eight yards out early in the fourth quarter.
What really killed the Eagles in this one was having two second quarter touchdowns called back on penalties. Geoffrey Grant had a 43-yard scoring jaunt negated by an illegal block in the back and B.J. Haskin had a 31-yard touchdown reception called back on an illegal formation.
Grant led the Eagle offense with 54 yards on 10 carries as Mount Abraham finished the season with the 1-8 mark.