The Middlebury Tigers improved to 2 - 0 on the year by defeating the Hartford Hurricanes 28 - 21 in overtime last Friday night in Middlebury. Thanks to two huge plays, a 92- yard interception return by Lance Robinson and an 85-yard touchdown run by quarterback Sam Jones, the Tigers held a 14 - 3 1st quarter lead. But the Hurricanes answered with a late 2nd quarter touchdown and a successful two-point conversion to cut that lead to 14 - 11 at the half.
Hartford scored again early in the 3rd quarter to pull ahead 18 - 14. With 8:17 left to play Hartford increased their lead to 21 - 14 when Sean Fernandes nailed his 2nd field goal of the night, a 24 yarder.
The Tigers would bounce back though to tie the game and send it into overtime. With just over 2 minutes left in regulation time Robinson would complete a Middlebury scoring drive by running it in from 5 yards out.
Fernandes had an opportunity to win it in overtime for Hartford, but his 40-yard field goal attempt was blocked. The Tigers got the ball back and drive down to Hartfords 10-yard line where Jones connected with Chad Foley for a game winning touchdown pass. Jones did it both on the ground and in the air for the victorious Tigers. The quarterback carried the ball 8 times for 146 yards, and completed 3 of his 4 pass attempts for 49 more yards through the air. Middlebury will try to make it 3 in a row this week when they host the also undefeated 2 - 0 Rutland Raiders.
The Mount Abraham Eagles opened their 2007 season last Saturday in North Clarendon, and Mill River welcomed the Eagles to the world of Division II football by thrashing them 38 - 7. The Minutemen were able to pass and run at will against a stunned Eagle defense. Quarterback Connor Burke completed 6 of his 10 pass attempts for 199 yards and 3 touchdowns.
One of those 3 touchdown passes was a 40-yard strike to Mitch Blair, who also rushed for 139 yards and 3 more touchdowns. Drew Poalino caught a 25-yard touchdown pass, and senior wide receiver Preston Kinney had the longest of the day, good for a 44-yard touchdown. The one bright spot for the Eagles was the performance of Matt Senecal, who took over at quarterback after Mount Abe loss their 1st string (Dean Butler) and 2nd string (Sam Lieberman) signal callers to injury, Senecal, who hadnt taken a snap from center all year, ran the ball 8 times for 63 yards in the 4th quarter, including a 7-yard touchdown run for the Eagles lone score of the day.
Mill River is on the road this week and will have an excellent opportunity to dominate another one. They will be taking on the 1st year team Oxbow Trojans who have been outscored in their first 2 games 87 - 3. The 0 - 1 Eagles will be looking for their first win against a very good 2 - 0 Springfield squad.
VUHSThree of the 4 boys soccer teams participating in the J.P. Carrera soccer tournament were from Addison County, and they captured the top 3 spots.
In the championship game played last Saturday Middlebury and Vergennes hooked up in a classic battle that ended tied at 1 - 1 through regulation time. Silas Larson provided Vergennes with their only goal, while Ross Gruber scored for the Tigers. Though the game counts as a tie for their regular season records, the teams entered a shootout to determine a tournament winner, which Vergennes won to capture the championship trophy. Joe Chugg made 7 stops for the Commodores, and Colin Martin wound up with four saves for the Tigers. Both teams stand at 1-1-1 following the official tie.
In the consolation, Tim Lueders-Dumont tallied 2 goals and an assist to lead the Mount Abraham Eagles to an easy 6 - 2 win over GMVS. Phil McCormick enjoyed his 14th birthday by scoring once and assisting on 2 other Eagle strikes. Robby Kelley contributed a pair of goals, and Ian Prince added 1 more to round out Mount Abes scoring. Jon Martin made 7 saves for the Eagles who improved to 1 - 2 with the win.
The Mount Abraham girls were in action themselves last Friday night at home, and thanks to 1st half goals from Serin Buck and Molly Eaton defeated Missisquoi 2 - 1. Jill Huizenga and Anna Smith contributed assists as the Eagles improved to 2 - 1 on the year. Mount Abraham goalie Kayla Haskins made 5 saves to preserve the win.
The Middlebury Tigers and Vergennes Commodores girls soccer teams were also in action last Friday night, but didnt enjoy the success that the Eagles did as both were shutout. In Middlebury Rice sophomore Brittany Pfaff scored 5 times as Rice defeated Middlebury 5 - 0. The Tigers fell to 0 - 3 with the loss. In Vergennes Milton and the Commodore played to a scoreless tie through regulation, but just 90 seconds into the overtime period Miltons Danielle Hurley converted a cross into a gam winning goal, knocking it past Commodore goalie Meghan Tisbert. Tisbert made an impressive 15 saves in defeat for Vergennes.
MAUHSIn field hockey action last Saturday in Stowe the Stowe Raiders shutout the Mount Abraham Eagles 1 - 0. Taylor Wolfgang fed Ruth McGovern who scored 6 minutes into the 2nd half for the games lone score. Stowes defense was so dominating that the Eagle offense couldnt even get a shot off the entire game. Eagle goalie Gillian Comito kept Mount Abe in the game by making 9 saves. Stowe improved to 3 - 0 with the win, while the Eagles suffered their 1st loss and fell to 2 - 1 on the year.