In a battle of two 2 - 0 teams played last Friday evening in Middlebury the hometown Tigers prevailed, handing the Rutland Raiders their first loss 19 - 9.
The Tigers built up a 13 - 0 halftime thanks to touchdown runs by Sam Jones and Chad Foley. Rutland cut the lead to 13 - 7 early in the second half on an eleven-yard touchdown run from Connor Beerworth. They pulled even closer when a mishandled punt resulted in a Raider safety, making it a 13 - 9 ball game. But the Tigers then scored again late in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Foley exploded for a fifty-eight yard run from scrimmage to set up a nine yard touchdown run from Lance Robinson.
Robinson. who had a 72 yard run from scrimmage to set up the Tigers first score, wound up with an impressive 102 yards gained on a mere six carries. Foley had a solid rushing game himself, carrying the ball nine times for eighty-six yards. Jones only threw four passes, but he was perfect going four-for-four for forty-four yards. Beerworth had fifteen carries for sixty-nine yards for Rutland who fell to 2 - 1 with the loss. The Tigers remain perfect at 3 - 0.
The Mount Abraham Eagles were in action last weekend too, seeking their first win of the year, but it didnt come. Grant White and Brandon Boyle hooked up for three touchdown passes to lead the Springfield Cosmos to an easy 49 - 6 win over the Eagles. In addition to his three touchdown passes to Boyle White completed fourteen of his seventeen pass attempts for one-hundred-eighty-two yards. Stephen Miller did the groundwork for the victorious Cosmos rushing for eighty-one yards, and he contributed a seventy-six yard kickoff return for a touchdown. White found the end zone four times by adding two touchdown runs to his TD catches.
Things started well for the Eagles who drove the field and scored on their first possession of the game, with Casey Senecal finishing it off with a fourteen yard run. Senecal would end the game with eighty-one yards rushing and Mount Abraham wouldnt find the end zone again.Springfield improved to 3 - 0 while the Eagles fell to 0 - 2. Mount Abe will still be seeking their first win this Saturday when they host Winooski. Kick-off is at 2:00 PM.
SoccerThe Middlebury Tigers were shutout in the first round of the Rutland Boys Soccer Tournament 3 - 0 last Saturday on a wet field in Rutland. Minuteman goalie Austin Bicskei made seven saves to preserve the shutout against the Tigers.
The Mount Abraham Eagles boys soccer team posted an exciting 1 - 0 win in Swanton over the winless Missisquoi Thunderbirds. After the two teams battled for thirty-seven scoreless minutes before the Eagles Ben Jacobs took advantage of a penalty kick and blasted the ball past Thunderbird goalie Cody McWilliams for the games lone score. Mount Abraham goalie Jonathan Martin made nine saves to earn the shutout, while McWilliams blocked ten shots for the Thunderbirds. Missisquoi fell to 0 - 5 with the loss.
The Vergennes Commodores were in action last Friday too. They hosted the Springfield Cosmos and the two teams battled to a scoreless tie. This one could just have easily been a Commodore loss. Springfield controlled the second half, and most of it was played in front of the Commodores net, but Vergennes goalie Joe Chugg came up with a huge performance stopped seven shots to preserve the tie. The tie put the Commodores at 1 -1 - 2 on the year, while Springfield went to 2 - 1 -1.
Field hockeyIn local high school field hockey action last Saturday in Jericho the Eagles squeaked out a 2 - 1 win over the Mount Mansfield Cougars. The Eagles drew first blood in the contest when Amelia Norris fed Shannon Jipner who converted the feed into the games first goal. The Cougars tied it early in the second half when Lorelei Phillips, assisted by Meagan Oliver, beat Tiger goalie Gillian Comito for the Cougars lone goal. The score remained tied until there was just a little over two minutes left to play in the game. That is when Melanie Acker played hero by blasting the ball past Cougar goalie Caitlin Thornton for the game winner. Comito wound up with four saves for the 3 - 1 - 1 Eagles, and Thornton matched her for the 1 - 5 Cougars.
The Middlebury Tigers were in action last Saturday too and battled Champlain Valley to a 1 - 1 overtime tie in Middlebury. CVU took an early 1 - 0 lead on a first half goal from Emmaleigh Loyer, with an assist from Lindsay Lalonde. The score remained that way until halfway through the second half when Shelby Laframboise scored for the Tigers, tying the game at 1 - 1. The two teams would play the rest of regulation and an overtime period without a score. Both goalies were superb. Jocelyn Stowell made twenty-two saves for CVU, who went to 2 - 2 - 2 with the tie. Laura Barber made nine stops for Middlebury. The Tigers stood at 2 - 1 - 2 following the tie.