In high school football action the Middlebury Tigers built a commanding 42-7 lead and then held off a come back attempt to defeat the Burr and Burton Bulldogs 42-28 last Friday night in Manchester. Quarterback Brandon Burrell had a 18-yard run and threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Foley, who also had a short touchdown run. Marshall Hastings returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown, along with an interception 48 yards for another score. The Tigers final touchdown came when Jerry Hoffman returned the second-half kickoff 72 yards
Jared Bove ran for two touchdowns while quarterback Jake Stalcup threw second-half TD passes to Jake Olivier and Edis Muminovic for Burr and Burton's 28 points. Middlebury improved to 5-2 with the win.
Like the Tigers the Champlain Valley Union Redhawks pulled off a road victory last Friday night. Derek Goodwin rushed for 119 yards on 13 carried to lead CVU to a 21-14 win over Newport. Though Goodwin didn't find the end zone on offense, he did defensively when he recovered a fumble and returned in for a touchdown for the game's first score. CVU quarterback Eric Palmer tossed a 6-yard touchdown to Konnor Fleming in the second quarter and J. P. Benoit finished CVU's scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. Emile Hartman had two touchdown runs, accounting for all of North Country's points.
Last Saturday in Bristol Mount Abraham's struggles continued. Jake Bielecki ran for three touchdowns and caught a pass for another to lead the Oxbow Olympians to a 57-0 drubbing of the Mount Abraham Eagles. Quarterback Barry Weigel added two touchdowns runs while Zach Smith and Zach Klunder contributed a TD run each to the onslaught.
Oxbow improved to 3-4overall, and are 2-3 in Division III play. Mount Abraham is 0-7 overall and 0-6 in Division III play.
Rice Down Eagles 4-1
In boys high school soccer Sean Hayes and Marcus Willingham led Rice to a 4-1 win over the Mount Abraham Eagles last Friday in Bristol. Willingham had two assists, while Hayes had a goal and an assist. Gavin Millay, Albin Meli and Noah Limanek contributed single goals to the road win, while Rice goalie Fred Torde made three saves to earn the victory.
Ben Smith, with an assist from Grayson Webb, scored the lone Eagle goal, while net minder Sam Low made seven saves for Mount Abraham, who fell to 7-4-1 with the loss.
The Middlebury Tigers boy's team didn't fare any better, being shutout in Milton by the hometown Yellow Jackets 2-0. Maxx Curtiss scored one of Milton's goals, and assisted Paul Donna on their other score. Sam Weaver also contributed an assist to the win. Dylan Leggett stopped three shots to earn the shutout for Milton, who improved to 8-3-1 with the win. Tiger goalie David Burt kept Middlebury in the game with a superb 14 save performance. The loss dropped the Tigers to 6-6 on the year.
CVU Sticksters Perfect In 09
When the Champlain Valley Union Redhawks field hockey team defeated the Mount Abraham Eagles 1-0 last Friday in Hinesburg they completed a perfect 14-0 regular season, and enter the playoffs with hopes for a state championship. Mireille Kelley, with an assist from Emmaleigh Loyer, scored the game's lone goal three minutes into the second half. Elizabeth Goddette needed to make just two saves to earn the shutout for CVU. Goalie Lizzie Huizenga kept her Eagles in the game by making nine saves. Mount Abraham ended the regular season winless at 0-13-1.
The same afternoon in Middlebury the hometown Tigers battled the visiting Colchester Lakers to a 2-2 tie. Middlebury held a 2-0 lead early the half thanks to goals by Chrissy Ritter and Shelby LaFramboise. The Lakers battled back with unanswered goals from Jackie Sortor and Chelsea Harris to tie the game at 2-2. Jessica Stough made 10 saves in the net for Colchester.