The Middlebury Union High football team went on the road to pick up a big win over old nemesis Rutland High 19-7 on last Friday. The Tiger field hockey also scored a solid road win knocking off Colchester High 1-0 and the red hot Mount Abraham Union High girls soccer team notched another W rolling past Mill River Union High 4-1.
TIGERS OUTSLUG RED RAIDERS
Off to a 3-0 start in their first season back in Division I the Tigers had their skeptics going into their match-up with Rutland last Friday night. Many pointed to the fact that Middlebury’s three wins to date had come against winless teams.
Coach Dennis Smiths Tigers did their best to show the skeptics they are for real scoring twice in the fourth quarter to pull away for the hard earned 19-7 victory.
Big play offense and bend but not break defense has been the Middlebury trade mark for the last several years and that proved to be true again on Friday night. This year the big play offense has for the most part come in the form of Marshall Hastings. The senior scat back came through again from the first quarter on.
After Rutland jumped out to an early 7-0 Hastings took the ensuing kick-off and raced 81-yards for the tying score. A Hasting 30-yard scoring jaunt early in the second half gave Middlebury a 13-7 lead.
The Red Raiders would mount a threat in the fourth quarter driving deep into Tiger territory. Just when it seemed the host Red Raiders were going to go in for the tying score the Middlebury defense forced a fumble recovered at the Middlebury eight-yard line. Hastings then nailed down the Tiger victory taking a pitch and racing 92-yards for the game clinching score.
Hasting finished the night rushing for 206 yards and the three scores. Foley also had a key pass interception as the Tigers improved to 4-0 on the season. Rutland fell to 2-2 with the loss.
The Tigers take a week off from Division I league play as they host Otter Valley at Doc Collins Field this Friday night. The 2-2 Otters are an improved football team a solid threat for a Division II playoff spot. But they will come into this one coming off a disappointing 48-6 homecoming loss to divisional power house and undefeated Milton High School last Saturday.
TIGER FIELD HOCKEY CLIPS LAKERS
The Tiger field hockey team continued to establish themselves as one of the teams to beat in Division I posting the tough 1-0 win over the host Lakers on Friday.
Brandi Whittemore scored the lone goal for the Tigers as they improved to 4-1-1 on the season with the victory. Chrissy Ritter and Maria Ploof both had a hand in the goal, while Heather Ploof recorded the shut-out against the 2-2-2 Lakers.
EAGLE GIRLS FLY PAST MILL RIVER
The Eagles did all their scoring in the first half of this one in rolling to the 4-1 victory on Friday. Evy Jacobs lead the barrage scoring three goals and chalking up an assist on the other goal. Chelsea Rublee also scored for Mount Abe and Meghan Livingston had two assists.
Ashlie Fay stopped four shots in goal as the Eagles ran their record to 4-1-1 with the victory.
Kylee Gray had the lone goal for 3-3-1 Mill River.