The Middlebury Union High football team continued to roll along with a 35-7 victory over Otter Valley last Friday night. The Mount Abraham Union High football team kept themselves in the hunt for a Division III playoff spot with a thrilling 20-13 overtime victory over Oxbow Union High on Saturday.
The Vergennes Union High boy’s soccer team stumbled, however, dropping a 3-0 decision Green Mountain Valley also on Saturday.
Tigers Dillon Robinson missed the first four games of the season, but it didn’t take the senior quarterback long to make his presence felt on Friday night. On the Tigers second offensive play from scrimmage Robinson made the most of what appeared to be a broken play scooting up the middle 41-yards for the first score of the night.
He would later add a 46-yard scoring jaunt pacing the Tiger offense as Middlebury rolled to the lopsided win. For the night Robinson picked up 133 yards on seven carries and the two scores as Middlebury ran it’s record to 5-0 on the season with victory.
This was actually a closer game then the final score would indicate. The Otters defense held the Tigers vaunted running game in check for most of the first two quarters.
OV actually had a chance to pull even midway through the first quarter after recovering a Tiger fumble on the Middlebury 33-yard line. The Otters would moved in side the Middlebury 15, before the Tiger defense stiffened and forced them to turn the ball over on downs.
Robinson’s 46-yard burst pushed the Tiger lead to 14-0 early in the second quarter. The Tigers would then added a 25-yard scoring strike from Tyler Provencher to Nick Felki with 29 seconds left in the quarter to build a 21-0 lead going into the second half.
Middlebury would then put the game out of reach scoring the first two times it had the ball in the third quarter. Mitchell Clark capped a 51-yard drive to start the quarter bruising up the middle from 14-yards out for a touchdown. Jordon Conner then went in from three-yards out on the Tigers next offensive series to help pushed the lead to 35-0.
Lance Schu (10 carries 139 yards) got the Otters on the board at the start of the fourth quarter with an 85-yard scoring burst. The Otters, who are 2-2 in Division II fell to 2-3 overall with the loss.
The (5-0, 4-0 in Division I) Tigers return to league play this Friday night and will face a huge test taking on BFA St. Albans on the Bobwhites home field. BFA will roll into this one coming off a 48-0 thrashing of previously unbeaten Champlain Valley Union High. The Bobwhites only loss this season came at the hands of the Hartford High Hurricanes. BFA also lost to Hartford in the Division I state championship game last season.
Eagles senior quarterback Ian Shaw scored in overtime and the Mount Abe defense held Oxbow Union High on fourth and goal at the two-yard line as the Eagles posted the heartstopping 20-13 victory.
Shaw’s six-yard scamper and Tommy Hodsden’s 89-yard kick-off return helped the Eagles to take a 13-7 lead in the second half. The visiting Olympians would take the score late in the fourth quarter when Garrett Willis returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
With the win the Eagles improved to 2-3 on the season keeping themselves in the hunt for a potential Division III playoff berth. With the loss Oxbow, a preseason Division III title contender, saw its record slip to 2-3.
GMVS’ Thomas Woolson scored twice and the homestanding Gumbies went on to roll to the 3-0 victory against Vergennes. Max Stamley had four saves for (3-1) Green Mountain Valley School. Stephan Paquette had four stops for Vergennes.