Tigers upset in semifinals

After going the entire regular season without a blemish the top seeded Middlebury Tigers were eliminated from the Division-I tournament by the fourth seeded South Burlington Rebels 27 - 23 in semifinals action last Friday night in Middlebury. Rebel running back ran for 348 yards and scored all four of South Burlingtons touchdowns to lead his Rebels to the upset and into the Division I State Championship. The Tigers struck first claiming an early 7 - 0 lead when quarterback Sam Jones turned in a twenty-nine yard touchdown run and Lance Robinson nailed the PAT with 8:40 left in the opening quarter. DeVarney answered six minutes later with his first touchdown run from six yards out and the first quarter ended in a 7 - 7 tie. Middlebury reclaimed the lead 14 - 7 with 9:21 left in the opening half when Robinson finished off a scoring drive with a three yard touchdown run, and nailed the extra point. But less than four minutes later DeVarney struck again, this time from thirty-two yards out and the game was tied 14 - 13. The Tigers responded though and claimed their third lead of the game when Robinson returned the ensuing kickoff eighty-five yards for a touchdown and a 20 - 14 Middlebury lead. By scoring so quickly they gave time for DeVarney and South Burlington to answer, and answer they did. With just eighteen seconds left in the first half DeVarney capped off a South Burlington scoring drive with a three yard touchdown run. When Joseph Abate nailed the extra point the Rebels went into the break with a 21 - 20 lead. Both defenses turned it up a notch in the second half and a quarter and a half passed without either team scoring, Then with 3:41 left to play in the game Robinson nailed a thirty-one yard field to put the Tigers up 23 - 21. But on just South Burlingtons second play from scrimmage after getting the ball back DeVarney struck one final blow with a seventy-five yard touchdown run with 2:46 left to play, and just like that the Rebels were back on top 27 - 23. That play ended the Tigers hopes for a perfect season, as they couldnt manage another score against a stingy Rebel defense. Middlebury ends their season with nine wins and one loss, while the 7 - 3, fourth seeded South Burlington Rebels have an appointment this weekend with the second seeded Hartford Hurricanes in the Division I State Championship. Halloween proved to be the perfect day for the Division II semifinal soccer game between the top seeded Commodores and the fourth seeded Vergennes Commodores, because the Commodores gave the powerful Wasps a real scare before bowing to them 2 - 1 in triple overtime. Abby Benton scored the lone Commodores goal as Vergennes tried to upset Woodstock for the second straight year. But it wasnt meant to be. Haley Peterson tied the game for Woodstock with 13:51 left to play in the second half, and Kristin Hagenbarth scored on a long up field pass in the third overtime to avoid the upset and send Woodstock to the state championship. Megan Scott-Tisbert made four saves for the Commodores who end their season at 11-5-1. Editors Note: Woodstock lost 2 - 0 to Montpelier in last Saturdays Division II State Championship.

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