Tigers keep on going!

Any hopes the Middlebury Union High School Tigers football team had for an undefeated season are still alive, as they steam rolled the Burlington Seahorses 35 - 13 last Friday evening. The Tigers jumped out to a quick 20 - 0 lead thanks to two long touchdown runs on their first two possessions and a fumble return. Quarterback Sam Jones got things started when he carried one in from fifty-nine yards out, only to be topped by Ben Almquist when he turned in a sixty-nine yard touchdown run on the Tigers second possession. Burlington fumbled it away on their ensuing possession which Nate Lawson picked up and returned twenty-eight yards, putting Middlebury up 20 - 0 with better than five minutes still remaining in the opening period. Almquist, who would add a second quarter touchdown run, led the Tigers ground attack by carrying the ball five times for eighty-two yards and his two touchdowns. Jones, who closed out Middleburys scoring with a six-yard touchdown run, rushed for an additional seventy-eight yards on seven carries. The Tigers stand at 7 - 0 overall, and 6 - 0 in league play with only two more games standing between them and a perfect regular season. The Seahorses, who fell to 2 - 5 overall, and 1 - 5 in league play, were led by Travis Hunt with sixteen carries for seventy-eight yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile the Eagles continued to struggle in their move up to Division III. Mount Abraham fell to 0 - 7 last Saturday when they were defeated at home by BFA-Fairfax 35 - 14. Bullets quarterback Josh Boucher threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, while running back Anthony Mapes rushed for 139 yards on twenty-onr carries and a touchdown to lead BFA-Fairfax to their second win of the year. Ryan Senecal and Justin Briggs had one-yard touchdown runs for the Eagles fourteen points. Mount Abe will have two more shots at capturing their first win. They will be in Milton this Friday, before returning home on Saturday, October 26th to take on Champlain Valley. The Middlebury Tigers soccer team pulled of shutout wins last Monday and Saturday to finish out the 2007 season with a 7 - 4 - 3 record. This past Monday in Middlebury Ross Gruber and Nate Marshall scored second half goals to lift Middlebury past Rice 2 - 0. Tucker Myhre contributed an assist to the victory while goalie Quinten Collins needed to make just two saves to earn the shutout win. Rice Memorial fell to 2 - 11 - 1 with the loss. Then last Saturday in Middlebury the Fair Haven Slaters boys soccer team was shutout by the Middlebury Tigers 1 - 0 . The two teams seemed to be headed into overtime in a scoreless tie, but with 1:30 left to play Myhre took a feed from Tucker Burns and drove it past Slater goalie Chris Bashaw for the Tiger win. Bashaw ended the game with fourteen saves for the Slaters. Middlebury goalie Quinten Collins needed to make just two saves adain to earn the shutout for the Tigers In more boys soccer action last Monday in Vergennes Charlie Glassberg and Joe Russett scored second half goals to propel the Commodores past BFA-Fairfax 2 - 0. Glassberg was assisted by Rye Matthews, while Dustin Datillio provided the assist for Russett. Joe Chugg made four saves to earn the shutout for Vergennes who finished their season with five wins, six losses and three ties. Bellows Falls ends their season with three wins, nine losses and a pair of ties. The VPA released the pairings for the upcoming field hockey tournament. Rwo Addison County teams, the Middlebury Tigers and the Mount Abraham Eagles captured the second seed in their respective divisions. The Tigers, who finished their season with eight wins, three losses and three ties are rank behind only the 10 - 2 - 2 Essex Hornets, and have a good shot at winning the Division I Title. IN Division two the Mount Abraham Eagles have dominated with six consecutive titles and hope to make it seven this year. If so they will have to do it from the second seed position, because their record of nine wins, three losses and two losses was better than every other squad but the undefeated, untied Woodstock Wasps. Good luck to all Addison County teams in the upcoming tournament.

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