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Tigers come from behind

The Middlebury Tigers improved to 2 - 0 on the year by defeating the Hartford Hurricanes 28 - 21 in overtime last Friday night in Middlebury. Thanks to two huge plays, a 92- yard interception return by Lance Robinson and an 85-yard touchdown run by quarterback Sam Jones, the Tigers held a 14 - 3 1st quarter lead. But the Hurricanes answered with a late 2nd quarter touchdown and a successful two-point conversion to cut that lead to 14 - 11 at the half.

Hartford scored again early in the 3rd quarter to pull ahead 18 - 14. With 8:17 left to play Hartford increased their lead to 21 - 14 when Sean Fernandes nailed his 2nd field goal of the night, a 24 yarder.

The Tigers would bounce back though to tie the game and send it into overtime. With just over 2 minutes left in regulation time Robinson would complete a Middlebury scoring drive by running it in from 5 yards out.

Fernandes had an opportunity to win it in overtime for Hartford, but his 40-yard field goal attempt was blocked. The Tigers got the ball back and drive down to Hartfords 10-yard line where Jones connected with Chad Foley for a game winning touchdown pass. Jones did it both on the ground and in the air for the victorious Tigers. The quarterback carried the ball 8 times for 146 yards, and completed 3 of his 4 pass attempts for 49 more yards through the air. Middlebury will try to make it 3 in a row this week when they host the also undefeated 2 - 0 Rutland Raiders.

The Mount Abraham Eagles opened their 2007 season last Saturday in North Clarendon, and Mill River welcomed the Eagles to the world of Division II football by thrashing them 38 - 7. The Minutemen were able to pass and run at will against a stunned Eagle defense. Quarterback Connor Burke completed 6 of his 10 pass attempts for 199 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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