In a battle of two 2 - 0 teams played last Friday evening in Middlebury the hometown Tigers prevailed, handing the Rutland Raiders their first loss 19 - 9.
The Tigers built up a 13 - 0 halftime thanks to touchdown runs by Sam Jones and Chad Foley. Rutland cut the lead to 13 - 7 early in the second half on an eleven-yard touchdown run from Connor Beerworth. They pulled even closer when a mishandled punt resulted in a Raider safety, making it a 13 - 9 ball game. But the Tigers then scored again late in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Foley exploded for a fifty-eight yard run from scrimmage to set up a nine yard touchdown run from Lance Robinson.
Robinson. who had a 72 yard run from scrimmage to set up the Tigers first score, wound up with an impressive 102 yards gained on a mere six carries. Foley had a solid rushing game himself, carrying the ball nine times for eighty-six yards. Jones only threw four passes, but he was perfect going four-for-four for forty-four yards. Beerworth had fifteen carries for sixty-nine yards for Rutland who fell to 2 - 1 with the loss. The Tigers remain perfect at 3 - 0.
The Mount Abraham Eagles were in action last weekend too, seeking their first win of the year, but it didnt come. Grant White and Brandon Boyle hooked up for three touchdown passes to lead the Springfield Cosmos to an easy 49 - 6 win over the Eagles. In addition to his three touchdown passes to Boyle White completed fourteen of his seventeen pass attempts for one-hundred-eighty-two yards. Stephen Miller did the groundwork for the victorious Cosmos rushing for eighty-one yards, and he contributed a seventy-six yard kickoff return for a touchdown. White found the end zone four times by adding two touchdown runs to his TD catches.