Talk about destiny. The very first time the Middlebury Panthers touched the football this year was on the opening kickoff in last Saturdays season opener at Wesleyan, and sophomore James Milland returned it eighty yards for a touchdown. Just like that Middlebury was up 7 - 0, and they went on to capture the opener 24 - 10.
Quarterback Donald McKillop completed thirteen of his twenty-six pass attempts for 124 yards and two interceptions in his debut as the Panthers starter. His favorite receivers were junior tight end Charles Holm, David Randolph and Andrew Matson. Holm caught three passes for eighteen yards while Randolph, a senior running back, caught two passes for eighteen yards. Matson hauled in two passes for thirty-one yards.
Randolph led Middleburys potent ground attack by rushing for 105 yards on twenty-six carries and a touchdown. Freshman Gary Cooper touched the ball a dozen times and contributed an additional sixty-seven yards while quarterback McKillop rushed the ball nine times for eighteen yards, including a ten-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Defensively the Panthers were led by senior back Erik Woodring, Brian Young and Alex Buggy. Woodring led the pack with ten tackles, three of them unassisted. Young and Ellis opened up their 2007 seasons with eight tackles each. Junior defensive linemen David Ellis and Thomas Brown registered sacks for Middlebury while defensive back Michael Quinn hauled in the first interception of the year.
The Panthers season home opener will be this Saturday when they host Colby College at 1:00 p.m. The rest of their schedule looks like this:
Oct. 06 at Amherst 1:30 PM
Oct. 13 Williams 1:30 PM
Oct. 20 at Bates 1:00 PM
Oct. 27 Trinity 1:00 PM
Nov. 03 Hamilton 1:00 PM
Nov. 10 at Tufts 12:30 PM
MUHSThe Middlebury Tigers remained undefeated with a 28 - 7 thumping of Saint Johnsbury last Friday night in Middlebury. Ben Almquist had a rushing and receiving touchdown to lead a Tiger offense that racked up 323 rushing yards en route to the slaughter. Almquist opened up the scoring with a twenty-seven yard first quarter touchdown run, and he was on the receiving end of a Sam Jones fourteen yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Chad Foley and Lance Robinson added TD runs for the victorious Tigers. Foley ran one in from sixteen yards out while Robinson exploded for a seventy-four yard touchdown run in the third. Middlebury will attempt to go 5 - 0 this Friday night in Essex.