In the ninth annual Vermont North-South Senior Bowl Classic at Middlebury College, the high school seniors of the South out-gunned the North seniors in record-breaking fashion with a convincing, 61-39 win at Youngman stadium.
The 100 total points scored in the shoot-out easily snapped the previous record of 69 total points scored in 2003. The win also broke a tie, giving the South team a 5-4 edge in the all-time series.
Looking at the final score, there were obviously several offensive stars to look at in this tilt.
Despite the North loss Essex quarterback Max Librizzi, who is headed to Holy Cross to play football, completed 29 of 46 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns, but also threw three costly interceptions.
Librizzi had begun the game alternating series with Zach Dessureau, until an injury sidelined the Spaulding senior in the second quarter.
On the South side, quarterback Keegan Corbett of Mount Anthony also had a great game, going 21-of-31 for 358 yards and four touchdowns.
Corbett did a great job spreading the ball around the offense, with running back Davin Freeman (Brattleboro High School) and receivers Leo Cohen and Ricky Lantman (both from Rutland High) doing a lot of the damage.
Freeman rushed for touchdowns of five, six and 57-yards while also catching a touchdown pass from Corbett.
Coached by Burr & Burton's Jason Thomas and trailing early, the South squad mounted a comeback and took the lead late in the second quarter.
First, Woodstock's Sam Stockwell threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Mount Anthony's Mike Rogers, before Rutland's Lantman took a pass from Corbett and raced 61-yards for a touchdown and a 27-19 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, another touchdown run from Freeman (and the point-after) made the score 34-19. The third quarter concluded when Corbett hit Lantman for a 5-yard scoring pass to advance the score to 41-26.
After Freeman caught yet another touchdown pass, he then ran the aforementioned 67-yard scamper from Corbett to add to the final score..
Also participating in this years' game included Corbin Parker, Tim Muzzey and Josh Pratt from Bellows Falls Union High School, Tim Wallace, Brandon Boyle and Matt Mitchell from Springfield and James Buss, Nick Perni and Jerrid Cobb from Burr & Burton Academy.
At bottom, Bellows Falls Terrier players Corbin Parker, Tim Muzzey and Josh Pratt and above, Springfield High School's Brandon Boyle fights for a pass in the end zone