HINESBURG - By rule when a team with just one loss squares off against a winless one it usually isn't pretty and last Saturday in Bristol was no exception. The Champlain Valley Union Redhawks improved to 7-1 by running for 320 yards and rolling over the hometown Eagles 62-0.
Freshman running back Tyler Barnes led CVU's deadly ground attack with 97 yards, 85 coming on two touchdown runs of 55 and 30 yards. J.P. Benoit matched Barnes two TD runs, while CVU quarterback ran for a 27 yard touchdown, and connected with Eric Palmer for a five yard scoring pass. The Redhawks also produced touchdown runs from back up quarterback Ian Solomon (31 yards,) runningback Collin Teator (5 yards) and running back Nick Menieur (1 yard).
Mount Abraham dropped to 0-8 with the loss.
The Middlebury Panthers pulled off a huge road win last Friday night, traveling to Bennington where they dispatched the hometown Mount Anthony Patriots 14-2. Brandan Burrell led Middlebury with 99 rushing yards and Marshall Hastings contributed another 82 rushing yards and a touchdown to the win. Kaden ODell added a rushing touchdown for the Tigers, who improved to 6-2 with the win.
Behind Emmaleigh Loyer's unassisted goal the top seeded Champlain Valley Union Redhawks narrowly escaped a surprise upset bid by the eighth seeded Middlebury Tigers, and pulled off a narrow 1-0 quarterfinal win last Friday in post season field hockey action. Aubrey Deavitt made a key stop on defense in the second half, catching a sure game tying goal with her stick before it could break the plane of the goal. Elizabeth Goddette made five saves to earn the shutout for the 15-0 Redhawks, while Tiger goalie Kayla Whittemore kept her squad in the game by making 14 saves. The eighth seeded Tigers wrap up their season at 6-7-3. CVU had a semifinal date this past Wednesday with the winner of Mondays Mount Anthony VS Rutland quarterfinal game. A win there puts them in this weekends Division I State Championship.