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Tigers claw from behind to nip Cougars, 13-7

The Middlebury Tigers overcame a late 7-0 deficit to defeat the Mount Mansfield Cougars 13-7 in high school football action last Saturday in South Burlington.

The Cougars took an early 7-0 lead when quarterback T.J. Wesson connected with Jamie Wright for a 35-yard touchdown strike with 3:19 left in the first quarter. Despite the fine running of Ian Shaw (22 carries for 151 yards)the Cougars wouldn't cross the goal line the rest of the day, and that opened the door for the Tigers, who went through it.

With 11:40 left to play in the game Brenden Burrell threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Hoffman. Hoffman then turned around and threw a touchdown pass of his own, connecting with Ryan Foley from 31-yards out with 5:20 left, securing a 13-7 win for the visiting Tigers.

Middlebury improved to 2-1 with the win, while the Cougars fell to 1-2 on the year.

Another Addison County team, the Champlain Valley Union Redhawks, also enjoyed the sweet taste of victory last Saturday. CVU scored touchdowns on two blocked punts and a 69-yatd touchdown run from quarterback Konnor Fleming to roll past BFA-Fairfax 42-6 in Hinesburg, improving to 3-0 on the young season.

Defensive lineman Cameron Fitzgerald scored a touchdown by returning a blocked punt by Crawford Morris 31 CVU's second blocked punt came in the third quarter, Ian Solomon registered the block and defensive end Matt Long recovered it and ran it into the end zone.

CVU also got three more touchdown runs to sea the rout. Alex Zullo ran it in from 53 yards out, J.P. Benoit from 21 yards and Eric Palmer chipped in with a five yard TD run. BFA-Fairfax fell to 1-2 with the six point loss.

The Mount Abraham Eagles weren't so fortunate, falling to 0-3 after being shutout 46-0 by the Bellows Falls Terriers last Saturday at home. Tim Muzzey rushed for 145 yards, including touchdown jaunts of 7 and 51 yards to lead Bellows Falls past Mount Abraham.

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