The Middlebury Union High football team took a huge step in locking up a Division II playoff berth with a 27-6 victory over Champlain Valley Union High last Friday night, Oct. 8.
On Saturday the Otter Valley Union High football team had chance to play themselves back into the Division II Playoff picture hosting once beaten Rice Memorial. But a Green knight football team, smarting from a loss to Champlain Valley Union High the week before, would have none of that. Rice jumped out to a 30-0 lead in the first eight and a half minutes of the contest and never looked back in rolling to a 49-0 victory.
And the Mount Abraham Union High football squad saw their season continue to slip away with a 43-12 loss at Woodstock Union High on Friday night.
MIDDLEBURY 27, CHAMPLAIN VALLEY 6
If nothing else the Tigers proved they were better at playing in the mud then their visitors from Hinesburg.
The heavy rains of the last couple of weeks, coupled with a steady drizzle on Friday night, left Doc Collins Field in something less then perfect playing conditions. But the Tigers, sporting decals with the letters DB to honor the late Dick Bullock on the back of their helmets, grabbed an early lead and never looked back in squishing to the key victory.
A 24-yard punt return by Jerry Hoffman set up the
Tigers first score as it gave Middlebury the ball on the CVU 16 late in the first quarter. The very next play quarterback Brendan Burrell broke off the right side of the line and scampered the 16-yards untouched to give Middlebury a 6-0 lead with 3:45 left in the first quarter.
Middlebury would drove deep into CVU territory once more before the end of the first half only to miss a 27-yar field goal wide left.