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Tigers win, Otters, Eagles fall

The Tigers took command of this one at the start of the second half. After taking the kick-off to start the half Middlebury mounted a time consuming 68-yard, 13-play scoring drive. Twice Burrell kept the drive alive hooking up with fullback Steel White on pass receptions of 12 and 11 yards. Dillon Robinson capped it off taking a quick pitch from Burrell before churning down the right sideline 12-yards for the touchdown. Burrell then connected with a diving Marshall Hastings in the end zone for the two-point conversion and the Tigers had a 14-0 lead with 3:35 left in the third quarter.

CVU tried to mount a drive of it's own using the punishing running of sophomore running back Tyler Barnes. But the Redhawks turned the ball over on downs at midfield and it took the Tigers just three plays to add to their lead. This time Burrell hooked up with Bryan Ashley-Selleck on a 16-yard touchdown pass. Alex Bowdish tacked on the extra-point kick and Middlebury had a 21-0 lead with 10:59 left in the fourth quarter.

A roughing the passer penalty, plus pass completions from Redhawk quarter back Konner Fleming to wide receiver Brent Carreiro drove CVU deep into Middlebury territory. The Tiger defense would stiffen and CVU would turn the ball over on downs. But a Tiger fumble, a pass interference call and pass completions from Fleming to Johnny Powers (30 yards) and Barnes (12 yards) would have the CVU threatening again.

This time the Redhawks got inside the Middlebury ten-yard line before the Tiger defense turned them over on downs. Two plays later Hastings broke right up the middle and raced 86-yards to give the Tigers a 27-0 lead with 3:36 left in the contest.

CVU finally got on the scoreboard in the closing minutes. Fleming culminated a 60-yard drive hitting Taylor Gingras on a 4-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the game.

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