Preseason practice came to an end as area high school football teams kicked off the 2010 season over the weekend. Mount Abraham Union High opened with a loss to defending Division III state champion Windsor High, but Middlebury and Otter Valley Union High opened with solid wins.
Windsor 34, Mount Abe 6
There are tough to take losses, the forget it and get ready for next week blowout, upset losses and then there is the occasional positive loss. While, on the surface the Eagles 34-6 loss to Windsor might seem to fall under the forgetable blow-out, there was actually more positives then negatives on this afternoon.
Coach Ernie Senecal's Eagles went from a tentative group to start the contest to proving to be more then competitive with the defending state champions. To be sure Windsor made plenty of first game mistakes turning the ball over six times, coupled with inopportune penalties. The Yellowjackets twice lost fumbles inside the Eagles two yardline and had two touchdowns called back by penalities, but a lot of that was a result of a hard hitting Eagle football team that grew in confidence as the game wore on.
Jacob Page's 53-yard pass interception return for a touchdown and 63-yard punt return for another score helped Windsor blow open a 14-6 game. But there was a point from midway way through the second quarter through the third quarter that the Eagles had the Yellowjackets on the ropes.
The Eagles also appear to have found a solid weapon in junior running back Geoffrey Grant. The diminutive 5'6'' Grant refused to go down on the first hit as it usually took two to three Yellowjacket tacklers to bring this little bull down. Grant totted the pigskin 11 times for over 70 yards and showed some diversity to his game hauling in a 30-yard scoring strike from Eagle quarterback Ian Shaw.