Week three of the high school football season saw Middlebury Union High score a late touchdown to pull out an exciting 18-12 win over visiting Mount Mansfield Union High last Friday night. On Saturday, Mount Abraham Union High broke into the win column in a big way crushing host Mount St. Joseph Academy 40-2. Otter Valley, however, dropped a tough one at home falling to U-32 Union High 20-17.
Middlebury 18, Mount Mansfield 12
Former player, long-time supporter and radio-color commentator for Tiger football broadcasts, Dick Bullock made his appearance at the Tigers home opener on Friday night-a pleasant surprise for Tiger fans.
Bullock was honored in an emotional pre-game ceremony. Senior quarterback Brendan Burrell and his teammates then capped the night pulling out the win.
In a game that was tied twice the Tigers took advantage of a botched punt by Mount Mansfield to set-up the winning score. Middlebury took the ball over inside the Mount Mansfield 20-yard line, when the Cougar punter was ruled down after his knee touched the ground as he tried to field a poor snap.
One play later Burrell fired his second touchdown pass of the night hooking up with Dillon Robinson on the 15-yard scoring strike with 18 ticks left on the game clock.
Burrell, who completed 4 of 8 passes for 56 yards, also connected with Marshall Hastings on a 17-yard touchdown pass. Hastings also paced the Tiger running game with 10 carries for 66 yards.
The Tigers will face another big test this coming Friday night as they host 3-0 Champlain Valley Union High.
Mount Abraham 40, MSJ 2
The Eagles took control of this one early and never let go rolling to the win over the host Mounties.
Mount Abe started driving 55 yards in five plays on the opening series. Alex Blodgett capped things off bursting off the left side of the line and racing 34-yards for the first score of the day.