Tigers, Eagles meet in preseason

— “Middlebury has very good team that will be very competitive in Division I” said Mount Abe coach Ernie Senecal. “I was real pleased with the way our guys competed with them. I thought we moved the ball well at times and our defense was able to hold their own with their offense.”

“What has been encouraging so far is the spirit of this group. So they have come in with the best attitude of any group we’ve have the last couple of years.”

For his part, Smith was impressed with what he saw of the Eagles, as well as his own starting group.

“Mount Abe still has away to go and some things to work on, but I thought that was the best they’ve looked since we started doing this,” said Smith. “I thought our first group looked real good. The thing is this is a senior laden starting group after that we drop to juniors and sophomores and there is a pretty good separation between the two groups.”

Both teams have another preseason test this coming weekend. Middlebury will have a stiff test as the Tigers will host the Fair Haven Union High Slators in a scrimmage this Saturday, Aug. 27.

Mount Abraham and Middlebury will them open the 2011 season Labor Day weekend with both teams playing on the road. Mount Abe with square off against Montpelier High Friday, Sept. 2, while Middlebury will take the on the Mount Mansfield Union High Cougars on Sept. 3.

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