ADDISON COUNTY — In high school football action this past weekend all three local teams picked up big wins: Middlebury and the Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative teams earned road victories, and Otter Valley cruised at home.
The Tigers will seek to move to 3-0 when they host Division I rival Rice at 7 p.m. this Friday. The D-II Eagles will host the now D-III Otters in their homecoming game under the lights on Friday at 7 p.m., with both teams entering with 1-1 marks.
At South Burlington the Tigers spotted the Burlington-South Burlington cooperative team an early touchdown, but took...
TIGER DEFENSIVE END C.J. Bryant sacks Fair Haven quarterback Evan Reed for five-yard loss on the first play from scrimmage during Friday’s game in Middlebury. That set the tone for a game that ended with the home team winning, 34-14.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Friday’s season opener on Doc Collins Field for the Middlebury Union High School football team pitted the Tigers, a losing Division I semifinalist in 2018, against Fair Haven, a D-II finalist.
The game was expected to be a challenge, but it didn’t work out that way.
The Tigers romped to touchdowns on their first three, and four of their five, first-half possessions and held the Slaters to 48 first-half yards on the way to a 34-0 lead at the break.
They won, 34-14, after Coach Dennis Smith mixed subs in freely in the second half.
Smith would have liked to see a more consistent 48-...
BRISTOL — Visiting Oxbow defeated the Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative football team, 33-14, on Saturday, in the Division II opener for both high school programs.
Oxbow running back Jace Page and quarterback Cooper Simmons combined to score or throw for all five Oxbow touchdowns. Simmons set the tone early by tossing an 80-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Locke on the game’s first play from scrimmage.
Eagle sophomore quarterback Adam Mansfield amassed 220 yards passing in the setback. Many of those yards came on throws to sophomore Carmelo Miceli, who totaled 165 yards receiving.
BRANDON — Visiting Poultney dealt the Otter Valley Union High School football team a 40-20 setback on Saturday in the Division III season opener for both programs.
Blue Devil running back Levi Allen powered Poultney with five touchdowns, four on the ground from 1, 3, 47 and 51 yards out, and one through the air on a 40-yard toss from quarterback Caden Chapman. That catch snapped a 6-6 tie late in the first half.
Allen ran for 234 yards in 14 carries, and Poultney also recovered a fumble in the OV end zone to make it 21-6 in the third quarter.
OV QB Alex Polli tossed two TD passes to Brady...
CASTLETON — Recent Mount Abraham Union High School graduate Kevin Pearsall will be a member of the Vermont all-star football team that squares off against New Hampshire’s best in the annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl this Saturday in Castleton.
Pearsall finished up his career as a running back/defensive end for the Eagles football team this past fall.
“I’m excited to play this game with the other great players and coaches,” Pearsall said. “This is an unexpected and wonderful opportunity for me, and an honor to represent my team and school.”
On game day, there will be a traditional Shrine parade...