BRANDON — The No. 3 Otter Valley Union High School football team cruised past visiting No. 6 Oxbow, 39-26, on Saturday in a Division III quarterfinal.
The 6-3 Otters will travel this Saturday for a rematch with No. 2 BFA-Fairfax, the team they upset on Oct. 19, 38-36, on the road. That was the 8-1 Bullets’ only loss and knocked them out of first place.
OV for the second straight game got four touchdown passes from quarterback Alex Polli. Nate Blake rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown and surpassed 1,000 yards for the season during the game.
After Oxbow (4-5) cut the score to 21-13...
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Middlebury College football team rolled past host Bowdoin on Saturday, 47-29, to improve to 7-0 and remain alone on top of the NESCAC standings. With only a Nov. 9 game at Tufts remaining, the Panthers can clinch a share of the league title with a win over visiting Hamilton at 12:30 p.m. this Saturday.
With the win at Bowdoin, Panther Coach Bob Ritter saw his record at Middlebury improve to 100-53. The Panthers led by 41-7 after three periods before taking the foot off the gas against the winless Polar Bears.
The Panthers took a 7-0 lead on their second possession,...
MIDDLEBURY — The host No. 2 Middlebury Union High School football team turned back stubborn No. 4 BFA-St. Albans, 9-0, in a Division I quarterfinal on a wet Friday night.
The Tigers improved to 9-0 and will host No. 3 Burr & Burton (8-1) this Friday at 7 p.m., while the Bobwhites dropped to 4-5.
No. 1 St. Johnsbury (9-0) will host No. 5 Essex (6-3), a winner over No. 4 Rutland, in the other D-I semifinal. Rutland High School will host the final on Nov. 9 at a time to be announced.
On this past Friday BFA controlled the ball in the first half, running 35 plays to the Tigers’ 18 and...
PANTHER DEFENDERS ALEX Norton (93) and Jack Pistorius (31) combine to bring down Wesleyan quarterback Ashton Scott as he attempts a run in the third quarter of the Middlebury College football team’s 45-21 home win on Saturday. The Panthers remained undefeated and in first place in NESCAC.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — In a Saturday battle for first place between the only unbeaten NESCAC football teams, Middlebury College picked up an emphatic 45-21 win over visiting Wesleyan.
The Panthers improved to 6-0, with Wesleyan and Williams tied for second at 5-1. The Panthers have already defeated both of those teams, and they do not face a team the rest of the way with a better than 3-3 record. They visit winless Bowdoin this Saturday, and Tufts and Hamilton, both currently 3-3, follow on Middlebury’s docket.
On this past Saturday, the Panthers outgained Wesleyan, 529 yards to 350 yards, even though...
FAIRFAX — The Otter Valley Union High School football team upset previously unbeaten Fairfax on Saturday night, 38-36, to finish the regular season at 5-3 and earn the No. 3 seed in Division III.
The Otters will host No. 6 Oxbow on Saturday at 1 p.m.
In a seesaw game at Fairfax (7-1), the Otters took the lead for good in the final minute, when quarterback Alex Polli tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chance Passmore.
In all, Polli completed 22 of 38 attempts for more than 300 yards and threw three TD passes to Passmore and one to Brady Diaz. Nathanial Blake ran for a total of 51 yards and...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School took care of business at home on Friday, turning back BFA-St. Albans, 28-14, to complete an undefeated regular season.
The 8-0 Tigers earned the No. 2 seed in Division 1 behind also unbeaten St. Johnsbury, and will host No. 7 St. Albans (4-4) again at 7 p.m. this Friday.
A victory on Friday will mean a home semifinal on Nov. 1 against either No. 3 Burr & Burton (7-1) or No. 6 Hartford (4-4).
BFA did not make it easy for MUHS this past Friday. The game was 13-6, MUHS, when the Bobwhites received the second-half kickoff.
But the Tigers dominated the...
RUTLAND — The Middlebury Union High School football team took a major and decisive step toward an undefeated regular season and the No. 2 seed for the Division I playoffs on Friday, when the Tigers ran over host Rutland, 42-7.
The Tigers improved to 7-0 heading into their regular-season finale, a home game this Friday at 7 p.m. vs. BFA St. Albans (4-3). A win will nail down the No. 2 seed behind also undefeated St. Johnsbury, which has earned more quality points and will earn the top seed with a win vs. Lyndon on Saturday.
Rutland dropped to 5-2 and can hold onto the No. 4 seed with a win at...
NORTH CLARENDON — The Otter Valley Union High School football team edged host Mill River on Saturday, 36-35, in a Division III matchup when quarterback OV Alex Polli hit Brady Diaz with a two-point conversion with 1:23 left.
The Otters then had to survive Mill River’s missed 19-yard field goal as time expired, an attempt set up by the Minutemen’s 36-yard hook-and-ladder play.
OV boosted their hopes for a home playoff game by improving to 4-2 heading into a Saturday home game with Windsor. The Otters conclude their regular season with a visit to Fairfax on Oct. 19. MRU fell to 1-5.
AMHERST, Mass. — The Middlebury College football team defeated host Amherst on Saturday, 34-31, in double overtime in what was a showdown between two unbeaten teams seeking to retain a share of first place in the NESCAC standings.
The Panthers improved to 4-0 and are tied for first place with Wesleyan, the league’s only other undefeated team. The Mammoths fell to 3-1 after dropping Saturday’s dramatic, back-and-forth game to the Panthers. Middlebury will host Colby at 1 p.m. this Saturday.
The winning play at Amherst came on the Panthers’ second possession in overtime after both teams tossed...
HINESBURG — The Middlebury Union High School football team coasted past overmatched host Champlain Valley on Saturday, 45-7, to remain undefeated at 6-0. The Redhawks fell to 2-4.
The Tigers and St. Johnsbury, which defeated host Burr & Burton, 50-38, on Friday, are the only remaining unbeaten Division I teams. St. Johnsbury is in first place based on quality points and will almost certainly earn the top seed in the playoffs unless the Hilltoppers are upset in their final two games.
MUHS will face what will probably be its toughest remaining test this Friday night, when the Tigers visit...