BRANDON — The Otter Valley football team defeated visiting Oxbow on Saturday, 23-15, on a tie-breaking, 76-yard touchdown pass from QB Alex Polli to Chance Passmore with 24 seconds to go.
Running back Nathaniel Blake’s two-point conversion run created the final score in the Division III matchup, but the Otters had to survive a scare after Oxbow completed a pass to the OV six after the ensuing kickoff. OV linebacker Spencer Pelkey sacked Oxbow QB Cooper Simmons to end the threat.
OV improved to 3-2 and took over fourth place in D-III, while Oxbow dropped to 2-3 and into fifth.
Blake ran for...
LEWISTON, Maine — The Middlebury College football team dominated host Bates this past Saturday, 28-0, to improve to 2-0. The Panthers are one of three NESCAC teams, along with Amherst and Wesleyan, who remain unbeaten in the early going. Middlebury will seek to move to 3-0 at home vs. Trinity on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Middlebury took a 7-0 lead on its first possession. Quarterback Will Jernigan connected with Maxwell Rye for 20 yards and Jimmy Connell for 15 before tossing an 8-yard TD pass to Rye.
The Panthers went up 14-0 at 13:04 of the second quarter on a 15-yard pass from Jernigan to Aidan...
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school football action, all on this past Friday night, Middlebury won a key Division I road game, while Mount Abraham-Vergennes lost a D-II heartbreaker, and Otter Valley came up short in D-III.
The Tigers passed their first real test of the season, breaking open a close game with 24 fourth-quarter points to defeat host Hartford, 31-17. The Tigers led by 31-3 with less than four minutes remaining. Hartford dropped to 2-2.
Tyler Buxton led MUHS with 11 rushes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Tim Goettelmann ran four times for 61 yards and...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College football team opened its season this past Saturday with a dramatic last-minute victory over visiting Williams, 17-13. The Panthers will visit Bates this Saturday.
Late in Saturday’s fourth quarter, the Panther defense held on a Williams drive that began at the Middlebury 44. A short Eph punt put the Panthers on their own 22 with 2:31 remaining.
Panther quarterback Will Jernigan completed two quick passes to Aidan Power and then ran 15 yards to the Williams 40-yard line. Jernigan found Maxim Bochman for a dozen yards before hitting Maxwell Rye, who made a...
OTTER VALLEY'S NATHANIEL Blake (7) and Aiden Blier (51) combine to bring down Mt Abe junior Joey Hemingway in the first quarter of Friday’s game between the high school rivals. The Otters defeated the Eagles 27-18.
Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — In a Friday game not decided until the final horn the Division III Otter Valley Union High School football team left Bristol with a 27-18 victory over D-II Mount Abraham-Vergennes.
In the fourth quarter Eagles twice stopped the Otters, who were up by 21-18 and threatening to ice a victory, deep in Eagle territory.
And Mount Abe was driving toward a potential tying or go-ahead score when a holding call nullified a gain that would have put them within the range of sophomore kicker/quarterback Adam Mansfield.
But they still had a chance before OV sophomore safety Brady Diaz stepped in...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School football team rolled over visiting Rice on Friday night, 48-8, after taking leads of 28-0 in the first quarter and 42-0 at the half.
The Tigers improved to 3-0 and along with St. Johnsbury and Burr & Burton are the remaining undefeated teams in Division I. They are expected to face a stiffer test than they have so far this season in their three one-sided victories on this coming Friday, when they travel to meet Hartford (2-1).
Against Rice, Tyler Buxton rushed three times for 75 yards and one touchdown and returned a punt 42 yards for another...
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...