Football: Tigers, Otters, Eagles all prevail

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school football play this past weekend, Middlebury and Otter Valley won to remain undefeated in Divisions I and III, respectively, while the Mount Abraham/Vergennes co-op squad picked up its second straight D-II victory.
The Tigers defeated South Burlington, 41-0, in their homecoming game. South Burlington hung with MUHS for a half, but the Tigers pulled away after the break.
The Tigers took a 7-0 lead at 2:12 of the first, when Oakley Gordon hit Chase Messner for a 19-yard touchdown. The Rebels moved the ball in the second quarter but turned the ball over on downs at the Tiger 25. A 45-yard run combined with a penalty put the ball on the Rebel 15, and two plays later Trey Kaufmann scored on a 7-yard run to make it 14-0.
That scored stood at the half, but the Tigers pulled away steadily from there. Parker Gross scored on a 14-yard run in the third quarter and 18-yard burst in the fourth quarter. Kyle Desabrais tacked on a 4-yard run, and Ali Abdul-Sater scored from 5 yards out.
 The Tigers improved to 5-0 with the program’s 27th straight win, although Hartford (4-0 in the league, 4-1 with the loss to an out-of-state team that does not count in the standings) is in first place in D-I. The Rebels fell to 0-5. Essex (1-4) visits MUHS on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Otters crunched host Spaulding, 77-20, after taking a 48-6 halftime lead. Quarterback Carson Leary sparked the Otters by running for three touchdowns and tossing two more to Robertas Neilson andBrent Nickerson in the first half.
In the second half, OV highlights included Tyson Cram rushing for two touchdowns, and Will Ross returning an interception 90 yards for a score.
Like the Tigers, the Otters’ 5-0 record does not put them in first place. U-32 (4-0) has the lead in quality points. OV visits U-32, which defeated Woodstock, 14-13, this past weekend, at 7 p.m. on Friday.
On Saturday afternoon, the Eagles made the long bus ride to Lyndon pay off by grinding out a 36-16 win over the Vikings.
Tailback Ryan Paquin ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns, of 1 and 15 yards, to lead Mount Abe.
Quarterback Coleman Russell tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Bradley Sturtevant and added a rushing touchdown as the Eagles won their second straight D-II contest and improved to 2-3. Lyndon fell to 1-4.
The Eagles face challenges: In the next two weeks undefeated D-II leader Burr & Burton and then OV will visit Bristol. 

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