Mount Abe and MUHS football teams victorious, OV football falls
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school football action this past weekend, Middlebury claimed a home victory, the Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative team earned its first win, and Otter Valley dropped its second straight contest.
The 3-1 Tigers broke away from a 7-7 halftime tie to defeat visiting Division I foe Colchester (1-3) on Friday, 27-7. Quarterback Andrew Gleason accounted for 115 yards of total offense and two touchdowns to lead the way.
Gleason’s five-yard run at 10:44 of the second quarter gave MUHS the lead, but the Lakers answered as QB Alex O’Connell tossed a four-yard TD pass to Tom Meadows at 5:58, a play set up by a 27-yard Matt Hesford run.
Tiger defensive back Lane Sheldrick helped preserve the halftime tie by picking off O’Connell at the MUHS 2-yard line as time expired. Two Tiger fumbles in the second quarter hurt their momentum; the second set up the Lakers’ late scoring bid.
A three-yard run by Spencer Carpenter, who ran for 61 yards on 14 carries, gave the Tigers the lead at 7:41 of the third quarter to make it 13-7 after a bad snap caused a failed point-after try.
Gleason (four of six passing for 71 yards) tossed a 15-yard TD pass to Doug DeLorenzo at 3:01 of the quarter to make it 20-7. A 28-yard halfback-option pass from Trey Kaufmann to DeLorenzo sparked that drive. Sheldrick capped the scoring with a four-yard run at 3:31 of the fourth quarter. Cody Pomainville intercepted a pass for the Tigers in the fourth.
Matt Hesford led the Laker rushers with 49 yards on 13 carries as the Tigers stiffened up on the ground after struggling in their loss to Brattleboro the week before. O’Connell finished 10 of 16 through the air for 80 yards.
The Tigers, who have yet to face a team with a winning record, will visit struggling South Burlington on Friday night before heading to Essex the following week. Their final regular-season home game comes on Oct. 14 vs. Rice.
In D-II action on Friday, the Eagles knocked off host North Country, 28-23, as quarterback Coleman Russell threw for two touchdowns and 210 yards. Russell also ran nine times for another 56 yards, and the Eagle defense forced and recovered four fumbles, three in the second half as the Eagles came from behind.
One of Russell’s TD passes was a 35-yarder to Dylan Bradford, and it gave the Eagles the lead in the fourth quarter after North Country QB Evan Sarault tossed a 19-yard TD pass to Ethan Sarault with 10:23 left in the game. Bradford snagged four of Russell’s passes for 122 yards. Casey Kimball rambled for 58 yards to lead the Eagles on the ground as they outgained the Falcons, 355-223.
The 1-3 Eagles will look to make it two straight when the host D-II foe Lyndon at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
On Saturday, host Windsor thumped the defending D-III champion Otters, 55-13. The 4-0 Jacks took advantage of early OV miscues to score two touchdowns in the first five minutes and led at the half, 35-0.
OV scored in the third quarter on a 24-yard pass from second-string QB Tyler Rowe, a sophomore, to Payson Williams. Collin Parker rushed for a 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Otters. The Jacks, who had allowed just three touchdowns in the first three games, held OV leading rusher Brent Nickerson to about 60 yards.
The 2-2 Otters will entertain Missisquoi at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.