Tiger football pulls out key D-I victory

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School football team picked up a critical Division I victory over visiting Burlington-South Burlington on Friday, 19-14, in a back-and-forth contest.
The Tigers improved to 4-3, 3-3, in the league. A victory over 1-6 Champlain Valley this Friday at Doc Collins Field will cement their playoff position.
The SeaWolves, also 4-3, rallied from a 13-0 third-quarter deficit to lead, 14-13, by scoring after two Tiger fumbles. The first score first came they recovered on the Tiger 16. Soon afterward Manny Dodson ran for a touchdown from 5 yards out at 5:15 of the third quarter.
The Tigers then marched into SeaWolves’ territory and had a Tyler Buxton touchdown run nullified by a holding call. After another fumble — the Tigers lost four fumbles in the third period — SeaWolf Kai Schmidt ran for a 66-yard score to make it 14-13 at 1:08 of third quarter.
The Tigers then fumbled again, but Dunn picked off a SeaWolf pass in the Tiger end zone to open the fourth quarter and keep it a one-score game. In all, the Tigers limited two SeaWolves quarterbacks to six completions in 12 attempts for 51 yards.
The Tigers mounted a penalty-aided drive and scored the winning touchdown when Buxton hit Zach Dunn with a 32-yard halfback-option pass to make it 19-14 with 4:30 left in regulation.
Buxton intercepted a Duncan MacDonald pass near midfield two minutes later to clinch the victory.
The Tigers took a 7-0 halftime lead on a two-yard run by quarterback Tim Goettelmann that capped a 70-yard drive. MUHS made it 13-0 when Simon Fischer returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards.
Buxton led the Tigers with 110 yards rushing on 11 carries, while Schmidt rushed 21 times for 126 yards for the SeaWolves.

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