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Local high school football teams earn triumphs

IN OUR FALL Sports Report that ran in last Thursday’s edition we mistakenly ran a photo of the Middlebury Union High School junior varsity football team. Here is the photo we should have run of the MUHS Tiger Varsity football team. Our apologies for the error.

ADDISON COUNTY — All three area high school football teams picked up wins this past weekend, Middlebury and Otter Valley at home and the Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative program on the road.

TIGERS

The 1-2 Tigers broke through for their first victory by defeating visiting BFA-St. Albans, 27-20, on this past Friday. MUHS shut out the Bobwhites in the second half and broke a 20-20 tie with 8:53 remaining, when Jackson Gillett scored from 10 yards out.

Earlier QB Jacob Kemp tossed a 5-yard touchdown to Gillett. Also, Cam Stone (52 yards) and Cole Schnoor (60 yards) broke loose for long scoring runs.

BFA quarterback Seneca Durocher threw a 10-yard TD pass to Deagan Rathburn and ran for two scores.

The Tigers moved up to seventh place in the nine-team Division I standings. This Friday at 7 p.m. they will host third-place Rutland (2-1), which lost big at home to undefeated Burr & Burton on this past Friday.

EAGLES

The Eagles crunched winless host Missisquoi, 36-7, on Saturday to improve to 2-1, good for seventh place in the crowded D-III playoff race heading into a 1 p.m. Saturday date at OV.

MAV QB Zeke Dubois completed 12 of 20 passes for 183 yards, including TDs to Ian Funke and Tyler White. The Eagles also found success on the ground: Jamison Couture ran 15 times for 118 yards and Lucas Allen 12 times for 95 yards, and both scored rushing touchdowns.

Henry Tanner broke loose for a 49-yard scoring run for the host T-Birds.

OTTERS

The OV team’s 29-14 home victory on this past Saturday over winless Springfield gave the program a couple firsts: The 1-2 Otters claimed their first win of the season and of Coach Jordan Tolar’s high school head coaching career. They are currently in ninth place in the 13-team division, one place out of the playoff picture.

OV took an early lead on Keevon Parks’s 11-yard TD run and a two-point conversion. The score was set up by a 37-yard pass from QB Caleb Whitney to Luca Polli.

Otter Isaac Whitney intercepted a Springfield pass and then scored on a 1-yard run to make it 15-6 at the half. Caleb Whitney dashed into the endzone from 20 yards out in the third period to increase the lead to 22-6.

A 1-yard run by Cosmo QB Carson Clark and a two-point conversion made it at 22-14, but the Otters answered with a 9-yard Parks run early in the fourth quarter.

Parks finished with 120 yards on 16 carries, and Noel Pearsons also ran well, including a 43-yard ramble.

Clark threw for almost 300 yards for Springfield, including a first-half TD.

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