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Tigers Tame Vikings 18-12 At Doc Collins Field

Tuesday October 13, 2009

By Mike Cameron

   After taking the measure of Springfield during a foul weather fest that saw Middlebury take advantage of excellent field position for almost the entire game, the Tigers moved on to Lyndon Institute a team that has proven to be pesky even when Middlebury was a force to recon with in Division 1.

   The win over Springfield was a big one for Middlebury no matter the Divisional differences between the two teams. In very challenging conditions, the Tigers seemed to come together as a team on both sides of the ball.  They got the job done against a team that threatened to make a come-back till the final seconds ticked off.  This week it would be no different.  A Division II showdown with Lyndon Institute is always an interesting match up.

   Going in, Tiger fans were concerned about any “walking wounded” their team might have especially with the starters.  Lyndon is a team that would take advantage of any kinks in the Tigers armor.  The stage was set for a big Home Coming contest and the rains would visit Doc Collins Field once again.

Lyndon was coming off a thumping against league leading Colchester 48-21 as big Devon Grammo rushed for 169-yards and two touchdowns.  Viking speedster Bobby Hubbard also collected two TD’s and Kyle Greenwood rushed for 115-yards and threw a TD to Mike Austin demonstrating that the Vikings can generate offense.  Their problems had been on D.

   Middlebury has been just off the mark on offense….something that they seemed to be correcting against Springfield but their defense has been on the money for the last three games and should only get better when everyone is healthy.  A return to the line up by Jimmy Danyow from an early season knee sprain would give Middlebury a big step in the right direction.  The senior co-captain is awaiting orders from the doctor and going through p.t.  Even at (1-4,1-3), Middlebury would not be taking the Vikings lightly.  The Tigers can stop you and now they have proven that they can score regularly.

   Both teams take on the weather.  This one was played in a steady mist and drizzle.  Lyndon was quick on both sides of the ball but the Tigers scored first on a nice 23-yard Burrell to Bradford pass.  No point after made it 6-0.  Lyndon came back quickly and Kyle Greenwood lit the scoreboard with a 14-yard burst off tackle after a set up run by fleet footed Bobby Hubbard.  The field conditions made kicking the point all but impossible and it was tied at 6.

   Marshal Hastings showed some speed of his own on the ensuing kickoff and raced 40-yards down the field setting up Brandon Burrell for a 45-yard touchdown jaunt.  The missed point made it 12-12 and the fans were thinking perhaps OT.  But Bryan Ashley-Selleck’s 18-yard slog ended any chance of that and the Tiger’s defense closed out the Vikings 18-12.

   Middlebury is now 4-2 and 3-2 in the league.  The Vikes are only one tick in the win column.  The Tigers will travel to Apple Jack Field in Manchester to take on the Burr and Burton Bull Dogs this Friday night.  The Tigers seem to be on the move.

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