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Bend-Don’t Break controversial Call Resilient Play Gives Tigers A Win
photo by Marcie Bolton1 Sam Smith, #35 and, senior Jessie Otis, #33, bringing down the offense.
Tuesday September 13, 2011
Marshall Hastings ran over 200 yards for the Tigers, and the defense came up big when it counted, in their Friday night game under the lights against D-I Essex Hornets. He and his teammates came out victorious for the second time in a row this season, as they defeated the tenacious hornets 31-28.
Essex played their no huddle offense like a song; yet Middlebury stayed the course, with Tyler Provencher directing play while in - coming off the field twice for injuries, the second time keeping him off. Marshall Hastings came in to cover as QB, executing on a few plays, and at one time keeping the ball and running for 20 yards. Hastings had 3 of the 4 TD’s, all running, one over 55 yards, and Tyler Provencher scored after recovering a fumbled punt.
During the fourth quarter, after a call on Essex for unnecessary roughness for a throw-down out of bounds, Middlebury gained yardage and went to kick for a 2 point conversion. The kick was blocked and simultaneously the ref blew an inadvertent whistle. Middlebury was allowed to re-kick. A loud collective boo came from the guest’s side, as the coaches paced. The kick was good, giving Midd a gift late in the game.
The celebration after the play resulted in an un-sportsman-like conduct penalty.
Tension was high at this point. The Hornets used it well and scored after a strong 20 yard throw into the end zone was completed. Essex then attempted an onside kick, which was whistled back because it was less than 10 yards, and Middlebury was given another gift. The clock expired and Middlebury came away with the win. What an exciting game for both teams.
The next game is at Home again against Mt. Anthony, Friday, September 16th at 7 p.m.
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