Saturday, November 12th
CASTLETON, Vt - It was a good day to be a top seed at Castleton State College.
For the second year in a row, the three Vermont high school state championship games were held in a triple header at Spartan Stadium.
The day started at 11am with the Division Three final between top seed Woodstock and number three Windsor.
Junior fullback Ed Doton rushed for three touchdowns as Woodstock captured its first Division III State Championship since 2006 with a 27-7 victory over Windsor.
Doton ran for 255 yards and was part of a Wasp ground attack which churned out 365 yards. Junior Nicholas Sprague added 83 yards and a score for Woodstock. The victory was also the 200th for head coach Jim McLaughlin, and his eighth state championship.
The Wasps' defense held Windsor in check without an offensive touchdown and allowed just 173 total yards of offense. Matt Rafus led the Yellow Jackets with 40 rushing yards while Kyle Cushing added five catches for 51 yards. Quarterback Luke TanCreti was 8-for-21 for 113 yards and threw two interceptions.
Sprague got Woodstock on the board with 3:26 remaining in the first quarter and Doton made it 14-0 on a 32-yard scamper with just one second left in the first.
Neither team scored until Windsor got on the board with 7:35 in the third. Rafus blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt by Woodstock and Ethan Hill picked up the ball and went 75 yards in for the score.
In the final quarter of action, Doton added touchdown runs of nine and 35 yards to seal the victory for the Wasps.
Sophomore Oliver Kaija was distruptive on defense, finishing with nine tackles, including 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss. Doton added ten tackles at linebacker.
The Hartford Hurricanes never trailed and outscored Middlebury 28-0 in the second half on their way to a 42-6 victory over the Tigers and their second straight Division I state championship at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Hartford held Middlebury without an offensive touchdown and allowed the Tigers just 88 yards of total offense. Conversely, the Hurricanes gained 444 yards of total offense, including 362 on the ground. Seniors Troy Bell and Miles Latham both went over 100 yards, as Bell finished with 109 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown while Latham added 102 on 18 rushes and two scores.
The state championship is the second straight for the Hurricanes and their fourth in the last five years. They finish the season with a perfect 11-0 record while Middlebury drops to 9-2.
Hartford got on the board 7:03 into the first quarter and then made 14-0 as Tucker Stone connected with Travis Wilson for a 38-yard touchdown pass.
On the ensuing kickoff, Marshall Hastings took the ball back 79 yards to the house to cut the lead to 14-6. The extra point attempt went wide and the two teams went into the half locked in a 14-6 battle.
The Hurricanes marched four plays in 60 yards to open the second half, the last 55 of which came on a run by Bell. Just over five minutes later it was Latham who went in from six yards out.
Latham added a two-yard run with 11:38 remaining in the game to push the lead to 35-6. Stone capped off the scoring with just 1:48 left, intercepting a Tyler Provencher pass and returning it 36 yards for the touchdown.
Provencher finished 3-for-7 for 61 yards and two picks. He also led the Tigers' rushing attack with 25 yards on ten carries. Mitchell Clarke finished with a game-high 13 tackles for Middlebury in the loss.
Bobby Annis led Hartford with nine tackles including 2.5 for a loss.
Fair Haven's offense couldn't be contained on Saturday evening as they totaled over 500 yards of total offense on the way to a 57-34 victory over Burr & Burton at Spartan Stadium to claim the school's first Division III state championship since 2001.
Senior Robert Coloutti was the architect of the Slater offense, slicing through the Bulldogs defense for a team-high 141 rushing yards and three scores. He also added 147 yards through the air tossed a pair of touchdowns. Tailback Austin Amery was also vital to the Fair Haven attack, rushing for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
The first quarter was relatively calm as Fair Haven held a slight 8-7 advantage after the first 13 minutes. The Bulldogs flexed their muscles in the second quarter out-scoring Burr & Burton 22-7 in the period. The final two scores came in the final three minutes on touchdown passes by Coloutti of 65 and 71 yards to Dakota Euber and Levi Ellis.
The Bulldogs tried to climb back in it in the second half but just traded touchdowns for the remainder of the game. Brady Murtagh had the most impressive run of the night for Burr & Burton, going 63 yards midway through the third quarter.
Murtagh finished with a team-high 88 yards and two touchdowns to lead the rushing attack. Junior quarterback Jake Stalcup was 19-for-41 through the air for 293 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His main target was Eamon Walsh, who caught eight passes for 151 yards and one score. Senior Bryan Wilkins was everywhere on defense for the Bulldogs totally an impressive 17 tackles.
With the win Fair Haven clinches its 12th state championship and finishes with a 9-2 record. Burr & Burton finishes its season with a 7-4 after reaching its first-ever Division II championship.
--- Castleton Sports Information
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