Assistant Sports Editor
BENNINGTON -- The Middlebury football team scored early and often on Friday night, as the Tigers downed the Mount Anthony Union High School Patriots 48-6 on Mount Anthony's senior night at Spinelli Field in Bennington.
12 different players carried the ball for the Tigers during the game, amassing 314 rushing yards on the way to a comfortable victory.
Mount Anthony received the ball to start, but after a 3-and-out Middlebury got the ball and took just five plays to find the end zone, as Nicholas Felkl took a 12-yard pitch to the end zone. After the PAT it was 7-0.
After another 3-and-out by the Patriots, the Tigers would use just three plays to score the next touchdown, with quarterback Austin Robinson bootlegging a run to the right for 46 yards and the score.
On the next series, the Tigers would force a fumble and Sam Usilton would recover and return it to the end zone, After another PAT it was 21-0.
The Patriots would fumble the ball on the next play from scrimmage, and the Tigers would get another touchdown on a 20-yard run by Cullen Hathaway. After a missed PAT, it was 27-0.
But the Patriots would finally find some footing after that score.
On the next series, the Patriots drove the ball 80 yards on 13 plays for the score. Tyler Mattison (5 carries, 66 yards, TD) would get the ball on a trap run up the gut and go 27 yards for the score.
During the series, punter Pat Powers (12 carries, 16 yards) converted a key fourth down play after he faked a punt, only to run to the left and gain enough for the first. Jacob Normyle also accounted for 31 yards of offense on the drive to help keep the chains moving for Mount Anthony.
But the touchdown would do little to slow the Tigers.
On the next drive, Matthew Dunton (8 carries, 109 yards, 2 TDs) would 5 play drive with a 2-yard dive, making it 34-6.
The Tigers would add one more score before the half, with Robinson connecting with Hathaway for a 38-yard pitch-and-catch, making it 41-6 at halftime.
At the half, the Tigers had run 22 plays and gained 265 yards.
In the second half, things would slow down greatly, but the Tigers would add one more score.
It came on the first series of the half, with Dunton running 38 yards for the score.
The Patriots would mount one serious drive in the second half, as Normyle piled up short yards to keep the chains moving while Mattison ripped off a 26-yard run to get the ball into Middlebury territory.
But the drive would end when Noah Williams just missed on a 25-yard field goal attempt.
Jacob Normyle, while not finding the end zone for the Patriots, did manage to rush for 73 yards on 14 carries to lead the Patriots rushing attack. Quarterback Damon Young was 5-for-10 for 38 yards and one interception, while Noah Normyle was 2-for-5 for 50 yards in the loss.
The loss drops MAU to 0-6 on the year, while Middlebury improves to 6-0.