Thursday November 07, 2013
The South Burlington Rebels advanced to their first Division 1 State Championship since 2007 this past Friday night, as they defeated the third-seeded CVU Redhawks 27-0 . Tanner Contois made big plays in key situations, and while the Rebels have come to rely on him in offensive situations, Contois stepped up defensively as South Burlington’s punter, making a touchdown saving tackle at the five yard line with 1.1 seconds in the first half to keep the Redhawks off the board. The Rebels batted away a CVU pass attempt on the final play of the first half and South Burlington went into the locker room with a 14-0 lead. Hunter Riehle provided the aerial counterpart to South Burlington’s rushing attack, and while the senior attempted just twelve passes in the game, he connected on six for ninety yards. Cam Nolting had four catches in the game and helped get South Burlington on the board by hauling in a 23 yard touchdown score in the first half. Jeremy Clements also snared a touchdown catch to put South Burlington up by two scores. Contois helped put the game out of reach with an electrifying 94 yard dash to the end zone with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter and the Rebel defense did its part, halting three CVU drives that reached inside the ten yard line. A final Contois rushing score wrapped up the contest for South Burlington. The senior tailback finished with 234 rushing yards on 25 carries and two touchdown scores. South Burlington advances to the championship game where they will face the undefeated Middlebury Tigers this Saturday, November 9th, at Rutland High School at 5pm.
South Burlington’s season came to an end in a 1-0 loss to Hartford last week. The Rebels played aggressively on both sides of the ball, but were unable to penetrate an unflappable Hurricane’s defense and struggled to convert offensive opportunities into scores. South Burlington wraps up its season with a 7-6-3 record.