Oct. 23: Rebel Recap

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Thursday October 23, 2014

Football


The Rebels took another tough loss this past Saturday night, falling to Essex 35-30 in South Burlington’s final home game of the season. South Burlington went down fighting tough, quarterback Thomas Demag was able to pick apart the Hornet’s secondary for big yardage and three touchdown passes to keep the Rebels within striking distance. Brendan Gleason broke the game open for Essex by returning a kickoff 72 yards for a score to help put the Hornets up 28-15 at halftime. Essex got some critical offensive production from Joey Robinson in the second half. Robinson rushed for two touchdowns in the final two quarters, with his second score putting the Hornets up 35-23 early in the fourth quarter. The Rebels answered back, as South Burlington drove down field and Demag connected with receiver Cam Nolting for a score to cut Essex’s lead to five. The Rebels gambled on an on-side kick on the ensuing kickoff and made a successful recovery. However, the Hornets defense held strong, stymieing South Burlington’s final drive on the seventeen yard line to squash the Rebels comeback hopes. Nolting finished with two touchdown receptions in the game, while teammate Dylan Avery also hauled in a score. Colby Barrett led South Burlington in the running game, finding the endzone with a with a seven-yard rushing touchdown. South Burlington’s season wraps up with a disappointing 1-7 record.

Cross-Country

The South Burlington boys team dominated once again this past Saturday, coming in first place overall for a third consecutive year in the NVAC District Championship races. Sean Macdonald and Joey Staples were neck and neck crossing the finish line in the 2nd and 3rd spots overall respectively and followed closely by teammate Brandon Moran, who finished 5th. James Gregoire and Andy Tuttle also cracked the top ten for South Burlington, finishing 9th and 10th.

The South Burlington girls team finished sixth out of the eight competing schools on Saturday. Meghan Cook led the way for her team, finishing 8th out of a field of more than one-hundred and sixty runners. She was followed by teammates Eliza Thomas, who finished 16th overall, and Madison Duffy, who crossed the finish line in the 39th spot.

While head coach Geoff Bennett was impressed with the effort from both teams this past weekend, the focus has already turned from Saturday’s three-peat to the looming State Championship race held at Thetford this coming Saturday, 10/25. “I think the team is prepped and ready to do very well at the state championships on Saturday.” said Bennett “For the varsity seniors, this is the second or third time they’ll be racing at the state meet as the expected favorites. Winning a state championship is never easy, but these guys have demonstrated poise throughout the entire season and that will serve them well on Saturday. I am confident that, whatever the final result, they will leave no doubt about their efforts at Thetford. Go Rebels!”

Field Hockey

The Rebels wrapped up their regular season in an inauspicious manner this past week, having their Thursday road matchup against Mount Abraham canceled before returning home on Saturday and falling 3-0 to Middlebury. However, the Rebels wrap up their regular season with a stellar 8-5 record and the team and head coach Anjie Soucy are putting this last loss behind them and looking ahead to the emerging playoff picture. “Pairings come out today (Monday 10/20), but most likely we will be playing our quarterfinal this weekend at Middlebury.” said Soucy “We are focusing on taking things one game at a time. The team has a lot of potential to go far in the tournament.”

Girls Soccer

The South Burlington girls wrapped up their regular season this past week. Tuesday’s road game against Spaulding was canceled, before the Rebels traveled to North Country on Thursday and fell in a 1-0 loss. South Burlington ends its season with a 2-10-1 record.

Boys Soccer

The South Burlington boys team wrapped up their season this past week with one more win via shutout. After Wednesday’s road game against Spaulding was canceled, the Rebels traveled to North Country on Saturday and dispatched the Thunderbirds 4-0. The team ends its regular season with an impressive 12-1 record and prepares for the first round of the playoffs.

SOURCE: Peter Culkin, Correspondent