Hilltoppers Eye State Championship

stjfinalST. JOHNSBURY- The St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers season has come down to one final game. A game that every high school athlete dreams about, but only few actually experience.

The Hilltoppers are now 10-0 on the season, another dream worthy scenario for any athlete, which is impressive to say the least. Their opponents on Saturday are also undefeated, and have been for over two years. The last time the Middlebury Tigers lost was on November 2nd, 2012, in a semi-finals playoff game against Hartford, who ultimately won the state championship that year. The Tigers went undefeated during the 2013-2014 season, and also won the state championship. The team is looking to repeat this year, but the Hilltoppers are not going down without a fight.

 

Both teams had impressive playoff wins to get into the state championship game, the Hilltoppers defeated Essex in a game where quarterback Colton Hudson threw for 189 yards and a TD  while adding 61 more yards on the ground. Running back Caleb Stowell got into the end zone twice, and Ryan Haff ran for just over 100 yards. St. Johnsbury racked up 410 yards of total offense. Middlebury's playoff game had a similar turnout, as they shutout the fourth team they have played in five games, the margin of victory in those five games, 232-6. The Tigers got Colchester into a mess early, as they were up 21-0 at the half, after an 11 yard touchdown run by Cortland Fischer, and two touchdown runs by Cullen Hathaway. After allowing Colchester to gain 100 yards of offense in the first half, the Tigers defense stepped it up in the second, allowing only 16 yards of total offense. Middlebury's offense racked up 373 yards of total offense, which includes 297 on the ground, thanks to a handful of running backs including Justin Stone, Bobby Ritter, Cullen Hathaway and lead rusher Cortland Fischer who gained 97 yards of his own.

So we have a tale of two unbeatens facing off in what could turn out to be a high scoring showdown. Can Colton Hudson and company find the end zone against a tough Tigers defense? Could Middlebury's 21 game winning streak come to an end? Or are the Tigers going to continue their dominance in Division I and roll through the Hilltoppers? These questions will soon be answered as the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers (10-0) take on the Middlebury Tigers (10-0) in the Division I State Championship game, this Saturday at 5 p.m at Rutland High School.

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