Through Week 4
1. Middlebury (4-0): The Tigers ran all over Rutland with 35 first-half points. Austin Robinson led the charge as the Tigers pitched their second shutout of the season. (they have allowed 13 points in four games). Friday’s win also marked the return of Sam Smith, a key defensive player who made our all-state first team in 2012. Last week: 1.
2. South Burlington (4-0): BFA coach Geoff Murray, following the 46-10 defeat Friday night, summed it up best on this year’s South Burlington squad: “They’re a complete team on both sides of the ball.” Last week: 2.
3. Hartford (2-2): The Hurricanes got back on track following a two-game losing streak by rolling over Brattleboro. Patrick Libuda led the attack with 146 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the team’s first home game of the season. Last week: 3.
4. Champlain Valley (4-0):The Redhawks have been a second-half team all season. That will likely have to change with CVU visiting top-ranked Middlebury on Friday night. Last week: 4.
5. Lyndon (4-0): Overcoming a 16-0 deficit, the Vikings scored 36 unanswered points to drop defending-champion and (now injured-riddled) Rice. Last week: 5.
6. Burlington (2-2): The Seahorses contained MMU’s offense and made the big plays when it mattered – including a decisive long drive to get the lead in the fourth quarter – to head into their bye feeling pretty good. Last week: Unranked.
7. Essex (2-2): An opportunistic defense and Joey Robertson’s big offensive effort pushes the Hornets into the top 10. Last week: Unranked.
8. BFA-St. Albans (2-2): The Bobwhites couldn’t generate enough offense or stop the Rebels’ explosive attack. Then again, who has? Last week: 6.
9. Woodstock (3-0): The Wasps, coming off a win vs. Oxbow, travels to Mill River in Division’s regular-season game of the year. Last week: 9.
10. Rutland (2-2): The Raiders could never recover from their first-half woes against Middlebury. And Essex, suddenly back in the playoff picture following two wins, comes to Rutland this weekend. Last week: 7.
On the bubble: Mount Mansfield (2-2)
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