SOUTH BURLINGTON – Xavier Pigeon ran for four touchdowns and 121 yards, and Nate Parady added a 1-yard touchdown run to go along with 132 yards on the ground as BFA-St. Albans came from behind to top South Burlington 39-24 in high school football action Saturday night.
The Rebels opened a 12-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdowns by Colby Barrett and quarterback Thomas DeMag before Parady and Pigeon put BFA ahead 13-12 with 5:51 left in the second quarter.
Barrett, who led the Rebels with 130 yards rushing and three touchdowns, scored again but BFA responded with a 4-yard TD run by Pigeon to hold a 20-18 lead at the half.
DeMag had 55 yards rushing and 124 yards passing. BFA quarterback Mark Connor connected with Bennett Coseo for a 26-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-18 early in the third quarter. Barrett scored from five yards out with 6:08 left in the third to make it 27-24 but that was as close as the Rebels would make it.
•St. Johnsbury 54, Rice 36: Collin Urie totaled five touchdowns and host St. Johnsbury raced to a halftime lead before holding off Rice’s brief rally.
Urie ran for three scores and returned an interception for another SJA touchdown in the first half. Urie finished with 138 yards on the ground while also throwing for 96 yards and a score.
Jack Fitzgerald passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns, Cam Cousino added 82 rushing yards and two scores to lead Rice (1-5). Joey Hester also hauled in a pair of scores and Greg Bolger caught four balls for 79 yards.
Rice trailed 40-6 following Ethan Roberts’ 4-yard TD midway through the third quarter before closing the deficit to 46-30 in the first minute of the fourth. But Urie tacked on his final score to seal it for the Hilltoppers (3-3).
• Oxbow 32, North Country 22: Trailing 14-0 early, Oxbow rattled off 32 unanswered points to dispatch host North Country.
Jacob Stinson’s 33-yard field with 9:28 left in the third quarter gave Oxbow a 17-14 lead.
Dametreus Perry rushed for two scores and threw a TD pass to Dylan Griffin. Perry finished with 167 passing yards while Nick Grant added 49 rushing yards and a TD for Oxbow.
Evan Sarault threw for over 100 yards, ran for 54 yards and totaled three touchdowns, including a pair of scoring strikes to Hunter Stanley.
• Bellows Falls 35, Lyndon 6: Jahyde Bullard carried the ball six times for 110 yards and two touchdowns and Bellows Falls built up a 35-0 halftime lead en route to the home win over Lyndon.
Logan Cota, Shane Clark and Jacob Lober also scored touchdowns and Chris Doucet was a perfect 5 of 5 on extra points for Bellows Falls (6-0), which rested its starters in the second half.
Cameron Murray rushed from 7 yards out for Lyndon’s lone score in the third quarter.
• Burr and Burton 35, Mount Abraham 8: Griffin Stalcup totaled four touchdowns – including three through the air – to overcome three interceptions as visiting Burr and Burton topped Mount Abraham.
Stalcup tossed touchdown passes to Ray Gormley, Cody Roberts and Sean Apps. Kevin Gormley had a rushing TD for the Bulldogs (6-0).
Mount Abraham scored its touchdown in the fourth quarter.
• BFA-Fairfax 27, Poultney 6: Nick Place broke open a 12-6 game with a 91-yard touchdown run on a punt return and BFA-Fairfax won at Poultney.
Andrew Gomo led Fairfax with 75 yards rushing while Place tallied 72 yards and Damien Peatman addd 71. The Bullets (2-4) finished with 304 yards on the ground.
Poultney falls to 1-5.