Thursday November 01, 2018
An exciting overtime in the last week of the season, earned the Burlington-South Burlington football team a rematch with No. 2 Rutland in the first round of the Division I playoffs on Friday night.
The seventh-seeded SeaWolves could not summon their Week 8 magic and fell to the Raiders 34-14 to end their season.
Manny Dodson provided the SeaWolves with a solid effort in the running game, scoring the first touchdown of the game for the visitors on a 4-yard rush.
Kevin Papariello threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Javen Sears in the fourth quarter to wrap up the scoring for the SeaWolves.
In between the two scores, Rutland racked up 34 points on five touchdowns. Quarterback Ryan Moore went 11-for-18 passing for 204 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for a third.
Dakota Peters ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns as Rutland booked a spot in the semifinals. The Raiders will face No. 6 St. Johnsbury on Friday.
Burlington-South Burlington wraps up the regular season with a 5-4 record in their first year as a combined school team.
The postseason came to a quick conclusion for the South Burlington boys soccer team.
The Wolves, who held the No. 4 seed in the Division I tournament, fell to No. 13 Burlington, 1-0, in the playdowns on Tuesday afternoon.
Hussein Mubarak had the only goal of the game for the Seahorses, who moved on to defeat No. 5 Middlebury in the quarterfinals and advance to a semifinal matchup with No. 1 Champlain Valley on Tuesday.
Mubarak collected a pass from Jake Manley and broke in on goal, cutting back to avoid a defender, and scoring with 16 minutes remaining in regulation. Elliot Maher stopped four South Burlington shots to earn the shutout.
Ben Capano had six saves in goal for South Burlington, who finish the season at 9-5-1.
After beating No. 12 Mount Anthony in straight sets in the Division I girls volleyball playdowns, South Burlington fell to Lyndon 3-1 in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The fifth-seeded Wolves earned their first ever playoff win with the victory over the Patriots on Tuesday.
South Burlington won the first set 25-12, then the second 25-18 and the third 25-17 to wrap up the win.
The Wolves then advanced to face No. 4 Lyndon on Friday. The Vikings took a 1-0 lead on 25-5 win in the first but South Burlington briefly tied it up after winning the second 25-19. The Wolves then dropped the final two sets (25-20 and 25-18) to suffer the loss.
South Burlington finishes the season at 10-5.
After two-time defending champs Champlain Valley cruised through the first two sets, the South Burlington boys volleyball found their game in the third.
The Wolves went up 12-9, then traded the lead back and forth with the Redhawks over the next 15 points as they looked to extend the Division I semifinal match on Monday.
The top-seeded Redhawks’ experience won out, however, as they took a lead at 19-18 and never relinquished it, winning the third set 25-19 to clinch the win and book a spot in the finals.
“We weren’t even really a team last year and we couldn’t pass a ball when we started,” said South Burlington coach Ellen Oppenheim. “So the fact that we are even here and we went 19-25 in the last set is so big for us.”
While the Wolves fell in the semifinals, it was a big step forward for the young South Burlington program.
“I am proud of the way they came together,” Oppenheimer said. “When they started they were six individuals on the court, they finally started to play like a unit. I am just very proud of them.”
With only one senior and one junior, South Burlington has a lot to look forward to for next season.
“We are planning on building up the team, building up the program,” Oppenheimer said. “It’s going to be nuts next year.”
South Burlington finishes the season at 6-8.
SOURCE: Lauren Read, Correspondent