LI v. ST. J: A rivalry 113 games in the making

LI v. ST. J thumbnailLYNDONVILLE - The annual football rivalry match between Lyndon Institute and St. Johnsbury Academy unravelled Saturday the 21st. With a final score of 61 - 14, the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers had a big win over the Vikings of Lyndon Institute, the game left some players bruised and others headstrong. However, the hard work and dedication on both sides of the ball made parents and coaches feel pride and accomplishment in their players.

 

The game on Saturday started with St. Johnsbury Academy getting off to an early lead, running up 48 points in the first half, However, the Vikings of Lyndon Institute did not allow the Hilltoppers to go into the half with a complete shut out. Junior running back for the Vikings, Steven Ferraro, was able to run the ball into the end zone for the Vikings making the score 48 - 7 going into the half. In the second Half the Hilltoppers were able to keep the Vikings out of their end zone while scoring an additional two touchdowns to make the score 61 - 7 midway through the fourth quarter. This score would change before the game ended, with L.I.'s senior Connor Whitehead running the ball into the end zone for the Viking's second touchdown of the game. The score would not change for either team from that point on however, and the game ended with the Hilltoppers victorious, in a hard fought game.

Rich Alercio, the Head Coach of St. Johnsbury Academy, was very pleased with his teams win. "It's our rivalry game, a game we must win... the game represented an opportunity to have an undefeated regular season, which was our second time in the last four years, so we were able to accomplish two goals in one game." Truly an outstanding record for the Hilltoppers going into playoffs, making them one of the best teams in the state, by record, for Division one.

Although it was a hard loss for the Vikings of Lyndon Institute, Their Head Coach Chad Simpson had nothing but good things to say about his players, and the players of St. Johnsbury Academy. "You know, sometimes you just run into teams that create a lot of mismatches, credit to St. Johnsbury, they are a strong team." The Vikings are a team in Division 2 for the NCAA, whereas the Hilltoppers are a Division 1 team. While the difference in division did not discourage the Vikings from playing with all their might, their Head Coach accepted that St. Johnsbury Academy is a football force to be reckoned with. "They are the class of division one and it's clear why they are undefeated, and why they are one of the best teams in the state."

When asked where the coaches will go from here, they both said that preparations for playoffs are in the works, and that neither side can wait for next years game.

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