RUTLAND, VT - Seventeen St. Johnsbury high school seniors took to the football field on Saturday for the final time. They took on Middlebury for the State Championship over the weekend hoping to keep their perfect record.
This year has been an extra-ordinary year for the Hilltoppers of St. Johnsbury as they have more wins this year than the last three years combined.
Rich Alercio, St. Johnsbury Academy Coach reflects on this 10-0 season, "This was a special team. You don't go 10-0 and go to the State Championship every year. I think we can be competitive every year, I think we can be a team that competes and makes a playoff and makes a run every single year."
Going into halftime, the game was still close enough where the Hilltoppers could have made a run for it going into the second half. However, Middlebury capitalized on all of St. Johnsbury's mistakes and poor executions in the third and fourth quarters, making the final score not what the Hilltoppers hoped for.
Of course, this is more than just about the game. Even though the seniors will be moving on with their lives, the memories they shared throughout the season will last a lifetime.
"I love them. Great season. [Going] 10-0 is just an awesome feeling. Just being a part of this is an amazing feeling," said Quarterback for St. Johnsbury, Colton Hudson.
With the final score of 28-7, Middlebury repeats as division 1 champions. Over the past two years, the Tigers have won a consecutive 22 games.
Next year, the Hilltoppers hope to have as much success as this year's team had, and hope to go all the way in 2015.