Hurricanes Win High Scoring Thriller
Big 2nd half powers Canes over Rutland
By John Seaver
Better late than never may be Hurricane junior Nick Porter's new mantra. Arriving at Rutland high school minutes before the kickoff due to a rehearsal dinner engagement, Porter ran for 4 TD's in Hartford's come from behind 52-40 victory over rival Rutland in the US Marines sponsored Great American Rivalry Series game Friday night.
Better late than never could also describe the Hurricanes effort Friday night as the Raiders started the game on fire ripping thru the Canes defense for 284 first half yards to build a 27-8 lead with just 1:11 to play in the first half. The Canes only score was a 37 yard pitch and catch from Tyler Hamilton to Austin Gaudette that at the time cut the Rutland lead to 13-8.
But in perhaps the biggest drive of the season the Canes needed two plays and used just 40 seconds to score just before the end of the half. On the first play Hamilton took the snap and scrambled for 42 yards to the Raider 38 yard line. On the next play Nick Porter scored his first of four TD's and after a successful 2 point conversion, the Canes cut the Raider lead to 27-16 at the half.
The third quarter resembled a video game as both teams scored at will. Rutland senior QB Jared Miglorie, who had 4 TD's on the ground and one passing, increased the Raider lead to 33-16 with a 47 yard run with 4:14 to play in the quarter. The Canes struck back 30 seconds later when Tyler Hamilton scored on a 50 yard run of his own. A minute later Miglorie answered with his 4th rushing TD of the game, this one from 11 yards out to increase Rutland's lead to 40-24. On the very next play from scrimmage, Nick Porter sprinted 65 yards to pay dirt and after the Canes converted their 4th staright 2-pt conversion, the deficit was down to 8, 40-32 with 2:07 to play in the third.
The Hurricane D then took a stand. The Raiders 5 4th quarter possessions were Punt, Downs, Interception, Punt, Fumble and a net of just 1 yard. After the Canes turned the Raiders over on downs, Nick Porter scored his 3rd TD of the game on a 70 yard run to pull the Canes to within 2 at 40-38 but the 2-pt conversion failed.
On the next Rutland possession, Riley Packard intercepted a Miglorie pass and returned it to the Raider 35. The Canes cashed in the turnover when Kody Rhodes scored from 7 yards out to give Hartford a 44-40 lead with 7:12 to play. Nick Porter later iced the game with his 4th TD, this one from 33 yards out and the Canes had finished a huge comeback outscoring Rutland 44-13 over the final 25 minutes of the game.
Asked about his teams comeback, Hartford head coach Matt Trombly was quick to praise the character of his players saying "It's a testament to the kind of players we have in Hartford. They believe in each other and in the program. They never give up and play with tremendous heart."
The win was Hartford's 3rd straight and after an opening night loss to St Johnsbury. The Raiders record falls to 1-3 and have now lost 3 straight after an opening night win.
The game was designated as one of the over 100 featured games in the nationwide 2017 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the United States Marines. Hartford's Tyler Hamilton and Rutland's Dylan Moore were honored before the game as the Top Scholar Athlete from each school. Both players were presented with a college scholarship in recognition of their academic achievement and athletic excellence.
Dylan Moore & Tyler Hamilton
Category 5 Hurricane Player of the Game: Junior Nick Porter who had TD runs of 38, 65, 70 & 33 yards to power the Hartford comeback.
Hartford's next game is home, next Friday 7:00 vs Brattleboro. Rutland hosts Middlebury next Friday also at 7:00.
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