CVU football state championship celebration

CVU football players celebrate the school’s first-ever state football championship Saturday in Rutland after the Redhawks defeated Middlebury with a last-second goal line stand.  PHOTO COURTESY OF PAUL LAMONTAGNE/VTSPORTSIMAGES.COM

All season long, the Champlain Valley football team has been led by a high-powered offense that has helped CVU blow teams away. But on the night of the Division I state championship game Saturday in Rutland, and with a title on the line, it was the defense that saved the day.

Champlain Valley stopped Middlebury from completing a comeback with a goal line stop as time expired to win the D-I title game 24-19 and capture the program’s first state championship. 

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“We legitimately lost our mind … Everybody on the defense began to run toward the sideline and everybody on the sideline began to run toward the defense,” said Rahn Fleming, CVU headcoach, after the game. PHOTO COURTESY OF PAUL LAMONTAGNE/VTSPORTSIMAGES.COM