2,143 fans braved the rain, wind, and cold to watch Hartford hold off Rutland 47-37 in Rutland, VT. Both the visiting Hurricanes and the Raiders were fighting for playoff positioning. With a win the Hurricanes would seal up the #1 seed in the playoffs, while Rutland with a win had an outside chance at grabbing a top seed but with a loss the Raiders could fall all the way to #6.
Hartford got on the board first but a missed extra point gave them a 6-0 lead. The Raiders answered with what would become the first of two long touchdown passes that were tipped by one player, caught and taken in for a touchdown by a different player. However, the Hurricanes would answer right back to take a 13-6 lead. After a FG cut the lead to 4 Hartford took control of the game and scored the final two touchdowns of the half to take a 27-9 lead in to intermission.
Hartford picked up in the 2nd half where they left off in the first by scoring first in the 3rd quarter to increase the lead to 34-9. The game looked like it was about to get out of hand but no one told Coach Norman and his team. The Raiders scored 20 straight points to turn what was looking like a blowout in to a barn burner. However, Hartford righted the ship and with the help from a great running game which amassed over 400 yards on the ground the Hurricanes pulled away with two more touchdowns to give themselves a 47-29 lead. Rutland would add a touchdown and a 2 point conversion with less than a minute to end the scoring.
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- Rutland vs. Hartford 2012