ESSEX -- Joey Picard tossed five touchdown passes and ran for another to power the Essex football team past Brattleboro, 48-7, in Friday’s season-opener.
Tyler Higley fired a 30-yard TD strike to Josh LaValley in the second quarter for the only BUHS score. The Colonels trailed 35-7 at the half.
Brattleboro’s Elliot Gragen and Jake Gaboriault combined to rush for over 100 yards. Higley picked off two passes to lead the BUHS defense.
The 0-1 Colonels will host CVU on Friday at 7 p.m.
In other games on the gridiron: BFA-St. Albans outscored St. Johnsbury 26-6, Burr and Burton blitzed MAU 52-33, Hartford held off Colchester 13--7, Middlebury mauled Mount Mansfield 28-6, Otter Valley sunk Springfield 48-6, Rutland edged South Burlington 17-14, Spaulding denied North Country 28-16 and Woodstock whipped BFA-Fairfax 48-19.
Bellows Falls 20, Fair Haven 14
FAIR HAVEN -- Ethan Illingworth hooked up with Mike LaBeau for a 43-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to give the Terriers a victory over the defending Division 2 Champions.
The visitors took a 6-0 lead to the break after Carson Fullam’s three-yard sweep to paydirt and later added a two-yard sneak by Illingworth to increase the advantage.
Zach Rawling finished with 115 rushing yards on 25 carries for the winners.
The 1-0 Terriers will host RIce on Friday at 7 p.m.
Bellows Falls roster: Head Coach -- Bob Lockerby. Players -- Jean St. Pierre, Ethan Illingworth, Chris Armstrong, Brendan Kelly, Kyle O’Rourke, Zachary Rawling, Trevor Wilson, Austin Stack, Michael LaBeau, Ian McKeen, Stewart Shaughnessy, David Dunbar, Ethan Amidon, Jakob Mead, Carson Fullam, Ed Rodriguez, Cody Kerr, Tyler Holmes, Kyle Record, Colby Howe, Jacob Hodsden, Shane Brown, Khol Hitchcock, Dan Armstrong, Anthony Gervais, Tucker Lawrence, Zachary Tarvit, Emilano Ramos, Cooper Newell, Josh Morey, Matt Conkey, Nick Sprague, Nathan Elmore, Kyle Reeve, Isaiah Hopkins, Ben Masure, Brian McAnuff.
Wilton 2, Hinsdale 1
HINSDALE, N.H. -- The visitors tallied 18 minutes into the second half to break a 1-1 tie and held on for the victory.
"It was a good game. We improved on our performance from the first game. We had a couple of chances to finish, but we weren’t able to put it in," said Pacers coach Drew Arsenault.
Trailing 1-0, Hinsdale’s Mackenzie Schultz deadlocked the game late in the opening half with an assist from Skylar Bonnette. Bridget Bourne finished with a dozen saves.
The 0-2 Pacers will play an away game on Wednesday.
SAXTONS RIVER -- The PVA sign-ups for the 2102-2013 hockey season will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Vermont Academy Ice
Rink, from 3-5 p.m., for ages 4-19. PVA plays hockey at Vermont Academy with practice two nights a week and games on weekends. The season starts at the end of October and runs through the end of February. Hockey equipment is supplied for ages 4-7 and there are equipment swaps and tradeups for all ages. All players will also be required to register with USA Hockey. For more information, visit the PVA website at www.pvahockey.org.