BRATTLEBORO -- The Colonels are in the same boat as college teams such as Idaho, Colorado and UNLV.
They are all 0-3.
But while that NCAA trio is preparing to face average opponents in Week 4, Brattleboro’s varsity football team will be welcoming this state’s equivalent of Alabama on Friday night at 7.
That’s undefeated Hartford, which has outscored its first three foes -- Colchester, BFA-St. Albans and Mount Mansfield -- by a combined 82-14. And it’s doubtful that they will be looking ahead to next week’s game against winless MAU.
In order to pull off the upset, BUHS will likely need another monster game from quarterback Tyler Higley, who went 18-of-22 for 270 yards and three scores a week ago in Rutland. But they can’t afford a repeat of the nine penalties, three sacks and two turnovers.
The Hurricanes will be bringing a balanced running game. During their Week 2 trouncing of BFA-St. Albans, they got 99 rushing yards from Taylor Potter, 93 more from Josh Clafin and another 82 out of Johnathon Carlson.
And on Saturday at 1 p.m., the 2-1 Terriers will visit Division 3 Windsor.
The Jackets will be up against it, a week after losing to Mount Abraham 27-21. Quarterback Luke TanCreti led Windsor in that one, going 13-of-19 through the air with two touchdown strikes and adding another score on the ground.
Bellows Falls did give up 44 points in their latest contest,
Joey Picard, who threw five TD’s and five interceptions during last week’s 33-26 victory over CVU, will lead unbeaten Essex against Mount Mansfield in Week 4. And that stingy Rice defense, which hasn’t given up any points yet, will visit North Country tomorrow night.
Heisman hopeful Steele Dubrul of CVU kept the ball 24 times for 207 yards and a couple of trips to the house versus Essex. And Spaulding’s John Kilian had 13 carries for 174 yards in a 32-14 loss to St. Johnsbury.
Springfield, which had been outscored 108-6 in its first two games, forfeited to Lyndon last week and then canceled the rest of the games on their schedule. The Cosmos had just 35 players between JV and varsity, with just six of those being juniors and seniors. They were scheduled to play at Bellows Falls on Oct. 26.
The Week 4 schedule looks like this:
Friday at 7 p.m. -- Hartford at Brattleboro, BFA-St. Albans at Colchester, Burlington at South Burlington, Rutland at Middlebury, Mount Mansfield at Essex, Otter Valley at Milton, Rice at North Country, Lyndon at U-32, Spaulding at MAU.
Saturday at 1 p.m. -- Bellows Falls at Windsor, CVU at St. Johnsbury, Fair Haven at Poultney.
Shane Covey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.