Friday October 12, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- After playing 24 quarters of football this fall, Bellows Falls (5-1) and Lyndon (5-1) are separated by just .444 in the QPR standings.

That fraction is bigger than it looks, however, because it’s the difference between hosting the first-round playoff game and taking a long bus ride to it.

But, let’s face it, we all want those things settled on the gridiron instead of by a calculator. And that’s exactly what will happen tonight in Westminster, when the Terriers host the Vikings at 7.

Lyndon has other numbers to worry about than their 5.667 Quality Point Rating and the 6.111 next to Bellows Falls. There’s No. 11 Zach Rawling, who ran for 218 yards and three touchdowns to lead the purple and white versus North Country a week ago. Not to mention No. 30 Carson Fullam, who also reached the house three times in that contest.

A Vikings defense that had only given up 14 points during their 4-0 start, had 32 hung on them in a Week 6 loss to Burr and Burton. Star quarterback Jake Stalcup connected with Chris Redding for five TD passes in that shootout.

Offensively, the Vikes rely on James Shufelt. The QB threw for 128 yards and two scores, and also rushed for 79 yards, in a recent game against North Country.

Bellows Falls and Lyndon are just behind undefeated Rice (6-0) in the Division 2 standings.


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Milton (4-2) is alone in the fourth spot, with Burr and Burton (3-3) and Fair Haven (3-3) on the playoff bubble.

On Saturday, Brattleboro will visit Barre for a 2 p.m. game against 1-5 Spaulding. And the Colonels will be trying to slow down John Killian, who had 13 carries for 174 yards in the Crimson Tide’s 32-14 loss to St. Johnsbury early in the season.

Quarterback Tyler Higley has hooked up with Noah Simeon for a touchdown in each of the last two games for BUHS. After earning their first win in Week 5, the 1-5 Colonels fell to Burlington 20-12 on Oct. 5.

Tonight, Hartford will try to stay unbeaten when it hosts Burlington at 7. The Seahorses will be looking to stop workhorses Joe Wood and Jon Carlson -- Wood ran for four touchdowns and Carlson racked up 110 rushing yards last week against the Hilltoppers.

And the Division 1 game of the week is a matchup between Essex (5-1) and BFA-St. Albans (5-1). It will be Joey Picard’s aerial attack versus BFA bruisers Doug Saffo and Lucas Kelsey.

See the Vermont football standings, Week 6 scores and Week 7 schedule on page 12.

Shane Covey can be reached at scovey@reformer.com or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.