BRATTLEBORO >> Using a "Win the Day" motto, first-year head coach Chad Pacheco guided the Brattleboro Union High School varsity football team to a 4-5 record.
The highlights were a comeback victory over rival MAU and the program's first playoff game in 10 years. But it was during that wildcard game versus CVU on Natowich Field that the purple and white were robbed, when an inadvertant whistle following a blocked field goal canceled out Kolton Ravenna's game-winning touchdown.
Brattleboro got five rushing TD's from junior running back Cheick Diakite in wins against both Saint Johnsbury and South Burlington, behind the talented offensive line of Kyle Banford, Brandon Niemczyk, Jordan Wright, Korie Cliche and Eli Kapral. Quarterback Tony Martinez and end Evan Perkins put on a show during the postseason heartbreaker, connecting four times for 51 total yards through the air.
"Me and my football team would like to thank the Brattleboro community for all of their support this past year. With the fans, we have brought back Brattleboro football, and it is hear to stay. We look forward to seeing them next fall, out there supporting us again. We don't rebuild, we reload," said coach Pacheco.
Two Brattleboro standouts, Aleks Harrison and Taylor King, will play in the 15th annual North-South Senior All-Star Game on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Middlebury College's Alumni Stadium, at 12:30 p.m.
"Aleks was the heart and soul of our defense," noted Pacheco. "This past year, he was a great leader for us on the field and off. He is the type of kid coaches love to have on their team. He comes to work every day, never lacks in effort, and always has a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed next year, but we are happy that he gets to show off his skills in this senior showcase."
The starting linebacker racked up 60 solo tackles, 10 assisted tackles and three sacks over the past two seasons. King scored five offensive touchdowns for the Colonels and also picked off three passes as a defensive back.
"Taylor was a great senior leader for us and always brought high energy to the practice and game field. Whenever we needed a big play, Taylor was there for us. He is a hard-working kid that loves to play the game, and you can see that when he is on the field. We hope Taylor has a great time and shows off his skills in this senior showcase," Pacheco told the Reformer.