Photo Gallery | Brattleboro crushes South Burlington
BRATTLEBORO — On a day that's supposed to be all about a king and a queen, it was the Brattleboro varsity football team's defense that ruled.
The Colonels held South Burlington to just 80 total yards from scrimmage and also forced three turnovers on Homecoming Weekend, leading to a 40-0 rout of the visiting Rebels.
Kris Carroll had a pick six, Matt Gaboriault intercepted a pass, and Will LaPorte had a strip and recovery to lead the way. Durin Hoyer, Conor Hiner and Louie Capy all ended one drive with a huge third-down tackle, while Kolton Ravenna, Korie Cliche, Isaih Gilbeau, Dylan Bailey, Griffin Lynde, Seth Rhodes and Jack Gagnon also played major roles defensively.
Senior running back Cheick Diakite carried the ball 23 times for 159 yards and three scores to power the BUHS offense. He also had a pair of long runs called back because of penalties.
The hosts scored 14 points in the opening quarter, thanks to a 24-yard interception return to the house by Carroll and then an 18-yard touchdown run from Diakite. Jack Price added the extra points.
Brattleboro added short TD runs by Ravenna and Diakite in the second quarter, giving the purple and white a 27-0 lead at the break. Offensive linemen Jordan Wright, Kyle Banford, Sam Barrows, Ryan Struthers, Cliche and Hoyer opened some gaping holes on both series, with the second of those including an impressive, one-handed catch near the goal line by tight end Taylor Patno on a pass from Tony Martinez.
Carroll had a tackle for loss and Gaboriault stepped in front of a Kevin Papariello pass during the scoreless third quarter. With the BUHS band and home crowd still making noise as the final 12 minutes ticked away, Diakite reached paydirt from 18 yards out and Capy added a 41-yard run to the end zone to cap the scoring.
Martinez completed 5 of 8 passes for 43 yards and one pick, with receptions coming from Patno, Gaboriault, Ravenna (2) and Lynde. Capy finished with 90 rushing yards on five totes and Ravenna chipped in with 40 yards on the ground.
The 2-2 Colonels will play at Colchester on Friday night at 7.