BRATTLEBORO — Burlington will be seeking revenge and Brattleboro will be looking to stay in the playoff hunt in Week 7 of the Vermont high school football season.
The Seahorses, who gave up 190 rushing yards to Jahyde Bullard and lost to Bellows Falls 34-21 in last year's Division 2 semifinal, will return to Hadley Field for a rematch on Saturday at 1 p.m.
"We are healthy and ready to go," said BF coach Bob Lockerby. "This is the time of year to show what you have worked for all year. There are no easy games from now until you put the gear away."
Burlington (5-1) routed Milton 40-14 in its latest game, behind Kevin Garrison's two rushing touchdowns and another through the air. Bullard had four touchdowns on the ground when the Terriers improved to 6-0 via a 48-8 victory over Lyndon.
In Division 1 action, Brattleboro (2-4) will host Essex (4-2) tonight at 7.
"This is a big week for us. We have not played well the past couple weeks and we know that. We know that we can play smarter and better football. We just have to put in the work. We need to be focused on the now and not the what ifs," stated Colonels coach Chad Pacheco. "This game is going to take everybody — coaches, players and even fans. We need our fans to bring the noise and be loud. We need that home field advantage and players feed off energy, so if our fans can bring energy it will give us a big boost. Don't be quiet at this one."
Brattleboro blew a nine-point lead in Colchester and then lost 33-0 to Rutland, following a 2-2 start. With quarterback Tony Martinez injured, freshman Tyler Millerick will get the start under center.
"We need the kid to control the ball and not turn it over. We need him to make some throws to keep our offense rolling. We have a lot of faith in him and know he will lead us. There isn't a moment too big for him," Pacheco said. "On offense, we need a big game out of our offensive line. We need the heart of our team to step up and take charge. We are looking for Cheick (Diakite), Kolton (Ravenna), Matt (Gaboriault) and Griffin (Lynde) to have big games in the skill set."
Liam Coulter ran the ball 22 times for 152 yards as Essex zipped Middlebury 17-0 a week ago. The highlights for the Hornets in that one were Coulter's 59-yard run to the house and an 85-yard fumble return to paydirt by Jordan Hines.
"On defense, we need Conor (Hiner), Durin (Hoyer), Seth (Rhodes) and our defensive line to have big games. Essex has a great run game and two great backs. We have to bring a physical, no nonsense defense and have more than two guys in on every tackle," commented the BUHS coach. "We feel good about our week of work. The horse is in the barn, now it's time to go get a W."
The Colonels are on the bubble, sitting eighth in the Division 1 standings — in position to get the final playoff spot. Bellows Falls is ranked second in Division 2, with defending champion Burr and Burton just ahead of them.
Week 7 Schedule
Essex at Brattleboro
Rutland at BFA-St. Albans
CVU at MAU
Colchester at South Burlington
Hartford at St. Johnsbury
Rice at Middlebury
Burlington at Bellows Falls
Burr and Burton at Lyndon
Milton at Fair Haven
Mount Abe at Otter Valley
North Country at Mount Mansfield