Cougars pounce on Colonels

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BRATTLEBORO — While some people were checking out "It" at the Latchis Theater on Friday evening, others packed Natowich Field to cheer for Brattleboro's varsity football team.

They were all covering their eyes with their hands at times.

The Colonels gave up 302 rushing yards and turned the ball over three times in a nightmarish 41-0 loss to visiting Mount Mansfield.

Brattleboro's best chance to score came early in the first quarter after a snap sailed over the head of punter Asa Carlson to give the hosts possession at the Mount Mansfield 34. BUHS quarterback Tyler Millerick moved the chains via a seven-yard keeper but the drive eventually stalled when a fourth-down completion from Millerick to Kris Carroll came up short of the marker.

The Cougars' defense limited the purple and white to 93 rushing yards and 43 through the air. Defensive end Mark Howland had a sack and also batted down a pass, Patrick Burke and Sylas Hallock each had a tackle for loss, Adam Fischer and Harrison Leombruno-Nicholson both recovered a fumble, and Mason Combs chipped in with an interception.

Millerick, a sophomore, was often seen running for his life. He took off 17 times for a team-high 46 rushing yards and completed 8 of 20 passes for 43 more.

The visitors pounded the ball behind a rugged offensive line to take a 27-0 halftime advantage. Jehric Hackney (18 carries for 141 yards) rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the first 24 minutes, David Seymour scored from 27 yards out, and Dylan Davis (9 carries for 80 yards) added a 15-yard sweep to paydirt.

Mount Mansfield would tack on a couple of TD strikes in the fourth quarter, with Matt Wixson hooking up with Silas Diamond on a 20-yard post pattern and Carlson connecting with Bryce DiNardo on a swing pass that went 35 yards to the house.

Brattleboro's best drive occurred in the third quarter. The offensive line of Brandon Gilbert, Noel Kocsis, Sam Fontaine, Durin Hoyer and Liam McNeil paved the way for a 10-play series that went 52 yards, highlighted by Chris Frost's 22-yard jaunt.

Frost finished with 36 rushing yards and Carroll followed with 11. Isaiah Gilbeau and Carroll each had a tackle for loss for the BUHS defense, while Carroll also brought pressure off the edge to force an intentional grounding call and Frost picked off a pass.

The 0-3 Colonels will host Burlington on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. for its Homecoming game and the 2-1 Cougars will visit North Country on Friday night at 7.


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