Hartford hammers Brattleboro in football opener


WHITE RIVER JUNCTION >> The Hartford varsity football team ran for 423 yards in Friday's season opener and defeated visiting Brattleboro, 41-3.

"Not the way we wanted to start the season," said second-year Brattleboro coach Chad Pacheco. "Sort of a wake up call for us that we have to work even harder in practice."

Brett McClaren and Kody Rhodes each had three rushing touchdowns for the winners. Defensively, the Hurricanes picked off four passes.

A Jack Price field goal was the only score for Brattleboro, which went 4-5 last season and made the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

Coach Pacheco noted that Will Laporte, Conor Hiner and Korie Cliche were the team's defensive standouts, while Jack Gagnon, Griffin Lynde, Kolton Ravenna and Tyler Millerick all played well on offense.

The 0-1 Colonels, who were without injured running back Cheick Diakite, will host Saint Johnsbury on Friday night at 7.


Twin Valley 5, Otter Valley 1

WILMINGTON >> Caitlin Hunt and Karlee Walkowiak each tallied twice as Twin Valley ousted Otter Valley, 5-1, in Friday's season opener at Hayford Field.

After Abby Pinkowski gave the Otters a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, the hosts scored the next give goals. Jarrett Niles split the posts once, while the assists came from Tayler Courchesne (2), Brianna O'Hearn and Kassidy Walkowiak.

"Defensively, it was a very strong outing. We limited Otter Valley's shots by angling off the goal, containing, and blocking several shot opportunities. Our man marking was very strong. Our defensive standouts were backs Kendell Howe, Hailey Howe and Callie Dix, and midfielder Caitlin Hunt," said Wildcats coach Chris Walling. "Offensively, we exploded for five goals after being down 1-0. We used a good possession game and passes with a purpose to the feet. We had good off the ball runs, We won the 50/50 balls and generated a three-year high 16 shots. We controlled and won the midfield. There's lots to build on going forward. Our offensive standouts were Caitlin Hunt, Karlee Walkowiak, Kassidy Walkowiak and Tayler Courchesne."

The 1-0 Wildcats, who got three saves from goalie Grace Rizio, will play at 1-0 Leland & Gray on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Leland & Gray 5, MSJ 4

RUTLAND >> Ashley Bates went off for five goals, which is her career high, to lead the Rebels to victory in Saturday's season opener at Mount Saint Joseph.

"When you get into a zone like that, things just go right," said Leland & Gray coach Lucas Bates. "It was a lot of fun to watch her, as a coach, a father and as a fan."

Bates had a hat trick in the opening half, with two of those goals being set up by her younger sister Arin and another by Jessie Stockwell. Mackenzie Boyle set up the game-winner, which came with 38 minutes remaining in the contest.

"It was a really good game, with two fast offensive teams going against each other," stated coach Bates. "Bay Holmes, a freshman, had a fantastic game for us. She provides some great speed in the back."

The 1-0 Rebels will welcome Twin Valley (1-0) on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Windsor 2, Bellows Falls 1

WINDSOR >> Annie Soho tallied early in the second half to break a 1-1 tie on Saturday morning. Kaycee Herschel finished with six saves for the YellowJackets.

Arianna Morton put a shot in the back of the net for the Terriers, to deadlock the score late in the first half. Madison Pencek ended up with a dozen stops.

Bellows Falls (0-1) will visit Long Trail on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.


BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Union High School varsity girls soccer team will debut at Burr and Burton on Thursday at 5 p.m. The home opener for BUHS is scheduled for Sept. 13 versus East Longmeadow at 4:30 p.m.

Brattleboro's varsity roster: Coaches — Edwin de Bruijn, Anna Kayes, Libby North, Casey Blust, Kevin Freitas. Manager — Pilar Rivera. Players — Megyn Ayotte, Devin Millerick, Venus Fu, Jamie Mahoney, Jenna Murrow, Samantha Cragin, Evy Williams, Natalie Gadowski, Alyssa Lane, Hailey Derosia, Liz Day, Axis Balsley, Olivia Romo, Ashley Volautis, Sophia Capy, Kai Boyd, Danielle Wood, Gabrielle Carpenter, Maddy Lynch.


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