Week 2: Colonels at Burlington, Terriers host Milton

BRATTLEBORO -- Those that spent three hours of last weekend on a friend's couch, flipping through a magazine while waiting for their turn to pick in the annual Fantasy Football draft, know how important it is to have a superior running back on their team.

And it seems like U-32, BFA-Fairfax, Fair Haven and Woodstock all have that. Colby Brochu, Luke Langeller, Tyler Rice and Tom Baumann all rushed for 200 yards or more for those Vermont high school grid teams in season-opening victories in Week 1.

Three-time defending champion Hartford is likely more concerned with a quarterback. In order to run their winning streak to 28 games in a row, the Hurricanes will have to stop Middlebury signal-caller Austin Robinson who just racked up four touchdowns in a 35-7 rout of Essex.

After playing in what Bellows Falls coach Bob Lockerby referred to as a scrimmage, the Terriers and Colonels now enter meaningful division games. Brattleboro (1-0) will play at Burlington (0-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. and BF (0-1) will host Milton on Saturday at 1 p.m.

If you can't make it to Friday's football game in Burlington, you can still listen to the action on WTSA or watch the video coverage online on the Northeast Sports Network. It's free to watch, so check it out at www.NSNSports.net starting at 6:45 p.m.

Brattleboro coach John Callahan will try to ride his triple option attack to a 2-0 record. The foursome of quarterback Kyle Patno, fullback Colby McGinn, and halfbacks Kassidi Ramirez and Jake Gaboriault - they teamed up for 198 rushing yards in the opener - will face a Burlington team that lost 34-0 to South Burlington on Friday.

The Seahorses are hoping not to beat themselves again, after turning it over four times in that opener. They got 57 yards on the ground from Shaquane Cooperwood and 72 more from Montell Kirkland in that loss, but it was the use of quarterback Jack Breen that turnedsome heads as the Green Mountain's version of Kordell Stewart went out wide and caught three passes from Bryan Vachereau for 45 receiving yards.

As for the Terriers, the mission is simple - don't let Chris McClellan beatyou. He did it all in Milton's 35-16 rout of North Country, including 193 yards rushing, an 80-yard kickoff return, his team's lone reception of the game, and five total touchdowns.

Bellows Falls, on the other hand, has many more weapons. Ethan Illingworth can hand off to talented backs Carson Fullam and Kyle O'Rourke, or throw to some playmakers on the outside such as Bandera Swastano, David Dunbar and Brian McAnuff.

Another Division 2 game to watch will take place in South Burlington on Saturday, with Rice's new-look read option offense facing Fair Haven. Quarterback Tommy Fitzgerald just had 144 passing yards, 105 rushing yards and five TDs against Spaulding.

And we'll see what freshman QB Griffin Stalcup can do against Spaulding on Friday, after he threw for 321 yards in his varsity debut in Week 1.

Week 2 schedule: Friday at 7 p.m. - Brattleboro at Burlington, Colchester at South Burlington, CVU at Essex, Hartford at Middlebury, Mt. Abraham at Winooski, Oxbow at U-32, Rutland at Nausett (MA), Spaulding at Burr and Burton, Springfield at Woodstock. Saturday at 1 p.m. - BFA-Fairfax at Otter Valley, BFA-St. Albans at St. Johnsbury, Fair Haven at Rice, Milton at Bellows Falls, MAU at Mount Mansfield, MSJ at Windsor, North Country at Lyndon, Poultney at Mill River.

Shane Covey can be reached at scovey@ reformer.com or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.


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