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BRATTLEBORO — Tristan Evans is about to go deep.

The Brattleboro Union High School wide receiver is headed 1,300 miles south to play in Saturday’s All America Classic football game in Orlando, Fla.

“I like to run a variety of routes. I think my favorite would be long routes like verticals and posts because it’s an opportunity to go get it and score,” said the BUHS junior.

He will be huddling up with quarterback Blayne Romano, who threw for 2,284 yards and 25 touchdowns last season for Eustis High School in Florida. Also on the American Team are signal callers Vernon Brown III (Maryland) and Tyler Douglas (New Jersey).

“I think I will bring a lot to the team. A big part with being a good teammate is giving motivation and hyping up my team,” the wideout explained. “But with playing, I think I can give a lot if I am given the opportunity, and hopefully can score and bring points to the scoreboard as well.”

Evans caught 31 passes for 587 yards and eight scores in the fall. He had nine grabs for 154 yards and a TD during Brattleboro’s playoff game against Lyndon, including a crucial third-down reception.

“T has big play ability and probably the surest hands I have ever seen,” stated BUHS varsity football coach Chad Pacheco. “He is a technician and works very hard at his game. It’s more than just running a route for him, he works to find ways to get open.”

On Saturday, Evans will be on the outside along with the likes of Sebastian Lopez. As a sophomore, the high school receiver from Florida caught 15 TD strikes and had more than 700 yards through the air.

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“I am looking forward to many things. Playing in the Camping World Stadium is one of the biggest parts. Being in such a nice stadium will be a dream come true,” said the BUHS junior. “Being in Florida and meeting new teammates will also be great and a good experience, but most of all would be getting to prove myself and playing against top competition from around the country.”

Evans recently helped his team to a 4-4 record during the regular season. The Colonels would then lose to Lyndon in a home playoff game.

“He has a great connection with Devin (Speno), and those two look to have a big season together this coming fall,” Pacheco noted. “T is a leader on and off the field. He’s a hard-working, very dedicated student-athlete. We are very excited for T to get this opportunity and to represent Brattleboro football.”

After one of Pacheco’s assistants sent game tape of Evans to the person who runs the All America Classic, the talented pass catcher was invited to play in Saturday’s game at noon. The event, which honors those who have served the United States in the military, police, fire and more, gives high school players a chance to perform in front of college scouts.

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American Team: Coach — Kalvin Rhymer. Players — Vernon Brown III, Zamarion Smith, Branden Adams, Joshua Barnes, Travis Laster, #6 TRISTAN EVANS, Tylor Miller, Curtis Kimmons, Gary Exum, Kenton Rickerson Sr., Fabrizio Segnini, Carter Skrumeda, Alex Nash, Tyler Douglas, Christopher Sheets, Blayne Romano, Jadon Lawson, Kyle Coe, Dylan Rodd, Bryce Addison, Farrell Gilliam, August Johnson, Jaquez Frederick, Jayden Flaker, Cornelius Fuller Jr., Jaydn DaCosta, DaShaun Caffee, Rogdryk Guillory, Lewis Blamoh Jr., Sebastian Lopez, Roger Guillory, Michael Cascarano, Jake Perini, Hunter Hughes, Brady Nowlan, Caden Redmond, Cade Windham, Khalil Speaks, Daniel Negron Jr., Cayden Cook, Quentin Hatch, Zhytavian Hardwick, Andre Ware, Brandon Torres, Brock Brown, Ben Desmarais, Zane Repine, Noah Trahan, Ethan Daniels, Dominick Zaccaro Jr., Dawson Kloos, Eyan Thomas, Kody Black, James Hinds, Riley Ingram, Braydon Moncus, Isaiah Derrick, Randall Godwin, Anthony Taylor Jr.

National Team: Coach — Kevin Moritis. Players — Kameron Davis Roberts, Victor Georges, Dalante Davenport, Jordan Jackson, Darrick Miles, Anthony Morris, Chaz Bradley, Brian Bachmann, Landon Naasz, Joell Holmes, Adonis Ferguson, Carson Pielock, Jeffrey McDonald, Carlos Brown, Anquone Rhodel, Grant Reddick, Gabriel Herrera, Joejoe Patti, Jaden Martin Burgess, Demetri Sudduth, Emmanuel Franklin Jr., Isaiah Villar, Kam Trannon, Zachary Reviere, Marcus Wise, Edward Williams, Elijah Larkins, Dillon Baker, Elijah Mack, Brian Sexton, Tex Gifford, Jerry Johnson Jr., Ian Griffin, Edgar Encinas, Shane Garrett, Jeremy Bland, Enrique Randolph, Trace Moore, Wesley Warren, Nay’Ron Jenkins, Michael Villanueva, Apostolos Papasterigiou, Tyler Jones, Trevon Cooper, Damien Jackson, Cody Macias, Javid Speaks, Julien Robinson Jr., Keion Orr, Jonathan Pettey, Jamal Baldwin, Julian Salazaar, Jackson LaFrance, Jaylen Lester, Walker Skoglund, Jaden Carter, Adin Adkins, Jason Browning, Rey Graciano, Amin D Abbassi.

Shane Covey can be reached at or 802-254-2311 X163. On Twitter: @ShaneCovey.