Brattleboro football team shuts out Eagles


BRATTLEBORO — Following in the footsteps of the Miami and Oregon college football programs, the Brattleboro Union High School varsity football team used a turnover chain for the first time on Friday night.

Six different players had a chance to wear it.

Henry Thurber, Aaron Petrie, Alex Kendall, Conrad Auerbach, Timmy Velazquez and Ruchan Karagoz all had a takeaway as the Colonels zipped Mount Abraham 56-0 during their Homecoming Game on Natowich Field.

"The turnovers were huge for us. The turnover chain idea comes from the U. The kids like college football and they like the swag, but we want to keep it respectful," said BUHS coach Chad Pacheco, whose team improved to 5-0 on the season.

Brattleboro's defense also forced four punts. Spencer Lawrence, Sammy Fontaine, Thurber and Karagoz all finished with one sack.

Averaging 50 points per contest, the purple and white opened up a 35-0 lead in the opening quarter. Quarterback Tyler Millerick started things off with a one-yard sneak into the end zone, Thurber (LB) scored on a pick six, Millerick threw an 18-yard fade to Petrie for a touchdown, the senior quarterback rolled to his left and hit Trinly Warren in stride down the left side for a 55-yarder, and then "T-Pup" connected with Thurber in the house from 12 yards out.

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"I thought Thurber had an awesome game. He was very solid on defense. He blocks, runs and catches well. He was our MVP," noted Pacheco.

Brattleboro's offensive line of Reed McKay, Jem Cohen, Elijah Isham, Tyler McNary and Fontaine dominated the line of scrimmage during a six-play scoring drive in the second quarter. Chris Frost finished the march with a 57-yard run to paydirt.

In the third quarter, Millerick raced 75 yards for a quick six and Velazquez powered the ball in from four yards away to cap the scoring. Reed Sargent was automatic as usual, going 6-for-6 on extra point tries.

"I think our offense is headed in the right direction. I thought we really put everything together for the first time this season," the BUHS head ball coach said.

Millerick has now accounted for 24 touchdowns this season, including 10 on the ground and 14 through the air.

The undefeated Colonels will play at Spaulding on Saturday night.

Bratt's stats: Passing — Tyler Millerick: 4-of-6 for 120 yards and 3 TDs. Rushing — Tyler Millerick: 10 carries for 156 yards and 2 TDs, Chris Frost: 14 carries for 154 yards and 1 TD, Timmy Velazquez: 3 carries for 25 yards and 1 TD, Henry Thurber: 3 carries for 29 yards, Cobe Mager: 1 carry for 9 yards, Lucas Dlubac: 1 carry for 6 yards. Receiving: Aaron Petrie: 2 catches for 53 yards and 1 TD, Trinly Warren: 1 catch for 55 yards and 1 TD, Henry Thurber: 1 catch for 12 yards and 1 TD.


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