Cohen to bring energy, grit to St. Lawrence defense

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BRATTLEBORO — "Old school."

That's how Brattleboro Union High School varsity football coach Chad Pacheco described Jem Cohen, who will major in Sports Management and play middle linebacker for St. Lawrence University in the fall.

"Jem was an animal," said Pacheco. "As the game wore on, other guys would slow down and Jem would get better and faster. He is one of the hardest working and toughest kids I have ever been around."

Cohen made over 100 tackles during his senior season, leading undefeated Brattleboro in tackles for loss and ranking second on the team in sacks. The Colonels only gave up 11.45 points per game while running the table.

"I've always looked up to Luke Kuechly because of how high his football IQ is and always being in the right spot at the right time, which made him as good as he was," the BUHS run stuffer explained.

Cohen recorded one sack on Nov. 9, 2019, when the Colonels topped Bellows Falls 46-7 in the Division 2 state championship game to finish the season with an 11-0 mark. As a starting guard, he helped pave the way for teammate Chris Frost's 1,772 total rushing yards last fall.

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"Winning the state chizzy and beating MAU for the Elwell Trophy a couple of times," he replied after being asked about some of his best high school memories on the gridiron.

The 5-8, 190-pounder received the Lou Turner Award at his team's end-of-the-year banquet, for being superb on the field and in the classroom. He said that he will bring energy, hard work and grit along with him to St. Lawrence University.

"Jem is an extremely strong kid," stated BUHS line coach Mike Empey in September. "He picks up concepts well and helps me by breaking things down for others."

Cohen has been playing football since he was in the fourth grade.

"There's no other sport like it," said the son of Solvegi Shmulsky and Brian Cohen.

His next game is scheduled for Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. in Canton, N.Y., when St. Lawrence will host Utica College. The Saints went 5-5 last season.


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