Colonels improve to 10-0
BRATTLEBORO — A young Chris Sawyer was sandwiched between his father and cheerleader Pam Packard when the 1973 Brattleboro Union High School varsity football team paraded through town on a fire truck.
Now the BUHS Athletic Director, he might be going for another victory ride on Saturday.
The top-seeded Colonels improved to 10-0 by routing No. 4 Fair Haven 41-6 in Friday night's Division 2 semifinal at Natowich Field, setting up a state championship game against Bellows Falls on Nov. 9 in Rutland at 11 a.m.
"It's pretty surreal," said Brattleboro head coach Chad Pacheco, when asked about having a chance to win the program's first title in 46 years.
Bellows Falls and Union-32 were deadlocked at 14-14 when the Colonels were celebrating their victory.
"Both teams are extremely good. We have to be prepared. They are both worthy opponents," Pacheco commented.
The hosts committed six penalties on offense in the opening quarter, including four false starts, and also dropped two touchdown passes on the evening. Their defense, however, was lights out.
Brattleboro's Trinley Warren, Henry Thurber, Conrad Auerbach, Spencer Lawrence, Jem Cohen and Alex Kendall all had a tackle for loss. Timmy Velazquez contributed with a sack, while Reed McKay added a fumble recovery.
"This defense is pretty solid," said Pacheco, whose starters have not given up any points during the postseason.
In his final game on Natowich Field, senior quarterback Tyler Millerick threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more. Chris Frost rushed for 186 yards in his final game on the BUHS gridiron, behind the talented offensive line of Sammy Fontaine, Elijah Isham, Tyler McNary, Cohen and McKay.
The usual quick-strike attack that uses a deadly read option needed 14 plays and seven minutes to score on the opening drive. The Colonels were flagged for 25 yards during the march, leaving them with 2nd-and-23 and later 4th-and-16. Millerick finally ended it with a seven-yard scoring strike to Thurber.
Millerick ran the ball 60 yards to the house, Frost scored from 15 yards out, Millerick went in from 19 yards away, the Millerick-Thurber combo struck again (21-yarder), the senior QB rifled an 18-yard TD pass to Aaron Petrie, and Reed Sargent drilled five extra points as the Colonels opened up a 41-0 lead with 10:40 left.
Bratt's stats: Passing — Tyler Millerick (6 of 12 for 81 yards and 3 TD). Rushing — Chris Frost (19 carries for 186 yards and 1 TD), Tyler Millerick (11 carries for 100 yards and 2 TD), Henry Thurber (1 carry for 11 yards), Timmy Velazquez (2 carries for 0 yards). Receiving — Henry Thurber (2 catches for 28 yards and 2 TD), Aaron Petrie (2 catches for 28 yards and 1 TD), Trinley Warren (1 catch for 18 yards), Chris Frost (1 catch for 7 yards). Kicking — Reed Sargent 5 for 6 on extra-point tries.
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