Colonels improve to 2-0
WINDSOR — One year after Brattleboro Union High School assistant coach Seth Christmas lost his battle with cancer, the BUHS football players put on a show that likely had "Coach X" applauding from up above.
The Colonels racked up 576 yards of offense and never trailed during a 61-12 rout of Windsor on Saturday at MacLeay-Royce Field.
"It's always nice to get a win," said BUHS head coach Chad Pacheco. "I thought we got better as the game went on."
Leading 12-6 late in the first quarter, the visitors scored 21 consecutive points to pull away. Tyler Millerick started the surge with a 30-yard keeper to paydirt, Chris Frost then beat Jordan Place for a 42-yard TD reception along the left sideline, and the senior quarterback struck again with a 17-yard carry to the house.
With the likes of Elijiah Isham, Reed Mckay, Sammy Fontaine, Jem Cohen, Tyler McNary and Alex Kendall paving the way, the Colonels ran the ball 25 times for 316 yards on the day. Millerick (118 rushing yards), Frost (99), Timmy Velazquez (45), Calvin Gould (32) and Henry Thurber (22) all contributed on the ground.
"Frost had a great day for us," mentioned Pacheco. The senior burner finished with 204 yards of total offense and four scores.
Millerick, who is Coach X's nephew, completed 10 of his 16 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns.
"We were down two receivers who were sick," the Brattleboro coach stated. "Tyler is really good. He's a special player."
The concerns for the visitors came on the defensive side, where they gave up a trio of long runs to their Division 3 foe. Caleb Meagher ripped off a 27-yarder and later a 42-yard run to paydirt in the opening quarter. Connor Hart added a 23-yard carry early in the second stanza.
Hart also threw halfback passes of 20 and 46 yards to Place.
"I thought our defense was okay. We've got to get better," noted Pacheco.
Cohen had a couple of tackles for loss to lead the Colonels on that side of the ball. Joe Koes, Tyler Higley, Spencer Lawrence, Isham and Thurber also took someone down behind the line of scrimmage.
And Hunter Boyd made the special teams play of the day, lighting up Windsor's Logan Worrall on a fourth-quarter kickoff. He and his teammates then gathered around to watch the replay on a smartphone video.
The visiting fans were treated to some "Timmy Time" down the stretch. Velazquez used his quickness and power to run for 45 yards on five totes as the time ticked away.
The 2-0 Colonels will host Union-32 (2-0) on Friday night at 7.
Brattleboro's stat leaders: Passing — Tyler Millerick 10-of-16 for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns. Rushing — Tyler Millerick 7 carries for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns, Chris Frost 8 carries for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns. Receiving — Chris Frost 3 catches for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns, Aaron Petrie 4 catches for 97 yards. All-around — Henry Thurber 34 receiving yards, 22 rushing yards, 13 passing yards.
Division 2 Standings
BELLOWS FALLS (1-1)
Fair Haven (1-1)
Mount Anthony Union (1-1)
Mount Abraham (1-1)
North Country (1-1)
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