Colonels retain Elwell Trophy
The junior was voted the Reformer Athlete of the Week on Tuesday and then had a pick six on Friday night to seal the Brattleboro varsity football team's 28-14 victory over rival MAU.
"He has been making some big plays for us," said BUHS coach Chad Pacheco. "That interception was huge."
Trailing 20-14, the Patriots moved the chains three times during a fourth-quarter drive before Gilbeau snatched an MAU pass and raced 60 yards along the visitors' sideline for a defensive score with 6:31 remaining.
The highlight play locked up the first win of the season for the Colonels. It also improved their record in the Elwell Trophy series to 25-18.
"It feels good to get the first one," stated Pacheco, whose team is now 1-6 overall. "If you can't get up for this one, something's wrong with you."
Brattleboro's defenders were ready to go from the start.
Joe Koes, Tyler Millerick and Liam McNeil all had a tackle for loss. Millerick and Mr. October each had an interception. And safety Kyle Derosia defended against a pair of fourth-down passes.
"Millerick is just a phenomenal athlete. It feels good to know that he will be around for two more years," Pacheco said of his cornerback, who made a beautiful play in the second quarter when he ran stride for stride with Will Fischer and broke up a bomb down the left sideline.
Millerick also had a good night under center, completing 9 of 13 passes for 126 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He heaved a 36-yard TD strike to Kris Carroll and also led Derosia for an 18-yard pass play to the end zone.
Those two connections were followed by uplifting performances by the BUHS band.
Brattleboro running back Chris Frost finished with 86 yards on 21 carries and one trip to the house. The holes were opened by offensive linemen Durin Hoyer, Isaiah Gilbeau, Devin Clark, Jo Jo Matias, Sam Fontaine, Brandon Gilbert and McNeil.
"After losing our first six games, it was time to get back to my old ways and that meant running the football," noted coach Pacheco.
Fischer, who was MAU's starting quarterback, ran the ball 13 times for 110 yards and two TDs. His 63-yard jaunt down the right sideline during the first quarter was the highlight for the visitors and pulled them even at 6-6. His five-yard run to paydirt in the third frame cut Brattleboro's lead to 20-14.
That set the stage for Gilbeau's dagger.
Carroll (7 catches, 98 yards) and Derosia (2 catches, 28 yards) were the leading receivers for the 1-6 Colonels, who will face Colchester in their regular season finale.
On Senior Night, the hosts honored 12th graders Luca Saponara, Colton White, Kyle Derosia, Alex Province, Durin Hoyer and Isaiah Gilbeau.
Tyler Millerick 36-yard TD pass to Kris Carroll, Bratt 6-0
Will Fischer (MAU) 63-yard TD run and Caleb Hay PAT, MAU 7-6
Millerick 18-yard TD pass to Kyle Derosia, Bratt 12-7
Chris Frost 2-yard TD run and 2-point pass, Bratt 20-7
Fischer 5-yard TD run and Hay PAT, Bratt 20-14
Gilbeau 60-yard pick six and 2-point pass, Bratt 28-14
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