Colonels, Terriers to play for Division 2 crown
BRATTLEBORO — This weekend, the Brattleboro Union High School varsity football team will be trying to do what the New England Patriots were unable to 12 years ago.
That mission is to cap a perfect season with a victory in the championship game.
The top-seeded Colonels (10-0) and third-ranked Bellows Falls (8-2) will square off in the Division 2 state title game at Rutland High School on Saturday at 11 a.m.
"We know they are multifaceted and that they have a lot of weapons. They are a quick-strike offense. We can't take a play off," said Terriers coach Bob Lockerby. "It's their defense that has gotten everyone's attention. They are a great opponent."
Lockerby got to see them up close on Aug. 30, when the Colonels rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat Bellows Falls 49-26 in the season opener on Hadley Field.
"I expect it to be a great game on Saturday. These players know that there's no next week," Lockerby commented. "I've got a young team that believes in itself right now."
The Purple Gang is a perfect 5-0 away from home this season, with the biggest of those being a 26-14 win over second-seeded Union-32 in a semifinal last week. Jed Lober ran for 126 yards, Griffin Waryas completed eight of his 11 passes, and tight end Dylan Clark had a couple of TD receptions to lead the way.
That earned the Terriers a second chance against the Colonels.
"It's kind of a revenge game for us. We didn't play like we should have in the first game. Everyone was kind of getting used to their new spots," noted the BF signal caller. "I'm excited for it and I'm gonna be happy when we come out on top."
Brattleboro is aiming for its first state title since 1973, when John Leary racked up 283 yards from scrimmage during a 28-0 victory over BFA-Saint Albans.
"It's huge. I mean it's our whole season," stated BUHS quarterback Tyler Millerick. "We've been trying to get to this point for, as you know, a long, long time. Now we're finally at this point and just trying to get the job done."
Millerick has thrown for 1,508 yards and 27 touchdowns through his first 10 games. He also has 1,127 rushing yards and 20 scores on the ground.
The other senior involved in the read option has been equally impressive this season. Running behind the likes of Jem Cohen, Sammy Fontaine, Tyler McNary, Reed McKay and Elijah Isham, Chris Frost has 127 carries for 1,494 yards and 20 touchdowns.
"It's gonna be the last high school game I ever play. For a bunch of us, it's gonna be the last high school game we ever play," noted Millerick. "We want to go out and make it worth our while."
Saturday's Championship Games
*each at Rutland High School
Division 2 — No. 1 Brattleboro (10-0) vs. No. 3 Bellows Falls (8-2), 11 a.m.
Division 3 — No. 1 Poultney (9-1) vs. No. 2 Fairfax (9-1), 2 p.m.
Division 1 — No. 1 Saint Johnsbury (10-0) vs. No. 3 Burr and Burton (9-1), 5 p.m.
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