Purple Gang hosts Lyndon in quarterfinal
About 50 weeks after they picked off Griff Stalcup twice and upset Burr and Burton 20-14 for all the marbles, it's time for another state championship run.
The No. 4 Terriers (6-2) will begin this year's Division 2 Tournament with a quarterfinal matchup against fifth-seeded Lyndon (4-4) on Friday night at Hadley Field at 7.
The Vikings are coming off of a 61-14 loss to undefeated Saint Johnsbury in the rivalry game that has been going on since 1894. Justin Joyal connected with Steven Ferraro for a 30-yard TD strike and Connor Whitehead added a 10-yard rushing touchdown for Lyndon, which got a team-best 62 yards on the ground from Justin Duncanson in that showdown.
The Bellows Falls defense has been led by linebacker Logan Cota, who has 30 total tackles over his last three games. Reno Tuttle (16 tackles and 4 sacks), Dylan Clark (14 tackles and 2 sacks) and Hunter Smith (24 tackles) have also been making plays.
Also on Friday night at 7, the 1-7 Colonels will play at Spaulding (1-6) in a Division 2 Wildcard Game.
The Crimson Tide will have to deal with reigning Brattleboro Reformer Athlete of the Week Tyler Millerick. Brattleboro's sophomore signal caller fired touchdown passes to Kris Carroll and Kyle Derosia during a win over MAU, before hooking up with Chris Frost for a 25-yard score last week versus Colchester.
Spaulding will counter with quarterback Ryan Palmisano, who threw four TD strikes during a 73-20 rout of Missisquoi. Senior Bailey Erwin caught two of those and also scored twice on the ground.
Week 9 Schedule
Friday at 7 p.m.
No. 5 Middlebury at No. 4 Saint Albans, D-1 quarterfinal
No. 7 CVU at No. 2 Hartford, D-1 quarterfinal
No. 6 Mount Mansfield at No. 3 Burlington, D-1 quarterfinal
No. 5 Lyndon at No. 4 Bellows Falls, D-2 quarterfinal
No. 7 MAU at No. 2 Fair Haven, D-2 quarterfinal
No. 6 U-32 at No. 3 Milton, D-2 quarterfinal
Essex at Rutland, D-1 Wildcard Game
Brattleboro at Spaulding, D-2 Wildcard Game
Saturday at 1 p.m.
No. 8 Colchester at No. 1 Saint Johnsbury, D-1 quarterfinal
No. 8 North Country at No. 1 Burr and Burton, D-1 quarterfinal
South Burlington at Rice, D-1 Wildcard Game
Otter Valley at Mount Abe, D-2 Wildcard Game
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