Seahorses spoil Brattleboro's Homecoming

BRATTLEBORO — Kevin Garrison injured his ankle during the sixth play of Saturday's varsity football game at Natowich Field.

Even at 80 percent, the junior was still able to dominate.

Garrison had a 50-yard punt return, caught a 41-yard bomb, and ran for 176 total yards to lead undefeated Burlington to a 36-20 victory over Brattleboro on Homecoming Weekend.

The Seahorses ran 38 plays to just nine for the Colonels in the first half, leaving Brattleboro's defense on the field for 20 of the first 24 minutes on a hot September day. But it seemed like everything went wrong for the visitors in the early going.

Two costly penalties. A couple of turnovers. A snap over quarterback Gunnar Bierbaum's head. The injury to their star tailback. And a 14-0 deficit with 6:16 left in the opening quarter.

Linebacker Kris Carroll gave the purple and white the lead with a 45-yard pick six on Burlington's first possession. Following a strip sack by Alex Province and recovery from Jem Cohen, Chris Frost scored on a four-yard run and quarterback Tyler Millerick rushed for the deuce to give the Colonels a 14-point lead.

Burlington's defense didn't give up much at all over the next 37 minutes. They registered six sacks and limited the Colonels to just 14 total yards from scrimmage during that span.

The Seahorses scored three touchdowns in the second quarter. Bierbaum connected with Tenzin Kelley for a 25-yard TD strike, and then came runs to the house of 10 and four yards by Garrison.

Burlington blocked a punt late in the first half and should have had possession in the red zone, but an inadvertent whistle erased that play completely.

"Why don't we get the ball there?" asked a visiting fan.

"Because they play by some different rules here in the south," responded a Burlington backer.

Leading 22-14, the Seahorses went right for the water fountain on the school's practice field and then spent the remainder of the intermission in the shade.

After a scoreless third frame, a 45-yard punt return to paydirt by Ryan Mitchell and a Niels Arentzen PAT put the visitors up 29-14.

And then came Brattleboro's best series. Millerick started it with a 20-yard completion to Carroll, which was followed by a little "Let's go Colonels" from the BUHS band. Millerick would throw a nine-yarder to Kyle Derosia, run for 16 yards, find Carroll again for 14 yards, and then burn Burlington for a 35-yard scoring strike to Carroll to get the hosts within nine points.

Garrison would seal it, however, carrying the ball six times for 73 yards on the ensuing drive including a two-run rumble into the end zone.

The workhorse finished with 29 totes for 176 yards and three scores to lead the 4-0 Seahorses. Bierbaum was 6 of 12 passing for 94 yards and a TD.

Millerick completed seven passes for 92 yards and one touchdown. Carroll had the pick six, made a fourth-down stop, and caught three passes for 69 yards. Province, Cohen, and Durin Hoyer combined for four sacks.

The 0-4 Colonels will play at Hartford (3-1) on Friday at 7 p.m.


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