Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl is canceled

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CASTLETON — The 67th annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl football game, which would have been a gridiron battle between the top seniors in Vermont and the best seniors in New Hampshire, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. The event that benefits patients at Shriners Hospitals was scheduled for Aug. 1 at Castleton University.

Five area players would have been in Vermont's corner, including Tyler Millerick, Chris Frost and Jem Cohen from the Division 2 state champion Brattleboro Union High School team. Bellows Falls' Dylan Clark and Hunter Smith were also selected.

The Granite Staters won last year's contest 21-9.

Millerick threw 29 touchdown passes and ran for 21 more during his senior season, helping the Colonels to an 11-0 record. The dual threat quarterback will play for Western New England this fall.

Frost is headed to Plymouth State University. He ran for 1,772 yards during his final high school season, including 278 yards and four touchdowns versus Bellows Falls in the state championship game.

Cohen made over 100 tackles for the undefeated Colonels, who only gave up 11.45 points per game. The middle linebacker will be playing football for St. Lawrence University.

Clark, who was voted the Reformer's Top Male Athlete for the 2019-20 school year, will be playing for the Westfield State University football team. The pass rusher made 83 tackles and added seven sacks during his senior season with the Terriers.

Smith helped Bellows Falls to an 8-3 record and also finished third in the javelin at the Division 2 state track meet. The son of Jason and Marcy Smith plans to work for a fire station while attending Southern Maine Community College.

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