When the Friday night lights go on in St. Albans this week, it will be 3-1 Champlain Valley Union High against the 3-1 Bobwhites of Bellows Free Academy in a football contest with serious playoff ramifications.
Coach Jim Provost’s Redhawks are coming off a 22-7 win last Saturday at St. Johnsbury Academy, which put some spring back in their steps. CVU had lost an emotional Spirit Day contest to undefeated Essex High the previous Saturday, 33-26.
While Essex went aerial on the Redhawks, BFA has a strong running game complemented by the occasional pass.
Last week, the Bobwhites got clicking in the second half to roll past Colchester High, 41-21. This was after they shellacked South Burlington High the previous week.
BFA’s lone loss was on the road to defending Division 1 champion Hartford High, 33-7.
In leading the Redhawks past St. Johnsbury, junior quarterback Steele DuBrul had another solid offensive afternoon, pounding the ground for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He also passed for another 82 yards.
Halfway through the regular season, DuBrul has racked up 1,181 yards in total offense, with 794 in rushes.
Halfback Patrick Shea made his presence felt by scoring a touchdown.
CVU had the Hilltoppers blanked until the fourth quarter, when St. J scored on an 80-yard kickoff return.
— Mal Boright,