Nocturnal visit to Essex next for CVU footballers
By Mal Boright
September 5th, 2013
For the Champlain Valley Union High football team, the season opener was a blast — a solid 35-9 victory last Friday night at Colchester High.
A second straight after-dark confrontation is on the schedule for this Friday night. It is a visit to Essex High (7 p.m.) where the fates have not been kind to the Redhawks in the past.
The Hornets will come in to their home opener with a bit of an attitude, having bowed 35-7 Friday at Middlebury.
On Sunday, CVU head coach Jim Provost was not putting a lot of stock in Saturday’s scores in looking ahead to the Essex trip.
“Middlebury is a great team,” the coach said. “There is no shame in losing to them.”
Of interest to the Redhawks is the fact that the Tigers rolled up 289 yards on the ground against Essex to go with 64 through the air. The Hornets, with their spread offense, collected 191 yards for the night.
At Colchester, CVU exploded for a huge second half after being deadlocked at 7-7 with the Lakers at halftime.
Chief cause of the Colchester second half blues was senior quarterback-halfback Steele DuBrul who rumbled for a 52-yard score right after intermission and followed with a 31-yard romp. He then unlimbered his arm for a 68-yard scoring hookup with 6-4 tight end Lucas Aube.
DuBrul had also smashed into the end zone from 15 yards out in the first half. His personal haul for the night was a trio of rushing touchdowns and the pay dirt pass to Aube.
Game yardage totals for DuBrul were 112 yards in eight rushes plus two pass completions for 72 yards.
The Redhawks final touchdown came on a five-yard scamper by sophomore Drew Pitcher.
Kicker Max Whitcomb had his toe finely tuned, going five-for-five on extra points.
The defense held the Lakers without an offensive score over the final 24 minutes and produced six turnovers, including five fumble recoveries.
Colchester’s scores came on a second period 45-yard run by Jared Antoniak and a fourth quarter safety following a botched CVU punt attempt.
“Our offensive line really came of age in the second half,” said Provost, a sentiment shared by DuBrul. “It was a good team performance,” the coach added.
Provost said as of Sunday it appeared the team came out of the game in good health, although there were a few cramps to deal with during the fracas.
Senior quarterback Bennett Cazayoux, injured in the preseason scrimmage with Mount Mansfield Union, is perhaps a week or two from returning to action.