CVU quarterback eyeing playoffs for the Redhawks
By Mal Boright
September 5th, 2013
As veteran Champlain Valley Union High quarterback-halfback Steele DuBrul looks to the immediate future for the Redhawks football eleven, he sees playoffs.
“No doubt about it,” the 6-foot-3-inch, 190-pound passer-runner said during a recent interview at CVU. He said the team, 5-4 last year and in the Division 1 playoffs, has improved thanks to a strong defense plus a combination aerial and ground offense that can spread the defense.
DuBrul and the Redhawks got the season off to a jolly start with a 35-9 victory Aug. 30 at Colchester High. The lanky signal caller had a memorable night, galloping 52, 31 and 15 yards for touchdowns and throwing 68 yards to Lucas Aube for another.
The impressive win came six days after the Redhawks had scrimmaged Mount Mansfield Union at CVU. It was just a so-so performance for DuBrul and his teammates with fumbles and unfamiliarity taking a toll.
“Coach (Jim Provost) said 95 percent of the problems were fixable,” DuBrul said after noting that the team “did not play that well.”
And fixable they were.
DuBrul is part of a two- or three-quarterback system that Provost and his staff introduced in the middle of last season, and the veteran leader (part of the time) likes it.
Senior Bennett Cazayoux is the other primary quarterback. He missed the opening contest due to an injury.
DuBrul said the decisions about who will be where, “depends on the team we are playing and what it is likely to do on defense.”
He could be the quarterback, halfback or even pass receiver.
“He is a heck of a football player,” Provost said of DuBrul. “He is a great person. Kids at school look up to him.”
As the veteran quarterback, DuBrul acknowledges the importance of the leadership role that comes with the territory.
“That is a lot of the job,” he said. “You have to be a leader and speak up.”
He was also a vital cog this spring on the state Division 1 champion boys lacrosse team and during the interview, head lacrosse coach Dave Trevithick stopped by with All-State and All-Metro certificates earned by his star midfielder.
DuBrul says he is considering either the University of Vermont or High Point University in North Carolina for enrollment next fall. He plans to play lacrosse at the one he chooses and major in business.
The senior athlete has watched the CVU football program grow from its Division 3 early days to its present Division 1 highly competitive position.
He recalled when he was a seventh grader and in the Buccaneers program.
“We were given a chance one day to practice with the CVU team. That was really cool.”