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Football bows in semifinal contest

Observer courtesy photos by Tim O’Brien The team celebrates after its quarterfinal victory over Brattleboro.
Observer courtesy photos by Tim O’Brien
The team celebrates after its quarterfinal victory over Brattleboro.
The Redhawks prepare to run a play during Friday’s semifinal contest against Rutland.
The Redhawks prepare to run a play during Friday’s semifinal contest against Rutland.

Observer staff report

After fighting its way into the semifinals, the Champlain Valley Union High football team bowed to Rutland High on Friday.

“Rutland played better than we did on Friday (night), they are a very good team,” Coach Michael Williams wrote in an email to the Observer. “We did have our chances but never could quite get over the hump…but we did play them tough for four quarters.”

The top-seeded Raiders defeated the Redhawks 35-14 in Rutland.

Williams said he was “very proud of how hard the boys played on Friday night.”

“I expressed to them after the game that this group is solely responsible for changing the culture of CVU football,” he wrote in an email to the Observer. “We have evolved into a hard hitting, gutty, gritty team and that’s a testament to them.”