March 11, 2010
After a season of terrorizing opponents’ offensive players from his defensive end position for Champlain Valley Union High’s Division 2 football championship runners-up, post-season recognition is coming Matt Long’s way.
Champlain Valley Union High senior Matt Long, pictured above, has been named to the Vermont Shrine football team. Long was also nominated for the Vermont Football PRIDE Award.
The senior was recently named to the Vermont Shrine football team, which will play New Hampshire in August in the annual renewal of the game that features graduated senior stars from the previous season.
Long is the first CVU player named to the team in the five years of the varsity football program at the school.
In addition, Long is the Division 2 nominee for the Vermont Football PRIDE Award.
Created in 2007 by South Burlington Dolphins youth football program director Rene Laberge, the program names one outstanding football star from each of three high school divisions. They will be honored in an April 25 ceremony at Castleton State College, where the overall winner will be named.
Also nominated were Essex High quarterback Max Librizzi from Division 1 and Windsor High quarterback and defender Gavin Callahan from Division 3.
Over the season, the 6-foot-5 Long blocked at least four punts (two for touchdowns) and had opposing quarterbacks running for their lives. He also found time to maintain a 3.8 academic average.
— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent