The Champlain Valley Union High School football team staged a massive comeback with just six minutes left in Friday’s playoff game against Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans, but it wasn’t quite enough to nab a last-minute victory.
CVU Coach Jim Provost said it was “about the most exciting game I’ve ever been a part of.”
“We lost and that’s kind of a bummer for everyone, but if you’re a fan of football and you like it close and you like it exciting, that fourth quarter was worth 10 times what anybody paid for admission,” Provost said on Monday.
“It was just an unbelievable football game to watch. I consider myself lucky to be part of it.”
The Redhawks were down 17-0 with just six minutes left in the game when they got the ball at the 3-yard line and Pat Shea scored their first touchdown, Provost said, bringing the score to 17-7. A few minutes later, they scored again on a touchdown pass to Davis Mikell.
With less than two minutes left, there was a “big scrum right in front of the bench,” but CVU was not awarded the ball, Provost said. CVU gained possession again, but a pass from quarterback Bennett Cazayoux was just a touch high for Mikell to grab.
“We nearly pulled it off,” Provost said.
The game was a “battle,” Provost added. Starting quarterback Steele DuBrul got hurt toward the beginning of the game, and he sat the rest of the contest out. The Redhawks also lost Pat Shea—who broke his collarbone—and Jason Cora during the game, and BFA’s running back was also hurt.
“It was a really physical, well-fought game between two good teams,” Provost said.
The 14-17 contest marked the end of the Redhawks’ season. The seventh-seeded team finished the regular season with a 4-3 record.