By Mal Boright
October 17th, 2013
With postseason pairings up for grabs, the 3-4 Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans Bobwhites visit the 5-2 Champlain Valley Union High Redhawks Saturday for the final clash of the regular season. Kickoff is 3 p.m. instead of the usual 1 p.m.
With the top two seeds in Division 1 likely to go to undefeated Middlebury Union High and once-beaten South Burlington, CVU head coach Jim Provost Sunday was hoping his Redhawks, with a victory over BFA, can land the third seed and a home playoff contest the following weekend.
Also currently in the running for that number three seed is 5-2 Essex High, which has to play 6-1 South Burlington Friday night. CVU defeated Essex 27-19 on the second weekend of the campaign.
“We have a good shot at third seed if we win,” said Provost. “But if we lose, we could go anywhere to fourth or fifth.”
Hartford High (4-2 in state) and Rutland High (4-2) are also in this mix. Rutland bumped off BFA 17-14 last Friday night.
“They (BFA) will be fighting for their playoff lives,” said Provost of the Green and Gold foes coming to Hinesburg Saturday. “They are not the BFA of old, but they will be ready for us.”
The Redhawks will be keeping an eye on BFA back Charlie Richardson, who rushed for 124 yards on 24 sorties against Rutland.
CVU regained some bounce in its steps Saturday with a 28-0 blanking of visiting 0-7 Mount Anthony Union. The win erased some of the bitter taste of bulky losses to Middlebury and South Burlington the two previous weekends.
Halfback Jason Cora had his fourth 100-plus yard day with 115 in 18 lugs including scoring dashes of 15 and 2 yards. He amassed his totals in under three quarters of action.
Also scoring for CVU were halfback Rich Lowrey on a second quarter 13-yard run and defensive back Alex Bulla on a 48-yard scamper with a Mount Anthony fumble in the third period.
CVU ground pounding was good for 227 yards with quarterback-halfback Steele DuBrul gaining 34 yards in seven carries and Lowrey totaling 20.
The Redhawks took charge of the game with the first series of downs following the opening kickoff by the visitors. With lefty-throwing quarterback Bennett Cazayoux calling signals (finally back from a preseason injury), the first play was a 21-yard pass completion to end Lucas Aube that carried to the MAU 40. Six plays later, the Hawks were in the end zone, Cora slamming in from15 yards out.
Max Whitcomb nailed the first of his four points-after kicks.
CVU kept the visitors from any lengthy drives and added two more first-half scores plus one more on Bulla’s fumble recovery in the third period.
Mount Anthony quarterback Damon Young unleashed an air attack in the second half, which netted 161 yards on 13 completions in 26 tosses for the game.
“We didn’t want them going long so we gave up some short passes,” Bulla said after the game.
The CVU defense recovered four turnovers—three of them fumbles—from the Patriots. Lineman Sam Belisle sacked Young twice in the fourth stanza for 18 yards in losses.