By Mal Boright
October 24th, 2013
Interscholastic football’s 2013 second season begins Saturday for the 6-2 Champlain Valley Union High football team when it plays host to 4-3 Rutland High at 1 p.m.
Their 35-6 well-played victory over 3-5 Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans this past Saturday gave coach Jim Provost’s Redhawks third seed in Division 1. Rutland got seeded sixth in the wake of a 49-14 loss last weekend to fourth-seeded 5-2 Hartford High, the division’s defending champion.
A victory Saturday would put CVU against the winner of Friday night’s contest between seventh-seeded BFA and second-seeded Burlington High (7-1) on the South Burlington turf.
Rutland holds wins over BFA (17-14), St. Johnsbury Academy (41-13 in season opener), and Mount Anthony Union (13-7) while getting Middleburied (as did CVU) 35-0 by the top-seeded Tigers and nipped by Essex High.
“They (Rutland) had a close one with Essex until late in the game,” said Provost of the Raiders. CVU topped the Hornets 27-19 in a seesaw second game of the season at Essex.
“Rutland runs a variety of things out of a lot of formations,” said Provost. “They will give us a lot to defend.”
BFA rolled into Hinesburg Saturday, and, after stopping CVU on three downs following the game-opening kickoff, proceeded to jam the pigskin down the Redhawks’ throats. The Bobwhites bulled out 69 yards in 18 plays to the ‘Hawks 5, where defensive back Max Whitcomb ended the march with a tackle of BFA pass catcher Joel Parady after he had picked up four yards on a throw from quarterback Robert Kelly.
A few fiery words from Provost to the defensive unit and BFA’s offense faded out of sight until the final reel, when the outcome was long past decided.
Taking over at the 5, the Redhawks moved 95 yards in 13 plays, paced by halfback Jason Cora’s 24-yard run and a 35-yard pass completion from quarterback Bennett Cazayoux to big tight end Lucas Aube. Cora polished off the drive with a 10-yard touchdown tote.
The score came in the opening six seconds of the second period and two more scores quickly followed. Cora bolted over from the 2 with seven minutes and 54 seconds remaining. Just moments later, after a Lucien Bedard pick of a Kelly pass, Steele DuBrul ran a quarterback keeper down the left sideline for 25 yards and another sixer. Whitcomb drilled all three points-after and added two more in the second half.
Pierce Farrington’s two-yard scoring plunge completed a 67-yard drive after the second half-opening kickoff. A Cazayoux-to-Aube 18-yard scoring strike late in the third quarter completed the CVU paydirt goodies.
BFA got on the board late in the final reel on a 26-yard end zone bolt by halfback Anthony Clark who lugged 21 times for 98 yards.
Cora had another boffo day, running for 165 yards in 19 missions. DuBrul rolled up 67 yards in three keepers and grabbed a pass for another 12 yards. In all, the CVU infantry racked up 288 yards.
Cora said it was good going, running behind the blocking of 270-pound tackle Tim Halvorson, who, along with Brandon Murakami and others in the trenches, commanded the line of scrimmage.
Cora, Bedard, Farrington and Alex Bulla were among defensive standouts.
For Cazayoux, it was a coming out party of sorts as he completed a long road from a groin injury suffered in a preseason scrimmage.
“It felt good today,” he said noting that it took a long time to come back. The senior lefty completed five of nine passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. He also ran five times for 19 yards.
Aube caught three passes for 73 yards and a score. In that key first quarter drive, the mammoth end rose between two defenders, one of them on his back, to grab a Cazayoux throw 20 yards from the line of scrimmage, escaped the defenders and rocked and rolled another 15 yards before being brought down.
“That’s Big Luke,” said an admiring Cazayoux.