October 31, 2013
By Mal Boright
Okay, the Redhawks are in the Division 1 football final four for the first time.
Now, the heavy lifting.
Awaiting the 7-2 Champlain Valley Union High gridders in a semifinal test is 8-1 South Burlington High, which will turn on the lights at its field Friday night when the Redhawks come calling for the second time this autumn.
The first game Oct. 5 resulted in a 49-6 Rebel rout. CVU was missing upwards of a dozen players.
Just moments after their 19-0 home quarterfinal victory Saturday over Rutland High, CVU veterans were starting to focus on preparations for South Burlington.
“We have a hard week of work to get ready,” said senior defensive back and co-captain Alex Bulla. “We are looking forward to it.”
Defensive back-running back Pierce Farrington, also a senior, echoed the sentiments.
South Burlington lambasted Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans 41-0 Friday night in their quarterfinal. Now-you-see-him-now-you-don’t halfback Tanner Contois scampered for 222 yards in the first half alone, while quarterback Hunter Riehle threw for three touchdowns on 5 completions in 11 throws and 82 yards.
CVU dispatched BFA 35-6 at Hinesburg Oct. 19.
The Redhawks unleashed some serious weapons of their own Saturday. Halfback Jason Cora once again hit the century mark in yards overland with 120 in 24 totes, including one touchdown. Farrington picked ‘em up and laid ‘em down for 117 yards in just eight carries including a 63-yard breakout in the fourth period that iced the contest.
Was Farrington surprised at the way things opened up after he smashed through the line?
“I was surprised,” Farrington said, adding that there was some gas left in tank after he outran the RHS secondary into the end zone. It was Farrington’s second six-pointer. He had bolted over from the 3 in the second period.
Quarterback-halfback-receiver Steele DuBrul ran for 40 yards in 12 carries and snagged two passes for 11 more yards.
CVU coach Jim Provost praised his team’s defense. The work in the trenches was noteworthy in that the Raiders collected but 37 yards rushing while the Redhawks pounded out 298 with an on-again, off-again offense that had to punt seven times. Rutland was forced to kick the ball away on 10 occasions.
Linebacker Connor Gobeille was credited with “a monster game,” that included a pass interception. The CVU defenders also sacked RHS quarterbacks four times for 34 yards in losses.
How does Provost see the South Burlington trip for his team which has shown striking improvement the last two weeks?
“Our best game is still ahead of us,” he said. ‘Hopefully, it will be Friday night.”