Redhawks head to Bradford

Aug. 28, 2008
By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

“We have depth,” said new Champlain Valley Union High head football coach Jim Provost on Sunday, the day after his team scrimmaged Rice Memorial High at the CVU gridiron.


          Observer photo by Pogo Senior
Senior Quin Gilbert of Champlain Valley Union High grabs a pass during Saturday’s scrimmage against Rice Memorial High School.


“Overall, I was pleased with the effort,” the coach added. “Physically, we held up well on a warm day and the execution was good. I like where we are going into the first game.”

That initial outing of the new campaign is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, in Bradford against Oxbow High, a school going into its second varsity campaign. This will be CVU’s fourth varsity level season.

Asked about emerging team strengths, Provost first mentioned some of the defensive work.

“We were attacking and going to the football rather than having it come to us,” he said. “Plus, our depth should be a strength. We have kids we can rotate in and out so our key players can remain fresh.”

Provost thought his offense moved the ball and that the blocking for the running game improved.

“We have to be able to run,” he emphasized.

With sophomore Ian Solomon at quarterback, Provost thinks the passing game will do well once the timing improves. He also praised the pass blocking of the line and the backs.

Elected captains by their teammates were seniors Robert Charland (halfback, defensive back), Zeph Desormeaux (halfback, linebacker) Tommy Powers (halfback, linebacker) and Matt Gault (offensive and defensive line).

In the one downer Saturday, the veteran Charland injured an elbow on one of the last plays of the scrimmage and is expected to be out of action for up to a month.

“These are the guys the coaches had in mind for captains,” said Provost. “They all play at a high level.”

Senior receiver and defensive back Michael Bonfigli, along with defensive ends Matt Long (junior) and Tyler Hulbert (senior), have also caught the coaches’ eyes for good work.

Provost said he is in awe of the CVU maintenance experts.

“The condition of the field is great. This is one of the nicest fields around,” he said.

The first home game on that field is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, when Bellows Free Academy of Fairfax drops by.