Division test on Friday night for CVU football10/16/08

Oct. 16, 2008

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

After two difficult weekends against Division 2 teams, the Champlain Valley Union High football team returns to its own Division 3 on Friday night in Montpelier for a contest with playoff ramifications.


    Courtesy photo by Terri Zittritsch
Redhawk football players Michael Bonfigli (2) and Cameron Fitzgerald (56) combine for a tackle against Colchester High on Saturday.

The Redhawks, 2-4 overall, carry a 2-2 division mark into the 7 p.m. contest with the Solons, who are 3-4 against all comers and 3-2 in the division.

Both teams got bounced last Saturday by Division 2 foes. CVU lost 26-7 at Colchester High, while Montpelier was trounced 60-0 by neighboring, once-beaten Spaulding High of Barre.

Against common opponents, CVU has trimmed Bellows Free Academy of Fairfax, 26-7 and Winooski High, 21-0. Montpelier topped BFA, 32-7 and Winooski, 29-6.

CVU lost in the division to Oxbow High, 22-20, and to Poultney High, 20-14, both games on the road. Montpelier popped Mount Abraham Union, 27-2, and lost to top-ranked Springfield High, 41-21, and at Windsor High, 22-14.

The Solons’ offense is led by quarterback Evan Parker, who has connected for six scoring passes. Vanja Popovic and Ryan Ayer comprise a double threat running corps, with both putting up 100-yard-plus rushing games during the campaign.

Speaking of rushing, CVU got a second straight dose of big yardage from a premier ground pounder as Colchester sophomore Devon Grammo ran through and around red and white defenders for 206 yards and four touchdowns. This a week after North Country Union’s Andrew Lafleur bulled his way to 184 yards in the Division 2 Falcons’ victory at CVU.

The Redhawks’ lone touchdown Friday night came in the first period. Trailing the Lakers 7-0 and starting on their 41, receiver Derek Goodwin took a pitch, broke loose and scampered 59 yards into the end zone. Andrew Lieberman knocked the extra point through the uprights to tie the game.

Led by Grammo, Colchester took a 20-7 lead at the half and hiked it to 26-7 early in the third reel.

CVU came back and drove to the Laker 7, but the threat went by the boards when the pesky Grammo picked off a Redhawk pass at the goal line.