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Gridiron Redhawks to take on Rice Memorial

ˇChamplain Valley Union High, which evened its record to 1-1 over the weekend, goes against defending Division 2 champion Rice Memorial High Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Redhawks’ digs.

The Green Knights, boosted to Division 1 this season, opened the season with a victory over Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans before suffering a narrow, final-minute defeat Saturday at home against rival Burlington High.

On Friday, CVU defeated South Burlington 40 to 14 under the lights in South Burlington.

The offensive load was carried by the massive ground attack of 344 yards led by the duo of Rich Lowrey (124 yards on 24 carries) and junior Braven Bose (13 carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns).

Jacob Griggs had 48 yards and two touchdowns.

“The offensive line play improved greatly last week – they are beginning to understand the big picture and are working hard,” Coach Michael Williams wrote in an email to the Observer. “South Burlington’s defensive line is probably the biggest in the state—we were greatly outweighed but not outmanned or outworked. They will just get better and better as the season progresses in my opinion. Our running backs as well are starting to understand the offense and it made a big difference on Friday night.”

South Burlington scored first, but CVU went ahead 7-6 with 3:16 left in the first quarter and went on to a 20-6 advantage by half time.

“Defensively, we played a very solid game and it was a complete team effort,” according to Williams. “We were able to force a couple of turnovers that put our offense in great position to score. As with the offense, we are starting to understand the schemes being installed each week—we just need to continue to work on the techniques and details and continue to improve.”

—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent