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New England Roundup: Vermont

November, 28, 2012
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Recapping Vermont's three state championship football games:

VermontDivision I - Hartford 35, BFA-St. Albans 27: The top-seeded Hurricanes received 149 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Josh Claflin and stretched their winning streak to 26 games. Hartford has won the last three Division I titles, and five of the last six.

Hartford, which has gone 11-0 in each of the last two seasons, led 35-19 after Claflin scored his third TD with 6:08 to play, but the Bobwhites responded with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Nick Jaslowich to Darren Callan. Jaslowich added the two-point conversion to make it 35-27.

BFA-St. Albans (9-2) made things even more interesting when it recovered the onside kick, but the Bobwhites turned the ball over on downs with 2:11 remaining. Callan finished the game with six receptions for 69 yards.

Hartford became the first team to win three consecutive Division I championships.

Division II - Rice 23, Bellows Falls 14: Billy O'Brien rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns to help top-seeded Rice complete an unbeaten season (11-0).

O'Brien's second touchdown came on a 46-yard run that increased Rice's lead to 23-14 with 5:48 to play. The Green Knights won their second championship in three years despite three fumbles and an interception in the first half.

Second-seeded Bellows Falls (9-2) trailed 16-6 before Ian McKeen scored on a 16-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.

Rice beat Bellows Falls 8-0 during the regular season.

Division III - Woodstock 38, BFA-Fairfax 18: Top-seeded Woodstock (11-0) repeated as the Division III champion, but it wasn't as easy as the score would indicate.

The Wasps trailed 12-0 before they ran an offensive play from scrimmage, and were down 18-14 entering the fourth quarter. Fullback Ed Doton scored two TDs in the fourth, the first of which gave Woodstock the lead for good with 11:51 to play. Doton rushed for 117 yards and three touchdown on 17 carries in the victory.

Kris Wehner led BFA-Fairfax (9-2) with 125 yards on 16 carries. The Bullets were making the program's first appearance in a championship game.

SOUTH STARS SHINE
Burr and Burton quarterback Jake Stalcup passed for 308 yards and four touchdowns to lead the South All-Stars to a 39-36 victory over the North All-Stars in the 12th Annual Senior Bowl at Castleton State College.

Stalcup's fourth touchdown pass came with 1:25 left in regulation and gave the South its first lead in the second half. Fair Haven's Dakota Euber caught passes for 178 yards and two TDs, including the go-ahead touchdown for the South in the fourth quarter.

The victory gave the South a 7-5 lead in the series.

Woodstock's Ed Doton (3-yard run), Hartford's Josh Claflin (10-yard run) and Rutland's Kyle Arnold (3-yard catch) also scored for the South, which trailed 36-20 with 12:05 to play.

BFA-St. Albans running back Doug Saffo rushed for 158 yards and two TDs on 26 carries to lead the North offense. Mount Abraham's Cody Alexander also scored twice.

PURRIER REMAINS ON FAST TRACK
Champlain Valley Union's Elle Purrier won her second consecutive New England high school cross country championship earlier this month in Cumberland, Maine.

Purrier, a Richford resident, completed the 3.1-mile race in 18 minutes, 42.44 seconds. CVU's Taylor Spillane ran second in 19:03.11.

Autumn Eastman, who finished eighth (19:22.68), was the only other CVU runner who placed in the top 10. The CVU girls finished third in the team competition. Barrington, R.I., won the team championship.

Mount Anthony's Marc Brandmeyer was the top finisher among Vermont boys. Brandmeyer finished sixth in 16:29.75. South Burlington's Malcolm Plunkett (eighth/16:37.34) and Montpelier's Daniel Grosvenor (10th/16:38.16) also placed in the top 10.

Bishop Hendricken of Warwick, R.I, won the boys team championship. South Burlington, Vermont's top team, ran 10th.

Roger Brown is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader. He has been covering high school sports throughout New England since 1992.

New England Roundup: Vermont

December, 8, 2011
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It was not the outcome Bob Davis was hoping for in his final game as a high school football coach, but Davis said the South's 35-8 victory over his North team in the 11th Annual Senior Bowl was a memorable experience nonetheless.

Vermont“It was a great experience,” Davis said. “These games are what they are: an exhibition to get the kids out there for [college coaches] to see. But more importantly it's about having fun, and the kids did.”

Davis, who announced that he wouldn't return as North Country's coach next season after the Falcons lost in this year's Division II semifinals, watched the South score on each of its first four second-half possessions to build a 28-0 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Hartford running back Troy Bell rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Bell scored on runs of 20 and 62 yards.

Mill River’s Adam Mackey opened the scoring with a 1-yard run 5:04 into the third quarter.

Bell’s 20-yard TD run made it 13-0, and then Fair Haven quarterback Robert Coloutti hooked up with Levi Ellis, one of his Fair Haven teammates, for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 2:39 left in the third quarter. Hartford quarterback Tucker Stone connected with Middlebury’s Marshall Hastings for the two-point conversion and a 21-0 lead.

Bell’s 67-yard TD run extended the South's lead to 28-0 34 seconds into the fourth quarter.

The North got on the scoreboard on a 2-yard touchdown run by North Country quarterback Tre Sanville early in the fourth quarter. Sanville hooked up with Winooski’s Devon Rollins for the two-point conversion.

The South capped the scoring on an 18-yard touchdown sprint by Windsor’s Matt Rafus.

“Our offense never found a rhythm,” Davis said. “You have different players coming in on every series so it's not like the regular season.

“I've been running on adrenaline since August. Now the reality [of retirement] is going to settle in.”

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New England Roundup: Vermont

November, 16, 2011
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Woodstock Union High School football coach Jim McLaughlin won the 200th game of his coaching career Saturday, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

VermontMcLaughlin guided top-seeded Woodstock to a 27-7 victory over third-seeded Windsor in the Division III championship game at Castleton State College. It was the eighth state title McLaughlin's teams have won in his 30 years as a head coach.

Junior fullback Ed Doton did most of the damage for Woodstock, which began the season with back-to-back losses before winning nine in a row. Doton rushed for 255 yards and three touchdowns.

“If you look at it as a puzzle, the pieces really came together for us as the season went along,” McLaughlin said.

Woodstock, which led 14-0 at halftime, held Windsor running back Matt Rafus to 40 yards on 14 carries. Rafus finished the season with 1,881 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns.

Windsor's only touchdown came on a blocked field goal attempt that Ethan Hill returned 75 yards. Windsor completed its season with a 7-4 record.

In Saturday's other championship games top-seeded Hartford beat third-seeded Middlebury 42-6 to win the Division I title; and third-seeded Fair Haven outscored fourth-seeded Burr and Burton 57-34 to win the Division II title.

Hartford 42, Middlebury 6
Hartford dominated on both sides of the ball and won its fourth championship in the last five years.

Miles Latham rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns, and Troy Bell ran for 109 yards to help the Hurricanes completed an unbeaten season (11-0). Hartford scored four second-half touchdowns.

Middlebury (9-2) played without quarterback Dillon Robinson, who was injured in the team's semifinal victory over BFA-St. Albans. Middlebury's only touchdown came when Marshall Hastings returned a kickoff 79 yards for a score.

Hartford, which had a 444-88 edge in net offense, outscored its opponents 508-112 this season.

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New England Roundup: Vermont

November, 3, 2011
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Fair Haven Union quarterback Robert Coloutti made a mistake that could have haunted him for the rest of his life.

VermontColoutti was called for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and was ejected following a touchdown during last Saturday's game against Otter Valley. An ejection often results in a one-game suspension, which meant Coloutti could miss his team's Division II semifinal at Milton on Friday.

The Vermont Principals' Association ruled Tuesday that Coloutti will not have to serve a suspension, however, and will be allowed to play in Friday night's playoff game.

“Based on the information that was gathered, there will be no further suspension,” VPA associate director Bob Johnson told the Burlington Free Press. “When there’s an ejection, if a school wants to contest, they notify me. This happens routinely; not a new case. In soccer this year, we’ve had at least eight and of those eight times, at least half of those decisions were changed.”

Second-seeded Milton (7-2) sacked Coloutti five times during a 28-19 victory over third-seeded Fair Haven (7-2) during the regular season. Coloutti completed 19 of 41 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. He also ran for a touchdown.

The Milton/Fair Haven winner will face either top-seeded North Country (9-0) or fourth-seeded Burr and Burton (6-3) in the Division II championship game.

North Country received two rushing touchdowns from Nick LeClair and beat Burr & Burton 36-26 during the regular season. Burr & Burton quarterback Jake Stalcup completed 23 of 37 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

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New England Roundup: Vermont

December, 16, 2010
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It’s been a long time since a Vermont football team beat New Hampshire in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, and Champlain Valley Union coach Jim Provost is hoping that drought will end this summer.

VermontProvost has been named Vermont’s head coach for the 2011 Shrine Game, which will be played Aug. 6 at Macleay-Royce Field in Windsor, Vt. New Hampshire stretched its winning streak to 10 games by posting a 34-20 victory last summer.

“The timing has a lot to do with it staff-wise,” Provost said when asked why he applied for the coaching position. “My staff will all be CVU coaches. Plus sometimes you just get the itch.”

Provost served as the head coach at Rice Memorial for 14 seasons, and recently completed his third season at CVU. His Redhawks lost in the 2009 Division II championship game, and reached the Division II semifinals last fall.

Provost also served as Vermont’s head coach for the 1990 Shrine Game. New Hampshire posted a 35-0 victory that year.

Lebanon coach Chris Childs was named New Hampshire’s head coach for next year’s game. Childs guided Lebanon to an unbeaten season and the Division IV state championship last fall.

New Hampshire leads the series 42-13-2.

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September, 29, 2010
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J.P Benoit had something extra to play for, and it showed.

VermontBenoit, a running back for Champlain Valley Union, scored three touchdowns Saturday to help CVU post a 21-3 victory over Mount Mansfield. Benoit’s grandmother, Marilyn Palmer, died two days earlier, and Benoit dedicated the game to her. He switched his number from 21 to 17 for the contest because 17 was the number Palmer wore when she played softball.

“They were really, really tight,” CVU coach Jim Provost said. “She was very involved in his life.

“Her death was sudden, so it really rocked his world. He was very determined to carry us that night.”

Benoit returned a punt 31 yards for a touchdown, scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass. He finished the game with 116 yards rushing on 17 carries.

“J.P. and I have a relationship that goes back a long way,” Provost said. “I was his elementary school principal when he was in third grade. I wish you could meet the kid, because he’s a prince. He’s not my son, but I kind of view him like that. I’m tough on him and he really likes it that way. He likes to be challenged.”

The victory over Mount Mansfield improved CVU’s record to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in Division II. The Redhawks dropped from Division I to Division II following the 2008 season, and lost to Colchester in last year’s Division II championship game.

Up next for CVU is Saturday’s contest at unbeaten Rice Memorial (4-0). Rice is coming off last weekend’s 58-19 triumph over Burlington.

“It’s a big game for a lot of reasons,” Provost said. “It’s just a pivotal game in our league. It’ll definitely have playoff implications because our whole division is really competitive from top to bottom. Plus I coached at Rice for 20 years.

“They’re very diversified offensively. We’ll have to stay away from the big play and make them drive the length of the field.

“It’s gonna be huge, and it will be packed. Our school travels very well.”

RUNNING TIME
It was also a good week for the CVU girls' cross country team, which finished first in the elite division at the Manchester (N.H.) Invitational cross country meet. The Manchester Invitational is a NIKE-sponsored event that attracts some of the top runners in the Northeast.

CVU has won six Division I championships and a New England title since 2003. The Redhawks also won the Manchester Invitational in 2005.

Adrienne Devita (13th), Summer Spillane (14th), Julienne Devita (15th), Taylor Spillane (19th) and Aleksey Jordick (22nd) were CVU’s top five finishers.

SHORT-HANDED
Mount St. Joseph Academy has announced that it won’t field boys' or girls' hockey teams this season because neither program has enough players.

MSJ athletic director Marty McDonough made the announcement earlier this month during the Vermont Interscholastic Hockey League meeting in Montpelier.

Bob Johnson, associate director of the Vermont Principals’ Association, said because the news came early enough, teams that were on MSJ’s schedule should have time to schedule additional games.

QUICK START
The Middlebury football team scored on three of its first four offensive plays during Saturday’s 55-14 triumph over Brattleboro.

Brendan Burrell, Marshall Hastings and Steel White scored on touchdown runs of 38, 54 and 47 yards, respectively, to help the Tigers build a 21-0 lead with 4:42 remaining in the first quarter.

The victory raised Middlebury’s record to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in Division II.

MILESTONE MAN
Harwood Union girls' soccer coach Jon Hammond won his 100th game as a high school coach when Harwood beat People’s Academy, 2-1, on Sept. 22. Laura Moore scored both goals for the Highlanders.

OF NOTE
  • Two of the state’s top boys' soccer teams will clash when Essex meets CVU on Saturday. CVU, which beat Burr and Burton to win last year’s Division I championship, got off to a 5-0-1 start this season and didn’t allow a goal in those six games. Essex, which lost to Burr and Burton in last year’s semifinals, began the week with a 6-0-0 record.
  • The Burlington girls' soccer team opened the season with a loss to Montpelier, but posted victories in its next five games. The Seahorses have won the last two Division I championships.
  • Hartford (7-0-0) and South Burlington (5-0-0) entered the week as the state’s only unbeaten field hockey teams. Both teams compete in Division I.
Roger Brown has covered high school sports in New England since 1992. He currently covers high school and college football in the Northeast for ESPN/Scouts Inc.

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