By Kathy Williams
Champlain Valley Union (CVU) and Essex High School both came to keep their records 3 and 0; but only Essex would walk away undefeated with the 33-26 win. From kickoff it was apparent this game was going to be a tough match.
Essex posted two scores to the board before CVU’s Ryan Beaudry ran the ball for a 27-yard touchdown. Max Whitcomb made good on the extra point and the first quarter ended with the Redhawks trailing the Hornets, 7-14.
The first drive of the second quarter Redhawk defensive back Brad Bissonette intercepted the ball, which set-up the second CVU touchdown by Steele DeBrul and the extra point by Whitcomb for the tie.
But this game was one of many turnovers and many penalties. Interceptions by the Redhawks’ Alex Bulla, Jason Cora and Bissonette were matched by the Hornets. “We kept giving the ball back to them. Against these guys you just can’t do that. They are going to get enough chances, anyway, so the extra ones really hurt,” CVU coach Jim Provost said.
Late in the third quarter, DeBrul rallied for a 98-yard sprint for the touchdown bringing CVU as close to Essex as they would get after the failed two point conversion with Beaudry just inches short of the goal.
“Despite a couple of breakdowns, I thought our defense played really well,” Provost said.
The Redhawks travel to St. Johnsbury Friday, Sept. 21.
Boys soccer ties things up
The CVU boys soccer team tied the Burlington Seahorses 1-1 Saturday, Sept. 15 in an afternoon game that extended through two overtimes. Burlington’s Ryan Boera scored the first goal with 10 minutes to go in the game before the Redhawks responded with a goal by Noah Lieberman, assisted by Joe Castano. CVU’s Brandon O’Connell had seven saves in goal.
Field Hockey beats Essex
Despite the Hornets’ early lead, The Lady Redhawks field hockey team triumphed over Essex 2-1 Saturday, Sept. 15. CVU’s Katie Arms and Robin Powell scored a goal apiece, leading their team to victory.
XC heats up
The CVU girls cross-country team dominated the competition Saturday at the Burlington Invitational, finishing far ahead of runner-up Essex. Senior Taylor Spillane finished 2nd with a time of 18:35 just behind Richford High School’s Elle Purrier. CVU junior Autumn Eastman followed Spillane in 3rd place with a time of 18:48. Lady Redhawks Emma Putre, Abby Keim, and Carly Neeld also had strong finishes.
Boys XC finishes 4th
The Redhawks achieved a 4th place finish at Saturday’s Burlington Invitational behind Essex, Harwood Union, and South Burlington. CVU senior Nick Bouton finished in 6th place with a time of 17:26 while Jared Keyes put forth a solid 12th place effort in 17:44.
Girls Soccer wins again
The CVU Lady Redhawks continued their undefeated season with a 5-0 win over Milton Saturday, Sept. 15.