JVA Football loses season finale

Photo by Carol Kittredge.

Photo by Carol Kittredge.

By Michael Regan

The CVU JVA Football team lost the last game of its season by a score of 22-14 on Monday night at St. Albans. The team finished with a record of 5-2-1. Head Coach Tim Albertson said after the game that “this is a special group of young men who have worked hard all year, and I expect big things from them during their time on the varsity squad.” The St. Albans defense held the CVU running game in check all night (RB Richard Lowrey led the team this season with 281 yards on 71 carries with 3 TDs), but QB Leandro Vazquez (2/3, 80 yards) connected with WR Jack Dugan on a 60-yard TD (Dugan led the team this season with 11 receptions for 346 yards and 4 TDs), and QB Drew Pitcher threw a 10-yard TD pass to RB Tanner Smith. Vazquez led the QBs in completions (14) and passing yardage (308) this season. Although he missed the last few games due to injury, QB Andrew Bortnick ran for 5 TDs this season and threw for 5 more.

The hard-hitting Redhawk defense and special teams forced five turnovers in the game including a successful on-side kick recovery by LB Alex Guyette and a blocked punt by DL Scott Edwards that was recovered by WR James Whitaker. Defensive Coordinator Paul Nedeau said his defense “is a great group of athletes who always give 100 percent. CVU football is in good hands for the next couple of years.” The defense was led by LB Jack Zahn with 6 solo tackles and 1 sack, (Zahn had 24 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 fumble recoveries this season) and DL Kyle Struble with 5 solo tackles and 1 fumble recovery. (Struble had 31 tackles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 1 sack this season.) Despite missing the last few games due to injury, LB Kienan Kittredge had 21 tackles, 6 sacks, and 5 fumble recoveries this season.

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