H.S football roundup: Saffo, Bobwhites rush to win

H.S football roundup: Saffo, Bobwhites rush to win

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H.S football roundup: Saffo, Bobwhites rush to win

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BFA-St. Albans rolled through the rain and capitalized on two third-quarter touchdowns for a 21-6 victory over Burlington Friday night in high school football.

BFA opened the scoring early in the second quarter with an 86-yard drive that included four runs for double-digit yardage, capped by Lucas Kelsey’s 25-yard touchdown run off left tackle with 9:47 left in the half. Robert Kelley’s extra-point kick put BFA up 7-0.

Burlington capitalized on good field position to answer on its next possession, which started at the Seahorse 46 after an attempted onside kick in the rain.

Quarterback Adam Poquette did most of the damage on the possession, scrambling 15 yards for one first down, rushing to the 5 on a draw and finally scoring on the 13th play with a 2-yard dive. BHS went for the lead on the conversion, but the pass into the end zone was incomplete.

The Bobwhites took control in the third quarter, with Kelsey scoring from the 1 less than three minutes in and Doug Saffo scoring on a 25-yard interception return with 1:22 left in the period.

Doug Saffo led BFA with 144 yards on 19 carries, while quarterback Adam Poquette paced BHS with 77 yards on 17 plays, including a half-dozen scrambles as the rain and BFA defense shut down the Seahorses’ passing game.

* Hartford 47, Rutland 37: Hartford responded to a 20-point comeback from Rutland to beat the Raiders and grab the No. 1 seed in Division I.

Hartford had 402 yards on the ground, with fullback Johnathon Carlson rushing for 166 yards and halfback Josh Claflin netting 163 on his quick, darting moves and ability to break tackles. The Hurricanes got four rushing touchdowns from Carlson, a 1-yard TD score 13-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown from Joe Wood and a rushing TD from Claflin.

Rutland managed only 32 yards on the ground but Nick Boles passed for 310 (20 of 33) with four TDs and two interceptions. Boles hit Jeff Hart with a 10-yard touchdown pass and a 28-yard score, Joe Couture with a 58-yard touchdown pass and Eli Rogers with a 20-yard pass into the end zone. Joe Sullivan scored on a 4-yard plunge for the Raiders.

Rutland was down 34-9 but managed to cut the lead to 34-29 before Hartford recovered to pull out the win.

Hartford will have the top seed when the eight-team playoff begins next week while the Raiders, at 5-3, will wait for the Quality Points Ratings dust to settle before they learn the identity of their opponent in what is expected to be a home game.

* Mount Abraham 33, Winooski 0: Tommy Lee Hodsden had three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter to lead Mount Abraham over host Winooski.

Hodsden had touchdown runs of 43 51, and 38 yards to lead the Eagles (5-3). Cody Alexander caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Benway. Austin Lafayette also scored for Mount Abraham, running into the end zone on a 53-yard run.

Andrew Decarreau led Winooski with 57 yards rushing and Geoff Scott had 31 yards for the Spartans (2-6).

* Burr and Burton 46, North Country 16: Quarterback Jake Stalcup threw for 209 yards and four touchdowns as Burr and Burton beat North Country.

Chris Redding had two touchdown catches, a 6-yard rushing score and a kickoff return for a touchdown. Redding caught passes of 44 and 25 yards for scores and returned a kickoff 78 yards into the end zone.

Wilson Vickers caught two touchdown passes, one for 32 yards and the other for 23 yards. Eric Cerra had a 2-yard touchdown run to wrap up the scoring for the Bulldogs (5-3).

* Brattleboro 36, Mount Anthony 12: Brattleboro built a big halftime lead en route to a win over Mount Anthony, retaining the Elwell Trophy as the winner of the annual football rivalry clash.

On a wet, muddy field the Colonels (3-5) capitalized on early MAU (1-7) turnovers to go to halftime up 28-0.

Pat Powers scored both MAU touchdowns.

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