Thursday September 18, 2014
After suffering losses in their first two games of the regular season, South Burlington bounced back for a big win in their first home game this past Friday night, defeating Brattelboro 28-0. The Rebel’s offensive line opened gaping holes in the Colonel’s defense, and South Burlington’s Colby Barrett took full advantage. The junior rushed for South Burlington’s first three scores, all coming in the first half to put Brattelboro at a 21-0 hole going into halftime. Not to be outdone, teammate Jake Labelle showed off his wheels by taking the handoff on the Rebel’s first play of the second half and racing 61 yards to pay dirt to wrap up South Burlington’s scoring. The defense continued to shut down the running lanes in the second half while pressuring the Colonel’s quarterback. The defensive unit, which struggled against the run with Colchester last week, showed better communication and an improved ability to shed blockers and find the football. South Burlington improves to 1-2 with the win while Brattelboro falls to 1-2. The Rebels travel to St. Albans face off against BFA on Friday, 9/19.
The South Burlington boy’s soccer team remains undefeated on the season, after scoring eleven goals in two games this past week to lay claim to Rutland’s Loyzelle Tournament Championship. After the Rebels started out their season with a 2-0 win over Milton and a 10-0 landslide victory over Missisquoi, South Burlington defeated Mill River 4-1 in the first round of the tournament and wrapped up a tournament win by blanking host team Rutland 7-0 in the finals.
The South Burlington girl’s team struggled early in the season, but pulled out their first win of the year this past week when they defeated Milton 3-1 at home on Monday 9/8. The Rebels traveled to CVU two days later and got outplayed by the Redhawks to fall in a 5-1 loss.
The South Burlington boy’s team has two back-to-back home games this week, hosting Essex and St. Johnsbury, while the girls travel to Mount Mansfield before returning home to host St. Johnsbury.
South Burlington had just a single field hockey matchup this past week, but struggled to get things going offensively as they fell to Essex 4-0. Despite the loss, Coach Anjie Soucy remained optimistic about the team’s performance as the Rebels prepare for a week that will include games against Colchester, Middlebury, and CVU. “The Hornets were flying on all cylinders.” said Soucy “(Our goalie) Liz Sargent had an amazing game, racking up seventeen saves and showing promise similar to that of former goalies who’ve have played for the Rebels. Casey Johnson showed true leadership on the field to keep things upbeat and positive. With the loss, South Burlington falls to 1-2 on the season.
The Rebels traveled to the Burlington Invitational this past week and turned in another great team performance. Out of the twenty-three teams in competition, the South Burlington boy’s team finished second only to Essex, with an overall team score of 105. There were some new faces doing the scoring for South Burlington however, as sophomore Trevor Houchens stepped up for his team to lead the Rebels with a ninth place finish. Houchens was followed by teammate Gabe Nelson, who finished 16th. Jackson Hauman and Ben Moran, both first-year runners for South Burlington’s cross-country team, delivered gutsy performances Saturday, leaving it all on the course to cross the finish line 27th and 29th, respectively. Evan Sheffield, Nathan Kakalec, and Philip Holt rounded the South Burlington runners, finishing 32nd, 39th, and 44th out of a competing field of 139 runners. “These young men exceeded all expectations on Saturday.” said head coach Geoff Bennett “With most of our varsity runners unavailable due to ACT testing and college visits, we ended up running our #7-13 runners for the varsity race and #14-20 for JV. For both teams to finish second after going so far into our depth chart is a testament to their grit and determination. I couldn’t have been prouder of all of them; it was an amazing day!” South Burlington will be looking to fuel that fire when they hit the course this coming week, bringing a complete and well-rested lineup to the BFA Cross-Country Festival, Saturday 9/20
SOURCE: Peter Culkin, Correspondent