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Brawlers Remain Undefeated

Brawlers’ Vernon Mcalmont had two rushing touchdowns.
(Photo courtesy of Linda Salmon)

Connecticut Brawlers’ quarterback Junior Vasquez had a game for the ages as he led the his team to a 40-18 victory over the Vermont Ravens. On the day Vasquez threw 2 touchdown passes, completed 2 two-point conversion passes, ran for 2 rushing touchdowns, and ran for 3 two-point conversions.

It was not as easy for Vasquez and the first place Brawlers to defeat this Raven team as the final score would suggest because the Ravens led late in the third quarter 18-16. It wasn’t until :39 left in the third when CT. took the lead for good with a 20-yard pass from Vasquez to receiver #5 Tim Higley, and then a keeper by Vasquez made the score 24-18 Brawlers and they would add on two scores in the fourth to end up with the final margin.

Brawler running-back #25 Vernon Mcalmont scored twice, one from 8 yards out and the second from 3. Receiver #1 Ome Simmons had the longest reception and score on the day when he got loose down the right sideline and had a nice catch and run completing the 60 yard touchdown play and Vasquez found tight end #9 Marc Revis for the two-point conversion ending the scoring and making the final 40-18.

Vermont’s Akeem Williams with a carry.
(Photo courtesy of Linda Salmon)

Vermont came out solid and played with the undefeated Brawlers toe to toe, hanging until the fourth behind the play of QB #14 Clayton Torres who completed some nice passes and scrambled for some nice gains to help lead the offense to 3 scores. He completed 2 touchdown passes. The first was a 15-yard pass to tight end # 80 Jamal Jacobs who caught the ball on the 5 and bulled his way into the end zone through a Brawler defensive back. Torres’s second was on a scramble to the left side finding receiver #7 Kenny Phillips II in the end zone with a 4-yard shovel pass.

Torres went down with a minor leg injury mid-way through the third and back-up #20 Roy Rose took over and moved the Ravens down to the red zone with a nice keeper going left side finding a seam and running 35 yards setting the stage for Torres to return and throw the touchdown pass to Phillips.

Vermont scored once on the ground with Raven RB/SS #24 De-Eric Bud O’Neal bursting through from 2 yards out. O’Neal gained 62 yards on the ground to lead the Raven runners.

The Raven defense had some nice plays. Defensive back #1 Matthew Gomes came up with 3 passes defensed and caught an interception to end one drive. Defensive tackle #10 Brett Walton had 2 sacks and 6 tackles, defensive end #18 Terrance Tedo Whitney had 1 ½ sacks and O’Neal contributed 8 tackles. Linebacker #33 Kenny Limoge had one pass defended and a nice catch and hold on an onside kick attempt by the Brawlers to secure ball possession for the Ravens.

Vermont Ravens (2-3) are home again at South Burlington High School next Sunday Sept. 22nd at 1PM as they face longtime rival the Monadnock Marauders (2-4) from Keene, NH. The Brawlers (7-0) are finished for the regular season and awaiting the play-offs as their last game of the season is a forfeit by the Riverdawgs and they have the last week of the season off for their bye.

Vermont’s quarterback Clayton Torres completed two touchdown passes.
(Photo courtesy of Linda Salmon)

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