The top seeded Colchester Lakers utilized a potent rushing attack, led by Devon Grammo, to hold off the third seeded Champlain Valley Union High School Redhawks and capture the Division II High School Football State Championship with a 22-14 win last Saturday in Essex.
Grammo had 26 carries for 177 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Sophomore Alec Kozlowski had a half dozen attempts for 82 yards, while junior Jared Vetters rounded out the rushing attack with 13 carries for 48 yards and a critical fourth quarter touchdown. Colchester's other touchdown came on a deflected 11-yard completion from junior quarterback Jack Leclerc to Kozlowski in the third quarter. The Lakers defense added two points to the win when they executed a safety courtesy of a CVU bad snap.
J.P. Benoit had a 2-yard touchdown run at the end of the first half for CVU's first touchdown. Their final score came early in the third quarter when quarterback Konnor Fleming connected with Ryan Busch for a 12-yard scoring pass. Busch had four catches for 79 yards. Flemming himself ran 17 times for an impressive 103 yards, including a two-point conversion. The Redhawks, despite the championship defeat, wrap up a successful 2009 campaign with a solid 9-2 record.
The Lakers finish a perfect 11-0 and claim their first ever Division-II crown. They did win the state championship in the now extinct Division IV back in 1998.
Lake Monsters update
St. Johnsbury native Nate Cloutier has been named general manager of the Vermont Lake Monsters, the New York-Penn League baseball team announced this week.
Cloutier, who has worked for the Lake Monsters since 2002 and has been the team's Assistant General Manager since 2007, is just the fourth General Manager in the franchise's 17-year history. He replaces C.J. Knudsen, who resigned as Vermont's G.M. on Oct. 29.