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Vermont Ravens semi-pro football - 12th season
New England Football League’s 25th Anniversary season.
Sabine Field – Norwich University
Seacoast Warhawks - 41
Vermont Ravens – 20
Scoring four touchdowns during the 2nd quarter put the Warhawks in the driver’s seat as they coasted to victory over the home team 41-20.
Quarterback #4 Junior Brown had a day as the tall and fast left-hander beat Vermont with his arm as well with his legs during that decisive quarter.
Running back/return man #15 Marcus Villafane also was a huge factor in the game for the victorious Warhawks as he scored once, had three two-point conversions and had a 75-yard punt return to the Raven 2-yard line that set up another score.
Receiver/running back #24 Stephane Bristol had three touchdowns, one on the ground and two receiving.
Vermont scored first in the game when Raven quarterback #14 Clayton Torres hit receiver #81 Sean Lamphere on a 30-yard pass at the right side of the end zone. Torres pass was just out of reach of the defender and Lamphere made a nice catch as he slides cradling the football. Kicker #58 Juju Ayida’s extra point attempt (with Lamphere holding) was good and with 3:00 left in the 1st it was 7-0 Vermont.
The Warhawks got on the board at the 12:53 mark of the second quarter after Brown connected with receiver #7 Javier Colon for an 18-yard pick-up he went right after the Raven secondary again finding a streaking Warhawks running back/receiver #24 Stephane Bristol down the left side and dropped in a nice pass at the goal line where Bristol pulled it in for the touchdown. Going for two, Seacoast this time kept it on the ground, and went off the right side with Villafane plunging in to make the score 8-7 Warhawks.
The second score of the quarter for Seacoast was set up by Brown’s arm as he hit receiver #2 Victor Payano for a gain of 33 yards down to the Ravens 2. Villafane took it the rest of the way scoring on the next play. He also ran the two-point conversion attempt in making the score 16-7 Seacoast at the 7:13 mark.
Keeping the Raven offense off the field with a stifling defense Seacoast next managed that long punt return by Villafane setting up their third score of the quarter. From the 5 this time out of the backfield Bristol took the pitch, heading left and outraced everyone to the end zone. This time the Ravens defense stopped the two-point conversion attempt and the score was 22-7 Warhawks with 3:56 left in the 2nd quarter.
To Vermont’s credit they never gave up despite the onslaught of scoring by Seacoast and Torres showed some footwork himself as he rolled right from the 20-yard line and seeing the sideline open sprinted and stepped just inside the pilon for a score. Ayida’s extra point was again good and the score was 22-14 Vermont with 26 seconds left in the half. If only the half could have ended this way, but Brown and the Warhawks wanted more. Stepping back to pass Brown avoided the rush and took off receiving many nice blocks by his receivers along the way making it all the way to the end zone successfully completing the 71-yard scramble to score. The two-point conversion attempt was stopped and at the half Seacoast was up 28-14.
The 3rd quarter was uneventful scoring wise as each team moved the ball, but were unable to add to their total.
In the 4th with a little over 8 minutes left a Raven fumble on a pitch ended up in the hands of Seacoast defender #26 Derek Deprato. He scooped it cleanly and sped the 40-yard distance to put the proverbial nail in the coffin for the Ravens. The extra point was good, and the score was 35-14 Seacoast at the 8:12 mark.
Torres would find the end zone for the second time himself as he tucked the ball running it in from 10 yards out for a score. The drive was helped along by second year receiver #6 Austin Stacey from Barre. Torres found him 3 times during the drive for over 40 yards. Ayida’s extra point attempt went wide and that was it for the Ravens scoring on the day.
Seacoast would score once more near the end of the game with back-up quarterback #3 Kobe Washington throwing it deep for a 40-yard touchdown pass to receiver Bristol. The extra point attempt was missed and the score at that time ended up being the final. 41-20 Warhawks.
The Warhawks improve to 2-0 and have a bye this coming week while the 0-2 Ravens travel to Keene, NH to face the 0-1 Monadnock Marauders at Alumni Field. 6:30PM kick-off.
For more information www.vermontravens.com