Many locals tapped for North-South football game
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s Alumni Stadium will host this Saturday’s 15th annual North-South Senior All-Star Football Game, and a dozen standouts from the area’s three high school football programs will be representing their schools.
Eight of those players will suit up for the South squad. Five of them are from the Division I runner-up Middlebury Union squad: Nick Beauchamp, Wyatt Laberge, Jerry Niemo, Sawyer Ryan and Ali Abdul Sater, all key two-way players for the 10-1 Tigers. Oakley Gordon was also named to the squad, but will not play because of injury.
Four members of the D-III champion Otter Valley team will join the Tigers on the South squad: Carson Leary, who rushed for more than 2,600 yards this season, and three of the linemen who paved the way for him: Tyler Allen, M.J. Denis and Trevor Peduto. All four also played both ways for OV.
Three two-way players who excelled for the D-II Mount Abraham/Vergennes collective will suit up for the North team: Jack Eisenhower, Matt Mullen and Ryan Paquin.
Kickoff will be at 12:30 p.m. for the 15th annual contest that concludes the fall Vermont high school athletic season. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and will be available at the gate starting an hour prior to game time. All proceeds benefit the scholarship and grant programs of the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
All 34 high school football programs from the state’s three divisions are represented on the two rosters, which are subject to change prior to the game. Head coach for the North squad is Marty Richards of Mount Mansfield, while Fair Haven’s Brian Grady will head the South coaching staff.
The rest of the players named to the North roster were: David Legris of BFA Fairfax; Jarad Clark, Tanner Cioffi and Nick Hale of BFA St. Albans; Jason Crisman, Connor Plante and Clark Stephenson of Burlington; Sam Belisle, Jeremy Fuller, Kiernan Kittredge and Richard Lowery of Champlain Valley; Travis Boutin, Ryan Casey (injured), Justin Evans, Dakota Navari and Kyle Walker of Colchester; Elliot Boutin, Nathan Baliff, Eli DiGrande, Marshall Murphy, Cole Picard, Alex Russell (injured) and Colby Trudeau of Essex; Riley Roger of Lyndon; Kyle Apgar, Logan Bean, Brad Bombard, Ian Kandzior and Zach Robtoy of Milton; Logan Day of Missisquoi; Jack Eisenhower, Matt Mullen and Ryan Paquin of Mount Abraham; Dominic Mosca of Mount Mansfield; John Ricard and Hunter Stanley of North Country; Cam Cousino of Rice Memorial; Hatcher D’Agostino and Xavier Giddings of St. Johnsbury; Colby Barrett and Ian Bullis of South Burlington; Drew Lamb of Spaulding; Colby Brochu, Keough Darling and Matt Greene of Union 32; and Brandon Bigelow of Winooski.
The seniors named to the South roster were: Devin Hogan, Chris McKeen, Zac Streeter and Tyson Taylor of Bellows Falls; Alex Harrison and Taylor King of Brattleboro; Will Baker, Jimmy LeMusilo, Codi Roberts, Murray Senecal and Will Tucker of Burr & Burton; Ryan Alexander, Logan Bathalon, Lucas Czarnecki and Tyler Wilson of Fair Haven; Walter Judd, Jake Perkins (injured), Justin Pero and Tanner Potter of Hartford; Zach Allen, Ethan Merriam and Dylan Shelvey of Mill River; Damon Burgess and Broday Farnum of Mount Anthony; Jonah Farrow of Mount St. Joseph; Nick Grant of Oxbow; Jordan Grenier of Poultney; Steve Ell, Andy Kenosh, Austin O’Gorman, Cam Slade and Caleb White of Rutland; Ben Tubbs of Springfield; Nick Kapuscinski of Windsor; and Jackson Wood of Woodstock.