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Defense, Run Game Have BVT Football Unbeaten

The Blackstone Valley Tech football team returns to Upton for a homecoming matchup with Monty Tech this Saturday with a perfect 6-0 record, and head coach Jim Archibald said he is not worried about his squad staying focused.
"I always get a little nervous around homecoming weekend, there are a lot of distractions and a lot of different things that take away from the task at hand," he said. "But these guys want to win as much as we do as coaches. We have the right pieces in place, it's just a matter of getting out healthy and getting our reps."
BVT comes into the game 6-0 and a perfect 4-0 in Colonial Athletic League play. The final two regular season foes, Monty Tech and Worcester Tech, are a combined 1-11 heading into this weekend's action.
The Beavers have been a force defensively, pitching two shutouts and holding all six opponents to single-digit point totals.
"We play a unique, fast, physical style of defense," Archibald said. "We have a ton of movement on our defense and Matt Blood, our defensive coordinator, really preaches to these guys about playing as a unit and taking care of your responsibly."
Valley Tech allowed an early touchdown last Monday against Bay Path before responding with 41 unanswered points in a 41-6 blowout. Senior Brandon Lira picked off a pass, senior Corey Smith made five tackles and recovered a fumble, and senior Sam Niro made seven tackles and forced a fumble. Jared Loiselle, a sophomore, broke up two passes and made two tackles for a loss.
"All of our units are playing well," Archibald said. "Our defense set the tone and got after these guys for a ton of tackles for a loss, they played good, physical football."
Running behind a strong offensive line, Valley Tech amassed 336 rushing yards against Bay Path. Senior Conner Polymeros rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns, including a 60-yard score in the third quarter that put the game out of reach. Sophomore J.D. Antaya gained 101 yards on six carries, and he and Aidan Fitzgerald both ran in touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Reece Hendriks connected with Jordyn Amero for a 19-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
"I can't say enough about our kids," Archibald said. "We are not easy to play for; we demand a ton from our kids. We are tough and we expect a lot out of them and they have answered the call every time."




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