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BVT Football Pitching Shutouts

"Shutouts are always nice, they make life easier." Blackstone Valley Tech head football coach Jim Archibald is stating the obvious, but shutouts have been the norm for his team over the past two weeks. The Beavers blanked Quaboag 37-0 two weeks ago and earned a 28-0 win over Keefe Tech last Saturday. The BVT defense is averaging only 5.4 points allowed per game, a full eight points fewer than the second best defense in Central Mass. They have surrendered more than 10 points just once, in a 34-14 win over Assabet. The defensive prowess has been a big part of Valley Tech's 5-0 start.
"It's a testament to our coaches and our experience," said Archibald. "We have eight returning starters on defense and [defensive coordinator] Matt Blood does a terrific job with that group."
Senior linebacker Nic Wojnar leads all of Central Mass with 61.5 tackles. But Archibald also praised the play of the defensive line. Mark Brownell and David Kwansy have been mainstays at defensive tackle while Joe Trettel and Brady Neyland have been among the team leaders in tackles from the defensive end position.
"Our line has dominated the line of scrimmage, so teams have to pick their poison," said Archibald. "If they want to double team our defensive line, then it frees up our linebackers to make plays. If they only put one blocker on our guys on the defensive line, they are going to win that battle every time,"
Juniors Ben Reiffarth and Jake Tancrede have also stood out on the defensive side of the ball and senior strong safety Chris Nazzaro is consistently attacking the line of scrimmage and dealing out big hits, according to Archibald.
"You can never really expect shutouts and holding teams to under 100 yards, but we've been fortunate enough to get that this year," said Archibald. "I expected the defense to be a strength for us, but they have come through week after week."
Valley Tech has only allowed 27 points total on the season, and the past two games have seen a number of younger players get significant playing time due to the lopsided first-half scorers. Even with less experienced players on the field, the Beavers still have not given up any points.
"The last two weeks, we have been able to get our young guys into the game with about five or six minutes left in the second quarter," said Archibald. "They came through and even they are keeping other teams off the scoreboard."
This has also been a ball-hawking BVT defense, setting up a number short fields for the offense off of turnovers, including a five-yard scoring drive in last week's win over Keefe.
"The numbers speak for themselves," said Archibald. "Every team needs play makers and role players and we have both. This defense goes out and not only executes but dominates, every week. They are one of the best I have ever coached."




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