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BVT Football Suffers Lopsided Opening Loss

The Blackstone Valley Tech football team took a turnover-plagued, 46-20 season opening loss to Maynard last weekend, prompting an unfamiliar feeling for the largely dominant program.
"This is certainly something we have not experienced in awhile, it's somewhat surprising," head coach Jim Archibald said. "We knew coming in we might have a bit of a down year with so much talent graduating, but we didn't expect anything like this."
Maynard scored the first three touchdowns on Friday night, jumping out to a 24-0 lead before the Beavers were able to get on the board. Senior Christopher Lira reeled in an 18-yard TD pass from Hector Petri before halftime to pull the score to within 24-8. The Tigers added a pair of third quarter touchdowns to pull away and take a 38-8 lead before the fourth quarter began.
Valley Tech added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter – a 40-yard run by Kevin Barthelmes and a 6-yard pass from the junior quarterback Petri to Matt Marchant. Maynard scored again before the end of the game to account for the final margin. Archibald said turnovers, BVT had seven of them, were largely to blame.
"Every time it seemed like we were starting to get back into the game, we had a fumble or an interception that have the momentum back," he said. "We were down two touchdowns and brought the kickoff back to the 10-yard line and then fumbled. That was another 'pin in the balloon' moment."
Petri finished the day with 14 carries for 84 yards and completed 13 of 22 passes for 172 yards and the two scores. Lira caught six passes for 125 yards. Senior Antonio Sullo had six tackles, including three tackles for a loss.
"It was obviously not the start we wanted," Archibald said. "Our defense could not get enough stops to give us a chance. They outplayed us, it was a long night."
The Beavers turn their attention to Monty Tech this weekend and Archibald said the team will have a "back to basics" approach this week at practice.
"We certainly feel we are talented enough," he said. "Before we can move on and take our game plan to the next level, we need to get back to basics and get our reads and route combinations down. We have been working hard, but it's not sinking in."
Archibald said Monty Tech, coming off a season opening win, seems to be much improved from last year. The Beavers' head coach said his next opponent is "bigger and faster" than they were in 2014 and he expects to see a variety of offensive formations. The attitude, Archibald said, will be crucial.
"I want to see these kids come out with some attitude, it's not something I have always seen out of this group," he said. "We have great kids, but we don't always have the kids who play with the edge you need. That's what we are looking for this week, guys to come out and say 'enough is enough' and be more aggressive and physical."
The approach going in will dictate the outcome, he said.
"If we can figure out what's going on, it will be a good game. If we don't, it will be a long night."




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