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VT Football Finds its Swagger

Blackstone Valley Tech's season opening loss to Maynard was eye-opening for a team unaccustomed to regular-season defeat, but the Beavers have bounced back over the past two weekends, rolling to two wins by a combined score of 82-12.
"We definitely got our confidence and our swagger back," head coach Jim Archibald said. "Both sides of the ball are playing well and complimenting each other and the kids are becoming more comfortable.
"We told the kids after the Maynard loss, 'this could go one of two ways for us.' For anyone to take us seriously with the new playoff system (only four teams get in, as opposed to eight last year), we need to win out."
BVT hit the road last Saturday and rolled to a 47-0 win over Assabet. The Beavers set the tone from the get-go driving down the field on the opening possession of the game and capping it off with a 45-yard touchdown run by Matt Marchant. Quarterback Hector Petri scored from a yard out to make it 13-0 by the end of the first quarter. Valley Tech added three more scores in the second quarter. Kevin Barthelmes ran one in from 22 yards out and Petri threw a pair of touchdown passes, connecting with Dylan Ramos on a 49-yard strike and Christopher Lira for a 33-yard score.
"We didn't know what to expect, we saw that they were big up front and thought that might give us some trouble," Archibald said. "But we played to our strengths and scored off of every turnover. Our defense did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage."
The defensive line, one of the younger units on the team, has been anchored by Joe Medeiros. The only returning starter in the position group, Medeiros was the defensive player of the game after an eight tackle performance against Assabet. He made 10 stops in the previous week's game, a 35-12 drubbing of Monty Tech.
Archibald also praised Marchant, who started the scoring last Saturday. After suffering an injury during his freshman season, the now-senior did not come out for the football team again until this year.
"He has been great," Archibald said of Marchant, who had two catches for 74 yards against Monty Tech. "Any time we need a big play, he makes it. He is a stat filler, he blocks well downfield, and plays well on special teams."
Petri, in his first season as the signal caller, has also come a long way in a few short weeks, the head coach said.
"It's been fun watching him progress week to week," he said. "He handles the responsibility we give him as far as checking at the line of scrimmage, he calls his own audibles. He is a smart kid, and an athletic kid. We are trying to tailor the offense to what he does best, which is getting mobile and throwing on the run."




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