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BVT Football Rolls to 4th Straight Win

Blackstone Valley Tech football coach Jim Archibald issued a challenge to his team after the Beavers dropped their season opener to Maynard. Four games - and four decisive wins - later, it seems the message came through loud and clear.
"As soon as the last seconds ticked off on the Maynard game, we had them in the huddle and told them what we expected and what they needed to do," Archibald said. "They have responded well and done what we have asked and we are very proud of the results."
BVT is 4-1 on the season heading into this Saturday's road game against Sutton. The Beavers hammered Quaboag last week on homecoming, jumping out to a 42-0 lead and winning by a final of 42-14.
"It was a great win for our kids," Archibald said. "Quaboag was 0-4 but that record didn't indicate how well they have played in some of their games. We got some good field positios and made some nice plays down the field. We got out to a nice lead and we let the younger kids put it in cruise control toward the end."
Senior Chris Lira helped Valley Tech get off to a strong start with an interception on the second Quaboag drive that put the Beavers' offense in good field position. A fourth-down stop by the BVT defense also gave the offense a short field with which to work.
Junior quarterback Hector Petri has been a dual threat for the Beavers all season. He threw for two touchdowns against Quaboag and ran for two more. On the season, the signal caller has amassed 773 passing yards and 578 yards on the ground. Archibald calls him the "catalyst" of the BVT attack.
Unlike past seasons, when the Beavers have focused primarily on one or two players, this year's squad features a great deal of balance. Lira, senior Matt Marchant, and junior Dylan Ramos have all amassed around 200 yards receiving. Junior Kevin Barthelmes, along with Marchant and Ramos, join Petri in sparking the Valley Tech run game. Barthelmes ran for a touchdown and reeled in a 25-yard TD pass from Petri in the Quaboag win and Marchant also scored twice - a 65-yard touchdown card and a 25-yard touchdown run.
"I feel like we are tough to stop when we are firing on all cylinders," Archibald said. "At any point we feel like we can run it or pass it."
Other teams know it too. Against Worcester Tech, a 28-0 Beaver win two weeks ago, BVT faced a third down and 19. Archibald said he could hear the coaches on the opposite sideline warning their team to watch for a trick play or a deep pass, but he called a simple off-tackle run and gained 16 yards to set up a short fourth down. Valley Tech converted the fourth down and scored a few plays later.
Defense has also been a strong point over the past several games. BVT threw shutouts in wins over Assabet and Worcester Tech and Quaboag didn't score until the starters were out of the game. Seniors Joe Medeiros and Isaiah Ramirez have lead the team in tackles so far this year.
"It seems like we are always getting the ball around the 40 or 50 yard line," Archibald said. "[Defensive coordinator] Matt Blood has done a great job."
Archibald said focusing on "the little things" will be crucial over the next several weeks as the schedule gets tougher. Valley Tech hits the road Saturday to visit a 2-3 Sutton team coming off a three score win over Oxford.
"They have been in every game this year and they have played against some good competition," Archibald said, pointing to Sutton's losses to St. Bernard's and Bay Path. "They are a triple option team who is disciplined and athletic. We need to play good assignment football and if we can do that, we will be in good shape. If we can't, it'll be a long afternoon for us."




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