Vermont came out swinging in the first quarter, controlling possession
of the ball and putting together a 40 yard drive capped by a failed 44 yard
field goal attempt. The formidable UVM defense held the Black Bears to little gain, however, and the
ball returned to the capable hands of Catamount quarterback Josh Henshaw. Big
gains by receivers Matt Henry and Amos Kempton brought the ball into the red
zone and a quick 6 yard touchdown pass to senior Sean Martin put points on the
board for UVM early in the second quarter. Maine responded with a ground attack,
sending running back Shawn Dew into the end zone on a 25 yard touchdown run. The
score was tied, but a key interception by freshman Catamount linebacker Drew
Howrigan gave UVM the ball in the waning minutes of the half. Vermont capitalized
on the opportunity and took the lead once more with another Henshaw touchdown
pass, this one a 45 yarder to receiver Nolan Rhodes. Twice more the Bears
offense touched the ball, but two more interceptions by Catamounts Dane Liljestrand and Chad Foley sealed the
half with the score Vermont 14, Maine 7.
The second half proved to be a defensive battle. Maine held
Vermontís offense to a single 23 yard field goal, but the UVM defense stood out
as they intercepted the ball a total of three additional times, culminating in
an 85 yard pick and run-back for a touchdown by Foley.
Vermont ended the day with nearly 250 yards of total
offense, including over 115 passing yards. Running back Ted Day-Fratto led in
the backfield with just over 100 yards rushing. The defense recorded six
interceptions, including three by defensive back Chad Foley.
The final score at the end of the evening was UVM 24, UMaine
7. The University of Vermont will welcome Maine back to Burlington High School
the weekend of November 6th for the YCFC semi-final playoff game.