A touchdown on the second play from scrimmage. Two more scores in the span of six seconds to close out a 27-point first quarter.
This Friday night belonged to the Burlington Seahorses. They came ready to play.
Manny Dodson and Kevin Garrison each ran for two touchdowns and an unrelenting defense kept South Burlington in check as Burlington cruised to a 41-7 Division I high school football victory at Buck Hard Field.
Less than 24 hours after the school district OK’d sports programs to continue to play games despite a teachers strike, the Seahorses (3-0) acted composed and focused in front of a packed student section for homecoming weekend.
“We needed to win. We got to play this game, we worked so hard to get here,” said Dodson, among the student-athletes who spoke with the BHS administration on Thursday. “In the end, it was just another football game, but I’m proud we got here.”
Interim head coach Adam Cate said the players stepped up and advocated for themselves during a strange week.
“They were very adult about it and they should be commended for it,” said Cate, taking the place of longtime BHS head coach Brennan Carney, a teacher at the school. “At the end of the day, the ability to play sports is very pure and they shouldn’t have to get wrapped up in things that are out of their control.”
Dodson finished with 82 yards on nine carries while Garrison carried the ball 14 times for 100 yards. Tenzin Kelley hauled a 33-yard touchdown from Gunnar Bierbaum to give BHS a 34-0 halftime lead.
For South Burlington (1-2), Camden Chiari had a 2-yard TD late in the fourth quarter.