By Gregory J. Lamoureux
MILTON: You wouldn’t have known it by the score on Friday night, but the Milton Yellowjackets gave Colchester a good run for their money.
For a young Yellowjacket team, the players played hard and made Colchester work for every score they had. Playing up a division while holding their opponent within a few scores- that in itself can be a huge accomplishment.
Shutting out the Yellowjackets 21-0, Colchester head coach Tom Perry had nothing but praise for Jim Provost’s Milton team.
“I think they are going to be pretty good, particularly in Division II,” Perry said, “The numbers balancing point is difficult, we have 10 or 15 more guys. That’s a whole team, a whole set.”
Perry called out Milton’s Caleb Barnier, a freshman running back for the Yellowjackets as one of the best players on the field.
“He can play,” Perry said, “He’s running through tackles, and then he’s the fastest guy on the field.”
Provost, who heads the Milton coaching staff said the Yellowjackets are the youngest team he’s coached in 30 years.
With five freshmen, nine sophomores, eight juniors, and seven seniors, the varsity team is spread thin when matched up against a Division I team like Colchester. Every player in the Milton Football program shows up for games, like Friday night, while Colchester has a whole JV team for depth within their program.
“I’m so proud of our effort,” Provost emphasized after the game, “I’m not proud of the result, but I’m so proud of the effort.”
Milton hosts Mt. Abe Friday, September 6th. Provost said it’s too early to know what to expect from the Eagles when they visit Milton, after graduating a significant part of their program last year, Mt. Abe is an unknown this early in the season.
Colchester is set to travel to BFA St. Albans on Friday, September 6th to take on the Bobwhites.