NORTHFIELD — Four players scored at least one touchdown for the U-32 football team on Saturday, sparking a 49-20 come-from-behind victory over Mill River at Norwich University.
The Raiders fell behind in the opening quarter and had difficulty shaking off the Minutemen during the first half. After the break, U-32 scored 28 points, turning a tight game into a blowout.
“In the first half we were going too deep,” U-32 coach Brian Divelbliss said. “Mill River had a lot of blitzes and they had a lot of pressure.”
Mill River pulled ahead in the first quarter before U-32’s Skyler Flood rumbled into the end zone at the opposite side of the field. U-32 quarterback Nathan LaRosa scored twice in the second quarter, giving his team some momentum at halftime.
“Both games we’ve come out a little flat and we have to fix the first half,” Divelbliss said. “As far as the second half goes, we’ve been solid. Our guys play together and they rally around each other. We’re a family atmosphere and the guys take care of each other. They go out and they get things done. We didn’t make a whole lot of halftime adjustments today — we just came out and tried to execute what we do. We had to finish what we started.”
Flood and LaRosa both recorded their second touchdowns in the third quarter before teammate Andrew Trottier capped the scoring in the fourth. Mill River quarterback Colby Fox threw a touchdown pass to Tyler Shelvey. Christian Beamis and Ross Badgley recorded rushing scores for the Minutemen.
LaRosa finished with 125 rushing yards on 17 carriers, and he also completed four passing attempts. Engelhard ran 16 times for 117 yards, while Flood carried the ball nine times for 44 yards. Defensively, U-32’s Cameron Comstock recorded two interceptions.
“(Comstock) seems to be our ball magnet on defense,” Divelbliss said. “He always in the right place at the right time.”
Engelhard recorded one interception while playing safety and teammate Sully O’Hara had 7.5 tackles and one sack. Max Fair and Ben Wiater were also defensive standouts for the Raiders, who played on a turf field for the first time. U-32’s main stadium field is still unplayable due to the construction of a new track around the playing area.
“It was neat going from grass to turf and it went really smooth,” Divelbliss said. “It was awesome to play on that field and it was a great college atmosphere. You’re playing a home game and you’re playing away, so you’re trying to manage those variables. But Norwich did an unbelievable job providing for us and having everything set up. We practice on grass, but both teams adapted and played well. The first half was really tight, and in the second half we just came out and executed a little more.”
Mill River (0-2) will host Poultney at 2 p.m. Saturday. U-32 (2-0) will travel to play Brattleboro at 7 p.m. Friday.