The New Haven Venom could not make the trip to South Burlington and forfeited Sunday’s quarterfinal against the Vermont Ravens in New England Football League action.
The Ravens are playing their 13th season in the league and relied on a handful of veteran players to make the post-season again this year. Vermont won a few late-season games to sneak into the playoffs with a 3-3 record.
The Ravens will travel to play the No 1 Connecticut Brawlers (8-0) in the semifinals. The winner will advance to a championship clash against either the Hartford Colts or the Connecticut Gamblers. Vermont suffered a 46-0 loss to the Colts and fell to the Gamblers, 32-0. The Ravens’ semifinal will take place at the Clem Lemire Complex in Newington, Connecticut.
Vermont suffered a 40-18 loss to the Brawlers last month. Connecticut quarterback Junior Vasquez threw two touchdown passes and completed a pair of two-point conversion passes. He also had two rushing touchdowns and ran for a trio of two-point conversions.
Vermont’s Jeric Tyler, Jamal Jacobs, Austin Stacey, and Adam Gowans were offensive leaders along with quarterback Clayton Torres during their team’s 14-12 victory over the New England Crusaders on Sept. 28. Brett Walton, Roy Rose, Mikey Emmons-Lamell, Alex Bell, Michael Cross and Josh Tassie were among the top defensive performers.
De-Eric O’Neal has been a multi-way threat all season for Vermont, making key contributions on defense along with Matthew Gomes, Kenny Limoge, Abdi Abdi and Terrance Whitney. Curtis Christiansen, Anas Ali, Tyler Baker, Matthew Marrier, Chris Conway, Lloyd White and Caleb Bell have helped power the Ravens’ offensive line. Rounding out the roster are Akeem Williams, Ryan Walbridge, Kenny Phillips II, George Campbell, Alex Dickonson, Norman Cole, Tristan Woodard, Dave Ackerman, Kevin Keeling and Michael Fulton.