Chargers bolt past Falcons


The Essex Chargers youth football team continued to show off its high-powered offense during its second game of the Northern Vermont Youth Football Season last Saturday.

Essex kicked off their home schedule with a 50-12 win over Newport at Maple Street Park.

The Chargers started off the game strong, as Grady Corkum scored from 34 yards out on the first play of the game. Chris LaBonte connected with Sam Foster for the extra point for an 8-0 lead.

The Chargers’ defense stood tall on the next drive, as Galen Salentino blocked a punt to give the team excellent field position. Rob Meslin scored on a 17-yard run to give Essex a 14-0 lead. Grady Corkum scored his second touchdown of the game on the next play with Sam Foster pounding in the extra point for a 21-0 lead.

During the next drive, Cale Layman gave Essex a 27-0 lead with a 10-yard touchdown scamper. The Chargers finished out the first half with a 30-yard touchdown run by Tyler Millette. Corkum hit Millette with the extra point to take a 35-0 lead.

Essex’s defense did it’s job in the first half as well, as it held Newport to negative yardage, while the offense racked up 227 yards.

After Newport got its first score on a kick return, Essex answered with a 50-yard touchdown from Riley Smith. Nolan Davis added the extra point for a 42-6 lead. LaBonte scored to close out the scoring for Essex.

Defensive standouts in the game included Salentino, Millette, Layman, Smith, Trevor Germain, Dagan Thompson, Brandon Charles and Spencer Slattery.

It was a good all around game for the Chargers, who will travel to Colchester (2-0) next week.

“It was a nice team win,” said Essex offensive coordinator Tom Downs. “We had seven different players involved in the scoring, but we need to get ready for a very good Colchester team next week.”

The game between Essex and Colchester will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at Colchester High School.

The Chargers also have a fundraiser coming up to pay for their new uniforms. They are having a Calcutta at Catamount Country Club on Oct. 3. Tickets are $75, which includes hors d’oeuvres for two with a cash prize of $2000. You have a 1 in 100 chance of winning. You do not have to be present to win the Calcutta. The Chargers are looking for donations and ticket purchases to help support their drive. Please contact us at Any donations are appreciated. They can be raffle prizes or a monetary donation.

— Anthony Labor