Taking a short screen pass on a third-and-10, South Burlington's Tanner Contois sliced through Burlington's defense and raced into the end zone for a 56-yard, third-quarter touchdown.
The scoring sequence unfolded, in part, because of Contois' elusiveness and South Burlington's blocking scheme.
It also served as an opening-night statement.
Contois finished with 218 yards of offense and three touchdowns, the defense forced four turnovers, and the Rebels rolled past the Seahorses, 34-0, in a Division I high school football clash Friday night.
"New season, new mentality. That was a goal for us coming in. We know what we have to do this season," said Contois, one of 17 seniors on the SBHS roster. "We don't have a next season. We have to bring it every day, in practice, every game.
"This is the last time we are going to play together as a family. We just gotta keep rolling."
Of his production, Contois tallied 126 yards on 16 rushes, while Hunter Riehle, the team's returning starting quarterback, connected with six receivers for 264 yards and three scores.
A year after finishing 4-5 and falling in the Division I quarterfinals to Hartford, the Rebels came out flying -- and not just with an efficient, potent offense but a rugged defensive approach, too.
"Everyone did their job. We preach 1-11 and everyone did that tonight and that's why it was a shutout," said Paul Valgoi, a two-way lineman and captain. "That's the emphasis every week, we want to be physical, we want to be known as a physical team."
And they did from the opening kickoff. The SBHS defense forced a 3-and-out and then the offense trotted out for a 13-play, 70-yard drive, capped by Contois' 4-yard TD catch from Riehle.
Jeremy Clements (three catches, 45 yards) set up the Rebels' next touchdown, hauling in an over-the-shoulder, one-handed catch down the middle of the field. On the next play, Contois scampered around the end for a 23-yard score and a 14-0 lead with 7:44 left in the half.
Contois' electrifying TD screen came on South Burlington's third play of the second half. Shifty as he is quick, Contois broke several tackles and followed his blockers in a diagonal sprint to the pylon on South Burlington's side of the field.
"He's fast. I love watching him run and it's fun blocking for him when he can break off plays like that," said Valgoi, who also recovered a BHS fumble.
Montell Kirkland (72 yards) and Shaquane Cooperwood (57) led Burlington's attack, which featured at least seven ballcarriers. Quarterback Jack Breen also lined up as a receiver on several series, catching three balls for 45 yards on passes from Bryan Vachereau.
The Seahorses, however, could not maintain possession, fumbling three times and throwing an interception. One turnover halted a potential scoring drive inside SBHS's 10-yard line.
"That was our biggest issue. It starts in a few different places and we have things to work on," Carney said of the mistakes. "We had some small bright spots that we need to capitalize on. We just have to get better. They are a good football, that's the reality.
Carney, a former South Burlington standout quarterback, praised his former coach Joe McDonald and the team's approach.
"They can throw the ball and they can run the ball. And Joe does a good job run the zone offense with a blocking scheme," Carney said. "You gotta be aggressive in all facets of the game and they just did it better than we did."
Clements (4-yard catch) and Max Smith (3-yard run) capped the Rebels' scoring with touchdowns sandwiched around a BHS fumbled kickoff late in the fourth quarter. Cam Nolting added 69 receiving yards and also snagged a fourth-quarter interception.
"We have so much talent, everything is an option. We have been playing a long time again, we have that chemistry, that bond," Contois said. "We are going to get things done, no matter what the play."