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  • Ray Kurek, center, runs drills during football practice at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vt. on November 5, 2013. The team will face off against Mill River in the state championship in Rutland on Saturday. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage)

    Ray Kurek, center, runs drills during football practice at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vt. on November 5, 2013. The team will face off against Mill River in the state championship in Rutland on Saturday. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Head coach Ramsey Worrell demonstrates a play with Oliver Kaija, left, during foorball practice at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vt. on November 5, 2013. The team will face off against Mill River in the state championship in Rutland on Saturday. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage)

    Head coach Ramsey Worrell demonstrates a play with Oliver Kaija, left, during foorball practice at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vt. on November 5, 2013. The team will face off against Mill River in the state championship in Rutland on Saturday. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Ray Kurek, center, runs drills during football practice at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vt. on November 5, 2013. The team will face off against Mill River in the state championship in Rutland on Saturday. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage)
  • Head coach Ramsey Worrell demonstrates a play with Oliver Kaija, left, during foorball practice at Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, Vt. on November 5, 2013. The team will face off against Mill River in the state championship in Rutland on Saturday. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage)

Under dwindling illumination, the Woodstock High football team got back to work on Tuesday, preparing for the defense of its two-year run as Vermont Division III champions this weekend. Above: Ray Kurek, center, runs drills in the late-afternoon sunshine behind James T. McLaughlin Field. Right: First-year Woodstock coach Ramsey Worrell, right, demonstrates a play with the help of senior fullback Oliver Kaija, left. The top-ranked Wasps (10-0) will carry a 30-game winning streak into Saturday’s finale with Mill River (9-1), who Woodstock defeated on Sept. 28 in North Clarendon, Vt., 42-28. Saturday’s championship will be held at Rutland High School, with the kickoff set for 11 a.m.
Valley News photographs — Elijah Nouvelage