WESTMINSTER -- The Milton varsity football team went to Hadley Field on Saturday looking to get revenge after losing to the Terriers in last year's Division 2 semifinal.
It didn't happen.
Bellows Falls ran the ball 45 times for 187 yards, including 63 from Austin Stack and 62 more from Kyle O'Rourke, in a 24-6 victory over the visiting Yellowjackets.
"I expected this to be a fight. They came here to redeem themself," said winning coach Bob Lockerby. "That's a tough football team over there."
Chris McClellan, who had just rushed for 193 yards and scored five touchdowns in Milton's rout of North Country, was limited to 20 yards on six touches in Week 2.
"The Purple Gang" also got a fumble recovery by Carson Fullam, sacks from Matt Conkey and Cody Kerr, and fourth-down stops made by Kyle Record and Jordan Roberts.
After Fullam scooped up an errant pitch on the first play of the game, the hosts went 39 yards on a dozen plays to go ahead 6-0 midway through the opening quarter. Quarterback Ethan Illingworth and halfback Austin Stack each converted on a fourth-down play, and Stack finished the drive with a two-yard carry to paydirt.
But the next Bellows Falls possessions ended with a Cooper Bushey interception and a pair of punts, and the Terriers went to the break leading 6-0.
Lockerby's lads turned it over on downs to begin the second half, but would then score three consecutive touchdowns. Fullam started it with a 90-yard punt return to the house, Ilingworth threw a 20-yard scoring strike to a wide open Kendrick Mills, and O'Rourke punched one in from a yard out, to put Bellows Falls up, 24-0.
Setting up those scores were: a fine block by Brian McAnuff on the punt return, a 23-yard run from Stack, and a 36-yard completion from Illingworth to Ian McKeen. Not to mention, some key blocks in the trenches by offensive linemen Jeramiah Dunbar, Brendan Kelly, Jacob Lober, Tyson Taylor and Conkey.
With the dogs called off, the visitors marched 94 yards in 15 plays to avoid the shutout. Brad Bombard had runs of 10, 13 and 28 yards during the TD drive, which was capped off by quarterback Logan Bean's six-yard sprint to the right pylon.
Illingworth was 2-for-5 through the air for 56 yards, with one TD and one interception. Backfield mates Stack, O'Rourke and Fullam finished with 63, 62 and 35 rushing yards respectively.
The 1-1 Terriers will play at Rice on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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