WESTMINSTER -- After watching his upcoming foes on tape during the week, Bellows Falls football coach Bob Lockerby told his players that they would score on the very first play of Saturday’s game.
He was right.
Tailback Carson Fullam went 49 yards to the house on BF’s first snap and later added two more touchdown runs to lead the Terriers to an easy 52-0 victory over North Country on Hadley Field.
"I knew we would run the dive play the way it’s supposed to be run," said Lockerby of that quick six.
But he never told his players that they would also score on their second offensive play -- a 51-yard dive from Fullam with 9:12 left in the opening quarter. David Dunbar tacked on the extra point to give Bellows Falls an early 13-0 advantage.
The gaping holes on the inside had a lot to do with co-captain Matt Conkey having moved from tackle to center. He and linemen Jeramiah Dunbar, Jacob Lober, Tyson Taylor, DJ Snide and Devin Hogan paved the way for 293 rushing yards on 38 carries.
"It was Conkey’s first game at center this season. We decided to put him back at the position he’s been much more productive at," noted Lockerby.
Nothing seemed to go right for the visitors. The Falcons failed to recover their onsides kick to begin the game, botched a couple of returns, had a few errant pitches, turned it over twice, and had no answer for the Bellows Falls offense.
The Terriers scored on every first-half possession and once on special teams to take a 45-0 lead at the intermission. After the two long runs to paydirt by Fullam, Ian McKeen punched one in from two yards out, Kyle O’Rourke delivered from six yards out, quarterback Ethan Illingworth connected with Brian McAnuff on a 45-yard scoring strike, Fullam struck again on a 20-yard jaunt, and then Cody Kerr blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone.
"The Purple Gang" never budged. With defensive tackles Preston Li and Nate Milliken controlling the trenches, inside linebackers Jordan Roberts and Kyle Record continually cleaned up. The BF defense limited their foes to just 28 rushing yards and 27 through the air.
Dakota Derby, Kerr, Milliken and Jeramiah Dunbar all had a sack. Derby and Kerr also had a tackle for loss, while Lober chipped in with an interception.
Jakob Mead’s five-yard touchdown run was the lone score of the second half. David Dunbar added the extra point -- his third make out of four tries.
Illingworth was a perfect 1-for-1 for 45 yards. Fullam ran for 126 yards and three scores, while Stack finished with 42 yards on the ground and O’Rourke added 39 more.
The 2-2 Terriers will look for their first road win of the season when they play at Burr and Burton (3-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Hartford 34, Brattleboro 7
WHITE RIVER JCT. -- Patrick Libuda ran the ball 17 times for 146 yards and scored three touchdowns as the three-time defending Division 1 champions improved to 2-2 on Friday night.
The Hurricanes built a 34-0 lead in the first three quarters. Dylan Rice started it with a 14-yard run to the house, quarterback Gregg Shinn delivered from four yards out, and Libuda scored on rushes of one, two and 31 yards. Rice was 4-for-5 on PAT’s.
Brattleboro got on the board in the fourth frame, on Adam McPhail’s one-yard carry. Ryan Fontaine tacked on the extra point.
The 1-3 Colonels, who opened up with a victory over Bellows Falls and then lost to Burlington, South Burlington and Hartford after that, will play at 0-4 St. Johnsbury on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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