WESTMINSTER -- On Saturday, the Bellows Falls football team scored the same amount of points as the Utah Jazz.
David Dunbar caught three touchdown passes, was 7-for-7 on extra-point tries and also drilled a 30-yard field goal to lead the Terriers to a convincing 74-26 rout of visiting Fair Haven.
"I didn’t expect anything like this," said Bellows Falls coach Bob Lockerby. "These kinds of games happen. We played darn good football...we blocked well, tackled well, passed well."
And the big plays kept coming.
Trailing 8-7, Bellows Falls scored 52 consecutive points. The onslaught started with Kyle O’Rourke’s 50-yard touchdown run and ended with a 45-yard sprint to the house from Jakob Mead.
"We’re better than this," screamed a visiting player as he walked along the sideline.
But the Slaters were only able to score eight points against the Purple Gang’s starting defense. Kendrick Mills, Brian McAnuff and DJ Snide all intercepted a Ryan Alexander pass, with Snide’s pick six in the third quarter resulting in some horn honking in the parking lot -- a tradition at Hadley Field to celebrate touchdowns.
It was a sound that the visitors had to be getting sick of.
On the second play of the game, Carson Fullam scored on a 35-yard dive and Dunbar’s extra point made it 7-0. The Slaters answered right back, as Tyler Rice scored on a four-yard run and Alexander hooked up with Matt Briere for the deuce.
But that lead was short lived.
O’Rourke started the Bellows Falls rally with a 50-yard TD run along the left sideline. Austin Stack followed with a 25-yard run to paydirt, Ethan Illingworth connected with Dunbar for scoring strikes of 20, 26 and 47 yards, Dunbar drilled a 30-yard field goal, Snide scored on the interception return, and Mead raced 45 yards to the end zone to make it 60-8 with 2:34 remaining in the third quarter.
"I hope that Castleton State and Norwich are paying attention," stated Lockerby, when asked about Dunbar’s performance. "He can play college football for someone. He’s a good receiver and a great kid."
With the dogs called off, Alexander scored on a 35-yard keeper late in the third quarter to get the visitors within 60-14. But Fullam followed that with an 85-yard kick return for six and then Fair Haven’s Lucas Czarnecki answered that with an 80-yard return for a TD.
Mead, who only touched the ball twice all day, added a 57-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to put the hosts up 74-20. Fair Haven backup QB Alex Fontaine then found Ian Misencik for a 10-yard scoring strike.
"This win should put us in the playoffs," added Lockerby, whose team improved to 5-2 with the victory. The Terriers will play at Springfield on Friday at 7 p.m. and then host Lyndon on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.
Illingworth was 4-for-8 passing for 113 yards and three touchdowns. Mead had a team-high 102 rushing yards on just two carries, Fullam racked up 98 yards on the ground, and O’Rourke ran for 71 more. Dunbar scored 28 points for the winners, including three TD catches, seven extra points and the field goal.
Note: Bellows Falls scored 39 points in the first half. The Utah Jazz, who lost to the Clippers 106-74 in Saturday’s NBA preseason game, only had 31 points at the intermission.
Shane Covey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.