WESTMINSTER -- On the same day that NFL teams were trimming rosters to the maximum of 53 players, a pair of Bellows Falls running backs were also making cuts and then sprinting through gaping holes.
Carson Fullam and Austin Stack each scored a pair of touchdowns, leading the Terriers to a 25-7 rout of visiting Brattleboro in Saturday’s high school football season opener.
"I was very happy with the execution by our offensive line," said Bellows Falls coach Bob Lockerby.
That unit, which consists of tackles Devin Hogan and Brendan Kelly, guards Kyle Record and D.J. Snide, and center Jared Neathawk, paved the way for 282 rushing yards on 41 carries. Fullam led the way with a dozen totes for 149 yards and Stack followed with 14 touches for 76 yards.
"They are a good team," stated second-year Brattleboro coach John Callahan. "They are a physical team. They are a veteran team."
It took the Terriers just 28 seconds to get on the board. On the third play of the game, Fullam went 50 yards to the house on a dive play to make it 6-0 in a hurry.
"His 49 total yards against Brattleboro last season was the lowest output of his career," noted Lockerby. "I told him that he might beat that on just one play in this game."
After the traditional honking of a car’s horn to celebrate the touchdown by the home team, the young Colonels put together a 16-play, 67-yard scoring drive, that chewed up 10 minutes.
But those would be the only points that the visitors could muster.
The Purple Gang forced a trio of three-and-outs and also got an interception from Brian McAnuff and a fumble recovery by Snide over the final three quarters. Snide and Bandera Swastono combined for three sacks, Record and Cody Kerr delivered some big hits, and Brattleboro often hurt itself with delay of game penalties -- and a holding call that wiped out running back Taylor King’s long touchdown.
Fullam began the second quarter with a 35-yard run to paydirt and Stack scored from 13 yards out on the next series to give Bellows Falls an 18-7 advantage at the break.
Following a scoreless third quarter, Lockerby’s offensive line put together another scoring drive in the fourth. A nine-yard keeper by quarterback Ethan Illingworth and an 11-yard carry by Fullam were the highlights, before Stack nailed the coffin shut with a three-yard sweep to paydirt.
"We have to play better defense. We don’t want to get into situations where we have to throw," said coach Callahan.
Fullback Aleks Harrison and King finished with 52 and 35 yards rushing respectively to pace the Brattleboro offense. Cornerback Tanner Freeman did a nice job with run support by sniffing out sweeps and making the tackles.
Illingworth, who struggled in last year’s 14-8 loss to Brattleboro, was 2 of 3 passing for 29 yards. Martinez completed half of his eight tosses, for 30 yards and one pick.
On Friday night at 7, Brattleboro (0-1) will host Burlington and Bellows Falls (1-0) will play at Milton.
Passing: Illingworth, BF -- 2/3, 29 yards. Martinez, BUHS -- 4/8, 30 yards, TD, INT.
Receiving: Fullam, BF, 1 reception for 6 yards. Cody Kerr, BF, 1 reception for 23 yards. King, BUHS, 1 reception for 3 yards. Lesure, BUHS, 2 receptions for 17 yards. McKenney, BUHS, 1 reception for 10 yards.
Leading rushers: Fullam, BF, 12 rushes for 149 yards. Stack, BF, 14 rushes for 76 yards. Kerr, BF, 4 rushes for 28 yards. Harrison, BUHS, 10 rushes for 52 yards. King, BUHS, 7 rushes for 35 yards. Jack Ochukpue, BUHS, 5 rushes for 11 yards.
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