BRATTLEBORO -- Lights, camera, action.
Before any NFL games that count are played, the Bellows Falls varsity football team will open up at home versus Newport on Saturday at 7 p.m. -- that’s right, a night game at Hadley Field.
The Terriers will host three other evening games on the grid in 2012, including Sept. 7 against Rice, Oct. 12 versus Lyndon and an Oct. 26 showdown with rival Springfield. They will also welcome U-32 on Sept. 29 at 1 p.m., while the away games for the Purple Gang will take place at Fair Haven on Aug. 31, at Burr and Burton on Sept. 14, at Windsor on Sept. 22 and at Otter Valley on Oct. 20.
Brattleboro’s varsity football team will debut at Essex on Friday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. The first home game for the Colonels will take place in Week 2, when they welcome CVU on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m.
The rest of the schedule for BUHS looks like this: Sept. 14 at Rutland, Sept. 21 vs. Hartford, Sept. 28 vs. St. Johnsbury, Oct. 5 at Burlington, Oct. 13 at Spaulding and Oct. 19 vs. MAU.
Both area football teams went 5-4 a year ago, with Mike Hatt’s Colonels improving from 0-9 in 2010.
Brattleboro’s varsity girls soccer team will begin by hosting Twin Valley on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 4:30 p.m. The rest of the BUHS teams will play host for the first time in September, with the field hockey team hosting Hartford on Sept. 5 at 7 p.m., the boys soccer team welcoming Springfield on
The Bellows Falls cross-country team will host its first meet on Sept. 4. The BF boys soccer team will welcome Long Trail on Sept. 7 at 4:30 p.m., the BF field hockey team will play host to Woodstock on Sept. 10 at 4 p.m., and the BF girls soccer team will be at home against MSJ on Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m.
The Terrier teams had lots of success in 2011. Bethany Coursen’s stickers upset No. 4 Fair Haven before losing to top-seeded Missisquoi in the semis, Tim Eno’s cross-country team won its first Division 3 title since 1997, and John Broadley’s girls soccer team had the ultimate turnaround -- going from 1-12-1 in 2010 to 11-4-1 in 2011, which was the program’s first season of more than seven wins and their first time advancing in the playoffs as they made it all the way to the semis.
Over in Wilmington, the Twin Valley boys soccer team’s home opener is set for Aug. 30 against Bellows Falls and the Lady Wildcats will welcome Leland & Gray on Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. Buddy Hayford’s booters finished up at 8-8-1 last season, after starting out 1-4-1, and would eventually lose to Sharon 1-0 in the semifinals.
And in Townshend, the Leland & Gray girls soccer team will welcome Arlington on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. and the Rebel boys will host Windsor on Sept. 24 at 4:30 p.m.