BELLOWS FALLS - Carson Fullam and Zachary Rawling combined for 225 rushing yards with three touchdowns and Ethan Illingworth made short tosses to the end zone to give the Terriers a 41-14 victory over U-32, at a varsity football game played Saturday at Hadley Field.
"We were like a machine out there," said Rawling, who rushed for 135 yards, picking up 30 on the Terriers’ first drive. "We work hard at practice every week, and every time we come out here, we can see ourselves getting better."
On that same drive, Fullam pushed through the crowd to run it in with three minutes left in first quarter play, for the team’s first touchdown. His next carry, on the Terriers’ initial play drive in the third quarter, sent him 65 yards down the right sideline to the end zone to make it 35-6.
The Terriers capitalized on an early U-32 fumble in the opening quarter, which gave them an opportunity for Illingworth to sneak in at the 1:49 mark for the team’s second touchdown after Rawling provided another 25 yards on the march for two first downs.
After the return, U-32’s Kendal Zeno helped move the pile forward, then took off for a 65-yard carry over the goal line to put the score at 14-6, after the Raiders failed the two-point conversion.
The Raiders stepped up their defensive going into the second half, but fell apart by the end of the third quarter, as the Terrier secondary continued to harass the U-32 receivers.
"We have a fun football team," said Terrier coach Bob Lockerby. "To them, it’s not about who’s making the touchdowns -- they just want to win. And when you put in as much work as we do, you’ve got to have some fun while you’re doing it. Our players get the work done, and they don’t complain."
Putting in the work in the trenches was senior Nathan Elmore. The nose guard, and remaining Bellows Falls defense held down the line for most of the matchup, particularly in the second half, as the Raiders scrambled to put together a substantial drive.
"We hit them hard, and just kept coming," said Elmore. "This our field; our home."
After a Bellows Falls interception, it was Rawling’s time to shine. The running back got the short toss and hurried past the Terrier bleachers for 55 yards to a victory dance as the crowd roared. The score was 22-6 after a sucessful two-point conversion.
"He’s our Mr. Everything," said the BFUHS coach about captain Rawling. "He’s a versatile player. I’ve known him a while, but this season he gets better every week. He’s not just a physical leader, he’s also a voice of the field."
As halftime approached, Ethan Amidon made a difficult 25-yard completion to put the Terriers in position to get the ball to Michael LaBeau for a touchdown with 10 seconds left in the quarter.
Rawling led the team off and on the field before and after the half.
Ed Rodriguez got his first TD of the season, after he caught a quick flip and stretched across the line in the third quarter. "We’ve been running that play all week at practice," said Rodriguez. "We blocked it right, and everything worked out."
The extra point was blocked to make it 41-6.
With six minutes left in the game, Matthew Smith got the Raiders into the red zone so they could inch the ball over the goal line for U-32’s last touchdown. Colby Brochu ran it in for an additional two points.
David Aquino can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 164.