BRATTLEBORO >> A football team that's led by a star quarterback is heading into the championship game in hopes of capping off a perfect season.
Seven years after Eli Manning and the Giants upset the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl, second-seeded Bellows Falls will be trying to hand No. 1 Burr and Burton its first loss of the year in Saturday's Division 2 title tilt at Rutland High School. The rematch will begin at 11 a.m.
BBA's Griff Stalcup might remind you a little of New England's No. 12. The junior quarterback, who has thrown for 2,343 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2015, lit up the Terriers for 300 yards through the air and three scores when the Bulldogs won the regular-season meeting 19-14 in Manchester.
Operating behind a line that only yielded 10 sacks this year, Stalcup will be looking for quick sixes to talented receivers Carter Vickers and Jay McCoy. Nathan Fairbrother, a Bellows Falls corner who was named to the North/South Game, can only cover one of them.
When the Terriers have the ball, they will likely put the fans to sleep. Huddles, hand-offs, measurements, movement of the chains.
BF's offensive line of Brady Illingworth, Tyson Taylor, Devin Hogan, DJ Snide and Austin Covillion opened holes versus Milton, allowing Jahyde Bullard (93 rushing yards), Jacob Lober (47), Logan Cota (41) and Shane Clark (25) to gash the YellowJackets. And that's about what Lockerby's Lads get on the ground each week.
Both defenses are capable of making a game-changing play. The Bulldogs get pressure from Will Baker (7 sacks) and Connor Simonds (4 sacks), leading to interceptions by McCoy (7) and Vickers (4). The Purple Gang had a couple of defensive scores last week, including a scoop and score from DJ Snide and Bullard's pick six.
Championship Saturday at Rutland High School also consists of Otter Valley versus U-32 for the Division 3 title at 2 p.m. and then the Rutland-Middlebury matchup for the D-1 crown at 5 p.m.