WESTMINSTER >> Following Friday night's varsity football game on Hadley Field, Bellows Falls head coach Bob Lockerby got after some of his players for not knowing the words to the school song.
There wasn't much else for him to complain about.
The Terriers had just put on a show and trampled Springfield, 42-6, in the 51st Trophy Game.
It was the seventh consecutive victory for Bellows Falls in this series that dates back to 1914. The Purple Gang now has a 55-42 record against the Cosmos.
"I'm really excited about this football team. We don't just have one good running back, we have a whole stable of good running backs," said BF coach Bob Lockerby. "We have a lot of good talent out there."
The Bellows Falls starters outgained the visitors 372-41 in the first half.
The offensive line of Reno Tuttle, Nick Tuttle, Brady Illingworth, DJ Snide and Brian Green blew open a hole so that tailback Jahyde Bullard could score from 79 yards out on the opening drive and later paved the way for Logan Cota's 35-yard burst to paydirt. Fullback Jacob Lober led the way with a pair of short runs to the house and was on the receiving end of a 25-yard scoring strike from Caleb Lisai, while Cota added a 16-yard rushing touchdown. And birthday boy DJ Snide contributed with a couple of two-point conversions.
Defensively, interior linemen Ben Asack, Jared Zobkiw, Reno Tuttle and Snide, along with inside linebackers Jacob Lober and Bullard punished Springfield ball carriers for the first 24 minutes of action.
"I knew that we would be good against the run," stated Lockerby, who noted that the rivalry game means a lot to him.
It was a frustrating night for the visiting fans. They shook their heads after a Lisai pass to Jacob Streeter was ruled a catch, despite cornerback Mason Olney wrestling the ball away from the split end as they both hit the ground. They could hardly believe it when seeing a false start on a 4th-and-one play. And a late fumble by Ryan Kirker had them looking away.
The bright spot for the Cosmos came early in the fourth quarter. After quarterback Kyle Monier threw a pretty 30-yard pass to Olney in stride, Matt LaCapelle would score on a 10-yard run to spoil the shutout.
Bullard led BF's rushing attack with seven carries for 141 yards, Cota carried the ball seven times for 82 yards, Lober rushed five times for 32 yards, and sophomore Julian Christiansen chipped in with 54 yards on six totes in the second half. Lisai went 5-of-6 through the air for 82 yards, including a pair of completions to Liam Hackett for two and 27 yards respectively.
Devin Hardy and Sawyer Reis applied pressure on Springfield QB Ryan McSally to force a third-down incompletion in the opening quarter. Bullard and Snide combined for a tackle for loss versus LaCapelle on a fourth-and-short play. And Lober wowed the crowd by stuffing Kirker on a second-down carry.
Loving what he was seeing on the field, coach Lockerby knew one thing that needed improvement.
"It's important that every player on this team knows the school song. It's posted outside of my office for a reason," he said during his post-game speech. "I want to see everyone on this team singing it."
The 1-0 Terriers will play at Mount Abe in Week 2.
Bellows Falls scoring
Jahyde Bullard 79-yard TD run
Jacob Lober 4-yard TD run, DJ Snide 2-point run
Logan Cota 16-yard TD run, Snide 2-point run
Cota 35-yard TD run
Caleb Lisai 25-yard TD pass to Lober, Lisai to Cota for 2
Lober 1-yard TD run
Matt LaCapelle 10-yard TD run