WESTMINSTER >> Purple reign?

Football teams wearing Prince's favorite color dominated on Friday and Saturday, with Bellows Falls, Brattleboro, LSU, Washington and TCU all prevailing.

In high school action, Jahyde Bullard ran the ball 13 times for 153 yards and a pair of scores to help the Terriers to a 49-13 victory over North Country at Hadley Field and Cheick Diakite carried the ball 30 times for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Colonels topped host Middlebury 28-13.

Running behind offensive linemen Jared Zobkiw, Brian Green, Brady Illingworth, Ben Asack and Reno Tuttle, Bullard's best runs went for 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 73 yards. Senior quarterback Caleb Lisai completed six out of eight passes for 105 yards.

The Purple Gang would take a 35-0 lead in Westminster, on TD runs by Shane Clark, Logan Cota, Jacob Lober and Bullard, along with a 54-yard TD strike from Lisai to Jacob Streeter. The Bellows Falls defense got sacks from Devon Hardy and Cota, an impressive pass breakup from Brody Burke and an interception by Bryce Smith, before North Country's Ethan Sarault spoiled the shutout with a 70-yard kick return to the house just before the break.

In the third quarter, Bullard scored on a 73-yard sprint down the right sideline and Lober added a one-yard dive to paydirt before coach Bob Lockerby called off the dogs.

BF's Gunnar Sawyer and Ben Asack combined for three sacks in the fourth quarter, but Sarault was able to complete a 20-yard TD pass to Kamden Dennis down the stretch to cap the scoring.


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Meanwhile, in Middlebury, the Tigers lost a regular-season game for the first time since Oct. 5, 2012, which was a streak of 28 consecutive contests.

Trailing 7-0, the Colonels pulled even via a three-yard touchdown run by Diakite late in the third quarter. That was followed by Conor Hiner's pick six, and then runs to the house of 27 and 29 yards by Diakite.

Matt Gaboriault had a big time defensive game for the purple and white, with a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Brattleboro (1-2) will host South Burlington on Saturday at 3 p.m. on Homecoming Day. The 3-0 Terriers will welcome Mount Mansfield on Saturday at 1 p.m.


Cheick Diakite, shown taking a handoff from quarterback Tony Martinez, ran for 243 yards and three scores during Friday night’s victory over
Cheick Diakite, shown taking a handoff from quarterback Tony Martinez, ran for 243 yards and three scores during Friday night's victory over Middlebury. (Beth Pelton photo)