WESTMINSTER >> Not having any luck running the ball against the Purple Gang, the Burlington varsity football team decided to try plays called "Arkansas" and "Kodiak 2" on Saturday afternoon at Hadley Field.
Neither of them worked out.
Ben Asack sacked Duncan McDonald on the former play and Brendan Kendall intercepted a halfback pass on the latter, helping host Bellows Falls remain undefeated with a 44-8 rout of the Seahorses in a rematch of a 2015 Division 2 semifinal.
Sawyer Reis had two tackles for loss and Kendall had a pair of picks on the day. Logan Cota chipped in with a tackle in the backfield and inside linebacker Jake Lober had several violent hits in the hole.
The Terriers took a 14-0 lead in the opening half, thanks to a seven-yard run to paydirt by Shane Clark and Jahyde Bullard's four-yard dive to the house. BF quarterback Caleb Lisai owned the third quarter, as he fired a 37-yard TD strike to Jacob Streeter and then a 27-yarder to Liam Hackett.
Trailing 28-0, Burlington attempted to fight back. MacDonald connected with Ryan Mitchell for a 28-yard touchdown pass and Robbie Mufuta added the deuce, before Bailey Miller pounced on an onsides kick for the visitors. But a 13-play drive that included a pair of unsportsmanlike penalties on the Seahorses ended with Kendall stepping in front of a MacDonald pass in the end zone.
Cota wowed the crowd with a 95-yard TD run up the right side and Bullard struck again from five yards out to cap the scoring late in the fourth quarter.
Cota had seven carries for 181 yards and Bullard ran it 18 times for 102 yards to lead BF on the ground. Lisai was 3 for 4 passing for 91 yards and two scores.
The 7-0 Terriers will host Burr and Burton on Friday night at 7 in a rematch of the 2015 D-2 championship game.