Purple Gang earns home playoff game

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WESTMINSTER — On Senior Night, 12th grader Shane Clark ran for 236 yards, had two nice catches, and made a few difficult tackles in the open field.

But what he'll be remembered for is a magical two-point pass in the second quarter.

Clark picked up an errant snap at the 20, somehow shook three defenders as he rolled to the left, turned back to the right and threw the ball to a wide open Logan Cota for the deuce during the Bellows Falls varsity football team's 56-18 rout of U-32 on Friday evening at Hadley Field.

"He's so elusive. He's a really good athlete," said BF coach Bob Lockerby.

The Terriers improved to 6-2 with the win and are expected to host Lyndon in a first-round playoff game on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.

"It means we get to play a playoff game at home," answered Lockerby, when asked how important beating U-32 was.

The regular-season finale was a dandy early on.

Logan Wolf hooked up with Daniel Greene for a 70-yard TD strike, a one-yard sneak from Cota deadlocked it at 6-6, Logan Wedge pounded the ball in from the 2 to put the visitors ahead 12-6, Spencer Clark answered to pull the Terriers even again, Shane Clark scored on the ground and then made the magical two-point pass, and Wolf threw another bomb to Greene to get the Raiders within 20-18 late in the first half.

But Wolf was injured on the play. Cota followed with a 90-yard kick return to the house. And the game wasn't the same over the last 24 minutes.

"I would much rather face Lyndon," Lockerby responded when asked if he cared which team Bellows Falls would host in the opening round of the Division 2 playoffs. "Lyndon is a good team, don't get me wrong. I just think it's better for both teams if we don't have to play a rematch with U-32."

BF's defensive backs are okay with not having to defend Greene again. The senior burner was able to get behind them whenever he wanted, catching five passes for 155 yards and a couple of touchdowns.

But with Wolf sidelined, the Terriers were able to pitch a shutout in the second half. Cota and Hunter Smith had 11 and eight tackles respectively to lead the BF defense. Aidan Smith added two sacks, Dylan Clark had a huge strip sack, and Ryan Kelly picked off a pass.

Cota made a sweet offensive play early in the third quarter — he scrambled to his left to buy time and then threw a 15-yard dart to McGregor Vancor for a score. The QB wowed the crowd again in the final frame, when he fired a 27-yard strike to Kelly on a post pattern.

Griffin Waryas, Julian Christiansen and Cota all had a short TD run over the last 12 minutes for the winners.

On Senior Night, the Terriers honored 12th graders Logan Cota, Keenan Lowe, Shane Clark, Noah Wilkinson, Spencer Clark, Jared Zobkiw, Ben Asack, Kihoon Song, Hunter O'Connor and Teagan Bacon.


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