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BRATTLEBORO — This fall, Purple-mania was runnin’ wild!

Thirty-seven years after Hulk Hogan pinned The Iron Sheik to win his first WWF title match, the Bellows Falls varsity football team body slammed every single opponent in its path in order to capture the Division 2 championship belt.

“It was an awesome season,” said coach Bob Lockerby. “This is one of the most unselfish football teams you will ever see.”

The Terriers ran for 4,011 yards and 68 touchdowns, with linemen Patrick Barbour, Kevin Patterson, Dillan Perry, Peter Kamel and Jake Moore paving the way. Backfield mates Jonathan Terry, Harrison Gleim, Jed Lober and Jeb Monier all averaged more than 10 yards per touch.

They outscored their opposition by a combined 503-114 on their way to a perfect 11-0 record. A 22-point victory in the finals was the closest call all season long.

“Defensively, we were a fast to the ball and hard-hitting team,” explained Lockerby.

The Purple Gang’s leading tacklers were Caden Haskell (51), Lober (49), Gleim (48) and Monier (37). Max Hooke and Jamison Nystrom each picked off a pass in the finale.

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The Leland & Gray girls soccer team and the BF stickers also reached the state championship game this fall.

It was the first appearance in 30 years for the Rebels, who fell to Stowe 3-2 in the Division 3 title tilt. Abby Towle would score a program-record 28 goals for Leland & Gray, which ended up with a 15-3 mark.

The Terriers won 28 consecutive games dating back to last season, earning a spot in the D-1 final where they fell to South Burlington 3-1. The team’s leading scorers were Sadie Scott (21 goals), Maya Waryas (18 goals) and Grace Bazin (14 goals). Goalie Jaia Caron contributed with nine total shutouts.

On the trails, the Bellows Falls girls cross-country team earned a silver medal at the state championship meet. Stephanie Ager, Aubrey Maxfield, Ashley Bartlett and Lilly Ware were the top four finishers for BF.

One memorable moment took place in Townshend in late October. Members of the Leland & Gray varsity girls soccer team wore warm-up jerseys with a No. 12 on the back in order to celebrate the life of former classmate Dylan Landers, who died from injuries sustained in a car crash in May.

Another fall highlight is Brattleboro Unified program participants Justin Wegiel and Gabe Raymond being selected to attend the USA Games in Florida. They were chosen due to their commitment to the Unified model, sportsmanship, leadership potential, and general positive attitudes.

Shane Covey can be reached at or 802-254-2311 X163. On Twitter: @ShaneCovey.