BRATTLEBORO — Sammy Fontaine was part of the chain gang this time.
Eleven months after the senior center helped the Brattleboro varsity football team cap off a perfect season, he moved the chains a dozen times for the Colonels during their 28-21 victory over Bellows Falls on Natowich Field.
The BUHS defense picked off three passes, with Henry Thurber, Cobe Mager and Alex Kendall all recording an interception. Thurber, who was playing the free safety position, also broke up a couple of throws.
Brattleboro opened up a 28-7 lead, with Trinley Warren catching a pair of TD strikes from Thurber. Devin Speno contributed with touchdown passes to Josh Curtis and Kendall.
The Terriers battled back with 14 points in the final two minutes. Grady Lockerby found Jeb Monier for a 10-yard TD toss and then connected with Logan Lisai in the house on a 25-yard post pattern.
Jack Burke's interception set up the final Bellows Falls touchdown. Burke, Lisai, Caden Haskell and Kaden Lashway all broke up a pass earlier in the contest for the Purple Gang.
The rematch is Saturday in Westminster.
Brattleboro stats: Passing — Devin Speno (10 of 23 for 144 yards and 2 TD), Henry Thurber (6 of 14 for 120 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT). Receiving — Trinley Warren (4 catches for 104 yards and 2 TD), Thad Sawyer (3 catches for 59 yards), Alex Kendall (3 catches for 37 yards and 1 TD), Elijah Isham (1 catch for 18 yards), Josh Curtis (2 catches for 17 yards and 1 TD), Cobe Mager (1 catch for 13 yards), Aaron Petrie (1 catch for 12 yards), Jordan Warner (1 catch for 4 yards).
Bellows Falls stats: Passing — Grady Lockerby (23 of 45 for 246 yards and 3 TD), Jonathan Terry (5 of 16 for 83 yards and 2 INT). Receiving — Jack Burke (8 catches for 101 yards), Harrison Gleim (4 catches for 45 yards and 1 TD), Jeb Monier (4 catches for 43 yards and 1 TD), Caden Haskell (2 catches for 34 yards), Logan Lisai (3 catches for 35 yards and 1 TD), Pat Barbour (1 catch for 30 yards), Maxwell Hooke (4 catches for 23 yards), John Herrington (1 catch for 15 yards), Kaden Lashway (1 catch for 4 yards).