Colonels rally to beat host Terriers
WESTMINSTER — The last two teams to score more than 30 points against Bellows Falls during the regular season went on to win a state championship, including Fair Haven in 2017 and Burr and Burton last year.
Brattleboro is now hoping that trend continues.
Trailing 19-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Colonels rallied to beat the host Terriers 49-26 in Friday night's season opener at Hadley Field.
"The kids never quit. They kept battling. I think we were shell-shocked by the speed of the game at first, but we showed grit and composure," Brattleboro head coach Chad Pacheco stated after the game.
Leading the comeback was senior quarterback Tyler Millerick, who ran the ball 17 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 8-of-15 passing for 239 yards and three scores.
"He's awesome. It's a treat to be able to watch him," Pacheco said of his team's signal caller.
After being shut out in the first 13:24, the visitors rattled off 28 consecutive points as former players such as Chris Haskins, Earl Freeman and Evan Perkins cheered them on. Millerick threw TD strikes to Henry Thurber and Tyler Higley during the rally, while also taking a couple of keepers to the house.
The Terriers answered with a 10-play, 55-yard scoring drive to get back within 28-26 late in the third quarter. A 21-yard completion from Griff Waryas to Logan Lisai was the key play in the series. The offensive line of Hunter Smith, Grady Lockerby, Patrick Barbour, Dominic Kendall and Dom Bates paved the way for 21 rushing yards by Jed Lober, who finished the march with a five-yard run to paydirt.
But it was all Brattleboro over the last 14 minutes. Millerick threw a 65-yard bomb to Aaron Petrie for a TD, before Chris Frost scored on a pick six and later a short run to help the Colonels pull away.
Frost also added a second interception down the stretch. Defensive lineman Ruchan Karagoz had a clutch sack and a QB pressure for the visitors in the fourth quarter.
"Ruchan was great for us on defense. He is a hard-nosed kid and he plays with grit," noted the BUHS coach.
A long kick return by Jack Burke and an interception by Dylan Clark helped the hosts steal a 19-0 advantage in the opening quarter. Waryas threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Clark and a 60-yarder to McGregor Vancor early on. Harrison Gleim added a 15-yard TD run.
Millerick would take over after that, however, using video game type runs and his strong arm to lead the visitors back. He and Frost combined for 218 rushing yards behind the Physical Five of Reed Mckay, Jem Cohen, Sammy Fontaine, Elijiah Isham and Tyler McNary.
"This is a huge win for us," mentioned coach Pacheco. "Bellows Falls is one of the best teams in Division 2. I guarantee we will see them again somewhere down the line."
Reed Sargent was a perfect 7-for-7 on point after attempts for the 1-0 Colonels, who will play at Windsor on Saturday. The 0-1 Terriers will host Mount Anthony Union in Week 2.
Stat Leaders: Passing — Tyler Millerick (Bratt) 8/15 for 239 yards and 3 TD, Griff Waryas (BF) 11/18 for 176 yards and 2 TD. Rushing — Tyler Millerick (Bratt) 17 carries for 151 yards and 2 TD, Jed Lober (BF) 18 carries for 59 yards and 1 TD. Receiving — Aaron Petrie (Bratt) 4 catches for 155 yards and 1 TD, Trinly Warren (Bratt) 3 catches for 71 yards, McGregor Vancor (BF) 4 catches for 86 yards and 1 TD, Dylan Clark (BF) 5 catches for 63 yards and 1 TD.
Brattleboro roster: Coaches — Chad Pacheco, Mike Empey, Tanner Luopa, Todd Pacheco, Michael Rooney. Managers — Dylan Carrasquillo, Brandon Gilbert, Jordan Warner. Players — Aaron Petrie, Tyler Millerick, Trinly Warren, Henry Thurber, Conrad Auerbach, Calvin Gould, Tyler Higley, Rob Vergobe, Gavin Howard, Derek Parsons, Chris Frost, Hunter Boyd, Lucas Dublac, Spencer Lawrence, Timmy Velazquez, Kamren Amezcua, Cobe Mager, Joe Koes, Reed Mckay, Jem Cohen, Ruchan Karagoz, Sam Fontaine, Elijiah Isham, Trevor Thibault, Nick Lawrence, Jacob Gouger, Noah White, Alex Kendall, Kerry Gould, Tyler McNary, Carter Weeks, Trevor Morrison, Reed Sargent, Austin Jobin.
Bellows Falls roster: Coaches — Bob Lockerby, Mike Bennett, Ryan Stoodley, Donald Laurendeau, Frank Brown. Manager — Jonah Jacobus. Players — Hunter Smith, Dakota Jones, McGregor Vancor, Jon Terry, Carver Scott, Max Hooke, Griffin Waryas, Caden Haskell, Logan Lisai, Hunter Morey, Dylan Clark, Jordan Keefe, Trenton Rumrill, Jeb Monier, Caleb Douglass, Jack Burke, Harrison Gleim, Jed Lober, Tyler Thomas, Dagin Burke, Jake Moore, Owen Garaffa, Grady Lockerby, Raymond Plummer, Kevin Patterson, Patrick Barbour, Tanner Sawyer, Justus Washburn, Keith Mounsey, Nick Streeter, Dominic Kendall, Dillian Perry, Lucas Allcock, Garrett Wheeler, Dom Bates, Liam Mallan, Josh Parker, Josiah Hutchins, Wyatt Lescord, Gavin Joy, Peter Kamel.
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