Lockerby, Pacheco facing off for 3rd time
BRATTLEBORO — The Bellows Falls varsity football team has won 11 state championships since the Vermont Principals' Association began keeping track in 1970. The third-seeded Terriers (8-2) will be seeking a 12th crown when facing top-ranked Brattleboro (10-0) in Saturday's Division 2 title tilt in Rutland at 11 a.m.
The Purple Gang last earned the hardware in 2016, when upsetting previously undefeated Burr and Burton 20-14.
Logan Cota had a huge day for BF in that one, making a key block on Jacob Streeter's 88-yard kick return, picking off a pass, and then scoring the game-winning touchdown on a keeper. Jahyde Bullard ended up with 151 rushing yards on 22 carries.
But the MVP of that contest may have been Bellows Falls defensive coordinator Ryan Stoodley, who decided to force talented BBA quarterback Griff Stalcup to beat his team deep while taking away the easy completions underneath. There's no telling what he has up his sleeve to defend against dual-threat quarterback Tyler Millerick.
Brattleboro's signal caller just threw three TD passes and ran for two more scores during a 41-6 win over Fair Haven in a semifinal. That gives him nine total touchdowns this postseason.
The Colonels haven't finished on top since zipping BFA-Saint Albans 28-0 for all the marbles in 1973.
Brattleboro's John Leary was the star of that one, with 210 rushing yards and 73 receiving yards. BUHS quarterback Pete LaFlamme had his best game of the season, as he completed five of his seven passes for 109 yards and a pair of scores.
A sack by Dave Perkins, a 99-yard run to the house by Leary, a 63-yard scoring strike from LaFlamme, and long runs by Pete Campbell and Jeff Vigneau were the highlights for the champs.
Forty-six years later, the Colonels are overdue for another victory ride through town.
2019 Brattleboro varsity football roster: Coaches — Chad Pacheco, Mike Empey, Tanner Luopa, Todd Pacheco, Michael Rooney. Managers — Dylan Carrasquillo, Brandon Gilbert, Jordan Warner. Players — Aaron Petrie, Tyler Millerick, Trinley 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.
2019 Bellows Falls varsity football 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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