Purple Gang improves to 4-1

WESTMINSTER — The spirited Bellows Falls Union High School band members sat in the bleachers in the pouring rain on Saturday afternoon and played the school song every time their varsity football team scored a touchdown.

It seemed like they were playing it all day long.

The Terriers reached the end zone on their first seven possessions and sacked visiting Otter Valley, 50-6, at Hadley Field.

Logan Cota, who played halfback for the first quarter and was the signal caller during the second quarter, played a part in four of those scores. The senior ran for 103 yards and three trips to the house to go along with 102 passing yards including a 61-yard TD strike to Shane Clark.

BF's offensive line of Reno Tuttle, Jackson Brown, Gunnar Sawyer, Braden Maxfield and Jared Zobkiw paved the way for 275 rushing yards over the first 24 minutes of action. Cota's 57-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game was the highlight, while Griffin Waryas scored on a two-yard keeper, Julian Christiansen delivered from 19 yards out, and McGregor Vancor blasted in from the 1.

And each time the band members saw the ref signal a TD, they played the school song as some of the fans in the stands sang along.

The Purple Gang limited the Otters to just eight yards from scrimmage in the opening quarter. Sawyer, a defensive end, sacked Otter Valley quarterback Tyler Rowe to lead the way. Andrew Kim, Noah Rawling and Clark all had a tackle for loss during the domination.

After Clark intercepted a pass early in the second quarter, the visitors found something that worked — throwing bombs along the left sideline.

Rowe completed three of them late in the first half for 146 yards. He hooked up with Payson Williams for gains of 44 and 40 yards, before finding Dylan Mackie for a 62-yarder.

The Otters, who went to the break trailing 50-0, weren't able to get on the board until there were just two minutes remaining in the game. Jacob O'Connell came through with a five-yard touchdown run to give the visiting fans something to cheer about.

Dylan Clark and Hunter Smith paced the BF defense with six and five tackles respectively. Kim, a defensive tackle, finished with three tackles for loss.

Shane Clark ran the ball six times for 65 yards and also caught three passes for 104 more. Cota and Waryas combined for five completions for 122 yards.

The 4-1 Terriers will play at Mount Abe on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.


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