Terriers, Colonels were on collision course
BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Union High School varsity football team rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat Bellows Falls 49-26 in the season opener on Aug. 30 in Westminster.
Seventy-one days later, the nearby schools will square off in the Division 2 state championship game on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Rutland.
Here's a recap of each team's season, starting with the memorable comeback on Hadley Field.
Brattleboro 49, Bellows Falls 26: Quarterback Tyler Millerick threw for 239 yards and ran for 151 more to lead Brattleboro's come-from-behind victory. Bellows Falls signal caller Griffin Waryas completed 11 passes for 176 yards and a pair of scores.
Brattleboro 61, Windsor 12: The Colonels ran the ball 25 times for 316 yards behind the blocking of Sammy Fontaine, Elijah Isham, Tyler McNary, Reed McKay, Jem Cohen and Alex Kendall.
Bellows Falls 35, Mount Anthony Union 14: The Terriers rushed for 340 total yards, earning their first win of the season.
Brattleboro 34, Union-32 0: The Colonel fans checked out a new monument near the scoreboard honoring former coaches Charly McLoughlin and Seth Christmas before the purple and white's defense posted its first shutout of the season.
Bellows Falls 26, Fair Haven 0: Jeb Monier had TD runs of seven, 16 and 66 yards for the winners.
Brattleboro 56, North Country 26: Chris Frost ran the ball 10 times for 199 yards and three scores as the quick-strike Colonels improved to 4-0.
Bellows Falls 37, Lyndon 14: Dylan Clark blocked a punt in the end zone for a safety, increasing BF's lead to 16-0 in the first quarter.
Brattleboro 56, Mount Abe 0: Henry Thurber, Aaron Petrie, Alex Kendall, Conrad Auerbach, Timmy Velazquez and Ruchan Karagoz all had a takeaway when the Colonels used a turnover chain for the first time this season.
Union-32 42, Bellows Falls 29: Carter Pelzel racked up seven catches for 126 yards to power the visiting Raiders.
Brattleboro 56, Spaulding 16: Trinley Warren caught five passes for 130 yards and a couple of touchdowns for the undefeated Colonels.
Bellows Falls 19, Springfield 8: Coach Bob Lockerby's team won its 10th straight Trophy Game, improving its record to 58-42 in the series.
Brattleboro 41, Fair Haven 7: With his team trailing 7-0, Aaron Petrie returned a kickoff 85 yards to the house to pull BUHS even. The Colonels then rattled off the next 34 points.
Bellows Falls 42, North Country 21: The Purple Gang's offensive line of Carver Scott, Hunter Smith, Grady Lockerby, Nick Streeter and Dominic Kendall paved the way for 370 rushing yards.
Brattleboro 56, Mount Anthony Union 20: The Colonels retained the Elwell Trophy and improved their series record to 27-18.
Bellows Falls 39, Milton 16: On Senior Night, Jed Lober rushed for 315 yards and five touchdowns.
Division 2 Quarterfinals
No. 1 Brattleboro 55, No. 8 North Country 6: Timmy Velazquez had a sack and a fumble recovery to help BUHS advance in the playoffs.
No. 3 Bellows Falls 47, No. 6 Lyndon 14: McGregor Vancor ran the ball five times for 52 yards and also caught three passes for 23 more for the Terriers.
Division 2 Semifinals
No. 1 Brattleboro 41, No. 4 Fair Haven 6: Henry Thurber caught TD passes of seven and 21 yards from Tyler Millerick as the Colonels improved to 10-0.
No. 3 Bellows Falls 26, No. 2 Union-32 14: Dylan Clark hauled in a couple of scoring strikes from Griffin Waryas as the Terriers got revenge on the Raiders and improved to 5-0 on the road.
Check out Brattleboro Reformer Photographer Kristopher Radder's video about the upcoming Division 2 football state championship game at https://www.youtube.com/embed/cmYBEQNRmWM.
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