Terriers top Colonels on gridiron
He guided the Bellows Falls varsity football team to the Division 2 championship last year, coached Vermont to a Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl victory in August, and is in charge of another powerhouse this fall.
Shane Clark ran for 192 yards and three touchdowns as the Terriers overpowered visiting Brattleboro, 52-29, on Friday night at Hadley Field.
"Shane has been a three-year starter for us. He gained about 600 yards the last two seasons getting half the carries. He's a 1,000-yard back," said BF coach Bob Lockerby.
After the Terriers fell behind 7-0 early, their powerful offensive line of Jared Zobkiw, Reno Tuttle, Gunnar Sawyer, Jackson Brown and Braden Maxfield paved the way for scoring drives of 80, 12, 72 and 62 yards. Quarterback Logan Cota and Clark each finished off two of those, giving the hosts a 27-7 advantage with 3:52 remaining in the first half.
"Our offensive line has improved tremendously since our first game," noted Lockerby.
The Colonels, who were coming off of a loss to Rutland in Week 1, answered with a seven-yard TD run from Chris Frost and Jack Price's PAT to get within 27-14. And then they got the spark they desperately needed when Alex Province made a violent hit on the ensuing kickoff.
But Cota would steal momentum back by hooking up with Noah Rawling for a 38-yard scoring strike that gave the Purple Gang a 33-14 halftime lead.
Brattleboro quarterback Tyler Millerick, who had three TD passes on the night, would watch his foes reach the end zone twice more before connecting with Kris Carroll on a 28-yard screen pass that went the distance.
The Colonels were trailing by 25 points. It was late in the third quarter. There were thoughts of a little New England magic.
However, the rivals would simply trade touchdowns the rest of the way — Cota delivering on a keeper and Millerick hooking up with Frost.
"I feel a lot better after this game. We knew this one would be much more physical than our game against Spaulding. I'm very happy with the progress we've made," Lockerby stated.
Clark ran the ball 14 times for 192 yards and three scores, while Cota finished with 122 passing yards and 73 more on the ground to lead BF's offense. Sawyer recovered a fumble and Cota intercepted a pass for BF's defensive highlights.
Inside linebacker Durin Hoyer made a dozen tackles for Brattleboro. Millerick completed 11 of 20 passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns, with Kyle Derosia and Rounds each finishing with three receptions. Frost and Karroll rushed for 74 and 55 yards respectively.
On Friday night at 7, Brattleboro (0-2) will welcome Mount Mansfield and Bellows Falls (2-0) will host Burr and Burton — in a rematch of last season's Division 2 state championship game.
Brattleboro scoring: Millerick 23-yard TD pass to Rounds, Frost 7-yard TD run, Millerick 28-yard TD pass to Carroll, Millerick 10-yard TD pass to Frost.
Bellows Falls scoring: Cota 2-yard TD run, Clark 5-yard TD run, Clark 6-yard TD run, Cota 13-yard TD run, Cota 38-yard TD pass to Noah Rawling, Clark 29-yard TD run, Cota 14-yard TD pass to Keenan Lowe, Cota 5-yard TD run.
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