BF football wins while Cosmos & Wildcats lose


Shane Clark looks for running room with Ryan Kelly attempting to open holes to lead the way. Clark had two touchdowns in the Bellows Falls 50-6 triumph over Otter Valley. Photo by Doug MacPhee.

REGION – Bellows Falls raised their record to 4-1 with a 50-6 triumph over Otter Valley at Hadley Field last Saturday afternoon. Springfield played tough before bowing to Granville, N.Y. 22-14. Fall Mountain made strides forward, but it didn’t show on the scoreboard as undefeated Newport bested the Wildcats 43-0.

Bob Lockerby’s Terriers offense was in full gear again as they scored on their first seven possessions on their way to the one-sided win. Coach said, “They were really young, and we played well again” about the eleven who scored for the second straight week on their very first play from scrimmage. This week Logan Cota took a pitch and raced 58 yards to paydirt. A Griffin Waryas to Shane Clark pass was good for the conversion and an 8-0 advantage.

The score would jump to 31-0 by the conclusion of the first quarter as BF totaled three additional touchdowns in the period. Waryas had six points on a quarterback sneak with the tandem of Waryas and Clark connecting again on the extra points play followed by a 19-yard Julian Christiansen run for a score and a 6-yard Cota run. Svent Bassart kicked the first extra point and was lined up for the next kick when the snap didn’t connect and Waryas converted a two-point conversion on a rush.

In the second quarter, BF would score three more times with a Cota bootleg finding paydirt from six yards out, McGregor Vancor scoring on a 2-yard run and Cota and Clark connecting on a 60-yard pass play for the final tally. BF travels to Bristol, Vt. Saturday for a 1 p.m. kick-off versus Mount Abraham. The Eagles are coached by former BF running back Lee Hodsden, brother of BFUHS Principal Chris Hodsden.

The only type of luck Springfield seems to get is bad luck. The Cosmos were competitive and trailed only 16-14 with two minutes to play. Rick Saypack’s team had fallen inches short of a first down on a fourth period possession and a couple of minutes later, Granville did convert on a fourth down play to find paydirt for the final score. Once again in the bad luck department, a couple of Granville’s key players had missed the opening of their season, but found health and performed well against Springfield.

Saypack more than appreciated the effort of his team. He noted, “Overall, we played hard and certainly gave everything we had. They were a good team, and we stood toe to toe with them. Watching the game film with our team, we see the little things that cost us. Hopefully we can take those lessons into the final three games that really matter.” The Cosmos are 1-4 and are at Mill River Saturday.

Newport dominated Fall Mountain, but Coach Orion Binney said, “We showed improvement defensively. We are really doing much better there. If the offense can get going a little bit, that would make a difference.”

The Wildcats moved freshman quarterback Reggie DeCamp into holding the reins a couple of weeks ago. Overall this may have stymied the offense a little, but Binney feels for the future this moves the team ahead in the long run. Defensive ends stood out for FM as both Alex Flynn and Morgan Wilbur continued to play well. The Cats are 1-4 and host 1-4 Newfound Saturday night at home.

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