BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Spaulding of Barre is in Bellows Falls’ football division once again. The last time the two teams squared off, both schools played only daytime football. Now they both play the game in primetime. In actuality, BF is the only one of the two, with a primetime program and they ran past the Tide 54-14 in the season opener last Friday night in Barre.
The hometown team received the opening kick-off and went three and out. The Purple and White in their first possession took only three plays to find the end zone. Running back Shane Clark raced 23 of his 174 yards on the night, for the score on his way to a four-touchdown performance.
Spaulding put together their best offense of the night in the ensuing possession, as they drove for a touchdown and actually took the lead 8-7, keeping fans from both sets of stands wondering whether there might be some sort of contest.
Logan Cota would rush for two touchdowns on the evening and would throw a scoring toss to Noah Wilkinson and MacGregor Vancor would also have a scoring run. Brady Clark also broke the 100-yard rushing mark with 104 on the evening as Bellows Falls amassed over 400 rushing yards in the contest.
Bob Lockerby was certainly pleased with his Vermont Division II defending champions opening game of the 2017 season, but…
“There were plenty of things we have to work on. We play Bratt in our home opener and we will pay if we don’t finish our blocks and tackles,” the veteran coach said. He elaborated on both aspects of the game when he said, “We didn’t finish enough of our blocks. We need to stay with their blocks. We are doing too much looking around to see where the football is or something. We also have to finish our tackles. Doing those things, win football games.”
Obviously winning football games is usually what it has been about now for years in Bellows Falls and judging from the scores across the state in Vermont Division II on opening night, the terriers will be in a race to the top of the ladder again. Lockerby feels the championship will go through Fair Haven this year and the Slaters welcoming Mount Anthony to the DII ranks with a 61-22 pasting did nothing to make anyone feel differently. Union 32’s 33-20 victory over Mount Abraham and Milton’s 64-33 conquest of Otter Valley, make people suggest those two teams might be in the race. Burr and Burton is likely a contender, despite losing for the first time to now DI Burlington 14-9.
This week’s BF opponent for the home opener is Division I Brattleboro. They will be in town for a Friday night 7 p.m. kick-off. A good Rutland team handled the Colonels in week one 44-14, but the DI Colonels will be ready for a match-up with the team stationed to their north with the same Purple and White school colors.