There were caution flags sent out by Bellows Falls Terriers coach Bob Lockerby, who warned his squad all last week, that there could be no shortcuts with Burlington. The 5-1 Seahorses were the real deal and were a threat to blemish the Purple and White season. For most of the first half, those warnings were taken seriously. BF led 6-0 after one quarter and the game went back and forth until, the Terriers scored three touchdowns in seven minutes, during one stretch, which began late in the first half and carried into the the start of the third quarter, on their way to a 44-8 one sided win over the northern eleven.
Now inn an extreme case of deja vue, the BF victory over Burlington sets up a clash of unbeatens this week, as Burr + Burton comes to the Falls, and the two teams will clash for the second straight year with the number one seed in Division II Vermont football possibly on the line. The encounter is Friday night at 7 p.m.
Neutral enthusiasts, who took in the Burlington game, figured this might be one of the rare close contests in Vermont high school football this fall (only 14 percent of all games decided by less than 14 points). It appeared with the clock running down under the two minute to play mark of the first half and BF in front 6-0, that this was anyone’s game….
Then the Terriers struck and struck again! Shane Clark had tallied BF’s first touchdown about midway in the first stanza on a 6-yard run. The Terriers also marched to the Seahorses 1 yard line with 10:36 remaining in period two, when a fumble turned the ball over. The 6-0 score stayed in tact until the Terrier break out. The first of the three separating touchdowns came with 1:05 to go until the half, when Jahyde Bullard raced to pay dirt from 3 yards out to up the count with the two point conversion to 14-0 at intermission.
Three minutes and 12 seconds into the second half, quarterback Caleb Lisai found Jacob Streeter behind the defense on a 39 yard scoring pass to make things 20-0. Lisai would follow that scoring play up with a 27 yard passing touchdown to Liam Hackett and the flurry of points would produce a lead more than enough to assure victory. A well played interception by Brendan Kendall (one of two thefts by the defensive back) set up the fourth Terrier score. Later in the game, Logan Cota raced 95 yards on a QB keeper for a score and Bullard had the final six pointer from 5 yards out. Two point conversions following those scores were by Clark and Streeter.
“I think we controlled the line of scrimmage most of the day. The lines played well on both sides of the ball,” Lockerby said in crediting the guys in the trenches for putting their team in position to come out on top.
BF fell to a strong Burr + Burton team one year ago in Manchester at this point of the season and then lost to the Bulldogs again in the title game. Obviously the Terriers will be looking to turn that tide. The veteran coach told his players after the Burlington game, “They (referring to Burr + Burton) have not experienced what you have. They don’t know what it feels like to lose in the big game.”
Those words were part of setting the stage for Friday night and a possible follow up game down the road These Terriers are certainly primed to let the Bulldogs know that low down feeling.
BF will meet equally unbeaten Burr + Burton Friday at 7 p.m at Hadley Field