Terriers surprise Burr & Burton and head to third straight football title game

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Logan Cota broke away from a tackler in the first round of this year’s play-offs. Cota scored the winning touchdown in the Bellows Falls semi-final victory over Burr & Burton last Saturday in the fourth quarter. A few minutes later, he shut the Bulldogs door on them with an interception on their final offensive play of the game.
Photo by Doug MacPhee.

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – There were five Vermont State Football semi-final games last weekend. The higher seed won every one of them, except one. The defending champion Bellows Falls Terriers upset the number one seeded Burr & Burton Bulldogs 22-16 in Division II. The Purple and White will play in the championship game this Saturday versus Fair Haven in Rutland at 2 p.m.

BF trailed early 14-0, but Terrier Coach Bob Lockerby felt his team was not close to being out of it. “The kids didn’t have that panicked look on their faces. We lined up wrong on a third and long post pattern they scored on. I thought we would get our chances,” the coach mentioned.

By halftime, the Terriers had moved within 14-8 on a Shane Clark 54-yard scoring run. Lockerby had the advantage, knowing Clark can strike for anywhere, and the game was close.

Both teams had their share of big plays on the day, but one big break came BF’s way when Bulldog quarterback Jay McCoy’s fall out from a broken rib affected his breathing and he had to leave the game. Lockerby said, “This game was very physical. They are bigger than we are, but we came out of it better than they did.”

While Burr & Burton would not score again until the last play of the game on a BF self-induced safety, the BF guys would come up with the tying and winning scores. Another Clark touchdown completed a long sustained drive and the score was from 2 yards out with 5:36 to play. Logan Cota would give BF the lead with 9:57 left in the game on a two-yard run, which would turn out to be the deciding points. Clark would add the conversion points.

In the end, Lockerby said, “We did the job, but this was anybody’s game. In the end, it came down to extra points and a couple of penalties. We basically played well enough to win. We have had quite a transformation over the season. We lost two sets of players. First, we had to replace our graduating seniors, and then we had two serious injuries early in the season. Many people have stepped up to make us a very good team.”

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