REGION – I’m not sure we have ever seen anything like it. All three area football-playing schools reached the win column over the weekend, and each of the teams did so in a convincing manner. Bellows Falls stayed in contention for a home field play-off game in the Vermont Division II ranks with a 58-21 smashing of Otter Valley. Springfield demolished Missisquoi 38-8 in a game that brought them close to even on the season in Vermont Division III, and Fall Mountain reached the win column for the first time in 2018 with a 33-8 conquest of Farmington in New Hampshire Division IV competition.
Bob Lockerby’s Bellows Falls team saw Brady Clark and Jed Lober tally two touchdowns of 28 and 12 yards for Clark and 8 and 2 yards for Lober respectively, as well as a two two-point conversions for Lober and one for Clark. The team also had six point scores from Griffin Waryas from 2 yards, Noah Rawling on a 60-yard pass play from Waryas, Julian Christiansen from 5 yards out, and Andrew Elliott 2-yard score, as well as additional two-point conversions from Clark, Waryas, Harrison Gliem, and Elliott.
The Terriers were bouncing back from a tough one-sided loss to Burr & Burton and Lockerby said, “We showed vast improvement from the past two weeks. We have a great group of guys who are learning they can’t wait around for something to happen.” Bellows Falls hosts Mount Abraham Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m.
For the second time this season, the Cosmos have taken control of a game and held on in a victory. On the game’s second play, Jacob Stepler, who has been out injured, didn’t waste any time getting acclimated as he raced 58 yards for a score and ran for the conversion to put the Green and White in front 8-0. They upped the count to 16-0 when Stepler forced a fumble on the ensuing kick-off. After Todd Aiken’s team recovered, Bryson Jester quickly found the end zone on a 12-yard run for a 16-0 advantage. Springfield added touchdowns from Sam Presch on a 9-yard scramble and on a Presch pass to Anthony Steele of 18 yards. Jester had a couple other conversions in the contest.
Aiken labeled the contest “a game we definitely needed and Oxbow [Friday night at home at 7 p.m.] is another game we need. This game is one we definitely can’t take lightly. We will be in trouble if we are looking ahead to Windsor.”
Orion Binney’s Fall Mountain Wildcats have been knocking at the door all season and this week, they finally kicked down the door. The Wildcats scored first at home and led 12-0 following scores by Owen Maradind on a 60-yard pass from Jacob Shoemaker and then Shoemaker on a quarterback sneak after a long drive. A long pass play brought Farmington back at 12-8, but Fall Mountain then had a strong kick-off return by Conor Rieandeau. After which, Shoemaker hit Alex Flynn on a 19-yard slant play for a score and Fall Mountain was in control. Shoemaker and Morgan Wilbur would add touchdowns down the stretch with Aaron Blair who also enjoyed a big punt block, rushing for a conversion.
Binney called the game “certainly our best yet, but I know it won’t be our best game. We will get better.” Fall Mountain is off this week and will be at Bishop Brady a week down the road.