Terriers spoil BBA homecoming
The play effectively marked the end of an up and down game for the Bulldogs, allowing the Terriers to run out the clock and take the 26-14 win on BBA's homecoming weekend.
"[It was] a short yardage situation I told them they're going to try to get us to jump and that's exactly what they did and we moved," said Thomas. "So, those are the types of things that drive you nuts as a coach and the things that we need to work on as a team."
Bellows Falls (3-2) dominated the first half - putting up 12 points and keeping the BBA offense the field.
"That's our game plan every week we play football in Bellows Falls. We want to control the ball. We want to control the tempo of the game," said Bellows Falls coach Bob Lockerby. "We knew we were facing a really good football team that wants to play up tempo football and we knew the important part was to get ahead of them by a couple of scores so that we can really slow things down and put pressure on them later."
The Terriers opened with a 16-play, 75 yard drive that was capped with a 14 yard touchdown run by junior Carson Fullam.
Bellows Falls piled up 281 yards on the ground with two touchdowns on 67 carries.
Fullam and running back Kyle O'Rourke were responsible for the bulk of the Terriers offense. Fullam had 114 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown on the day while O'Rourke had 62 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.
After BBA (3-2) went 3-and-out, the Terriers went back to work, ending the drive with an 18 yard touchdown pass from Ethan Illingworth to David Dunbar in the corner of the end zone to put the Terriers on top 12-0.
The Bulldogs gained some momentum near the end of the first half with a goal line stand following a nine-play, 59 yard drive by the Terriers.
On their second series coming out of halftime, BBA was able to put together a 14-play, 80 yard drive for the score to make it 12-7.
After driving down to the Terrier 20 yard line, the Bulldogs were called for holding to set up 3rd and 11 at the 30 yard line. But the following play the Terriers were called for a personal foul and interference to set up 1st and goal. The handoff went to Dalton Blackwell who took it 5 yards to put BBA on the board.
It didn't take long before the Terriers found the end zone again though. The next series they put together an 11-play, 68 yard drive that concluded with a 2 yard touchdown rush by O'Rourke to make it 20-7 with 20. 3 seconds remaining in the third.
BBA would not go quietly though. With 4.8 seconds left on the clock, freshman quarterback Griffin Stalcup took the snap and found Blackwell in the middle of the field. Blackwell broke a tackle and took off, taking it 80 yards to the house to make it 20-14.
Blackwell was one of the bright spots for BBA on the day in which he five catches for 103 yards receiving, 31 rushing yards on eight carries and two touchdowns.
"That's what you expect from him. He's probably our best football player you know and he's a senior captain. He's been around for a long time. He's a playmaker," said Thomas. "He's got a nose for the ball on defense and he's just a warrior out there. We lean on him heavily."
The Terriers put the game out of reach though with just under three minutes remaining in the game. Illingworth took the snap on the 18 yard line and hit a leaping Dunbar on a fade route to put Bellows Falls on top 26-14.
Stalcup was 9-17 on the day with 114 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His counterpart, Illingworth, went 3-6 for 51 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
BBA running back Will tucker had 30 yards on four carries. Terriers running back Austin Stack was the team's second leading rusher with 72 yards on 10 carries.
Adam Samrov of the Bennington Banner contributed to this report.
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