NEWPORT — North Country Union was flirting with a Division II football upset, leading Bellows Falls 14-13 at halftime, but Jeb Monier’s 55-yard touchdown run gave Bellows Falls a 20-14 lead and the Terriers were on their way to a 42-21 victory over the Falcons.
McGregor Vancor’s 40-yard TD run gave BF a 13-7 lead before the Falcons grabbed the lead. The Falcons tried to go into halftime with a four-point advantage but missed a field goal attempt.
A 9-yard touchdown run by Jed Lober extended the Terriers’ lead to 27-14.
The Falcons closed to 27-21 but a 5-yard scoring jaunt by Lober hiked BF’s lead to 34-21 with 7:44 remaining.
Lober tacked on yet another rushing TD, this time from 6 yards out. The PAT was blocked but the Terriers had an insurmountable 40-21 lead.
In other action under the Friday night football lights, it was Essex 27, Mount Mansfield 18, Colchester ended a four-game losing streak by whipping South Burlington/Burlington 35-7, Spaulding scored with 1:10 remaining to edge Milton 20-14, Brattleboro rolled past Fair Haven 41-7 to stay unbeaten through seven games and Springfield breezed to a 44-6 win over Woodstock to go to 5-2 and set up a pivotal Division III game between the Cosmos and Poultney in Poultney on Oct. 19.
Though winless, 0-7 Woodstock struck first against the Cosmos, who coach Todd Aiken said might have taken the Wasps for granted.
But Springfield's defense adjusted to the Wing-T and its ground game, led by Brady Clark and Jake Stepler, took over. Both scored twice behind an offensive line that had its best game in weeks.
"I definitely want to give the offensive line credit," said Aiken. "Brady and Jacob don't have the game they have without them."
Penalties slowed the Cosmos with four long runs called back. But they forced a three-and-out to begin the second half and then charged the end zone to score in three plays to expand a 16-6 halftime lead.
Quarterback Sam Presch also enjoyed a good evening and is getting back to top form after recovering from an injury.
"He's finding his groove again," Aiken said.
WRV 2, Springfield 0
SPRINGFIELD — White River Valley scored in each half to top Springfield 2-0 in boys soccer action on Friday.
The Wildcats get over the .500 mark at 7-6 and the Cosmos fall to 4-8.
Twin Valley 5, Windsor 1
WINDSOR — Jack and Colin McHale each scored a pair of goals as Twin Valley topped Windsor 5-1 Friday.
Finn Fischer also scored for the Wildcats as they improve to 9-2-1. They host Springfield on Tuesday.
Eli Milligan scored for the 4-7-1 Yellow Jackets on a penalty kick.
Sharon 3, MSJ 2
Sharon took a 3-0 lead into halftime and hung on for a 3-2 win over Mount St. Joseph on Friday.
“It was a nail biter ‘til the final whistle,” said Mountie coach Josh Souza. “I’m really proud of these guys and come playoffs we’re going to give someone a tough time.”
Dave Mercure and Cortland Hussack scored for MSJ.
The Mounties, 0-11, host West Rutland on Tuesday.
Sharon is 5-7.
So. Burlington 5, Rutland 0
SOUTH BURLINGTON — South Burlington cruised to a 5-0 victory over Rutland in boys soccer action Friday.
The Wolves elevated their record to 9-3 and the Raiders fell to 3-10.
The Vermont Bucks indoor football team will be conducting tryouts on Sunday at Rutland High School at 10 a.m.