Saturday's Division Two Football championship game features a rematch from last year's state final. The defending champion Burr and Burton Bulldogs have cruised through the 2016 season, posting a 9-0 record with their smallest margin of victory being 20 points. But the team that played Burr and Burton the closest was Bellows Falls, the team they face on Saturday. That Bulldog win back on October 21st was the Terriers' only loss of the season.
In fact, Bellows Falls has dropped their last 4 contests with Burr and Burton, including a 28-7 setback in the 2015 state championship. Needless to say, motivation won't be an issue for the Terriers.
"Always when you've been beaten that many times by a good team, you always want to win so you want to work hard to win," said Bellow Falls senior Brady Illingworth.
But the Terriers know they have a tall task in front of them.
"I think everyone knows that they can pass the ball well and they do very well on offense and defense," said fellow senior D.J. Snide. "I think they just do it all well, and that's what makes them good."
For Burr and Burton, the emphasis this week has been avoiding complacency.
"We have been there, but we gotta remember that anything can happen and we're playing a really good team" said Bulldog senior Andrew Smith. "We've already seen them before. It was a tough, tough game. We fought every second of that game and like I said, we just gotta remember that anything can happen."
"We gotta play well on offense, we've gotta execute every play," added senior Griffin Stalcup. "Every play matters in this big game. It's gonna be a great atmosphere, playing Bellows Falls for another year again, there's gonna be a lot of hype around this game."
The Division Two title game kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Rutand High School.
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