BBA uses strong 2nd half to top MAU
BENNINGTON -- Burr and Burton Academy running back Dalton Blackwell didn't play too much offense in the first half of the Bulldogs' game against Mount Anthony Union High School on Friday night.
After an injury to starting tailback Eric Cerra early in the second half, Blackwell got his chance.
The senior captain Blackwell scored three touchdowns in the second half -- two on the ground and one through the air -- as BBA had 29 unanswered points in a 43-13 victory.
"We knew what we had to do, we were only up by one," Blackwell said. "We knew we had to crack down. Eric went down and a couple other [players] stepped up."
Down 13-7 late in the first half, BBA (3-1) used a facemask and a 26-yard strike from quarterback Griffin Stalcup to Blackwell to get down to the Mount Anthony 16. On the next play, Stalcup found Cerra for a touchdown pass with 21 seconds left in the half.
"Giving up the score at the end of the half was a big momentum switch," said Mount Anthony (0-4) coach Bill Hay. "The injuries are starting to catch up with us. Guys play every down... it's really wearing on them."
Burr and Burton got the ball to start the second half and turned the ball over on downs. MAU went 3-and-out, but punter Pat Powers buried the Bulldogs near the goal line. BBA was undeterred, as Stalcup found Ryan Smith for 32 yards, then Blackwell on a nice fade pattern down the right seam for a 38 yard score and a 21-13 lead.
Stalcup completed 18-of-29 for 240 yards and three touchdowns, along with two interceptions.
"In the first half -- he's only a freshman, remember -- you have to live some freshman mistakes. "He threw a couple of passes up for grabs He had to see what the defense was giving him and that's what he did in the second half."
As the Patriots tired, BBA took advantage as Blackwell scored on a 57-yard touchdown run, then Stalcup added a five-yard scamper to put the game on ice.
Blackwell ran seven times for 93 yards and the two touchdowns on the ground.
"As long as we could block, we could get some good runs," Blackwell said about his long TD run. "I saw a hole, Will [Tucker] cut inside, [the line] blocked it wide open (on the left side)." We try to step on the throat, end it early, get the momentum up. [MAU] started to quit on us and that's what we wanted them to do."
It was a totally different game in the first half as MAU played BBA even as the Patriots celebrated Homecoming.
BBA scored first, but Mount Anthony came back immediately with a beautiful 11-play, 78-yard drive. All the plays were runs, capped off by a Tyler Mattison 10-yard scamper to tie it at 7-7.
"It was a great drive on our part to tie it, guys battled and fought through it," Hay said.
Carson Cushman intercepted Stalcup on the next drive, and Jacob Normyle cashed in with a 6 yard touchdown run up the gut.
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