Bulldogs storm past North Country
MANCHESTER — Griff Stalcup ran on to the field with his Burr and Burton football team facing a crucial fourth and eight on their opening offensive possession in Saturday's game against North Country.
Seemingly like Superman but donned in his BBA uniform rather than a cape, Stalcup, like four other players missing the opening minutes of the 1 p.m. kickoff taking the SAT's that morning, helped the Bulldogs convert to keep the drive alive when he connected with his top receiver Carter Vickers — also taking the test — for a first down.
A couple plays later, Stalcup connected with Vickers for a 3-yard touchdown pass, marking the first of their three scores and the start of the Bulldogs' 49-6 win over North Country.
"I just remember hearing the national anthem going on and Carter and I just sprinting to the field, not sure if we should stop for the anthem or not," Stalcup said. "It's kind of funny how everything worked out with us two connecting on that big fourth down play and then hooking up on the touchdown later on to get us on the board."
Stalcup-to-Vickers was the first quarter refrain as the senior duo hooked up for all three of their touchdowns in the opening 12 minutes, with the second one coming from 16 yards out and the final one coming off a beautiful 50-yard touchdown pass that helped the Bulldogs take a 21-0 lead.
"Griff and I were just able to click right away and off we went," Vickers said. "He threw me some nice passes and we just took what the defense gave us."
After the Bulldogs' defense forced a three and out to start the second quarter, Stalcup added his fourth touchdown pass of the afternoon, throwing a 37-yard bullet to Jay McCoy to extend the BBA lead to 28-0.
The Bulldogs looked like they were going to extend their lead again on their next offensive possession, but Stalcup fumbled the ball diving for the goal line.
The senior redeemed himself just moments later when the BBA defense forced its second fumble, recovered by Ryan Duddy.
Stalcup took full advantage, throwing his fifth and final touchdown pass of the game to Sean Apps to make it 35-0.
"The offensive line gave me a lot of time in the pocket and that made it easier for me to find a open receiver," Stalcup said. "We also did a good job running the football and that opened up a lot of our big pass plays we had in the game."
Stalcup has thrown at least three touchdowns in all five games played this season.
BBA added to their lead right before the half on defense when McCoy added a pick-six.
McCoy had nine tackles to go along with two touchdowns.
On their first possession of the second half, Jake Baker got on the board with a six yard touchdown run and the Bulldogs crusised from there.
Junior linebacker Connor Simonds had a team-high 10 tackles and three tackles for a loss.
Rach Robinson had seven tackles with two for a loss in his great performance on the defensive line for BBA in the win.
The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 249-39 in their first five games to begin the season.
"The kids knew coming into this game what they needed to get the win and they did a great job doing that this afternoon," said BBA coach Jason Thomas. "I thought the offense did a good job cutting down the mistakes from last week and our defense continued to play well like they have all season long. Preparation and execution. That's what we preach and the kids take pride in that."
The Bulldogs will next host their only game of the season at Applejack field on Friday night against Mount Abraham.
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