Looking back at previous BBA title trips

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MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton football team is set for its fifth state championship game in program history on Saturday when it plays St. Johnsbury in the Division I title game in Rutland.

In BBA's four previous state championship games, all in Division II, the Bulldogs have a 2-2 record.

Let's take a look back at how BBA has fared in those four games.

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2011: BBA vs Fair Haven

The Bulldogs first trip to the D-II title game was a game filled with tons of offense, as BBA fell to Fair Haven 57-34 at Castleton University, called Castleton State College at the time.

The Bulldogs had no answer for a dominant Slaters offense.

Robert Coloutti led Fair Haven with five touchdowns, two through the air and three on the ground, while racking up 288 totals yards in the championship game.

The game was close early on, but once Fair Haven broke a 14-14 tie, the Slaters took full control.

Following a BBA fumble, Coloutti found some luck when a heave downfield bounced off a Bulldogs' defensive back and into a waiting Fair Haven receiver's hands, before running in for the go-ahead score.

Fair Haven scored the next two touchdowns, before BBA answered back with a 63-yard touchdown run by Grady Murtagh.

Once the Slaters slogged through a 12-play drive to score another touchdown, the Bulldogs found themselves in a hole too big to climb out of.

Murtagh had 88 yards rushing for BBA, while quarterback Jake Stalcup went 19-of-41 for 293 yards and touchdown passes to Eamon Walsh and Jake Oliver.

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2015: BBA vs Bellows Falls

BBA reached the top of the D-II mountain in 2015, beating Bellows Falls 28-7 in Rutland.

With the game tied 7-7, the Bulldogs scored three second-half touchdowns to clinch their first title in program history.

Following a 3-and-out from the Terriers, BBA worked a seven-play drive finished off by Will Tucker juking a defender to reach the endzone.

The Bulldogs' special teams unit came up huge on the ensuing kickoff, when Bellows Falls returned the kick, but fumbled the ball. BBA took advantage and recovered at the Terriers' 41-yard line.

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BBA wouldn't give the momentum back to Bellows Falls the rest of the way as quarterback Griff Stalcup connected with Carter Vickers and Cody Roberts for insurance scores.

Stalcup completed 20-of-31 passes for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns.

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2016: BBA vs Bellows Falls

2016's title game was about Bellows Falls enacting its revenge, topping BBA 20-14 in Rutland.

The Terriers scored first when Jacob Streeter ran the opening kickoff back for a 88-yard touchdown.

Things continued going Bellows Falls' way in the first quarter when Griff Stalcup threw an interception and the team fumbled on the next drive.

BBA swung the momentum when Sean Apps intercepted a Terriers pass and Griff Stalcup found Jay McCoy for a late first half score.

Bellows Falls opened the second half with a drive finished off by a 67-yard touchdown run by Jahyde Bullard.

BBA tied the game on a Griff Stalcup touchdown run on the next drive, but the Terriers had the last laugh when quarterback Logan Cota ran in for a touchdown from one yard out for the eventual game-winner.

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2018: BBA vs Fair Haven

While BBA's offense struggled to produce in the 2016 championship game, the Bulldogs had no such trouble last fall when it played Fair Haven with the hardware on the line.

In fact, BBA put up record-breaking numbers on that side of the ball.

Led by a seven-touchdown effort by quarterback Joey McCoy, the Bulldogs set the points record in a championship game, winning 63-14 against the Slaters.

McCoy threw four touchdown passes and for 289 yards, while picking up three scores and 123 yards on the ground.

The Bulldogs absolutely dominated the first half, leading 43-0 at the break.

Jake Baker had three scores on the day, two on the ground and one from McCoy, while John Morgantini had three touchdown grabs.

BBA made all-state Fair Haven quarterback Cam Coloutti look ordinary, picking him off twice and holding him to a 34% completion percentage.


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