Slaters top Terriers in D-2 football final

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RUTLAND — The freezing cold weather didn't seem to bother Cam Coloutti on Saturday afternoon, nor did the big game pressure.

The junior quarterback threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for four more to lead the second-seeded Fair Haven varsity football team to a 46-20 victory over No. 4 Bellows Falls in the Division 2 championship game at Rutland High School.

With many of the fans bundled up and sipping on coffee, the Slaters raced out to a 26-0 halftime advantage. Coloutti had three sneaks to paydirt and also threw a 78-yard screen pass to Brandon Parker for another score during the first 24 minutes of action.

The defending champion Terriers, who specialize in pounding the ball behind a rugged offensive line, tried to get back in it through the air.

Shane Clark made a miraculous, juggling catch for a 32-yard TD reception from Logan Cota and later caught a 62-yard touchdown pass from Griffin Waryas to get the Purple Gang within 33-12 with 6:10 to go in the third quarter.

"Come on, purple! We got this!" screamed Keith Mounsey from the Bellows Falls sideline.

After Ryan Kelly picked off a Coloutti pass moments later, it felt like the tide had turned.

But Fair Haven running back Aaron Szabo, who finished with 250 rushing yards on 24 carries, would score from two yards out early in the fourth quarter to steal momentum back.

Clark and Coloutti each treated their fans to one more highlight play down the stretch. Clark sprinted to the house from 40 yards out and Coloutti answered with a 50-yard TD carry of his own.

The Fair Haven quarterback ended up with 246 passing yards and 75 more on the ground. Clark finished with 91 rushing yards and 146 receiving to pace the defending champs, while Cota had 84 yards through the air and Waryas threw for 111.

BF's best drive against Fair Haven's 5-3 defense came early in the third quarter. The series lasted 10 plays and went 60 yards, with Clark carrying the ball six times and finishing the march with the how-did-you-possibly-do-that TD grab.

Clark also had two tackles for loss, one sack and one pick to lead the BF defense. Kelly also had an interception, McGregor Vancor broke up a Fair Haven touchdown pass, and Cota hustled to make a TD-saving takedown.

The Terriers, who have won 11 state championships since 1970, wound up with an 8-3 mark.

Bellows Falls roster: Coaches — Bob Lockerby, Mike Bennett, Ryan Stoodley, Donald Laurendeau, Mike Empey and Matt Harris. Players — Hunter Smith, Logan Cota, Joe Terry, McGregor Vancor, Grady Lockerby, Jeff Rainville, Griffin Waryas, Sam Mellish, Keenan Lowe, Aiden Smith, Andrew Elliott, Shane Clark, Ryan Kelly, Julian Christiansen, Svent Bossart, Noah Wilkinson, Jed Lober, Tylar Stanley, Noah Rawling, Spencer Clark, Brady Clark, Gunnar Sawyer, Jackson Brown, Jared Zobkiw, Austin Taylor, Ben Asack, Braden Maxfield, Keith Mounsey, Kihoon Song, Reno Tuttle, Dominic Kendall, Ethan Morey, Hunter O'Connor, Andrew Kim, Troy Mounsey, Joe Zobitz, Dylan Clark, Teagan Bacon.

Bellows Falls scoring

Logan Cota to Shane Clark, 32-yard TD pass

Griffin Waryas to Clark, 62-yard TD pass

Clark, 40-yard TD run

Fair Haven scoring

Cam Coloutti, 5-yard TD sneak

Coloutti, 1-yard TD sneak

Coloutti to Brandon Parker, 78-yard TD pass

Coloutti, 3-yard TD sneak

Coloutti to Parker, 14-yard TD pass

Aaron Szabo, 2-yard TD run

Coloutti, 50-yard TD run


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