After having won the annual "trophy game" the previous five years, the Springfield High School football team off finished a rough, two-win season by having to surrender the hardware to rival Bellows Falls, after falling to the Terriers 42-24 at Hadley Field in Westminster.
Although it was a pretty close game early on, the Bellows Falls' running game would prove too much for a depleted Springfield roster that was down to just 19 healthy players on the roster. By games' end, the Terriers had worn down the Cosmos en route to the 18-point victory. "I am really happy for the boys because it has been a while since we've had the trophy, but I am especially happy for our seniors," Bellows Falls coach Bob Lockerby said after the win.
However, Springfield got the ball first and started well, feeding senior running back Billy Wheeler a half dozen times en route to three consecutive first downs, but the drive stalled when Cosmos' quarterback (sophomore) J.T. Therrian was flagged for intentional grounding, and then nearly threw an interception, the Cosmos were forced to punt.
After a nice punt return from junior Will Bourne, on second down B.F. junior Jeremy Kilburn took a quarterback-keeper down the left side line for a 25-yard gain and a first down inside the Springfield 20-yard line. Four plays later senior running back Ryan Heyward took a hand off down the right sideline 39-yards for a 6-0 lead. Heyward then took the two-point conversion to the left pylon and it was 8-0 halfway through the first quarter.
On the next kick off, Cosmos' junior Jake Patoine fumbled and BF senior Cam Howe recovered it inside the Springfield 25-yard line. Two plays later Hayward took a hand off up the middle, bounced it to the outside and just got inside the right pylon for the touchdown. The extra point was blocked, but with just over four minutes left in the quarter and Bellows Falls had a 14-0 lead.