Another chapter was written in the Springfield High School and Bellows Falls football rivalry over the weekend, as the Cosmos had to make a furious, second half comeback in order to edge out the Terriers, 31-21, in a Division III semi-final match up at Hadley Field in Westminster.
The win vaulted the Cosmos into the title game, as they shoot for their second consecutive state championship against the number-one seed Windsor.
The Terriers had a 15-0 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the half, before the Cosmos turned it on and mounted a come back.
After the BF defense had just stopped Springfield on fourth down at their own 24-yard line, Terrier quarterback Ben Hewitt fumbled while running a keeper and the Cosmos recovered on the BF 28-yard line.
It was a game-changing play indeed, as two plays later Cosmos quarterback Brandon Boyle hit receiver Billy Wheeler for a 27-yard touchdown and after a 2-point conversion also to Wheeler, all of a sudden it was 15-8 at the half.
On the first possession of the second half the Terriers were stopped on third down and on a muffed punt attempt, Springfield had the ball on the Terrier 25-yard line.
On the very next play the Cosmos pulled one out of the hat, as QB Boyle took the snap out of the shotgun, pitched the ball to Wheeler then went deep.
Wheeler than found Boyle in the end zone for the touchdown and after another successful 2-point conversion, Springfield had the lead at 16-15.
Springfield coach Mike Hatt told reporters after the game that although they had been working on that play for three years, it was the first time it worked.
The Cosmos would come back again, orchestrating a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped off by a 2-yard TD run by running back Matt Mitchell and after another 2-point conversion to Colin LaPlante, the score was 24-15.
To the Terriers credit, however, they did not give up and came right back with a touchdown of their own when running back Ryan Hayward broke a couple tackles and scampered 39-yards to the end zone making it 24-21 with just over five minutes left in the game.
The Terrier defense needed a stop in order to get their offense back on the field, but Boyle and the Cosmos offense could not be stopped as the senior QB hit Bennett Chevalier with a pass, who then ran 56-yards down the sideline for the clinching score.
Despite the loss, Bellows Falls gave the defending champs everything they could handle, racking up 191 yards rushing while getting two touchdown runs from Hayward.
However four costly turnovers ultimately did the Terriers in. You simply cannot give the potent Cosmos offense that many extra chances.
For Springfield, Boyle led the attack once again, tossing for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
Springfield (8-2) will now ready themselves to face number-one seeded Windsor (8-2), in Brattleboro on Saturday
The Terriers finish their season with an impressive 7-3 mark.