Down two touchdowns after one quarter to hosts Winchester Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13, it had every appearance that Belmont High School's Football Marauders would be heading to another defeat in this season heavy-laden with away games.
But Belmont's defense shut out the Sachems for the remainder of the game while producing seven turnovers which allowed all-purpose junior Brian Coutts to score 14 of Belmont's 15 points in the final quarter to pull out a 15-14 victory in the fading autumn sunshine.
With senior Mike Richardson – back at quarterback which he started every game last year – and Coutts lining up in the backfield and as a receiver, Belmont allowed its defense to keep the team within reach before the offense came to life in the fourth quarter.
After scoring on a one-yard run at the conclusion of a 91-yard drive that included a pass interference call against Winchester on a fourth down incompletion, Coutts was at the end of another fourth down play, this time not needing the benefit of penalty.
On fourth down and four at the 25, Richardson threw a arching strike to a Coutts in the end zone for the touchdown with five minutes remaining in the game. Then from the running back position, Coutts powered into the end zone to give the Marauders the one-point lead.
Winchester attempted to regain the lead only to see the Belmont defense force two fumbles – the first caused by the games MVP Coutts – to secure the win.
Belmont returns home for only the second time this season against undefeated Reading.
Soccer secure playoff slots
A rare 10 a.m. game time Saturday, Oct. 13, did not appear to bother Belmont High's Boys' Soccer as they raced ahead to a 4-0 lead at the half before putting away a winless Burlington High Red Devils, 6-1.
The win secures a playoff spot for the Boys as they upped their record to 7-2-4.
On Saturday, Matt Muckjian and Holger Cruger each scored a brace with Michael Chertkov and Dan Martin each getting a single goal.
"It's not that we had more opportunities then in our other games it's that we took advantage of the openings," said Belmont Head Coach Peter Guellnitz, who is hoping that the team will continue its improvement on the scoring end.
Guellnitz will find out how well the team is playing on Tuesday as they host 14th rank and undefeated Winchester (10-0-2). Belmont has been the only Middlesex League team to earn a point off the Sachems this season with a 1-1 tie at Winchester.
On the Belmont Girls' Soccer side, a pair of ties – including an agonizing last minute 1-1 result to Arlington at home – has revealed a drop in its scoring rate due to players coming back from injuries. Yet the two points gained put the Marauders into the post season with a 7-3-2 record.