High schools: Bow football strikes early, often in 49-0 win over Franklin
FRANKLIN – The Bow High School football team was up by a touchdown just one minute into the game yesterday, and up two scores before Franklin got to try a play from scrimmage.
The game was over almost as soon as it began – which was exactly what Bow Coach Paul Cohen had in mind.
“After last week’s disappointing loss, we said to the kids, ‘This week at Franklin will determine what kind of team you can be,’ ” he said. “I said, ‘I know what kind of team you are, but you need to show it.’
“Clearly, we did that today.”
Indeed. The Falcons bounced back from a season-opening loss to Pelham at home by pounding the Golden Tornadoes on the road in a 49-0 rout. Bow led 35-0 after the first quarter and 49-0 at halftime, controlling every minute of the contest on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
“(We) basically dominated them in every aspect of the game, and we followed our game plan to the letter and did exactly what we needed to do,” Cohen said. “I was very, very proud of them today. Just a great effort by everybody.”
It was old-fashioned ground-and-pound for the Falcons – and, to get the game leaning in their favor, a little trickery. Bow used a cluster of players on the opening kickoff to hide the ballcarrier, a tactic that worked out when Alexander Reitze returned it down to the Franklin 18-yard line, and the Falcons scored 1:03 into the game when Gavin Lacourciere capped off a three-play drive with a 3-yard score. The Falcons caught the Golden Tornadoes off guard on the very next play, recovering an onside kick, and Bow again needed only three plays before Matt Ehrenberg scored from 14 yards out to make it 14-0 with 10:25 left in the first.
The game rapidly spun out of control from there. Christopher Robbins finished a 74-yard march on Bow’s next drive with a 7-yard touchdown, and special teams woes again burned the Tornadoes when they fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Travis Reynolds returned it 15 yards for a score. Kyle Barrington scored on a 7-yard run with 2:41 left in the quarter, Robbins added a second score on a 27-yard run with 9:26 left in the half and Reitze capped the scoring with a 14-yard sprint with two seconds to go until halftime.
Bow ran the ball at will, and the Falcons had a list of players ready to chip in. They ran 44 times for 386 yards, with the load being split between 10 ballcarriers and being led by Robbins (nine carries, 89 yards), Reitze (four carries, 70 yards), Ehrenberg (five carries, 70 yards), Jordan Birtz (seven carries, 42 yards) and Barrington (six carries, 40 yards).
“That’s what we had hoped for. … Pretty much spreading the wealth,” said Cohen, whose team didn’t attempt a pass with the game quickly out of hand. “We had hoped for a multi-pronged, multi-faceted running approach, but we also wanted a balanced game. That was our game plan coming in, we’re going to throw the ball. We realized early on that that was not something we needed to do, which is fine. We’ll just keep that in our back pocket for next week.”
It was a disappointing showing for a Franklin team that was trying to recover from a heartbreaking, last-second loss to Inter-Lakes last weekend. Last year’s Division VI champions struggled to move the ball all day yesterday, gaining only 72 yards on the ground, but they began to show progress in the second half as quarterback Bruce Carey threw for 67 yards and the team had its only two trips into Falcon territory for the game.
“We (wanted) to come back in the second half and show pride, and we did. We kept driving, we kept plugging away,” Coach Jeff Kaplan said. “I think we can learn (from the game). … When we look at film, we’ll try to figure out what we’ve done, work on individual techniques and try to get better at what we do.”
Concord 8, Nashua south 0
The Crimson Tide improved to 3-1-1 with the convincing win at home. Seniors Matt Bodwell and Dan Vignati each scored two goals for Concord, which led 2-0 at halftime.
Mohamed Mohamed, Emmanuel Smith, Dominique Girard and Chris Pinkham scored one goal each. Keepers Andrew Grondin and Liam Richards split the time in net for the shutout.
Merrimack Valley 6, Plymouth 2
Jarrett Davis scored a hat trick in the first 17 minutes to lead the Pride (2-1) to a convincing win over the Bobcats (1-2). Kevin Crutchfield, Matt Doyle and Scott Schoffield added single tallies for MV, while Cole Remillard and Nate Mulleavey led the defense. John Bailey and Hudson Aldrich combined for the win in goal.
The Pride plays Pembroke today in its homecoming match.
Bow 3, Sanborn 1
Corey Plumb scored two second-half goals to keep Bow undefeated (5-0).
Chris Ketchum scored the lone goal in the first half and Josh DeYoung hit Plumb with a great through ball to put the Falcons up 2-0. Sanborn (2-2) converted a penalty kick in the 63rd minute and Indians keeper Shaun Howard made several saves to keep the game close despite several scoring opportunities created by Bow midfielder Sam Cheney and forwards Phil Rizzi and Ben Maurer. But in the 75th minute Plumb’s penalty kick beat Howard to the right corner of the net for an insurance goal.
Tim Bradley earned the win in goal.
Kearsarge 4, Pelham 3
Andrew Van Hooydonk scored two goals, including the game-winner with two minutes remaining, to lead Kearsarge (2-1-1) over Pelham (2-2).
The game started in exciting fashion, with Jacob Donovan scoring for the Cougars 22 seconds into the match and then with Pelham scoring an equalizer in just the third minute to tie the game.
Pelham broke a 1-1 halftime tie, but goals from Nick Bailey and Van Hooydonk put Kearsarge back on top, 3-2,
The end of the game was just as dramatic, with the Pythons tying the game 67th minute on a penalty kick before Van Hooydonk won the ball in a scramble in the box and put it past the keeper for the win.
Kearsarge goalie Mike Sullivan (eight saves) “played an absolutely fantastic game” and “did a little of everything,” according to Coach Rob Ragazzo, including stopping two breakaway attempts. Central defenders Karver Bosela and Reed Bell anchored the back line.
Concord Christian 2, 2OT
The Kingsmen (0-4-1) rallied from a two-goal deficit to force overtime, but the Warriors (4-1) scored 2:17 into the second overtime to wind up the win.
Wilton-Lyndeborough (4-1) came on strong and scored 19 minutes into the first half, then went up 2-0 after scoring in the third minute of the second half. Concord Christain’s Jonathan Taylor connected on a beautiful through ball by Duncan Nee 13 minutes into the second half to put the Kingsmen within one, and Connor Nee evened the score in the 29th minute of the second half.
Quinn McLaughlin had an outstanding game at defense along with Colin Lockwood. Ryan Ober played well in the midfield and Jonathan Taylor had a great game at striker.
Derryfield 2, Pittsfield 0
Pittsfield dropped to 3-2 after getting shut out at Derryfield (4-0), which has allowed just one goal so far this season.
The Cougars scored a goal in the second minute and added a late score in the closing stages.
Max Tuttle, Casey Ward and Xenthios Cyr played well for Pittsfield.
Concord 1, Nashua South 0
Danielle Rossetti knocked home a rebound four minutes into the game and the goal held up as the Crimson Tide improved to 2-3. The Panthers fell to 1-3-1.
Caroline Andy started the scoring play with a feed to Kate Dasey inside the 18-yard box. Dasey’s shot was saved by South keeper Adaeze Obinelo – who “kept them in the game single-handedly,” according to Concord Coach Bill Nardino – but Rossetti was there to put the rebound home at the back post. Obinelo finished with 15 saves.
Eliza Bunnell and Dasey played well at midfield for Concord, while goalie Becky Weld made five saves.
Merrimack Valley 3, Plymouth 1
Freshman Asia Hazeltine scored two second-half goals to lift the Pride (2-1) over Plymouth (1-3). Mason Kimball scored in the 35th minute to give MV a 1-0 halftime lead.
Hazeltine’s strike 15 minutes into the second frame would hold up to be the game-winner. Plymouth cut the deficit in half in the closing minutes, but the Pride moved the ball well all match and a Meredith Ramsey pass found Hazeltine for an insurance goal to seal the win.
Erin Bresslin, Mikayla Godfrey, Brittany Warren and Kimball had great games defensively.
Belmont 2, White Mtns. 1
The Red Raiders (5-0) got off to a fast start and had a dominant first half, holding White Mountains (2-2) to no shots on goal and going ahead 1-0. Cassie Contigiani was fouled in the box and converted the penalty-shot chance in the 29th minute for the lead.
Belmont quickly doubled its lead in the second minute of the second half after Contigiani crossed to Kelsey Scott, who managed to sneak the ball through with the aid of a deflection to Kylie O’Connell for the finish.
White Mountains scored in the 66th minute to make it a close game, but Belmont’s defense stayed composed and finished off the game.
The back four of Chayleigh Cadarette, Jasmine Syed, Courtney Clairmont and Zoe Zeller excelled for the Raiders, who outshot White Mountains 23-3. Emily Ennis also played well for Belmont.
Bishop Brady 4, Kearsarge 1
The Green Giants (2-3) scored two goals in each half to get a commanding road win over Kearsarge (1-2-1).
Sarah Thomas started the scoring in the 10th minute, and Liv Sears made it 2-0 in the 34th minute. Caitie Barrett scored in the opening minutes of the second half after making an effective overlap run, and Meghan Kissinger added a fourth goal in the 68th minute.
Shannon Gillan played very well defensively for Brady.
Kearsarge added a late goal to get on the board.
Hillsboro-Deering 2, Monadnock 0
The Hillcats’ Madisyn Winters scored a goal off of a great cross from Kiersten Clough with about eight minutes left in the first half, and Sarah Ingalls scored with a long shot from the midline 12 minutes into the second half to provide the scoring for H-D (2-2).
Ashley Parent and Morgan Winters were strong defensively, while Makayla Savoy and Bridgette Winters kept the pressure on offensively. Emma Moore was outstanding in the goal with seven saves.
Hanover 4, Bishop Brady 1
Bishop Brady (1-3) scored the game’s first goal and was tied 1-1 with Hanover (2-2) at halftime but squandered a number of scoring opportunities in the second half as the Marauders poured on three goals.
Gabi Stewart scored the only goal for the Green Giants off an assist by Alexis Nelson in the sixth minute. Meg McMurphy played well on defense, and goalie Jess Russell made more than 20 saves for Brady.
Pinkerton 3, Concord 1
The Tide’s young team played well early on and the games were closely contested, but some simple mistakes down the stretch were costly as the Astros (2-1) handed Concord (3-1) its first loss of the season.
Highlights for the Tide were Caitlyn Shea’s 19 assists, Heidi Breton’s five kills and Samantha Turner’s six block points.
Belmont 3, Newfound 0
The Red Raiders (3-0) continued their stellar start to the season, beating Newfound (1-2) in three games to pick up their third straight sweep, 25-18, 25-23, 25-23.
Senior captains Jessie Bergeron (19 digs, five aces, three kills) and Megan Bailey (30 assists, six kills, four digs, three aces) led the way for Belmont, while Louisa Bergeron (three aces, three kills, dig) and Alyssa Woods (10 kills) also starred.
Winnisquam 3, Stevens 0
The Bears dominated a young Stevens team, winning by game scores of 25-3, 25-6 and 25-6.
Marissa Deblasie led Winnisquam with nine aces, Erica Doubleday added six aces and Bailey Long, Hannah Chapin and Becky Rapoza chipped in three aces apiece.
The Crimson Tide shot a 200 and improved to 13-2 with a first-place finish among three other teams at a Londonderry-hosted meet at HoodKroft Country Club in Derry. Pinkerton (10-2) took second place with a score of 215, ahead of Londonderry (222, 6-3 record) and Alvirne (227, 2-7 record).
Senior Josh Pifer won medalist honors with 2-over 38. Liam Healy shot the second-lowest score (40) in his first match for Concord, while Tim Levins (40), Sam Tardiff (41) and Adam Godbout (41) rounded out the Tide top five.