High schools: Concord football stops Londonderry, improves to 5-0
Marc Gaudet had one thing on his mind after last week: Stop Londonderry. He just didn’t realize he’d be accomplishing it with the ball in his hands.
After last week’s embarrassing defensive showing, when his Concord High football team gave up 41 points despite a lopsided win, Gaudet and the defense challenged themselves to get better. They accomplished that last night, allowing the Lancers into the end zone just once in a 43-7 victory.
“I’m still mad because we wanted the shutout, but I’m proud of everyone, for us to only let up seven (points) after what we did last week,” Gaudet said.
And when that one Londonderry touchdown pulled the Lancers (2-3) within 14-7 early in the second quarter, Gaudet stopped any momentum two plays later with a 47-yard touchdown run, the second of his four trips to pay dirt in the game.
“It was very important … to stop them from getting and gaining any momentum,” Gaudet said. “I couldn’t have had any better blocking. I was untouched. All the credit goes to the O-line; I was just fortunate to have the ball.”
That O-line made running easy for the Tide (5-0), which had a pair of 100-yard rushers in Gaudet (109 yards on five carries) and Walters Ndi (123 yards on 11 carries), and which scored three of its touchdowns on drives of two plays or fewer. Seimou Smith, Concord’s top receiver with 72 yards on four catches, also ran the ball twice for 42 yards in the absence of one of Concord’s running backs, who is out for disciplinary reasons. The line also gave quarterback Rob Law plenty of protection on the play-action pass. The junior was a perfect 8-for-8 for 116 yards passing.
“We showed our versatility – the spread, the power-I and the wing-T,” Concord Coach Eric Brown said. “And the O-line did a great job blocking all three of our looks.”
Concord scored on its first drive, with Ndi capping a seven-play drive with a 3-yard run over right tackle, and Gaudet ran one in from 8 yards out late in the opening quarter for a 14-0 lead.
After a rare stalled drive to start the second quarter, Londonderry gained possession at its own 40 and four plays later, Dennis Bishop (14 carries, 80 yards) broke off a 51-yard run to make it a one-score game.
It didn’t take long to rectify matters. Jacob Szulc returned the kickoff 26 yards, Ndi bolted for 13 yards on first down, then Gaudet saw nothing but daylight for his 47-yard TD.
After Diego Hebra came up with a big fourth-down tackle on Londonderry’s ensuing drive, Ndi ran away from the Lancers for a 77-yard touchdown run. Kevin Condict’s fourth of five PATs made it 28-7 at the half.
After Logan Lamoureux picked off a pass after a Smith tip to start the second half, another one-play drive – Gaudet’s 41-yard TD run – boosted the lead to 36-7. Gaudet’s fourth rushing TD – one shy of the school record for a game – invoked running time for the fifth straight game and gave the Tide a 5-0 record for the first time since 1998, when Concord started the season with eight straight wins.
All that was left was for the defense, led by Kris Skinner, Wyatt LaBombard and Dylan Naylor up front, to slam the door.
“It was a totally different style of offense and it played right to our strength,” Brown said of the Lancers’ power running game. “We came to play tonight.”
Souhegan 35, John Stark 0
The Generals (1-4) had a tough night at Souhegan (1-5) and couldn’t string a solid offensive drive together.
The Sabers scored a touchdown each in the first two quarters before adding two TDs in the third.
Adam King, Terry Zervos and Cody Ledoux filled in well at running back in place of injured Carson Dunn.
Pelham 42, Winnisquam 0
Pelham scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and led 28-0 at halftime as it improved to 4-0 with the home win.
The Bears (2-3) got a strong game from linebacker Richard Mills, but they really had no answers for the Pythons double wing running attack. Running back Christian Serrano and quarterback Greg Hunt showed some flashed offensively, but it wasn’t enough to put any points on the board.
“We actually moved the ball pretty well at times, but we had too many mishaps, turnovers or penalties,” Winnisquam Coach Pat Riberdy said. “We played better in the second half, but we certainly couldn’t put the ball in the end zone.”
St. Thomas 1, Merrimack Valley 0
The Pride (7-3) held an 18-7 shot advantage, but still had its five-game winning streak snapped as the visiting Saints (8-2) scored with 9:27 left on the clock and held on from there.
“I’m not worried. The forwards and midfield did a great job getting all those shots on goal and everybody really played well,” MV Coach Kim Kenney said.
Halfbacks Autumn Hoyt and Brit Fisher led the Pride defense and Maggie Carey finished with six saves.
Lebanon 3, Bishop Brady 0
Lebanon (8-1) scored three goals in the first half, but the Green Giants (1-9) worked hard to hold the Raiders scoreless in the second half.
Marissa Urbanek led a strong defensive effort by the entire team.
Hanover 4, Bow 0
The Falcons (3-6) lost their third straight, but Coach Lauren DiRenzo was pleased with the effort.
“The score really didn’t reflect how hard they played,” DiRenzo said. “It was our first game on turf, and they definitely exceeded my expectations.”
Bow’s Lyndsey Wheeler finished with 16 saves while Katie Lawson and Hannah Berman led the offense, which generated 11 shots.
Goffstown 5, John Stark 0
The Generals got 18 saves from Jerrilyn Wilson and a good defensive effort from Annalise Blouin but still fell to 1-8 with the road loss.
Goffstown, which led 3-0 at halftime, improved to 6-4.
Merrimack Valley 2, Kennett 0
The Pride (3-7) made the most of its road trip to Kennett (3-7), coming away with a shutout victory that snapped its six game losing streak.
Hudson Aldrich earned the clean sheet in goal. Cole Remillard opened the scoring from a corner kick in the 35th minute and Jarrett Davis provided insurance by dribbling through three defenders and scoring midway through the second half. Ben Davis and Noah Seltzer played well in the midfield.
Bow 2, Bishop Brady 0
The Green Giants held the Falcons scoreless in the first half, but goals in the 70th and 79th minutes gave Bow (10-1) its fifth straight win. Ben Maurer broke the scoreless tie after a Corey Plumb cross found Maurer six yards in front of the net and he put it away. Nine minutes later, Nathan Louf scored his first varsity goal off an assist from Phil Rizzi.
Dylan Thomson played well in goal for Bishop Brady (3-6-1).
Merrimack Valley 6, Kennett 1
The Pride (5-2-3) scored four goals in the first half to pull out to a commanding lead at Kennett (2-9).
Emily Mulleavey opened the scoring in the ninth minute before Asia Hazeltine made it 2-0 two minutes later. Danielle Wiley and Taylor Smith each scored in the final 10 minutes of the half.
Wiley and Brooke Cotton added goals in the second half.
Coe-Brown 3, SOmersworth 0
The Bears (8-1) were challenged in every game, but they still only needed three to put away the Hilltoppers (6-5), 25-18, 25-23, 25-18. Megan Rouillard (16 kills), Emma Easler (14 kills) and Abby Ahern (10 kills) led the offense, while Sadie Steffen contributed with 26 assists.
Winnisquam 3, Laconia 0
The Bears overcame a tough Laconia defense in a closely contested first game and won the second and third games in a 25-21, 25-16, 25-13 win.
“Our offense started to click and put balls down and the defense just couldn’t keep them up, but (Laconia) was competitive,” Winnisquam coach Mike Livernois said.
Hannah Chapin (10 kills, eight digs, four aces), Mo Raymond (10 kills), Bailey Long (10 digs, seven kills, four aces), Erica Doubleday (27 assists, three aces) and Carissa Archibald (eight digs, five aces) played well for the Bears, who have won seven straight matches.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Merrimack Valley’s top five boys all finished in the overall top 25, good for a score of 86 and third place in the Belmont Invitational. Prospect Mountain won the meet with a score of 66 ahead of Hollis-Brookline (85). The other local schools at the meet were Kearsarge (ninth, 269), John Stark (12th, 308), Winnisquam (13th, 334), Belmont (15th, 350) and Bishop Brady (17th, 414).
Keegan Hanks was the top runner for the Pride, finishing 10th in 18:04. He was followed by Brendan Polichronopoulos (17th, 18:31), Carter Saltmarsh (18th, 18:32), Walker John (20th, 18:49) and Brandon Richardson (21st, 18:52).
Kearsarge was paced by Shane Corley in 13th place (18:16), ahead of teammates Carter Noordsij (42nd, 20:18), Tim Cunningham (71st, 21:27), Ben Newbern (92nd, 22:25) and Dylan Miller (109th, 23:05).
Kaden Hirschenhofer led John Stark with a 30th-place finish in 19:27, followed by Generals Robert Kram (65th, 21:22), Joseph Boucher (67th, 21:25), Noah Payeur (72nd, 21:35) and Zach Lanctot (136th, 23:47).
Mike Roy had the fastest time for Winnisquam (19:24), good for 28th place. Bears runners Zachary Baker (43rd, 20:19), Bryson LaChappelle (113th, 23:12), Connor Archibald (120th, 23:27) and Tyler Mann (121st, 23:27) came in behind Roy.
Tyler Rolfe led the Red Raiders in 56th place (20:55). Ian Rupp (64th, 21:19), Nikolai Fernandez (76th, 21:46), Brennan Malone (107th, 22:59) and Isaiah Knowlton (132nd, 23:40) rounded out the rest of the Belmont top five.
Warren Bartlett topped all local runners with a fifth-place finish in 17:51 to lead Bishop Brady. Jacob Perry (131st, 23:40), Jeremy Bates (144th, 24:13), Colin Sandberg (147th, 24:20) and Vincent Pagano (161st, 25:22) also scored for the Green Giants.
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Hollis-Brookline claimed four of the top six spots (including race winner Emma Newton with a time of 19:48) to easily outrun the rest of the field, which included several local teams. Kearsarge’s score of 95 was a distant second to the Cavaliers (20), but topped the other teams including Merrimack Valley (135), which nipped Derryfield (136) for third place. Bishop Brady (149) rounded out the top five. Winnisquam (ninth) and Hillsboro-Deering (12th) also competed, while John Stark, Belmont and Sant Bani did not have enough runners to score.
Had John Stark entered one more runner, it could have been the Generals who finished in second place, as Hazel Johnstone (21:54), Madeline Ishak (21:57) and Hailey Nase (22:11) claimed the seventh, eighth and ninth spots, respectively. Hannah Erskine (32nd, 25:30) also ran well.
Briggie Carr (17th, 23:29) was the top runner for the Cougars, while Anna Cahill (20th, 24:11), Kelsey Dalton (30th, 25:15), Annie Carr (31st, 25:24) and Svetlana Kozikowski (43rd, 26:15) also scored in the runner-up effort. Raquel Gelinas (10th, 22:26), Cassie Owens (15th, 23:10), Kelsey Belanger (55th, 26:48), Abby Davis (61st, 27:07) and Jessica Belanger (69th, 27:35) led the Pride.
Devyn Saucer (24th, 24:37) was Bishop Brady’s top runner, followed by Madison Laurent (48th, 26:25), Amelia O’Toole (51st, 26:37), Kayla Laurent (52nd, 26:38) and Chelsea Marshall (57th, 26:54). Julia Jones (65th, 27:18) bested Moultonborough’s sixth runner to give the Green Giants fifth place in a tiebreaker.
Tea Michaloski (33rd, 25:33) and Haley DeSousa (35th, 25:37) led Winnisquam, Maggie Girard (29th, 25:14) and Karaline Pelchat (83rd, 29:00) led H-D, Sarah Steenbergen (13th, 22:58) and Joyce Hamel (16th, 23:16) led Sant Bani and Talia Sperduto (25th, 24:37) and Carol Lipshultz (84th, 29:01) were the top runners for Belmont.