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Everybody pitches in as Bow secures Division III championship

  • Bow sophomore runningback Christopher Robbins breaks away from the pack during Bow's division III championship victory over Stevens in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow sophomore runningback Christopher Robbins breaks away from the pack during Bow's division III championship victory over Stevens in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • After Bow's championship victory over Stevens in Bow on November 23, 2013, Matt Ehrenberg (16) and Chris Robbins (25) tear apart a shirt given to members of the 2010 Bow Youth Football team after they lost in their championship game that year.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    After Bow's championship victory over Stevens in Bow on November 23, 2013, Matt Ehrenberg (16) and Chris Robbins (25) tear apart a shirt given to members of the 2010 Bow Youth Football team after they lost in their championship game that year.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow junior Kyle Milne blocks a Stevens extra point attempt during Bow's division III football championship victory in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow junior Kyle Milne blocks a Stevens extra point attempt during Bow's division III football championship victory in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow senior Travis Reynolds knocks down a pass intended for Stevens senior Nate White during Bow's victory over Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow senior Travis Reynolds knocks down a pass intended for Stevens senior Nate White during Bow's victory over Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow sophomore Christopher Robbins celebrates with Kyle Barrington after Bow beat Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow sophomore Christopher Robbins celebrates with Kyle Barrington after Bow beat Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow sophomore runningback Christopher Robbins breaks away from the pack during Bow's division III championship victory over Stevens in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • After Bow's championship victory over Stevens in Bow on November 23, 2013, Matt Ehrenberg (16) and Chris Robbins (25) tear apart a shirt given to members of the 2010 Bow Youth Football team after they lost in their championship game that year.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow junior Kyle Milne blocks a Stevens extra point attempt during Bow's division III football championship victory in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow senior Travis Reynolds knocks down a pass intended for Stevens senior Nate White during Bow's victory over Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow sophomore Christopher Robbins celebrates with Kyle Barrington after Bow beat Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School beats Stevens High School in the Division III football championship game in Bow on November 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

BOW – The Bow football team decided on its motto last winter during offseason workouts – “All in.” The Falcons said the words in loud unison to punctuate practices and games, and signs at their field echoed the simple message. It was about team unity, preparing together and playing together, and yesterday they lived the message and yelled the words one last time.

The special teams delivered field position, the offense built an early lead and a second-half cushion, and the defense made sure those points were enough as No. 1 Bow beat No. 2 Stevens, 20-6, to claim the Division III championship.

“Everything came together,” Falcons Coach Paul Cohen said, “without a doubt.”

If you go “all in” playing cards, it means you bet everything you have. If you win after making that bet, the reward is equally as big, and Bow reaped some enormous rewards for its “all in” season. These Falcons (10-1) posted the most wins in the 17-year history of the program, earned the school’s first-ever home playoff game, had the program’s first 1,000-yard rusher (Matt Ehrenberg) and then capped it all off with Bow’s second football title, joining the 2004 team in the school’s record books.

“To have a season like that is just a great way to go out,” senior captain Travis Reynolds said. “It’s an amazing feeling.”

“I feel like I’m on top of the universe right now,” said Chris Robbins, who had 14 rushes for 89 yards and two touchdowns. “I couldn’t have done it without my line, running the ball. I just can’t believe it. I have so many emotions going through me right now. It’s unreal.”

Reynolds said his team was “very loose, and really ready to go” before the game, and it showed. Bow’s Cody Dane placed the opening kickoff in a corner, pinning the Cardinals (8-3) at their own 7. The Falcons defense then forced a three-and-out, Ehrenberg returned a short punt to the Stevens 19, and five plays later sophomore Gavin Lacourciere scored on a third-and-goal from the 1 to give Bow a 7-0 lead with 7:42 left in the first quarter.

Stevens went to its spread offense after that, and had some success moving the ball, but Reynolds intercepted Ryan Tanguay (8-for-20, 52 yards) on the first play of the second quarter. Reynolds cut under receiver Nathanual White on a deep in-route to swing momentum back to the Falcons.

“I was playing press coverage and when (White) looked, I looked, and the ball was there,” Reynolds said.

That gave Bow possession on its own 32 and the Falcons went on a 10-play scoring march from there. Robbins converted a third-and-2 early in the drive and the sophomore finished it with a 10-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 with 8:05 remaining in the first half.

A pass breakup from Reynolds, and a sack and a forced fumble from Bow’s Dwight Alford (the fumble was recovered by Kyle Milne), helped Bow take that 14-0 lead into halftime, but Stevens held a 92-73 advantage in total yards.

“(At halftime) I said we are far from done and we need to stay on top of our game,” Cohen said. “I said you guys can not give this team an inch, because they will take it from us.”

The Falcons responded with a nine-play, 65-yard touchdown drive to start the second half. Ehrenberg (19 carries, 132 yards) got the ball on five of those plays and picked up 48 of those yards, but it was Robbins who ended the drive with a 2-yard scoring plunge on third down to give Bow a 20-0 lead with 8:48 on the third quarter clock.

The Cardinals offense, led by Donald Pellerin (21 carries, 132 yards), finally solved the Falcons defense with a 69-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Tanguay to Brandon Bell (three catches, 34 yards) on the third play of the fourth quarter to make it 20-6. It was the first score Bow had allowed in nine quarters, but it wasn’t enough to pull Stevens back into the game.

The Falcons chewed up five minutes on their next possession as their running game began to take control. Bow attempted just one pass all game, a halfback option throw from Lacourciere that was intercepted, but still finished with a 257-213 advantage in total yards.

“We knew by the end of the third quarter that we were wearing them down,” senior captain and lineman Mike Johnson said.

They didn’t score any points on that time-consuming drive, but the Falcons pinned the Cardinals at their 1 with a clutch punt from Reynolds. The Bow defense then came up with two fourth-down stops on the final two Stevens drives to seal the win and the title.

“We knew what we were going for, we knew what we had gotten ourselves into and we knew what we had to do to get it,” Johnson said, “and we weren’t going to settle for anything less than this.”

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341 or tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)

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