High Schools: Ehrenberg runs wild as Bow beats Bishop Brady, 43-23
Bow sophomore Christopher Robbins makes his way towards the goal line during Friday's game against Bishop Brady. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
Bishop Brady senior Matt Tetu presses through Bow's defensive line during Friday's match at Bow High School. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
Bow junior Matthew Ehrenberg rushes to the goal line, scoring Bow's first touchdown against Bishop Brady on Friday, October 18, 2013. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
Bishop Brady junior Brandon Johnson looks for a hole in Bow's defensive line during Friday's match at Bow High School. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
BOW – A hip injury kept Matt Ehrenberg out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and left him questionable for last night’s game against Bishop Brady. The Bow junior suited up, although he did have to leave the field twice with cramping calves.
But the injuries couldn’t slow him down, and neither could the Green Giants defense. Ehrenberg ran for 217 yards and six touchdowns on 23 carries to lead the Falcons (5-1) to a 43-23 win.
“The hip was feeling great this morning, so I knew I was going to play and that was exciting,” Ehrenberg said. “But I didn’t expect a game like that, that was a surprise, and that was all thanks to my line.”
Ehrenberg repeatedly credited that offensive line – Teddy Knappen, Tucker Johnson, Mike Johnson, Dwight Alford, Billy Knapp, Alec Tellifson and tight ends Kyle Strickland and Travis Reynolds – but Ehrenberg clearly found a groove a ran with it. Six other Bow backs ran behind that same line and gained 56 yards on 22 carries.
“He was absolutely outstanding, absolutely exemplary,” Falcons Coach Paul Cohen said. “He cramped up there but he just kept on going. He’s a very shifty runner, very elusive, and he has the speed when he needs it.”
Cohen, who has been the only head coach in the 13-year history of Bow football, said he would have to look it up to be sure, but he was fairly certain the six touchdowns was a school record. The probable record came at an opportune time for Ehrenberg – the Falcons brought in portable lights for their one home night game and it was against their rivals.
“All week long the coaches were telling us this was the biggest game of the season right here, against Brady, our rivals,” Ehrenberg said. “They told us we had to step it up and we did, we all played very well.”
The decision marked the fifth straight win for Bow, while it snapped a two-game winning streak for the Giants (3-3).
“The last couple weeks we did what we had to do to win the games, we were down early, but fought back to win. Tonight, we just couldn’t finish,” said Brady senior Matt Tetu, who finished with a team-high 50 yards on nine carries. “Bow is a good team, we give them a lot of respect, they have some big kids and a bright future, but we feel like have a bright future, too.”
While the Giants may have been able to come back in their previous two games, the hole was too big against the Falcons. Bow scored on its first three possessions of the game – a 4-yard run from Ehrenberg, a 28-yard field goal from Reynolds and a 19-yard Ehrenberg run. All Brady could muster in response was a 22-yard field goal from Brett Michaud as the Falcons took a 16-3 lead into halftime.
Tetu opened the second half with an 85-yard kickoff return for a score that jolted the Giants back into the game, but Bow answered immediately. Reynolds returned the ensuing kickoff 43 yards to the Brady 30, and eight plays late Ehrenberg scored from 5 yards out to make it 24-10. The Falcons did get some help on the drive when an inadvertent whistle on fourth down gave them a second chance after Brady had come up with a stop.
The Giants responded with a 75-yard drive that ended with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Brendan Johnson (8-for-13, 113 yards, two touchdowns) with 3:37 left in the third. But the Brady defense simply had no answer for Ehrenberg. He scored on a 34-yard run on a third-and-5 early in the fourth and went in from 15 yards out on a third-and-4 with 5:12 remaining in the game to make it 37-17.
Johnson was able to answer with another touchdown pass – this one going 35 yards to Tetu – but Ehrenberg finished things with a 42-yard scoring jaunt with 2:25 left on the clock.
“We’re 5-1 and I’m pleased with that,” Cohen said, “but I also know what’s coming up (at 3-2 Somersworth and home against 4-1 Campbell) is going to be a big test for us.”
Merrimack Valley 32, Hanover 29
Tucker Burt scored two rushing touchdowns (65 and 35 yards) and Cole Martin caught a pair of touchdown passes (80 and 50 yards) from Ivan Niyamugabo as the Pride came from behind to win its sixth game of the season for the first time in Merrimack Valley High history.
Hanover (1-6) scored two consecutive touchdowns to take a 14-7 lead at halftime. Martin caught his first touchdown to even the score at 14-14 in the third quarter. The teams traded touchdowns, but the Marauders successfully converted a two-point conversion to take a 22-20 lead. Trailing in the fourth quarter, Burt (120 rushing yards) ran for his second touchdown and Niyamugabo ran for a 35-yard score of his own to give the Pride a 10-point lead. Hanover scored a passing touchdown with 12 seconds left, but couldn’t pull off the onside kick for one final shot to win.
Buddy Hughes, Ryan Head and Tristan McNeel led the defense that held the Marauders’ star halfback at bay.
“It was huge. It kept us in line to control our own destiny (to qualify for the playoffs),” MV Coach David Jackson said of his team’s win.
The Pride leads the Division II East with a 6-1 record, but St. Thomas (5-1) and Portsmouth (5-1) both play today. MV faces powerhouse St. Thomas next weekend.
Pembroke 14, Kennett 6
The Spartans’ tenacious defense held Kennett (3-4) scoreless for the first 45:20 of the game and Pembroke put together some solid drives in the second half to win a game dedicated to Alan Fields, a Pembroke High student who died in a car accident a year ago.
“It inspired us and motivated us to our best game of the year,” said Spartans Coach Brian Gridley, who added that “it felt pretty good to beat a playoff-bound team.”
Pembroke got on the scoreboard in the third quarter after a scoreless first half when Zach Wiggin broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run with about three minutes to go in the quarter. Adam Gelinas kicked the extra point to put Pembroke up 7-0 after three. Kennett scored a touchdown with three minutes left in the game, but the Spartans defense came up big, stopping the Eagles’ two-point coversation attempt. Gelinas scored on a 7-yard tight end reverse on the next drive to put the game away with 1:07 left.
Mike St. Jacques, Shane Gillen and Troy Wallace led the outstanding defensive performance. Vinny Dustin (18 carries, 112 yards), Dean Dustin (seven carries, 66 years, two fumble recoveries) and Kennan Abbott (28 rushing yards, 15 receiving yards) led the offense. Abbott also scored on a 73-yard punt return that was called back due to a penalty, which would have put the game away earlier.
Pembroke is fourth in the extremely competitive Division II East.
Portsmouth 2, Bishop Brady 1
The Green Giants (1-13) ended their season on a high note with a well-played game against tournament-bound Portsmouth (8-6).
“They left everything on the field,” said Brady Coach Kelly Owen, regarding the play of her six seniors. “It was a great way to end our season. We gave them a great game.”
The Green Giants held the Clippers scoreless until 23:09 was left in the second half for the first goal of the game, and Portsmouth added a second goal with 6:28 left. Meg McMurphy scored on a penalty stroke with 3:40 left, but it was too late for a comeback.
Jessica Russell made 11 saves and Hannah Thompson played well in the midfield.
Winnisquam 5, Franklin 0
The Bears (9-3-2) scored three goals before halftime and picked up a shutout road win over Franklin (1-13) in their final game of the regular season.
Lauren Bolstridge, Erin McNamara, Cora Kelley, Mackenzie Byers and Jenna Roy had the Winnisquam goals. Erin Atherton and McNamara had assists.
The Bears have the No. 6 or No. 7 seed, at the lowest, clinched for the tournament depending on other results.
John Stark 2, Conant 1
The Generals (2-12) finished their season on a good note with a last-minute home win over Conant (5-9) on senior night. Steph Wetherbee scored both John Stark goals, including the winning score with just 19 seconds left.
Conant had taken the lead in the first half, but Wetherbee scored from Kirstin Miller to tie the game near the midway mark of the second.
Wetherbee scored the winner on an offensive rush up the field after she bypassed the onrushing Conant goalie and battled with Orioles defenders to push the ball in. Jilli Kilar assisted on the goal.
Carly Cook and Riley Beliveau were strong in midfield for the Generals.
Pembroke 1, Pelham 0, OT
Senior Kayla Wirtz scored the winning goal just 39 seconds into overtime to give the Spartans (3-10-1) a road win over Pelham (2-10-2) in their final game of the season and propel them into the D-III tournament.
Suzanne Fraher, Kelly Jacques and Meghan Miller played well for Pembroke.
Bow 6, Mascoma 0
The Falcons (13-1-1) scored twice in the first 15 minutes of the first half and then scored three times in the opening 15 of the second to get a shutout home win over Mascoma (2-13).
Christopher Ketchum and Phil Rizzi each had two goals, while Benjamin Maurer and Corey Plumb had a goal and an assist each. Luke Laboe (two), Frank DeMaria and Josh DeYoung supplied assists.
The defense of Calvin Szumierz, David Poulin, Jacob Huppe, Louis Miyara and Braden Dugas was rock solid in front of Timothy Bradley in net.
Hopkinton 7, Mascenic 1
Zach Rouleau recorded a hat trick and an assist in a 10-minute stretch during which Hopkinton (13-0-1) scored five goals.
Liam McNicholas scored the opening goal in the seventh minute and Mascenic (3-11) allowed an own goal for the Hawks’ final tally in the 25th minute in an explosive first half that ended with Hopkinton up, 7-0. Doug Fleury and Brian Hauschild scored and Riley McNicholas added two assists.
Keenan Trahnstrom played a solid 80 minutes and Jake Hemmerlein was also strong defensively. Rob Ferguson made five saves.
Concord Christian 4, Hinsdale 2
The Kingsmen (1-11-2) picked up their first win of the year on the road at Hinsdale (2-10) behind a hat trick from sophomore Jonathan Taylor.
Taylor scored twice in the first half and completed his hat trick in the second. He also drew a foul to give Connor Nee (assist) a penalty-kick goal that broke a 1-1 tie at the time.
Colin Lockwood and Eli Christensen led the defense in front of goalie Jeremiah Boulter (five saves). Nee, Ryan Ober (assist) and Adam Sylvester played well in midfield.
Pittsfield 2, Epping 0
Xenthios Cyr scored two second-half goals to lead the Panthers (6-7-1) to an important home win over Epping (8-4-1). Pittsfield’s playoff tournament seeding is still up in the air with two games to go and could lead anywhere from the Nos. 9-12 spots.
Cyr started the scoring from an assist by Max Tuttle in the 41st minute and scored a nice individual goal in the 64th minute. Cyr took the ball from the middle of the field and beat the Epping sweeper before chipping in his shot for the score.
“He’s starting to get a feel for the speed of the game,” Pittsfield Coach Derek Hamilton said of the freshman. “His confidence is growing.”
Derek Pike, Garrett Strouth and Cody Gauthier played well for the Panthers, and goalie Colby Clark earned the shutout.
Concord 1, Manchester Memorial 0
Kate Dasey took a pass in the middle of the box before passing it off to Caroline Andy, whose strike found the back of the net in the 76th minute for Concord’s game-winning goal. Dasey led the Tide with her strong play at midfield. Becky Weld made eight saves for her fifth shutout of the season.
The win was crucial in the Tide’s quest for home-field advantage in the playoffs, as Concord moves into a tie for ninth-place. The Tide next plays second-ranked Pinkerton (11-2) on Monday at SNHU in another key test before the tournament.
Coe-Brown 3, Alvirne 2, 2OT
Christen Gallant scored the game-winning goal with less than a minute left in double overtime to give the Bears (8-5-1) an important win over Alvirne (9-4-1). Coe-Brown was ranked ninth in Division II heading into the game and took out the fourth seed in the Broncos to snap a two-game losing streak.
Gallant opened the scoring in the first half before Alvirne tied the score early in the second. Ariel Clachar scored from an assist by Jelasa Nelson with 16 minutes left to pull the Bears ahead again, but the Broncos struck back with another tying goal with eight minutes left on a header.
Coe-Brown had multiple opportunities in the two overtime periods before Kianna Daudelin centered the ball to Gallant, who turned and beat her defenders before hitting the net.
Clachar and defender Ingrid Kinevich had great games for the Bears.
Coe-Brown 3, Gilford 1
The Bears (13-1) overcame a slow start, but offense started rolling and in front of a supportive home crowd Coe-Brown rallied to win a battle between two of Divisions II’s best. Gilford (10-3) won the first game, 25-22, but the Bears improved steadily, winning the final three games, 25-21, 25-17, 25-14, against a strong Golden Eagles defense.
“I’m very proud of this team,” Coe-Brown Coach Rick Veno said. “We’re looking forward to the playoffs.”
Megan Rouillard (21 kills), Abby Ahern (20 kills, 20 digs), Emma Easler (12 kills), Debbie Peabody (32 digs), Lacey Locke (23 assists) and Sadie Steffen (20 assists) all turned in strong performances for the Bears.
Coe-Brown remains in first place and is assured of a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Gilford is tied for third.
Sunapee 3, Belmont 1
Belmont (11-3) lost on the road to a Sunapee team (12-1) that has won 10 straight matches, 25-22, 25-18, 18-25, 25-16.
Megan Bailey led the Red Raiders with 18 assists, five kills, five digs and two aces, while Jessie Bergeron led the team with 30 digs. Ashley Ortiz (five digs, two aces) and Louisa Bergeron (eight kills) also played well.
Belmont is looking to hold onto its top-five status in terms of seeding for the upcoming D-III tournament with two games left.
Hillsboro-Deering 3, Stevens 0
The Hillcats (3-10) made easy work of winless Stevens, 25-3, 25-13, 25-5. Hannah Pepper (five aces, two kills), Emily Hatcher (four kills) and Dakota Anderson (11 aces) led H-D.
Campbell 3, John Stark 0
The Generals (5-9) fell in three games, 25-16, 25-20, 25-11, to the Cougars (12-2). Emily Edwards (three kills), Emma Fredericks (three digs) and Madalyn Lover (seven assists) led John Stark.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
The Hillcats finished fourth in a home meet won by Monadnock (29 points). The Huskies claimed the third place as well as fifth through ninth spots to seal the win. Fall Mountain (41), Conant (74), Hillsboro-Deering (106) and Hinsdale (132) rounded out the team scores.
Andrew Roberge (13th, 19:19) was the top runner for the Hillcats, with Canes Monta (21st, 20:20), Andrew Hultgren (24th, 20:32), Logan Snow (28th, 21:50) and Seth Johnson (32nd, 23:26) also scoring for the hosts.
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Maggie Girard (21:10) finished in third on her home course to lead the Hillcats to second place in an evenly contested meet. Monadnock (48 points) was the winning team, not far in front of Hillsboro-Deering (58), Hinsdale (65), Fall Mountain (73) and Conant (96).
Brianna Dumeny (seventh, 23:59), Karaline Pelchat (14th, 26:11), Shannon Thomes (15th, 26:29) and Hazel So (19th, 26:56) also scored for the hosts.