High Schools: Concord scores early and often in rout of West
MANCHESTER – It was bound to happen. Undefeated Concord against winless West. And two plays into the game, the rout was on.
The Crimson Tide scored on its second play from scrimmage. And again on its third. And its fourth. And its seventh. And ninth. And 10th.
All in the first quarter.
All told, Concord broke school records for points in a quarter (41) and points in a half (48), both previously held by the 1918 team in an 81-0 victory over Portsmouth. Then this year’s edition called off the dogs after one quarter, plentifully using its bench in last night’s 48-6 victory that clinched first place in Division I North.
“We came out and did what we were supposed to do. These are the hardest games to manage,” said Concord Coach Eric Brown, whose team improved to 8-0 with one game remaining in the regular season.
“I remind the kids all the time, and certainly when you get to games like this, you want to be classy. We were on the other side of scores like this a short time ago.”
It’s hard to fathom that just four years ago the Tide was struggling through an 0-10 campaign, and this year Concord is on the verge of wrapping up the No. 1 overall seed for the Division I tournament. With Nashua South falling from the ranks of the unbeaten with last night’s loss to Keene, Concord can secure the top seed with a win in its regular-season finale at home against Goffstown on Friday.
Last night, the Tide’s starters took care of business with a monster first quarter. Leo Sudieh broke off a 49-yard touchdown run on the game’s second snap, then after Marc Gaudet recovered a fumble deep in West territory, Walters Ndi ran it in from 11 yards out for a 14-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
Concord held West to three and out, then Ndi (four carries, 85 yards) broke free from 40 yards away to make it 21-0. Nick Comeau intercepted a West pass at the 32, and three plays later Gaudet rumbled in from the 8. Comeau got in on the offensive action, as well, snatching a 30-yard TD pass from Rob Law two plays into the next series.
West finally managed a couple of first downs on its final series of the first quarter, but when Concord took over at its own 42, it took all of one play – a pass in the flat from Law to Seimou Smith and a long run up the right sideline – to make it 41-0 as the quarter ended, and with it the night for the Tide’s starters.
Tyler Martel tacked on the final touchdown late in the second quarter on an 18-yard scramble and Kevin Condict kicked the sixth of his PATs.
West’s lone touchdown came at the end of the half, when Joseph Robels (17 carries, 211 yards) sprinted 60 yards to pay dirt.
Lebanon 30, John Stark 7
The Generals (1-7) took a 7-6 first-quarter lead on a 6-yard run by Carson Dunn, but the game slipped from their grip after that as the Raiders (3-5) scored 18 second-half points to pull away.
Outside linebacker Cody Ledoux had an interception and also ran well at fullback, while Kellan Brien played well at center and linebacker. Defensive end Jacob Sawyer notched a sack.
Bow 33, Somersworth 27, OT
Matt Ehrenberg and Chris Robbins provided the heroics for the Falcons, as Ehrenberg ran for over 100 yards and Robbins scored on a 6-yard run in overtime to lift Bow (6-1) to the win.
Shawn Stewart had a huge play for the Falcons on special teams, blocking an extra point at the end of regulation that would have given the Hilltoppers (3-4) the win, and Robbins capitalized on the play in overtime by getting into the end zone on a third-down run for his second score of the game.
The Falcons had leads of 14-0, 21-7 and 27-14, and Ehrenberg was a big reason why as he ran for three touchdowns during the game.
“Matt was really the star of the game,” Coach Paul Cohen said.
There was no shortage of standouts, however, as Teddy Nappen, Tucker Johnson, Alec Tellifson and Max Johnson made up a formidable defensive line and Cody Dane kicked three extra points.
Concord 6, Dover 1
The Tide (12-2-2) overcame an early 1-0 deficit to take a 3-1 lead at halftime and cruised in the second half to win its final regular-season game at home.
Matt Chartier, Gaston Arocena, Nick Dupree, Dan Vignati, Isaac Dugas and Mohamed Mohamed scored the goals, while Danny Nkhalamba added two assists.
Concord controlled most of the game, outshooting Dover (2-13-1) 27-4, and goalkeeper Liam Richards needed to make only two saves in the win.
The Tide finishes the regular season in fourth place and will host No. 13 Keene (5-11) in the first round of the D-I tournament.
Con-Val 1, John Stark 0
Both the Cougars and Generals had opportunities to score and the defenses mostly shut them down, but Con-Val (10-4-2) broke down the John Stark defense one time too many, scoring the game-winner with 16 minutes left in the season finale for both teams.
Senior goalkeeper Mike Prindiville (eight saves) played very well, as did fellow seniors Brandon Dugay, Cam Williams, Adam Carr, Josh Morin, Serge Boucher and Ethan Roush.
John Stark ends the season with a 6-9-1 record and will likely be the 11th seed in the tournament.
“We can play with anybody,” said Generals Coach Jeff Vogt, referring to close scorelines against top teams throughout the season. “We’re confident heading into the playoffs.”
Belmont 2, White Mountains 0
Belmont had to win to keep hope for a home playoff opener alive, and the Red Raiders (8-7-1) came through with two second-half goals to get the home victory over the Spartans (12-4).
“Clearly, for us, this was huge,” Coach Mike Foley said. “We were ecstatic. It’s a solid win, and we’re playing really good soccer right now, and we’re glad it’s tournament time.”
T.J. Hennessey opened the scoring for the Red Raiders in the 49th minute off of a Matt Leclair assist, and Austin Haddock made it 2-0 in the 71st minute off of a Hennessey assist. Johnny Leclair made five saves in net, and Belmont also got good efforts from Joe Boles at midfield and Chris Marden, Corey Derosier and Kyle Gelinas on defense.
Hopkinton 5, Kearsarge 0
The Hawks (15-0-1) wrapped up their regular season with a road shutout of Kearsarge (10-5-1). Hopkinton had two bursts of quick scoring, one in each half, to pull ahead, and saw prolific performances from Doug Fleury (two goals), Riley McNicholas (goal, three assists) and Zach Rouleau (two goals) on the offensive end.
Fleury opened the scoring in the 19th minute after making a fierce run into the Kearsarge box and chipping over a through ball from McNicholas. Rouleau scored from a corner just one minute later.
Hopkinton got all its work done over a five-minute span in the second half, as the aforementioned trio all scored from the 45th though the 49th minute. The third goal started with a tremendous throw by goalie Robbie Ferguson (four saves) that found McNicholas in midfield, and he quickly fed Fleury for the one-time finish after a nice turn.
Brian Hauschild added an assist.
Kearsarge goalkeeper Mike Sullivan made 10 saves.
Hopkinton has the No. 1 seed wrapped up the Division III tournament, and Kearsarge is likely to hold the No. 9 spot.
Concord Christian 1,
The Kingsmen (1-12-3) pulled out a tie at home against the Warriors (10-5-1) and will likely just miss out on getting into the Division IV tournament despite getting one of their best results of the season.
After Wilton scored in the 22nd minute, Adam Sylvester scored a beautiful goal from 18 yards 10 minutes later to tie it.
A fairly even second half led to two overtime periods in which Concord Christian took control and had multiple chances to win.
Connor Nee and Eli Christensen were outstanding in midfield, while Colin Lockwood and Joe Campbell played their best games of the season at the back to keep Wilton from getting started offensively. Jonathan Taylor led the charge up front. Goalie Jeremiah Boulter made seven saves for Concord Christain.
Coe-Brown 1, Trinity 0, 2OT
It took 99 minutes of soccer to produce a goal, but Hailey Serino’s penalty kick with 33 seconds left in the second OT gave the Bears the win in its eighth overtime game of the season. Coe-Brown has a 5-1-2 record in overtime games this season. Forward Ariel Clachar was fouled in the penalty box, allowing Serino the opportunity to convert the PK.
“We had more possession, but we couldn’t find a real rhythm with the cold and field conditions,” Bears Coach Josh Hils said.
Coe-Brown broke down the Trinity (5-11) defense and had a few breakaway situations, but had trouble finishing. Bears goalie Alley Savioli made seven saves, but her teammates had considerably more opportunities than the Pioneers. Kaitlyn Ross and Sarah Curtin also played well.
The win greatly helps Coe-Brown’s playoff outlook as the Bears finish the season 10-4-2, guaranteeing them a home game in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in school history. Depending on how the rest of Division II fares in their finals games, Coe-Brown can finish anywhere from the fourth through sixth seed.
White Mountains 0
Kelsey Scott scored two goals and added an assist as Belmont (13-2-1) navigated through some cold conditions at White Mountains (9-6-1) to finish out the regular season. The Red Raiders likely have the No. 2 seed wrapped up going into the Division III tournament.
Scott got the scoring started in the 10th minute after finishing off a run that was started by goalie Kaitlyn Berry. Scott ran onto a cross by Makayla Donovan for the finish.
Cassie Contigiani made it 2-0 early in the second half, finishing a through ball by Scott after rounding the goalie. Scott wrapped up her nice day in the 75th minute with a nice bending shot from outside the left of the 18-yard box. Emily Ennis had the assist.
Belmont played its best team defense of the season, led as usual by Chayleigh Cadarette.
“We’re peaking at the right time,” Raiders Coach Amy Dutton said.
Bow 9, Kearsarge 0
The Falcons capped off an undefeated season (16-0) with a rout of Kearsarge (3-11-2). Seniors Naomi Kramer (two goals), Lindsey Vogt (goal, two assists) and Sarah Carlson (three assists) did well offensively, and fellow seniors Dellene Watt, Christy Vinnenberg (assist) and Maddy Duffy led the defense. All six seniors provided great leadership.
Maddie Cheney (three goals, assist) led the scoring, which also had contributions from Gianna Celenza (two goals) and Maddie Lust (goal). Janna Corsetti made a great save in the first half to preserve the shutout.
Pittsfield 5, Farmington 0
Stef Gauthier (two goals) and Sarah Adams (goal) stepped up in the Panthers senior game, a season-ending win at home.
Gretchen Hilton and Lindsey Massey also scored. Rachel Thompson provided a nice assist and Savannah Godin and Jordyn Pinto played well. Keeper Kaylee Morel made three saves for the shutout.
Pittsfield (6-10) is the 13th seed heading into the tournament.
Winnisquam 3, Belmont 0
Hannah Chapin recorded her 500th career kill as the Bears (14-2) got a home sweep of Belmont, 25-20, 25-10, 25-23, to wrap up the regular season. Winnisquam will be the No. 3 seed in the Division III tournament after winning its last six matches, and the Red Raiders (11-5) will be in the No. 7-9 range.
Chapin posted 11 kills to put her career number at 504 while adding seven digs. Bailey Long, who reached the milestone of 200 aces in the Bears’ last match, had three aces along with seven kills.
Erica Doubleday had 29 assists, while Carissa Archibald (12 digs, five kills) and Mo Raymond (12 digs, 10 kills) had solid games. Dallis Austin had eight digs, and Hannah Kilcoyne and Becky Rapoza each recorded two aces.
“Our attacking experience was the difference,” Bears Coach Mike Livernois said.
Belmont was led by Alyssa Woods (six kills, ace, dig), Megan Bailey (13 assists, four digs, two kills, two blocks, ace), Bridget Annis (three kills, dig) and Jessie Bergeron (14 assists).
Mascenic 3, John Stark 1
The Generals (6-10) won the opening game, but lost the final three in a 14-25, 25-6, 25-16, 25-18 loss to Mascenic (12-4).
Madalyn Lover (27 assists), Shelby Brouillet (nine kills) and Alex Story (four aces) led John Stark. The Generals are currently tied for 14th place.