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Ehrenberg breaks 1,000 to lead Bow to program’s best record

  • Bow High School junior running back Matt Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's 29-0 victory over Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School junior running back Matt Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's 29-0 victory over Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School senior Travis Reynolds intercepts a pass during Bow's football game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School senior Travis Reynolds intercepts a pass during Bow's football game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School junior runningback Matthew Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School junior runningback Matthew Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School junior runningback Matthew Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School junior runningback Matthew Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School junior runningback Matthew Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School junior runningback Matthew Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School junior runningback Matthew Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School junior runningback Matthew Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bow High School junior running back Matt Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's 29-0 victory over Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School senior Travis Reynolds intercepts a pass during Bow's football game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School junior runningback Matthew Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School junior runningback Matthew Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School junior runningback Matthew Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School junior runningback Matthew Ehrenberg became the first Bow football player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season during Bow's game against Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bow High School football hosts Campbell High School in Bow on Saturday, November 2, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

BOW – The game didn’t mean anything in the standings, but it meant something to the Falcons.

“If we won this we’d have the best record in the history of the school, so that’s what we were playing for,” Bow running back Matt Ehrenberg said. “We were trying to make history, so that really motivated us.”

The Falcons made that history with yesterday’s 29-0 victory against Campbell (5-3) to finish 7-1, the best regular-season record in the program’s 13 years. Bow was already locked into the No. 2 spot in Division III South and a Saturday date at top-ranked Pelham (8-0) for the conference championship/D-III quarterfinal playoff game, but that predetermined fate didn’t affect the Falcons effort.

“I said to this team, ‘Yeah, you can look at this game as if it doesn’t matter, but it really does, because for all we know this might be the last time that this team plays at home,’” Bow Coach Paul Cohen said. “These seniors have answered every challenge I put in front of them this year and today they answered another one by winning this home game and clinching the best record in school history.”

There was also some individual history made as Ehrenberg became the first Falcon to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. The junior had 27 carries for 240 yards and three touchdowns, pushing his season total to 1,112. While Cohen was up front with his team about their chances for posting the school’s best-ever record, he didn’t share many details with his star running back.

“I really had no idea how many yards I needed, the coaches told me not to worry about it, they said they would take care of it,” Ehrenberg said. “They said they would tell me when I got there.”

There was no need for anyone to worry about it. Ehrenberg gained 119 yards on 11 carries in the first quarter, and when he busted a 22-yard run on his first carry of the second quarter, he eclipsed the 1,000-yard barrier and got the news from the PA announcer.

“I never even thought about this because I really only played one game at running back last season, I mostly played safety, and I only played half the season,” Ehrenberg said.

“We thought he was a diamond in the rough, if you will,” Cohen said. “We were hoping that he would come to fruition this year, and he certainly has.”

Bow’s big offensive line, as it has all year, led the way for Ehrenberg in the first quarter. The Falcons put together a methodical 11-play, 67-yard drive to open the game. There was one important pass on that possession, a 9-yard connection from Derek Polish (5-for-8, 41 yards) to Casey Iasillo on third-and-7, but the other 10 plays were all runs, seven of them from Ehrenberg, including the 1-yard scoring plunge that gave Bow a 7-0 lead with 6:22 left in the first quarter.

The Falcons pushed that to 14-0 on their next possession as they went 81 yards in just five plays. After a 4-yard run from Gavin Lacourciere on the first play of the drive, Ehrenberg got the ball four straight times, going 4, 19, 15 and 39 yards, the final run a display of cutting, vision and speed that landed him in the end zone.

“He’s a phenomenal athlete and he has a natural ability to be elusive, which has stymied the efforts of many of our opponents throughout the course of the season,” Cohen said.

While the Bow offense was moving forward at will, the Falcons defense was pushing Campbell in the wrong direction as Chris Robbins, Kyle Milne, Alec Tellifson and Travis Reynolds all had tackles for a loss in the first quarter. The Cougars’ best chance to score came late in the second quarter after Kevin Moreau blocked a punt and Vinny Bucci scooped it up at the Bow 25 and returned it to the 14. But Ehrenberg intercepted Campbell quarterback Christian McKenna (10-for-29, 97 yards, two interceptions) on the next play to end the threat and send the Falcons into halftime with that 14-point lead.

An interception from Reynolds gave Bow a short field midway through the third and the Falcons took advantage. They marched 29 yards on six plays, the last one an 8-yard scoring run from Ehrenberg that was followed by a two-point conversion pass from Polish to Lacourciere that made it 22-0 with 4:55 left in the third.

Iasillo completed the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run late in the third and the Bow defense completed the shutout with a pair of fourth-down stops in the fourth quarter. It was the fourth shutout for the Falcons, who gave up just 146 total yards.

“We kept saying we want one more shutout, and we got it, that was big,” Ehrenberg said. “And then our captain, Travis Reynolds, said we want one more against Pelham. We’re thinking about the week ahead now … that should be a really good, close game between two good teams, and we’re all excited for that.”

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

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