Boys’ high school action: Bow football overpowers Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton, 41-0

  • Bow's Tanner Cammett (33) breaks away for a touchdown during Friday's football game at Bow High School in Bow on Sept. 8, 2017. Bow defeated Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton, 41-0. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton Carter Quiet (9) makes a mid-air catch during Friday's football game at Bow High School in Bow on Sept. 8, 2017. Bow defeated Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton, 41-0. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Bow defeated Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton, 41-0, during Friday's football game at Bow High School in Bow on Sept. 8, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Bow’s Tanner Cammett picks up yardage during the triumph.

  • Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton's Aidan Horne (44) takes down Bow's Jack Wixson (28) during Friday's football game at Bow High School in Bow on Sept. 8, 2017. Bow defeated Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton, 41-0. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Bow’s Ben Wright grabs a hold of Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton’s Caleb Yianakopolos on Friday during the Falcons’ 41-0 win over the Redhawks. The Falcons improved to 2-0 with the victory. Elizabeth Frantz photos / Monitor staff

  • Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton Aidan Horne (44) breaks free during Friday's football game at Bow High School in Bow on Sept. 8, 2017. Bow defeated Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton, 41-0. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

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Published: 9/9/2017 1:00:12 AM

BOW – Nolan Filteau didn’t hesitate. He knew exactly what he liked about Friday night’s game.

“I loved the physicality of it,” Filteau said. “That was a very hard-fought game.”

No one was more physical or fought harder than the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Filteau. The Bow senior captain anchored both the offensive and defensive lines as the Falcons (2-0) rolled to a 41-0 home win against Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton (1-1).

“He’s the linchpin of the line, both sides,” Bow Coach Paul Cohen said.

Filteau had plenty of help, of course. His fellow offensive linemen – Jack Tellifson, Seamus O’Reilly, Chris Wheeler and Andrew Berube – set the table for a ground game that finished with 224 rushing yards. Junior Tanner Cammett led the way there with 12 carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns and senior captain Ben Kimball had eight carries for 46 yards and three touchdowns.

“It was just a team effort,” Cammett said. “The line blocked for about five yards and then our running backs pushed it into 10, 15 and 20, so it was just a big team effort.”

It was also a team effort for the Bow defense, which held the Redhawks to 107 total yards. Jack Wixson came up with two interceptions, Kimball had an interception and two pass breakups, Justin Porath had a sack and a tackle for a loss, Filteau had three tackles for a loss and Ben Gage had strip sack and recovered the ensuing fumble.

“We knew they had a high-powered offense and they could throw the ball, and they did that a lot, but we were able to pressure them enough to keep them out of the end zone,” Cohen said. “We were able to sub when kids started cramping, and the kids who came off the bench did a great job. It was a relatively consistent effort.”

The Falcons needed that effort against a game H-D-Hopkinton team. The Redhawks were coming off 35-30 comeback win against Manchester West in their season opener, and they showed up ready to play under the portable lights in Bow.

“They woke us up,” Filteau said. “It took us a while to get into our groove.”

A short field helped the Falcons ease into a groove in the middle of the first quarter. They started their third drive of the game on the Redhawks 32, and a 28-yard run from Wixson (five carries, 45 yards) on the first play chewed up most of those yards. That set the stage for a 1-yard scoring plunge from Kimball, giving Bow a 7-0 lead with 6:33 left in the first.

The Redhawks responded by pushing into Bow territory before Wixson ended the drive by picking off Caleb Yianakopolos (9-for-22 for 72 yards) at the Bow 36. Again H-D-Hopkinton pushed back, this time with Aidan Horne (the Redhawks clear leader on both sides of the ball) coming up with a tackle for a loss and Jordan Berrocales breaking up a third-down pass attempt.

“First quarter and a half it was a 7-0 game and the kids are playing football, and then we had a couple hiccups and things started falling apart,” H-D-Hopkinton Coach Jay Wood said. “There were some good highlights throughout the game, it’s just when things happen with us they tend to snowball.”

The Falcons started that snowball with a 66-yard drive that ended with a 6-yard touchdown run from Kimball and a two-point pass from Matt Harkins (4-for-10 for 59 yards) to Cammett for a 15-0 lead. The Redhawks added to the snowball on the ensuing kickoff when they failed to cover it, giving Bow the ball back on its own 15. Two plays later, Kimball scored his third touchdown of the half and the Falcons had a 22-0 lead they would take into halftime.

“We were feeling very good at the halftime,” Cammett said. “We felt like we were getting a hold of things and like they were on the edge of breaking, and then we just finished it.”

The finishing touches began with another Wixson pick that set up another short field and a one-play drive – a 29-yard sweep left from Cammett, who was sprung by a devastating block by Kimball. That touchdown gave Bow a 28-0 lead with 7:53 left in the third, and the Falcons pushed it to 34-0 four minutes later on a 3-yard scoring run from Cammett. The final points came at the end of the third when Jon Routhier hauled in a pretty 27-yard pass from Harkins.

It’s the second straight 41-0 win for the Falcons, last year’s Division II runner-up who look to be serious contenders again this fall.

“We’re blessed this year with a really solid work ethic,” Cohen said. “The kids have jelled as a team and it’s really showed two weeks in a row to start the regular season.”

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


Winnacunnet 28, Concord 14

Key players: Concord – Liddon Ling (TD catch), Isaac Gladey (rushing TD)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide struck first with Ling reeling in a catch for six points followed by a good PAT for a 7-0 lead 4:46 into the game. Winnacunnet answered a pair of rushing touchdowns to pull ahead, 14-7, at halftime. The Warriors blocked a Concord punt and scored with two minutes left in the third quarter for a 21-7 lead and they added more points in the third with a 16-yard touchdown pass. Concord recovered three fumbles but could only turn the last one into points as Gladey punched into the end zone, bring the score to 28-14.

Records: Winnacunnet 2-0; Concord 0-2

Hanover 48, Merrimack Valley 14

Key players: MV – Chase Keyser (259 passing yards, 2 passing TDs), Braeden Miller (111 yards receiving, 2 TD catches), Ricky Hazeltine (18 tackles/assists), Cam Tillman (12 tackles/assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride struggled to move the ball on the ground and were crushed on defense by Hanover’s big offensive line.

Coach’s quote: “We couldn’t get our run game going and that allowed (Hanover) to zero-in on our passing, which pretty much puts you in checkmate.” – MV’s Jim Coll

Records: Hanover 2-0; MV 0-2

Laconia 49, Kingswood 0

Key players: Laconia – Drew Muzzey (148 rush yards and 4 rush TD on 17 carries, returned opening kickoff 73 yards for a TD), Riley Roy 7-for-10 passing, 113 pass yards, 2 pass TD), Bradley Weeks (10 tackles), Ben Beliveau (10 tackles), Ryan McCrea (8 tackles), Ryan Dee (interception), Jakob Steele (8 tackles), Kelby Brooker (9 tackles), Kaleb Bartlett (TD catch), Christian Platon (TD catch)

Highlights/key moments: The Sachems won their first game of the season with a decisive home victory over the Knights.

Coach’s quote: “Good win for the seniors who have worked hard.” – Laconia’s Craig Kozens

Records: Laconia 1-1; Kingswood 0-2

Monadnock 42, Bishop Brady 0

Key players: Bishop Brady – Chase Bucknam (defense), Colby Morris (offense)

Highlights/key moments: The Giants trailed at halftime, but buckled down in the second half to limit the Huskies’ scoring.

Coach’s quote: “I’m proud of our guys tonight. The score might not reflect it but they didn’t give up. We competed as a team all the way until the final whistle.” – Bishop Brady’s Matt Shaw

Records: Monadnock 2-0; Bishop Brady 1-1

Kearsarge 47, Franklin 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Logan Seaholm (rushing), Gavyn Magistro (rushing), Emerson Tyler (rushing), Brodie Mulligan (interception return for a TD)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars took a commanding 20-0 halftime lead.

Coach’s quote: “I was very proud of the guys tonight. A complete team effort in all phases of the game. This is a great game to build on.” – Kearsarge’s Zach Matthews

Records: Kearsarge 1-1; Franklin 0-2


Londonderry 2, Concord 0

Key players: Concord – Liam Devanny (4 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Lancers scored in the third minute of the match and netted another goal nine minutes into the second half. Londonderry outshot the Tide, 16-12.

Coach’s quote: “We struggled to find offense tonight.” – Concord’s Scott Dunlop

Records: Londonderry 4-0; Concord 3-2

Bow 6, Hollis-Brookline 1

Key players: Bow – Max Elsasser (3 goals, 2 assists), Chris Gallier (2 goals, 2 assists), Will Russo (goal, assist)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons scored three goals in the first 15 minutes of the match and then a fourth goal with 10 seconds to go in the first half to build a 4-0 halftime lead. The Cavaliers scored their only goal with 10 seconds left in the game.

Coach’s quote: “The fact of the matter is that we have to continue to clean up the defensive side of the ball. We gave up a late goal, but Hollis-Brookline failed to capitalize on several scoring opportunities. I know we can get better defensively.” – Bow’s George Pinkham

Records: Bow 4-1; H-B 2-2

John Stark 6, Pelham 1

Key players: John Stark – Lawson Murphy (goal), Evan Caswell (2 goals, assist), Jared Peterson (goal), Jake Reynolds (3 assists), Patrick Kalob (goal, assist), Johan French (goal)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals scored two minutes into the match. Pelham evened the score eight minutes later, but Peterson put John Stark back on top one minute after that and Generals rattled off five straight goals to secure the win. Stark led 3-1 at halftime.

Coach’s quote: “It was nice to see the goals after playing three straight one-goal games. The game got a little chaotic at times, which is a credit to Pelham’s work rate. They tried to pressure (us), but we were really good on our counter attack today.” – John Stark’s Jeff Vogt

Records: John Stark 4-0; Pelham 0-2-2

Kearsarge 2, Pembroke 2

Key players: Kearsarge – Brad Underhill (goal), Ben Corbin (goal), Levi Wilson (10 saves); Pembroke – Damon Smith (goal, assist), Josh Dion (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Kearsarge held a 2-1 halftime lead, but Dion scored with 11 minutes left in regulation.

Coach’s quote: “The boys worked hard for the point today. It took a total team effort. I was very proud of their effort and non-stop fight.” – Kearsarge’s Matt Burch

Records: Pembroke 4-0-1; Kearsarge 1-3-1

Derryfield 3, Belmont 2

Key players: Belmont – Hunter Dupuis (2 goals), Nate Sottak (assist)

Highlights/key moments: Dupuis scored 45 seconds into the match and 90 seconds into the second half to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead, but the Cougars scored three goals in a five minute span. Derryfield scored the game-winner with 10 minutes left to remain undefeated and hand Belmont its first loss.

Coach’s quote: “Despite the fact that we gave up three goals our goalkeeper played an outstanding game and our defense played well.” – Belmont’s Mike Foley

Records: Derryfield 4-0; Belmont 3-1

Monadnock 7, Franklin 0

Key players: Franklin – Hannah Hicks (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Tornadoes were shutout for the second time this season.

Coach’s quote: “We will continue to work on our weaknesses by improving our trapping, positioning and shooting.” – Franklin’s Kevin VanGorden

Records: Monadnock 2-3; Franklin 0-3

Hopkinton 3, Fall Mountain 1

Key players: Hopkinton – Gerry Donahue (goal, assist), Derek West (goal), Paul Molnar (goal)

Highlights/key moments: The Wildcats played tough defense and kept the Hawks off the board until the second half, but goals in the 46th, 53rd and 75th minutes gave Hopkinton the win.

Coach’s quote: “A determined and physical Fall Mountain team played tough team defense tonight and kept the game close throughout. Our passing was much improved over the last couple games and we were able to move the ball around quickly, but continually would run into Fall Mountain defenders as they committed to keeping 10 guys behind the ball.” – Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke

Records: Hopkinton 3-0; Fall Mtn. 1-4

Berlin 1, Laconia 0

Key players: Laconia – Cam Souda (5 saves), Ryan Paiva (defense), Tanner Shore (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Mountaineers broke a scoreless tie with 15 minutes left in second half on a shot just outside the 18-yard box.

Coach’s quote: “We are playing some really great soccer to start the year, but we need to somehow figure out a way to stop squandering all of our great chances.” – Laconia’s Joey DiTommaso

Records: Berlin 2-2; Laconia 1-2

Pittsfield 5, Lin-Wood 0

Key players: Pittsfield – Cameron Darrah (3 goals, assist), Garrett Guerrero-Hadley (goal), Chandler Norris (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Pittsfield took a 3-0 lead into halftime after Darrah recorded tallies in the 22nd, 23rd and 24th minutes.

Coach’s quote: “Darrah’s hat trick in a three-minute span was the difference. Our backs also continued to play strong. Colby Wolfe, Tucker Wolfe and Jacob Marcotte deserve a lot of credit for their defensive effort.” – Pittsfield’s Derek Hamilton

Records: Pittsfield 4-1; Lin-Wood 2-3

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