Football: Bow improves to 3-0 with 49-0 Homecoming win

  • Bow’s Andrew Berube (71) and Christopher Wheeler (62) lead the Falcons onto the field before a 49-0 win over John Stark on Saturday in a Division II football matchup in Bow. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Falcons quarterback Sebastian Beaulieau launches a pass for a long gain in the first half of a 49-0 win over John Stark on Saturday in a Division II football matchup in Bow. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Falcons running back Steven Guerrette (35) avoids a tackle and runs for a chunk of yardage in the first half of a 49-0 win over John Stark on Saturday in a Division II football matchup in Bow. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow’s Andrew Berube (71) grabs a tipped ball for an interception and returns it for a touchdown during a 49-0 win over John Stark on Saturday in a Division II football matchup in Bow. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow’s Andrew Berube (71) celebrates after scoring a touchdown on an interception during a 49-0 victory over John Stark on Saturday in Bow. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

Monitor staff
Published: 9/21/2019 11:00:39 PM

BOW – The first play from scrimmage went for 56 yards as Steven Guerrette ran left behind 305-pound tackle Andrew Berube and 250-pound guard Hunter LaFlamme. Two plays later, Bow had the first of its seven touchdowns.

“We came right out of the gates with a big play,” Guerrette said. “First play, big play – and we just never stopped.”

In the end, the Falcons had a 49-0 Homecoming win against John Stark. The result moves Bow to 3-0 and solidifies its spot atop Division II. The Generals, who have been hammered by injuries, fall to 1-2 after back-to-back losses to Plymouth and Bow, which may end up being the two best teams in D-II (again).

“The amount of injuries they’ve sustained from the preseason to their last game certainly hurt them, and we know that,” Bow coach Paul Cohen said of the Generals. “But they’re not that far away from us, it’s a neighborhood rivalry, and regardless of who they have and who they don’t have, the history with this team is that every time we play them it’s a hard-hitting game, without a doubt.”

Seven different Falcons scored, including Guerrette (six carries, 109 yards) and Berube, who intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 15 yards for his first high school touchdown.

Stark’s offensive options were limited, but Bow’s defense still impressed. The Falcons allowed just 28 total yards and the Generals never crossed into Bow territory.

“On defense, we just play like it’s 0-0 the whole game, that’s our mindset,” Guerrette said. “We take pride in the fact that they didn’t cross the 50. It was just a fun game for us, a neighborhood rivalry, and Homecoming. The team really came together.”

Andrew Bliss’s 8-yard touchdown run gave Bow a 7-0 lead a mere 1:22 into the game. On the Falcons’ next drive, Sebastian Beaulieau hit Cooper Larrabee with a 31-yard scoring strike. And Berube’s interception return gave Bow a 21-0 cushion after the first quarter.

Stark’s Brian McGinnin (three tackles for a loss, two sacks) made the next drive a little tougher for the Falcons, but it still concluded in the end zone after a 13-yard touchdown run from Guerrette. An 11-yard scoring run from Nicholas Aubrey late in the second quarter gave Bow the 35-0 lead it took into halftime.

The second half was all running time and reserves. Bow’s Ethan Krueger went 64 yards to the house on Bow’s first play of the third quarter and the Falcons got a 35-yard touchdown run from Ian Guertin in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring. Bow also went 7-for-7 kicking PATs, 2-for-2 for Andrew Robbins and 5-for-5 for Logan Gordon.

“What was also special about today was that we got every single kid dressed, in the game,” Cohen said. “Because (Stark’s) numbers are low they don’t have the JV game on Monday, so we dressed as many kids as we could and some of the latter touchdowns that were scored were by true JV players, so it was just a true overall team victory for a nice Homecoming weekend.”

The Generals will look to right their ship on Friday at Kingswood (1-2). The Falcons will host Gilford-Belmont (1-2) on a rare Friday game in Bow.

“I’m really happy with this start, 3-0, but we’re not going to let that get to our heads,” Guerrette said. “We’ve got a game on Friday and we’re going to stay hungry. That’s our motto this year, hungry dogs, that’s what we’re going for.”

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

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Kennett 40, Merrimack Valley 6

Key players: MV – Andrew Roy and Aslin Hodge (leading tacklers)

Highlights: The Eagles converted on some big pass plays of 36 and 45 yards to put away the Pride.

Coach’s quote: “Tough game with too many mistakes. Need to get on track next week when we travel to Pelham.” – MV’s Joseph Raycraft

Records: Kennett 3-0; MV 1-2

Plymouth 49,
Gilford-Belmont 20

Highlights: Gilford-Belmont held the defending champion Bobcats in check in the first quarter with the score tied, 7-7, but Plymouth broke the game open with four touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 35-14 lead at halftime.

Records: Plymouth 2-1; Gilford-Belmont 1-2

Fall Mountain 36, Franklin 0

Highlights: The Tornadoes held the Wildcats to one touchdown in the second half, but couldn’t overcome a 28-0 halftime deficit.

Records: Fall Mtn. 1-2; Franklin 1-2

Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton 55, Kearsarge 6

Key players: HDH – Colby Quiet (4 rush TD, 2 receiving TD, 178 rush yards on 13 carries, 58 receiving yards; 8 tackles), Mike Oberheim (4-for-4, 127 pass yards, 3 TD passes), Jack Morrall (110 rush yards on 8 carries, rush TD; fumble recovery), Dylan Barrett (42 rush yards on 9 carries; fumble recovery), Vincent Waddell (7 tackles, blocked punt), Max Costello (62-yard TD catch)

Highlights: The Redhawks dominated on both sides of the ball in Friday night’s road victory.

Records: HDH 3-0; Kearsarge 0-3

Winnisquam 53, Newfound 22

Highlights: Winnisquam led 12-0 after the first quarter and 32-0 at halftime, but a big third quarter from Newfound prevented the game from going into running time, cutting Winnisquam’s lead to 46-22.

Records: Winnisquam 3-0; Newfound 0-3




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