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High schools: Franklin football routs Brady to remain unbeaten

  • Franklin defensive back Travis Perry breaks up a pass to Bishop Brady receiver A.J. Cipriano in the end zone during the second quarter at Franklin High School on Saturday, September 29, 2018. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Franklin linebacker Taryn Laramie blocks a field goal attempt during the second quarter against Bishop Brady on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Franklin High School. There was a penalty on the play but Brady still failed to score at the end of the first half. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Franklin fullback Devin Savage runs through the Brady secondary during the first half on Saturday, September 29, 2018. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 9/29/2018 11:36:02 PM

FRANKLIN – Three plays, three turnovers and a 7-0 deficit. That was how the Franklin High football team opened Saturday’s game against Bishop Brady.

Forty-two unanswered points later and the Golden Tornadoes made their dismal start seem like a distant memory. Behind a heavy ground attack and a second-half shutout from the defense, Franklin continued its perfect start to the season in the new-look Division IV with a 42-7 home win over the Green Giants.

“We’re definitely feeling good,” said Franklin coach Jeff Davis after the Tornadoes improved to 4-0. “The biggest thing is the drive all these kids have. They show up every day, they work hard and they always want to get better. They’re sick and tired of hearing about other teams and kind of want to be that team up on top.”

And right now, the Tornadoes are.

Franklin and Winnisquam both sit atop the standings as the only 4-0 teams in D-IV, and the Tornadoes showed why against Brady (1-3) with an overpowering defensive line, smart and efficient quarterback play and some ball carriers that proved tough to take down.

“All season long we haven’t really been able to click and today everything was just rolling,” said Franklin’s southpaw quarterback Harrison Clark, who added two short rushing touchdowns in the win. “I think we had a good drive almost every time we were out there (in the second half) so we just found consistency today.”

The game was Brady’s for the taking early on with Franklin coughing up the ball three times in the first quarter and the Green Giants taking advantage. Junior quarterback Patrick Brust connected on a 14-yard touchdown strike to Kyle Beane for the 7-0 lead and the Giants were off and running.

But Franklin roared back to escape the first half with an edge.

Sophomore Jakob Beaupre sparked the Tornadoes with a 45-yard punt return on the next possession, and Travis Perry capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run on a toss to the left side. Caleb Vigue made it 8-7 on the two-point conversion.

On the team’s very next drive in the second quarter, Franklin used eight rushes to cover 74 yards, feeding the ball back to Vigue for another short touchdown before again converting the two-point try to pull ahead 16-7.

Brady threatened to make it one-score game at the end of the half when Brust found A.J. Cipriano for a gain of 26 down to the Franklin 1-yard line. But the Tornadoes stood strong, blocking a field-goal attempt on fourth down, and then forcing an incomplete pass when the officiating crew curiously allowed the Green Giants to replay the down.

“It’s a turning point of the game. It’s that momentum,” first-year Bishop Brady coach Jermaine McKenzie said. “You’re building momentum up right before the half and to not get anything out of that is kind of deflating.”

Even tougher for McKenzie was watching Brady go three-and-out on its first possession of the second half and recover another Franklin fumble after punting, only to turn the ball over on downs in Franklin territory on the next drive.

“They are grinders. We’ve had some ups and downs as every team does and we have guys that have never played the game, so it’s almost like every moment is a teaching moment,” McKenzie said. “There’s plays that we have it there, and because we don’t stay on a block here or there, it’s gone.”

A big reason for Franklin’s defensive showing was the play of sophomore lineman Dawson LaFrance, who was all over the field and sacked Brust twice in the third quarter to provide some much-needed pressure.

“The biggest thing was we wanted to get pressure on the quarterback,” Davis said. “We weren’t able to do it really in the first half, but we made some adjustments and were able to free up Dawson quite a bit. He just played like an absolute animal in the second half.”

With Brady’s offense sputtering, Franklin took total control.

Clark upped the lead to 22-7 on a quarterback keeper midway through the third quarter, and repeated that feat at the end of the period to give Franklin a 21-point cushion.

Vigue, who rushed for over 100 yards in just the second half, and junior Devin Savage both punched in touchdowns runs from close in to cap the scoring for the Tornadoes.

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)


Concord 42, Keene 19

Key players: Concord – Zach Miles (4 TDs), Isaac Gladey (rushing TD), Ronan McGonigle (rushing TD), Nate Vandersea (TD catch), Guy Kabate (TD catch)

Highlights: Behind a big afternoon from Miles, Concord took a 14-13 lead into the half and only got better from there. Miles added rushing touchdowns from 32 and 5 yards out, and tossed a pair of scores through the air to Kabate and Vandersea as the Tide scored 28 points in the second half.

Records: Concord 3-2; Keene 1-4

Bow 39, Pembroke 0

Key players: Bow – Jon Routhier (2 TDs, 70-yard INT return and 40-yard pass reception from Corey Gott), Matt Nicholls (2 TDs), Steven Guerrette, Andrew Robbins (TD, 3 extra points)

Coach’s quote: “A great win to celebrate our Homecoming weekend. Our second shutout, combined with explosive offensive play, made for a memorable day for our team, especially our seniors. Truly a total team effort, as all players made a contribution to the win.” – Bow’s Paul Cohen

Records: Bow 4-1; Pembroke 0-4

John Stark 30, Kennett 13

Key players: John Stark – Jake Cole (316 rush yards, 4 TD)

Highlights: The Generals won their second straight game on Friday night.

Coach’s quote: “The running game had a big night. Jake Cole was unstoppable.” – John Stark’s Kevin McGinty

Records: John Stark 3-2; Kennett 2-3

Hanover 45, Merrimack Valley 13

Key players: MV – Chase Keyser (2 rush TD, 88 passing yards), Cameron Butt (74 reception yards), Max Lacy (led team in tackles and rushing), Rick Hazeltine (led team in rushing), Andrew Roy (led team in tackles), Ben Hill (2 sacks), Harley Huddleston (2 sacks)

Highlights: The Pride had 251 total yards on offense, but couldn’t knock off the Marauders on Friday night.

Coach’s quote: “The performance tonight was much improved from last game against an undefeated team. We need to continue to improve next week as we face a tough Bow team.” – MV’s Joe Raycraft

Records: Hanover 5-0; MV 0-5

Boys’ Soccer

Bow 2, Coe-Brown 1

Key players: Bow – Max Elsasser (G) Matt Ferland (G); Connor Griffin (goalie) Coe-Brown – Connor Fallon (defense), Lucciano Minasalli (midfield), Mason Winiarski (midfield)

Highlights: The game was even at 1-all late into the second half with momentum shifts both ways. When one of Coe-Brown’s players picked up two simultaneous yellow cards, the Bears had to play down a player. Bow capitalized and scored its one good chance in the second when Ferland buried one into the upper-right corner from 15 yards out with eight minutes to go for the game-winner. Coe-Brown ran out of time before being able to respond.

Coach’s quote: “We had a handful of chances but didn’t find the right touch to get it on frame enough today. The boys battled well, especially considering the circumstances, and were unfortunate not to get a result against a strong Bow side.” – Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert

Coach’s quote: “Another one-goal victory (five in a row) against a quality D-II opponent. Neither team was able to gain a substantial edge in play. Both had chances. We needed a big play from two players that we count on to generate offense. They came through.” – Bow’s George Pinkham

Records: Bow 7-3-0; Coe-Brown 6-2-1

Belmont 1, Gilford 0

Key players: Belmont – Griffin Embree (G), Angelo Papadopoulos (A), Jake Deware (6 saves) Lars Major (defense), Caleb Burke (defense), Devin Bricknell (defense) Angelo Papadopoulos (defense)

Highlights: Embree came through with the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute to secure the Homecoming win.

Coach’s quote: “Solid defensive game by Belmont to limit Gilford’s chances. Great goal by Embree off a beautiful pass from Papadopoulos.” – Belmont’s Michael Foley

Records: Belmont 8-0-1

Kearsarge 6, Stevens 1

Key players: Kearsarge – Parker Root (2G), Nathan St. Pierre (2G), Peter Russell (G, A), Aidan McCullough (G), Brandon Bullis (A), Tyler Sidmore (A)

Highlights: Kearsarge took a 2-0 lead into the half on a headed ball from Root and a finish from St. Pierre. Root and St. Pierre got their second goals in the second half. McCullough and Russell also scored in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “The team put together some nice combination play tonight and had some great finishes. It was a well played game.” – Kearsarge’s Matt Burch

Records: Kearsarge 5-6; Stevens 3-6

Franklin 1, Newport 0

Key players: Franklin – Jacob Weaver (G), Kyan Graves (shutout)

Highlights: Weaver scored off a corner kick early in the second half and Drew Croteau, Chandler Glover and Asher Groves locked down defensively in front of Graves.

Coach’s quote: “I’m really proud of how everyone played today. They moved on and off the ball very well and were stringing plays together. It was a good game all around.” – Franklin’s Kevin VanGorden

Records: Franklin 4-5-0; Newport 1-1-6

Sunapee 2, Pittsfield 1, 2 OT

Key players: Pittsfield – Colby Wolfe (goal), Jacob Marcotte (defense), Corey Gilleney (defense), David Cote (defense), Decota Maura-Giddis (9 saves)

Highlights: Sunapee opened the scoring 15 minutes in but Wolfe notched the equalizer on a free kick in the 28th minute. With two minutes remaining in the second overtime period, Sunapee was awarded a free kick and headed a ball past Maura-Giddis to walk off with the win.

Coach’s quote: “We outworked Sunapee today but they made one more play than we did.” – Pittsfield’s Derek Hamilton

Records: Sunapee 9-2; Pittsfield 4-7

Girls’ Soccer

Coe-Brown 4, Kennett 0

Key players: Coe-Brown – Amelia Brackett (G), Sam Troy (G), Morgan Burnap (G) Makenzie Daly (G), Olivia Farrar (A), Emily Olofson (A), Sophie Laird, (A), Savilla Flores (A)

Highlights: Brackett opened the scoring in the first half on the assist from Farrar to take a 1-0 lead into halftime. Then the Bears ramped up the pressure and offense as they scored three more in the second half with Daly getting her first varsity goal, and Troy and Burnap striking from distance. The strong play of Lian Welch, Jaden Boulanger and Laird kept the ball in the Kennett end for the majority of the game.

Coach’s quote: “We have been preaching consistency, unselfishness, and execution. The girls are buying into it with eight different players gaining points today. We have a series of vital games coming up and this was key in looking forward to playoff positioning for us. ” – Coe-Brown’s Josh Hils

Records: Coe-Brown 4-7; Kennett 3-6

Boys’ Cross Country

Concord 1st, Coe-Brown 2nd, Kearsarge 12th, MV 14th,
Winnisquam 18th

Key players: Concord – Eli Boesch-Dining (2nd, 16:16), Forest MacKenzie (3rd, 16:28), Ryan Devine (17th, 17:04), Eben Bragg (18th, 17:04), Aidan O’Hern (22nd, 17:09), David Cook (28th, 17:15), Ryan Ciesluk (30th, 17:17); Coe-Brown – Luke Tkaczyk (7th, 16:42), Wyatt Mackey (12th, 16:52), Dawson Dubois (14th, 16:59), Gavyn Lewis (23rd, 17:10), Logan Mihelich (29th, 17:16); Kearsarge – Ben Boulton (46th, 17:48), Edward Stowell (53rd, 17:58), Tom Lick (69th, 18:22), Trevor Pauling (75th, 18:28), Aidan Kellogg (119th, 19:17); Merrimack Valley – David Reynolds (1st, 16:16), Matt Reynolds (20th, 17:09), Ethan Dodenhoff (108th, 19:04), Christian Oglesby (114th, 19:11), Connor Butt (146th, 19:54); Winnisquam – Kyle Mann (54th, 18:00), Dylan Robert (94th, 18:51), Riley Mann (113th, 19:10), Rick Fournier (131st, 19:35), Evan Griffin (181st, 20:36)

Highlights: Reynolds topped a field of 231 runners to win his second consecutive major invitational, but the Tide came away with the team trophy, earning 62 points to defeat host Coe-Brown (85) in the 35-team Black Bear Invitational. Winnacunnet (114), Oyster River (143) and Phillips Exeter (143) rounded out the top five teams.

Bow 20, John Stark 45, Pembroke 74

Key players: Bow – Kirpal Demian (2nd, 17:35), Colin Lessard (3rd, 17:45), Sam Berube (4th, 17:50), Gabe Neff (5th, 18:40), Ben Neff (6th, 19:11); John Stark – Brandon Langdon (1st, 17:34), Erik Hilyard (11th, 20:13), Reese Montague (12th, 20:22), Collin Astholz (15th, 21:10), Marcus McFall (18th, 21:20); Pembroke – Shawn Tremblay (14th, 21:09), Jack Harkness (20th, 21:23)

Highlights: Langdon was in a tight pack up front with Demian, Lessard and Berube for most of the race and pulled away at the end, but the Falcons claimed second through 10th place to win their Homecoming race.

Coach’s quote: “I’m very proud of my boys.” – Bow’s Katie McDonald

Girls’ Cross Country

Coe-Brown 3rd, Concord 8th, MV 12th, Kearsarge 18th, Winnisquam 28th

Key players: Coe-Brown – Addison Cox (9th, 19:50), Abigail O’Connor (16th, 20:26), Ella Malone (26th, 20:50), Miranda Compton (40th, 21:14), Tessa Millette (53rd, 21:40); Concord – Morgane Orcutt (15th, 20:24), Katherine Kennedy (41st, 21:15), Abby Goulas (49th, 21:30), Sarah Zarakotas (50th, 21:30), Katie Watt (55th, 21:42); Merrimack Valley – Sophia Reynolds (1st, 18:49), Emma York (21st, 20:40), Madisyn Garrity (105th, 22:43), Maizie Thurber-Wells (165th, 24:29), Katherine Butt (185th, 25:00); Kearsarge – Mya Dube (3rd, 19:16), Ada Gardner (114th, 22:56), Marliese Baer (128th, 23:26), Avril Prak (159th, 24:15), Marla Richer (169th, 24:37); Winnisquam – Faith Gosselin (46th, 21:28), Jasmine Piper (112th, 22:53), Daisy Burns (207th, 26:15), Hannah Swain (215th, 27:24), Marguerite Parker (218th, 27:48)

Highlights: Reynolds continued her phenomenal freshman season by winning her second consecutive major invitational. Champlain Valley, Vt. won the team title with 92 points, while ConVal (141) edged hosts Coe-Brown (143) for second place in the 35-team Black Bear Invitational. Pinkerton (160) and Phillips Exeter (193) rounded out the top five. Concord finished eighth, but was the third-best Division I team. Dube’s third-place finish was the highest finish out of the D-III runners in the field of 225.

John Stark 24, Bow 34, Pembroke 75

Key players: John Stark – Brianna Langdon (1st, 22:14), Madison McDonald (3rd, 22:47), Haleigh Bilodeau (5th, 23:45), Grace Caplan (7th, 24:08), Katie Palmateer (8th, 24:14); Bow – Sarah Ciotti (2nd, 22:33), Libby Parker (4th, 23:09), Autumn Boisvert (6th, 23:58), Tory Burke (9th, 24:16), Leah Boisvert (13th, 24:40); Pembroke – Charlotte Corbitt (10th, 24:29), Amanda Montminy (11th, 24:32), Olivia Berkley (17th, 25:43)

Highlights: The Generals and the Falcons went back and forth as they filled up the top nine spots, but Langdon won the individual title and John Stark came out on top at Bow’s Homecoming race.

Field Hockey

Mascoma 4, Franklin 0

Key players: Franklin – Jasmyn Long (23 saves)

Coach’s quote: “Mascoma is a great team and always a great opponent. The girls played hard and that’s all that matters.” – Franklin’s Shelby Joyce

Records: Mascoma 9-1; Franklin 0-9

Girls’ Volleyball

Kennett 3, Hillsboro-Deering 0

Key players: H-D – Mackenzie Murdough (5 assists, 3 aces), Kaitlyn Schoeneman (4 kills, block), Maddee OBrien (3 kills, 2 digs, assist)

Records: Kennett 1-8; H-D 1-7

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