High schools: Concord hangs with Memorial but stumbles in fourth for 34-13 loss

  • Concord’s Kevin McDonough catches a pass on the first possession of Friday night’s game against Manchester Memorial at Memorial Field and takes it 63 yards to the end zone to give the Crimson Tide a 6-0 lead. Memorial would come back for a 34-13 win. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Kody Rasheed runs the ball up the middle during Friday night’s game against Manchester Memorial. The game was close for the first three quarters before Memorial pulled away late for a 34-13 win. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Kody Rasheed (left) leads quarterback Zach Doward on a bootleg during Friday night’s 34-13 loss to Manchester Memorial at Memorial Field. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Tyler Clark-Toy (left) defends Manchester Memorial’s Will Clark (right) during Friday night’s game. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

Monitor staff
Published: 10/3/2020 7:55:42 PM

Concord scored first in Friday night’s foggy NHIAA Division I football game at Memorial Field, and not much separated the Crimson Tide from Manchester Memorial for most of the contest. But some late miscues by the Tide and big plays by the Crusaders led to a 34-13 win for Manchester Memorial.

Concord coughed up four turnovers and quarterback Zach Doward was sacked five times as the Tide dropped to 0-2. Memorial improved to 2-0 after winning consecutive games for the first time since 2014.

Doward connected with Kevin McDonough for a 63-yard touchdown to give the Tide a 6-0 lead with 10:27 left in the first quarter.

The score stayed there until a 7-yard touchdown run from Memorial’s Erik Seymore tied things up at 6-6 with 7:32 to go in the second quarter. Crusaders quarterback Jeffery Josefik broke the tie and gave his team a 13-6 lead with a 67-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.

Another big scoring play, this one a 57-yard run from Kai Colson, pushed the lead to 20-6 with 6:47 left in the game and started a scoring barrage in what had been a defensive game.

The Tide found the end zone about two minutes later when Doward hit Matt O’Rourke for a 31-yard touchdown with 4:41 on the clock, cutting the lead to 20-13. But just 25 seconds later, Josefik ran in for a 14-yard touchdown to make it 27-13. The Crusaders threw one last offensive punch to complete the flurry when Sebastian Bothelo intercepted Doward deep in Concord territory leading to a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:57 left for the game’s final score.


Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkington 28, Merrimack Valley 7

Key players: Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkington – Jack Morrall (23 carries, 218 yards, 3 TD), Alex Brown (11 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, fumble recovery), Dylan Barrett (13 carries, 89 yards, TD; 4 tackles), Vincent Waddell (10 tackles, forced fumble), Eli Tanuvasa (6 tackles), Connor Tewksbury (INT); Merrimack Valley – Jeff Hollins, Jake Currier Merrick McNeil, Seth Baylus (sack, forced fumble).

Highlights: HDH took an early lead and never looked back Friday night in Penacook.

Coach’s quote: “The Redhawks played a much better game (than their Week 1 27-14 loss at Bow). There are still many things that need to be cleaned up as the team had nine penalties and three fumbles on the night, but the team played well overall.” – HDH’s Jay Wood.

“They just outplayed us in all phases of the game. Their offensive and defensive lines dominated both sides of the ball. Need to regroup for next week when we travel to Pembroke” – MV’s Joe Raycraft

Records: Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkington 1-1; Merrimack Valley 1-1.

Field Hockey

John Stark 2, Bow 1

Key players: John Stark – Bella Pelletier (goal), Meg Girardet (goal), Kacie Weston (assist), Aubrey Fischer (assist), Sydnee Pelletier (9 saves), Gracie Bolduc; Bow – Anna Tsouros (7 saves), Lauren McKean (goal), Madeleine Kropp, Rylee Constant.

Highlights: Giradet scored the only goal of the first half in this tight and well-played game in Weare. Bow tied things early in the quarter on McKean’s goal. Bella Pelletier broke the tie by knocking home Fischer’s pass, and the Generals successfully defended a Bow corner at the end of the game to preserve the win.

Coach’s quote: “You can tell Bow coach (Cherie) Snow is a great coach, as the Falcons made adjustments from Tuesday, playing a strong game and hustling all over the field. Our team was less sharp than we were on Tuesday, but we worked incredibly hard to stay in the game. Sydnee made some outstanding saves again, and Bella came up clutch for the third time in the two-game set with Bow this week.” – Stark’s Dennis Pelletier..

“The team is coming together and is working hard at developing and implementing the skills they are learning. With each game they are improving.” Bow’s Cherie Snow.

Records: John Stark 4-0; Bow 0-4.

Merrimack Valley 3
Hopkinton 3,

Key players: MV – Reilly Swislosky (2 goals), Britney Thoroughgood (goal), Caitlyn Fortier, Taylor Bailey, Sadie Barton.

Highlights: After losing at home to Hopkinton on Tuesday, MV had a better showing on the road against the Hawks on Friday. Swislosky scored the Pride’s first goal midway through the first quarter on a corner and MV got another goal when Thoroughgood scored off a cross from Kalee Keyser with 4:05 left in the secnod quarter. Swislosky scored again with one minute left in the second quarter off a rebound.

Coach’s quote: “My team came out much stronger than they did on Tuesday. I’m happy with the energy and sense of urgency they displayed through all four quarters. We will look to tighten up our defense in the circle moving into next week.” – MV’s Jennifer Colgan.

Records: Merrimack Valley 0-3-2; Hopkinton 3-0-1.

Bishop Brady 7
Pembroke Academy 0

Key players: Bishop Brady – Rebecca Murphy (3 goals), Halle Laramie (goal, 2 assists), Riley Marsh (goal, assist), Ashlyn Toupin (goal, assist), Emily Beane (goal); Libbey Hicks (2 assists), Kathryn Weed (assist), Jill Weaver (assist), Julie Blais (1 save); Pembroke Academy – Sophia Brasley (27 saves).

Highlights: Pembroke kept things close in the first quarter and trailed by just one goal heading in the second, but the Giants pushed the lead to 3-0 by halftime and made it 4-0 after three. Brady finished with 19 corners (11 in the first half, eight in the second).

Coach’s quote: “Senior Day was celebrated today with seven out of the eight seniors contributing in the offensive zone, supporting one another for all four quarters. We continue to appreciate each day that our season gives us.” – Brady’s Kelly Owen.

Records: Bishop Brady 4-0-1; Pembroke Academy 0-5-0.

JV results

Hopkinton Hawks girls JV Soccer completed their series against Merrimack Valley Thursday. Sara Chowdosh, Elise Miner and Sierra Stone led the offense as the Hopkinton JV girls’ soccer team beat Merrimack Valley, 5-1. Lexi Lawler and Sara Butcher held off the fast MV attack while Sammi Goldblatt and crew secured the midfield for the Hawks.

Middle school results

Lexi Insana scored two goals and Leah Gallier and Ella Murphy had one each as the Bow Middle School girls’ soccer team beat Rundlett, 4-1. Defenders Kate Millerick, Maeve Nadzan and Anna Fellers, and midfielder Kate McGovern, all played well for Bow.

■ Hopkinton’s Ryan Barrett, Mary Maughan, and Lauryn Vetter had their ball handling skills on display, but the Hopkinton Middle School field hockey team lost to MV, 4-1.

■ Shaylee Murdough (first), Abby Bennett (third), Amelia Walsh (fourth), Flo Dapice (fifth) and Annie Daniels (seven) all had strong showings for the Hopkinton Middle School cross country team in its 2-mile race against MV.

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