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High schools: Winnisquam football clinches first place with 35-0 win over Brady

  • Winnisquam quarterback Philip Nichols looks for running room during Saturday’s game in Tilton against Bishop Brady. Winnisquam won, 35-0, to improve to 6-0 and clinch first place in Division IV. Nichols finished with 11 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown, and was 9-for-14 passing for 102 yards and three touchdowns. Brady dropped to 3-3 with the loss. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • Winnisquam’s Garret Mango (center) tackles Bishop Brady’s Connor Treybig during Saturday’s game in Tilton. Winninsquam won, 35-0, to improve to 6-0 and clinch first place in Division IV. Mango had one tackle for a loss on the defensive side, and he caught three passes for 60 yards and two touchdowns on the offensive side. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • Winnisquam’s Gunnar Horman pulls away from Bishop Brady’s Connor Treybig during Saturday’s game in Tilton. Winninsquam won, 35-0, to improve to 6-0 and clinch first place in Division IV. Horman had three catches for 24 yards and an interception. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • Winnisquam’s Garret Mango races for a 40-yard touchdown during Saturday’s game in Tilton. Winninsquam won, 35-0, to improve to 6-0 and clinch first place in Division IV. Mango had three receptions for 60 yards and two touchdowns. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • Winnisquam quarterback Philip Nichols reverses field as Bishop Brady’s Isaiah Robles (20) and Connor Treybig (left) look to make a tackle during Saturday’s game in Tilton. Winnisquam won, 35-0, to improve to 6-0 and clinch first place in Division IV. Nichols finished with 11 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown, and was 9-for-14 passing for 102 yards and three touchdowns. Brady dropped to 3-3 with the loss. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

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Published: 10/19/2019 10:24:47 PM

TILTON – The rest of Division IV probably already assumed this was the case, but now it’s official – the road to the D-IV football title will run through Winnisquam, again.

The defending champion Bears clinched the division’s top spot with Saturday’s 35-0 win against Bishop Brady. Winnisquam is now 6-0 with one regular-season game remaining at Franklin on Saturday. No matter what happens in that rivalry game, the Bears will host a semifinal on Nov. 9 against the No. 4 seed in D-IV, which could end up being Brady.

Winnisquam has now won 15 straight games and has established itself as the team to beat in D-IV, but it took time to establish control against the Giants (3-3) on Saturday. Brady’s defense showed some grit in the first half, denying the Bears’ potent offense on some short fields, coming up with fourth-down stops and keeping it a one-score game until Winnisquam scored late in the second quarter to take a 14-0 lead into halftime.

“Coming off the bye week, the first half was a little slow,” Winnisquam quarterback Philip Nichols said. “But we definitely turned it around in the second half.”

Nichols was everywhere for the Bears, as usual. He was part of Winnisquam’s shutout defensive effort from his linebacker spot. He had 11 carries for 112 yards and touchdown on the ground. And he was 9-for-14 passing for 102 yards and three touchdowns.

His nine completions went to five different receivers – Garret Mango (three catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns), Gunnar Horman (three catches, 24 yards), Cooper French (one catch, 6 yards, touchdown), Andre Cormier (one catch, 9 yards) and Nolen Perrino (one catch, 2 yards).

“That makes my job much easier, we have guys all around that can catch the ball, it’s great,” Nichols said.

Some of those same guys were also making plays for the Winnisquam defense. French had an interception, sack and a fumble recovery, Horman had an interception and Mango finished with two passes defended and a tackle for a loss. Linebacker Brady Palmer also stood out for the Bears with a pass breakup, a fumble recovery and some big hits.

Brady quarterback Patrick Brust finished with 11 rushes for 51 yards and was 10-for-25 passing for 84 yards. All told, the senior accounted for 135 of Brady’s 176 yards.

“We worked (on defending the passing game) a lot for the last two weeks. It’s a similar system to what we’re running, so it was a good matchup for our defense,” Winnisquam coach Derek Hunt said. “(Brust) is a good passer, he throws a nice ball, they’ve got some good receivers, and he’s good on his feet, too, he’s like (Nichols), he can take off when he wants to.

“We had to make sure we could control him, that was one of our priorities this week was working on that.”

It showed on Brady’s first offensive series when French stepped in front of a receiver to pick off Brust’s first pass attempt on the Giants 45. That set up an 11-play drive that ended when Nichols threw to French for a 7-yard touchdown on third-and-goal to give the Bears a 6-0 lead with 3:28 left in the first quarter.

On Brady’s next drive, Palmer deflected a pass that Horman intercepted with a diving effort. That didn’t lead to a score, but the Bears did make it 14-0 with 5:25 left in the first half when Nichols found Mango for a 6-yard touchdown and then threw to French for the 2-point conversion. On all three of those first-half scoring throws, Nichols had loads of time to scan the field and wait for his receivers to come open.

“The line held up great today,” Nichols said. “I had plenty of time.”

Despite the lead, Hunt wasn’t happy at halftime.

“I was a little more vocal,” Hunt said of his halftime talk. “I’m usually low key, but I was a little more vocal because we were not playing to the level we’re capable of playing.”

The Bears didn’t waste time raising their level in the second half. The Giants fumbled on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Palmer recovered and Winnisquam went 47 yards in the other direction on seven plays, the last a 1-yard touchdown plunge from Cormier (17 carries, 29 yards, touchdown) to push the lead to 21-0 after the PAT kick from Duncan Gosselin with 8:25 to go in the third.

Less than three minutes later, Mango snagged a pass in the flat just before it hit the grass, and then took it 40 yards to the house to make it 28-0.

Nichols completed the scoring with a 50-yard run early in the fourth quarter that saw him reverse field, break tackles and then dive for the pylon for the touchdown.

Jonathan Doheny, Jack Compton and Brust all had two tackles for a loss for the Brady defense. Kyle Beane had two catches for 57 yards and Darren Earley had five catches for 15 yards, and Connor Treybig had five carries for 30 yards for the Giants.

Brady currently sits in the fourth and final playoff spot in D-IV, and the Giants need to beat Farmington-Nute (0-6) in the regular-season finale to ensure they stay there. Even with a win, Brady’s playoff fate could still be affected by other outcomes, especially Friday’s Newfound (3-3) at Fall Mountain (4-2) game.

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


Bow 44, Hanover 0

Key players: Bow – Steven Guerrette (3 rush TD, 246 rush yards), Tommy Rolla (2 rush TD), Owen Guertin (TD run), Andrew Robbins (40-yard FG, 5 PAT)

Highlights: The Falcons took a commanding 35-0 halftime lead thanks to three touchdown runs from Guerrette (5, 15 and 3 yards, respectively) and two scoring runs from Rolla (6 and 35 yards). Robbins connected on a field goal and freshman Guertin scored on a 6-yard run in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “Another shutout, for sure, is always a good thing. We’ve scored (264) points and allowed just 27 through seven games. This win solidifies us a spot in the postseason.” – Bow’s Paul Cohen

Records: Bow 7-0; Hanover 0-7

Kingswood 14, Merrimack Valley 13

Key players: MV – Travis Knouse (130 rush yards, TD), Matt Grandmaison (38- and 28-yard FG, PAT), Ethan Drapeau (6 tackles), Seth Baylus (5 tackles), Jeff Hollins (5 tackles), Zach Williams (5 tackles)

Highlights: The Knights scored on their first series on Friday night and successfully scored on a 2-point conversion which made the difference in the Pride’s loss at home on Friday night, despite MV outgaining Kingswood, 182-172.

Coach’s quote: “We had a few chances to put points on the board, but could not get it in.” – MV’s Joe Raycraft

Records: Kingswood 3-5; MV 2-5

Alvirne 34, John Stark 7

Key players: John Stark – Logan Beliveau (2 sacks), Thomas Johnston (TD catch), Nathan Tower (TD pass)

Coach’s quote: “We continue to struggle with our lack of depth and injuries, however, the guys played really hard Friday night. The young guys continue to get better, and if we get some guys back this week, we should be able to compete the remainder of the season.” – John Stark’s Kevin McGinty

Records: Alvrine 6-1; John Stark 1-6

Trinity 36,
Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton 21

Key players: HDH – Colby Quiet (2 rush TD), Jack Morrall (fumble recovery TD), Charles Veitch (3 PAT)

Highlights: Morrall returned a fumble for the game’s opening touchdown and Quiet had touchdown runs of 5 and 4 yards to give the Redhawks 14-13 halftime lead and 21-13 third quarter lead, but Trinity’s John Thibault scored two of his four rushing touchdowns in the second half to give the Pioneers the come-from-behind victory.

Records: Trinity 6-1; HDH4-3

Newfound 40, Franklin 34

Key players: Franklin – Jake Beaupre (246 rush yards on 34 carries), Damian Eldridge (TD run, 42 rush yards on 2 carries), Zach Douville (4-for-9, 79 pass yards, 2 pass TD, rush TD; 2 INT), Dustin Johnston (3 receptions for 65 yards, TD), Eli Daniels (TD), Justin Kurinskass (TD), Dawson LaFrance (13 tackles)

Highlights: The Tornadoes fought back from a 20-point deficit, but fell short against the Bears.

Records: Newfound 3-3; Franklin 1-5

Boys’ Soccer

Coe-Brown 6, Kingswood 0

Highlights: The Bears celebrated their senior night in style on Friday night, topping the Knights in a decisive match.

Coach’s quote: “Our guys moved the ball better than they have in the last few games. It was a good game for the seniors who finished off their regular-season home careers in front of their families and fans.” – Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert

Records: Coe-Brown 8-6-1; Kingswood 0-14-0

ConVal 4, Kearsarge 2

Key players: Kearsarge – Parker Root (G), Toby MacLeod (G)

Highlights: Kearsarge had a 2-0 halftime lead on the defending D-II champions, but ConVal scored four unanswered goals in the second half to come from behind on Friday night.

Coach’s quote: “We had a great start to the game and scored two really nice goals in the first half. It was a really good effort by the team, we just couldn’t hold out.” – Kearsarge’s Matt Burch

Records: ConVal 13-0-1; Kearsarge 6-7-2

Bishop Brady 2, Newfound 0

Key players: Bishop Brady – Miles Lavoie (2G), Evan Haas (A), Liam Masner (5 saves), Conor Raposo, Nick Laam, Nick Steigmeyer, Nate Steigmeyer (defense)

Highlights: The Giants scored two first-half goals in Friday’s win over the Bears.

Coach’s quote: “Although we struggled with possession in the second half, the boys performed well enough to get us a much-needed win (Friday). The Newfound keeper was strong and definitely kept his team in the match.” – Bishop Brady’s Mike Ling

Records: Bishop Brady 7-6; Newfound 1-13

Pittsfield 8, Pittsburg-Canaan 0

Key players: Pittsfield – Ben Stopyro (2G), Jesse MacGlashing (2G), Chandler Norris (2G, 2A), Jah Gordon (3A), Decota Maura-Giddis (shutout)

Highlights: The Panthers scored four goals in a 17-minute stretch to take a 4-0 halftime lead.

Coach’s quote: “We opened the first and second halves playing at a high tempo. The boys took a business-like approach to this trip up north. We hope to carry this tempo and approach into the final stretch of the season.” – Pittsfield’s Derek Hamilton

Records: Pittsfield 7-5-2; Pittsburg-Canaan 2-12-1

Girls’ Soccer

Pittsfield 2, Pittsburg-Canaan 2

Key players: Pittsfield – Arie Prentice (2G), Paige Provencal (A), Rebecca Smith (12 saves), Madison St. George, Jolene Wood, Abigail Smith

Highlights: Prentice put the Panthers on top, 1-0, with a feed from Provencal 30 minutes into the game, but Pittsfield surrendered a goal before halftime. Pittsburg went up, 2-1, with seven minutes to play, but Prentice scored the equalizer two minutes later.

Coach’s quote: “It was a long ride to the North Country and I’m proud of the girls with their effort and play against a good team. We had some opportunities to end it but just couldn’t find the back of the net. Becca played a great game in goal and really kept us in it.” – Pittsfield’s Jayme Kennedy

Records: Pittsfield 3-11-1; Pittsburg-Canaan 9-5-1

Girls’ Volleyball

Winnisquam 3, Franklin 0

Key players: Winnisquam – Gabby Isabelle (11 kills, 6 digs), Emma Richardson (9 kills, 5 digs, 4 aces), Chloe Colarusso (26 assists, 4 digs, 4 aces), Hanna Honeman (2 kills, 4 digs, 2 aces), Emily O’Neil (6 aces, 4 digs), Nicole Reusch (5 aces, 2 digs)

Highlights: The Bears had 25 aces and 30 kills to dispatch the Tornadoes, 25-9, 25-14, 25-17 in three sets on Friday night.

Coach’s quote: “Nice win at the end of the week with three games in the last four days.” – Winnisquam’s Mike Livernois

Records: Winnisquam 12-2; Franklin 5-8

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