High schools: Mistakes costly for Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton in loss to Lebanon

  • Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton senior captain Colby Quiet (32) avoids the tackle by Lebanon’s Wade Rainey (22) for a first quarter first down run. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton senior captain Colby Quiet (32) runs through a group of Lebanon defenders for a big gain. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton senior captain Colby Quiet (32) runs through a group of Lebanon defenders for a big gain. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton senior captain Colby Quiet (32) runs over a Lebanon defender, resulting in a first down. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Lebanon’s Wade Rainey (22) runs up the middle for a long gain. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton senior captain Colby Quiet (32) breaks outside for a long touchdown run. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton senior captain Colby Quiet (32) tries to get out wide. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton junior quarterback and captain Mike Oberheim (2) is pressured by Lebanon’s CJ Childs (33), resulting in an interception late in the first half, during a Division III football game in Contoocook. The Redhawks suffered their first loss of the year, 62-14. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton senior captain Colby Quiet (32) is led by teammate and captain Vincent Waddell (50) for a big second-half gain during a Division III football game on Saturday in Contoocook. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

Monitor staff
Published: 10/5/2019 10:49:18 PM

CONTOOCOOK – The Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton football team was still feeling the effects of last week’s physical win over Newport when it took the field Saturday to face unbeaten Lebanon. The Redhawks were banged up – especially in the trenches – across an already small roster, but that didn’t stop them from giving the Raiders a fight.

At least for a half.

HDH had the game all tied at 14 with 35 seconds left in the second quarter when a pick-six tilted the momentum in Lebanon’s favor. The Raiders grabbed the seven-point lead, took all the momentum into halftime and then overpowered a short-handed Redhawks team by scoring 41 unanswered points in the second half to leave Contoocook with a 62-14 victory.

“We haven’t really fully recovered from Newport to be honest with you, so that was tough coming in,” HDH coach Jay Wood said. “We had to make quite a few changes and get kids ready to play a game today. Newport was physical and today was very physical, which is good football, but we’ll have our work cut out for us next time.”

There was plenty of hype for the contest, which was a rematch of last year’s Division III quarterfinals where the Redhawks notched their first playoff win in program history with a 21-7 victory.

Both sides entered Saturday at 4-0, but the injuries and self-inflicted mistakes were just too much for HDH to overcome.

Senior running back Colby Quiet provided optimism for the Redhawks early on. He carried the ball 15 times for nearly 200 yards in the first half, breaking loose for touchdown runs of 65 and 77 yards to ignite the crowd.

But Quiet, who finished with 223 rushing yards, was bottled up in the second half along with the rest of the HDH offense as things quickly got out of hand.

“I think it was a matter of our kids kind of waking up a little bit and coming to life,” Lebanon coach Chris Childs said. “I thought we were a little flat when we first came out and I think we started playing a little faster and getting after it a bit.”

The big swing came late in the first half.

Looking to pull ahead before the break on a second-and-7 from their own 30, the Redhawks set up a screen for Quiet. The only problem: Mike Oberheim’s throw never made it there. Lebanon’s Caleb Smith stepped in front of the pass for the interception and returned it for a touchdown.

“Mike just threw it low,” Wood said. “If he gets it over the kid’s head, Colby has nobody around him. Nobody. And then we’re looking at 21-14 us.”

Instead the play was the start of a massive scoring run for the Raiders, who generated six turnovers – five in the second half – and put a TD on the board after every single one in rattling off 48 straight points.

“You start putting pressure on people and they start turning the ball over and you score points, that’s huge,” Childs said. “They also started to wear down a little bit. We have a little more depth than they do and I think we showed that today.”

Quiet tried to spark the Redhawks with his legs to start the third quarter, but there was just no room to run behind a hampered offensive line that gutted it out but couldn’t produce holes against Lebanon’s front.

“It wasn’t so much what they were doing to Colby,” Wood said. “It’s just up front, there wasn’t a kid on that line who’s not injured as of right now and I think that had a lot to do with the second half.”

After both sides punted to open the third quarter, Lebanon quarterback Jon Willeman extended the lead to 28-14 with a huge third-down scramble resulting in a long 77-yard TD.

HDH tried a reverse on the ensuing kickoff but fumbled the exchange. Lebanon immediately went to work with a short field and pieced together a five-play, 18-yard scoring drive capped off by Wade Rainey’s third rushing TD of the afternoon.

On the Redhawks very next drive, Oberheim had a second pass returned for score as he tried to make something happen through the air. CJ Childs, who chipped in with a rushing TD in the fourth quarter, grabbed the interception and took it back 20 yards to put Lebanon up big, 42-14.

Willeman threw a 12-yard strike to Smith for a score and Logan Sanchez ran one in following two more fumbles from HDH in the fourth quarter to account for the final.

Dylan Barrett rushed seven times for 49 yards for HDH, while defensively, Vincent Waddell (four tackles, sack), Quiet (two solo tackles, fumble recovery) and Alex Brown (forced fumble) were all bright spots on a tough day.

“We just have to get ready and try and figure out how we’re going to put a team together next week,” Wood said.

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

Football

Bow 37, Pembroke 0

Key players: Bow – Thomas Rolla (15-yard TD reception), Steven Guerrette (5-yard TD rush), Cooper Larrabee (30-yard TD reception), Sebastian Beaulieu (2 TD passes), Alex Boisvert (15-yard TD run), Andrew Bliss (2-yard TD run), Andrew Robbins (35-yard FG, 4 PAT)

Highlights: The Falcons quickly jumped in front on Rolla’s touchdown grab, helping Bow build a 30-0 cushion by halftime. Bow has outscored its opponents, 175-13, through five games.

Records: Bow 5-0

Kennett 34, John Stark 0

Key players: John Stark – Jacob Ridenour, Thomas Johnston

Coach’s quote: “Despite the outcome Jacob Ridenour and Thomas Johnston had very strong games.” – John Stark’s Kevin McGinty

Records: Kennett 5-0; John Stark 1-4

Girls’ Golf

State championship at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands

Key players: Bow – Amelia Soucy (tied 15th); Kearsarge – Molli Mayo (tied 18th), Meghan Blood (tied 11th in Medal Flight); Bishop Brady – Katie Shoemaker (21st); Belmont – Paige Irving (3rd in Medal Flight)

Highlights: Bow's Soucy was the top area finisher in the Championship Flight of the girls' golf championship held at Campbell's Scottish Highlands in Salem. Hanover's Meredith Morhun was crowned the state champion, shooting a 6-over 77. Nashua North's Eva Gonzales (78) was second. Soucy (96), Mayo (102) and Shoemaker (109) rounded out the local golfers in the Championship Flight.

Boys’ Soccer

Gilford 2, Belmont 1

Key players: Belmont – Jacobb Bivens (12 saves), Lars Major (defense), Kyle Whitcomb (G)

Highlights: It was scoreless at the half with Bivens making two huge saves. Gilford went up 1-0 in the 57th minute, but the Raiders answered a minute later. However, Gilford broke the tie in the 68th minute and held on for the win.

Coach’s quote: “Great matchup of two top teams. Belmont played a strong game today, will look to rebound on Wednesday at home.” – Belmont’s Michael Foley

Records: Gilford 10-1; Belmont 7-3

Kearsarge 3, Stevens 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Peter Russell (G, A), Parker Root (G), Matthew Carr (G), Tyler Sidmore (A), Evan Miller (A) Stevens – Dylan Chambers

Highlights: Kearsarge went into halftime with a 1-0 lead off a goal by Russell. Root scored first early in the second half. Carr scored with about eight minutes left on a nice drop pass from Sidmore.

Coach’s quote: “The team did a great job of possessing the ball and putting into action the things we have been working on in practice.” – Kearsarge’s Matt Burch

Records: Kearsarge 6-3-2; Stevens 3-7

Hillsboro-Deering 2, Derryfield 1, OT

Key players: Hillsboro-Deering – Julian Howell (G), Ben Ketterer (G), Kieren Kennedy (A), Kaden Garvin (A)

Highlights: The Hillscats rallied from a halftime deficit to force overtime before Ketterer delivered the golden goal for a victory in front of the Homecoming crowd.

Coach’s quote: “Excellently played game by the team. Played really well defensively. Good win for the boys. Well deserved.” – Hillsboro-Deering’s Glenn Winters

Newport 7, Franklin 2

Key players: Franklin – Drew Croteau, Kolbe Bunker, Jadyn Lutz (2G)

Coach’s quote: “Today’s game was a loss but that should not diminish the improvement the team is making. They played well today. We had several good attacks on goal and the work we are doing in practice is starting to show. For a young team like this our goal is to build experience, to get those skills we work on in practice showing up in games, and to build the team for future seasons.” – Franklin’s Kevin VanGorden

Records: Newport 2-1-6; Franklin 0-9

Girls’ Soccer

Bow 4, ConVal 2

Key players: Bow – Lyndsey LaPerle (2G), Madi Paul (G), Kristina Pizzi (G), Lindsey Burnham (A), Taylor Burnham (A), Makayla Murray (A), Emma Wilke (goalie), Chloe Binder, Stephanie Gosselin, Taylor Burnham, Tessa Thomas, Madison Roberge, Lindsey Burnham, Anna Lafreniere

Highlights: Paul scored 3:30 into the game on a scramble in front of the net. The Falcons netted three scores in a minute span in the second half, all excellent goals and good responses when ConVal got on the board.

Coach’s quote: “Girls played well against a very determined and skilled ConVal team. Our defense and midfielders did an excellent job controlling the middle of the field. Loved the hustle and effort from everyone who got on the field.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

Records: Bow 9-1; ConVal6-4

Gilford 1, Belmont 0

Key players: Belmont – Sana Syed (defense), Deanna Bourque (defense), Courtney Burke (defense)

Highlights: One goal was enough to lift the Golden Eagles past the Raiders on Saturday.

Coach’s quote: “It was just one of those games where we had many chances and the ball just would not go in. Give Gilford credit, I thought that their goalkeeper really played well. She made at least six very good saves down the stretch to keep us off the scoreboard.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Hillsboro-Deering 9, Monadnock 0

Key players: Hillsboro-Deering – Madi Jones (2G), Kendra Warren (2G), Eva LaValley (G, A), Abbie Johnson (G, A), Zoe Kemp (G),, Hannah Edwards (G, A), Lexi Ledvina (G), Kimmie Nadeau (2A), Morgan Racine (A), Emily Wilkens (A), Lexi McClure (A), Emily Howell (A), Gracie Atkins (2 saves), Maggie Carter (defense), Kaylea Davison (defense), Abby VonDette (offense)

Highlights: It was H-D Homecoming weekend and the Hillcats put on a show by jumping out to a 4-0 halftime lead.

Coach’s quote: “The girls played well with good passing and possession of the ball with great finishing at the goal.” – Hillsboro-Deering’s Susan Else

Records: Hillsboro-Deering 3-6

Boys’ Cross Country

Concord 7th, MV 29th of 52 teams
at 29th Annual Woods Trail Run

Key players: Concord – Sam Hilts (26th of 735), Zachary Hooper (27th), John Murphy (40th); MV – Ethan Dodenhoff (11th in Second Seed race), Mark Mercier (8th in Fourth Seed race)

Highlights: Concord was the top local team, finishing seventh at Thetford Academy in Vermont.

Coach’s quote: “The boys are continuing to make improvements: Mark and Ethan had particularly strong races, while Jack Colvin ran his best race of the year to score as our seventh runner.” – Merrimack Valley’s Dave Irving

Girls’ Cross Country

MV 6th, Concord 20th of 44 teams
at 29th Annual Woods Trail Run

Key players: MV – Sophia Rebenciuc (3rd of 588 runners), Sophia Reynolds (11th), Samantha Kimball (3rd in Second Seed race), Violet Webb (2nd in Fourth Seed race); Concord – Serena Britos (90th), Quincy Bolduc (92nd), Katy McCoy (96th)

Highlights: The Pride was the top New Hampshire team in the standings, finishing sixth in the 44-team field.

Coach’s quote: “Despite a couple of the girls having sub-par days, overall the day was a great success. Our top goal all year has been getting our gap down between our third and fourth runners, and Samantha Kimball made that happen, actually finishing as our third runner and running her best race of the year. Sophia Rebenciuc also ran a great race, taking third overall and outkicking one of the top runners in New Hampshire’s Division II.” – Merrimack Valley’s Dave Irving

Field Hockey

Kearsarge 2, Stevens 1

Key players: Kearsarge – Marissa Montagna (2G), Kate Cochran (A), Megan Norris (A)

Highlights: Cochran assisted on Montagna’s first score before Norris set up the goal that proved to be the game-winner.

Coach’s quote: “Our girls were hungry for a win. We’ve lost a few tough games in a row, but we’re learning from our losses and looking forward.” – Kearsarge’s Chelsea Williams

Records: Kearsarge 4-6

Girls’ Volleyball

Inter-Lakes 3, Winnisquam 2

Key players: Winnisquam – Gabby Isabelle (12 kills, 6 digs), Emma Richardson (15 digs, 6 kills, 3 aces), Chloe Colarusso (27 assists, 7 digs), Olivia Dill (17 digs, 2 aces), Leigh Brown (6 digs), Hannah Honeman (3 kills, 3 digs, 3 aces)

Highlights: The Bears took a 2-1 lead, winning the first set, 25-21, losing the second, 13-25 and winning the third, 25-23, but Isabelle left the game with a leg injury in the fourth set. The Lakers, led by Emma Wheeler won the last two sets, 26-24, 15-11, to defeat Winnisquam in a battle of Division III’s top two teams on Friday night.

Coach’s quote: “I was very pleased with our effort tonight. The team refused to let the loss of a key player affect them and they battled right to the end.” – Winnisquam’s Mike Livernois

Records: Inter-Lakes 10-0; Winnisquam 8-2

Hillsboro-Deering 3, Stevens 1

Key players: Hillsboro-Deering – Kelsey Powell, Irena Rose, Kaitlyn Schoeneman, Tempest Przybyla, Cassidy Marshall, Hope Kennedy

Highlights: The Hillcats came out on top during Friday night’s “Dig Pink” event to raise money and awareness to fight against breast cancer. Success at the service line led to a 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14 victory over the Cardinals in the varsity match, while the JV team (3-7) also earned a victory by scores of 25-14, 25-16, 15-9.

Coach's quote: “Our serve was on tonight and there is no denying that. ... We lost eight players last year, so saying this is a rebuilding year is a gross understatement. But even with that, these girls come to practice every day and work hard to improve and be more competitive. It’s just really gratifying to see all their work pay off.” – Hillsboro-Deering’s Christa Liquori

Records: Hillsboro-Deering 1-10




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