Opening kick return TD sparks Goffstown to 29-9 win over Concord

  • Concord’s Gavin Moody (11) is taken down during Saturday’s game at Goffstown High School. Concord lost to Goffstown, 29-9. ELIZABETH FRANTZ photos / Monitor staff

  • Concord's Isaac Gladey (8) drives through the Goffstown defense during Saturday's football game at Goffstown High School on Sept. 2, 2017. Concord lost to Goffstown, 29-9. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Liddon Ling (32) loses his helmet during Saturday's football game at Goffstown High School on Sept. 2, 2017. Concord lost to Goffstown, 29-9. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Zachary Miles (4) shakes off a Goffstown defender during Saturday's football game at Goffstown High School on Sept. 2, 2017. Concord lost to Goffstown, 29-9. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Concord lost to Goffstown, 29-9, during Saturday's football game at Goffstown High School on Sept. 2, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Concord lost to Goffstown, 29-9, during Saturday's football game at Goffstown High School on Sept. 2, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Caleb Yianakopolos (3) makes a throw to Jordan Berrocales (88) during Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton's 35-30 win over Manchester West at Houston Fields in Contoocook on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Aidan Horne (44) weaves through the Manchester West defense during Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton's 35-30 win over Manchester West at Houston Fields in Contoocook on Saturday. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff

  • Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton defeated Manchester West, 35-30, during their season opener at Houston Fields in Contoocook on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

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Published: 9/3/2017 12:41:31 AM

GOFFSTOWN – The opening kickoff was a sign of things to come, and that was bad news for Concord.

After a quick and sneaky handoff on the kick, Goffstown’s Andrew Duval went 92 yards for a touchdown to put the Crimson Tide in a hole just 10 seconds into the season. An aggressive Goffstown defense and big plays from Duval and his quarterback, Charlie Keith, kept Concord in that hole as the Grizzlies claimed a 29-9 season-opening win on Saturday.

“That was nice, executed it pretty cleanly,” Goffstown Coach Justin Hufft said of the kickoff return. “You get the ball to Andrew Duval, he’s a special player, that’s kind of what we’re trying to do out here.”

They did a good job of it as Duval finished with four catches for 138 yards and a touchdown. Keith went 7-for-11 for 168 yards and three touchdowns, and he was the game’s leading rusher with 16 carries for 70 yards.

On the other side, Concord struggled to block the blitzing, stunting Grizzlies and finished with 171 yards of total offense. Most of those yards came from junior quarterback Zach Miles, who went 11-for-17 for 96 yards with a touchdown and an interception and added 20 yards rushing on 10 carries.

“We did not execute well offensively in any facet of the game from start to finish,” Concord Coach Eric Brown said. “Give them a little bit of the credit, but I think we’re better than that, we’re better than how we played today. Whether that results in a win or not, I don’t know, but we’re better than what we played today.”

The Concord defense did give up some big plays, but it also held Goffstown to 243 total yards, and a scant 45 yards in the second half. Middle linebacker Alex Buteau was at the heart of that defensive effort for the Tide, with help from fellow linebacker Dustin Kay and lineman Noah Giffard, who flashed some talent in his first varsity game.

But the Concord defense was simply on the field for too long and asked to do too much.

“The defense played well at times, gave up some big plays and special teams gave up a big play, but overall our offense was not good,” Brown said. “It was the first time all preseason, now into the season, that our offense has not clicked. Again I think part of it was Goffstown, but we just weren’t ready to play today.”

That wasn’t the case for the Grizzlies, who were clearly ready on the opening kick and upped their lead to 13-0 midway through the first on another big play from Duval. This one came when the senior receiver got himself open on a fly route down the left sideline and Keith hit him in stride for a 44-yard score and a 13-0 lead with 7:14 left in the first quarter.

Goffstown used a short field and another throw from Keith to up the lead to 19-0 late in the first half. The Grizzlies went 40 yards in six plays, the last a 15-yard touchdown catch from Colby Putnam.

The halftime lead could have been more for the home team, but Buteau blocked a field goal attempt in the closing moments of the first half.

The Tide put together a nine-play drive to start the second half, but Miles had to leave the game on a key fourth down play and the Grizzlies took over on downs. They carried that momentum into their next possession and marched 62 yards in the other direction to increase their lead to 26-0 on another touchdown catch from Putnam, this one from 13 yards out.

A 30-yard field goal from Jimmy McTiernan made it 29-0 with 7:11 left on the clock.

Concord finally got on the board late in the fourth as Miles led a seven-play, 68-yard drive that ended with a leaping touchdown catch from Liddon Ling (four catches, 49 yards).

“It was important,” Brown said of the drive. “You try to pull positives out of game like this and that was certainly one of them.”

Concord’s final points came on an intentional safety, so that can’t really be put into the positive category. Still, the Tide will take what it can from this game and move forward with its schedule.

“It was a disappointing start, but we’ll be ready for Winnacunnet on Friday,” Brown said, “and hopefully you’re going to see a different team.”

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


Bow 41, Pembroke 0

Key players: Bow – Jack Wixson (2 TD catches, 1 rushing TD), Matt Harkins (3 TD passes), Ben Kimball (5-yard TD run), Justin Porath (30-yard TD catch), Tanner Cammett (25-yard TD run)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons put up points in bunches early to cruise to the season-opening victory over the Spartans. Wixson had touchdown catches of 25 and 30 yards and added another on the ground in the second quarter. Bow led 34-0 at the half and posted one more score in the third quarter on a run from Cammett.

Coach’s quote: “We had a very nice balance in the passing attack and rushing attack as well, which bodes well for us early in the season.” – Bow’s Paul Cohen

Records: Bow 1-0; Pembroke 0-1

Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton 35,
Manchester West 30

Key players: H-D/Hopkinton – Aidan Horne (15 carries, 97 yards, 2 TDs; 90 yards receiving, TD), Caleb Yianakopolos 17 of 30 passing, 183 yards, 3 total TDs), Kevin McCaffrey (2 tackles for loss, 1 sack)

Highlights/key moments: Despite facing deficits of 16-12 and 24-12, the Redhawks rallied in the second half. H-D/Hopkinton put together 218 yards of total offense and posted 23 second-half points, locking up the home win with a defensive stop late in the fourth quarter.

Records: H-D/Hopkinton 1-0; Manchester West 0-1

Bishop Brady 59, Farmington-Nute 2

Key players: Brady: Rich Sullivan (6 touchdowns), Patrick Brust (3 touchdown passes, rushing touchdown), Ismael Rivera (rushing touchdown), Chase Buckman (defense), Jack Compton (defense), Colby Morris (rushing), Kevin Anderson (rushing)

Highlights/key moments: The Green Giants scored twice in the first three minutes as they rolled to the season-opening win at home. Sullivan scored on offense, defense and special teams.

Coach’s quote: “The offensive and defensive line played extremely hard today, without the big guys up front we don’t get anything done. (Sullivan) is a great kid and has that breakaway speed where anything can happen once he touches the ball. A great team effort.” – Brady’s Matt Shaw

Records: Brady 1-0; Farmington-Nute 0-1


Gilford 7, Pembroke 1

Key players: Gilford: Kellie Ryan (3 goals, assist), Brianna Salanitro (2 goals), Jillian Lachapelle (offensive catalyst), Laurel Gingrich (goal), Chloe Boucher (goal), Taryn Fountain (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The defending champion Golden Eagles started a little slow, but they found their groove in plenty of time to earn the road win.

Coach’s quote: “We need to be more consistent at the start of the game. We’re groggy getting off the bus.” – Gilford’s Dave Rogacki

Records: Gilford 2-0; Pembroke 0-2

Bow 1, Stevens 0

Key players: Bow: Erin Boldwin (goal), Shannon Ford (assist), Elizabeth Guertin (strong midfield play), Lauren Walter (solid defense), Courtney Baer (key saves in goal).

Highlights/key moments: Bow scored in the first half and held Stevens scoreless through the second.

Coach’s quote: “It was a great start for the season. Stevens gave us a run for our money. We have been working hard on getting back to the basics – positioning, passing, communication – and it paid off.” – Bow’s Rebecca Cleary

Records: Bow 1-0; Stevens 1-1

Kearsarge 1, John Stark 0

Key players: Kearsarge: Meghan Norris (goal), Audrey Kenyon (assist), Marissa Pickman (14 saves), Hannah Tockman (strong defense in first varsity start)

Highlights/key moments: Norris, a freshman, scored her first varsity goal on a pretty feed from Kenyon. Norris was also instrumental to Kearsarge’s defense, especially in its own circle.

Coach’s quote: “It was great to see the things we’ve been working on in practice come together. Norris and Kenyon connected on a great play and we hope to see a lot more of that in coming games. We had thin numbers but we made it work and got it done.” – Kearsarge’s Dianne Chadwick

Records: Kearsarge 1-1; John Stark 0-2

Newfound 2, Winnisquam 0

Key players: Newfound – Julianne Marchand (goal), Caroline Marchand (goal), Montana Bassett (8 saves), Hayleigh LeTourneau (defense), Hannah Eastman (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Newfound discovered success quickly, posting a 1-0 lead just 50 seconds into the game and striking again at the 14-minute mark for the two-goal cushion.

Coach’s quote: “We are moving the ball better and faster, but we need to make connections around the cage to finish off some of the great passes and shots.” –Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: Newfound 2-0; Winnisquam 0-2


Pittsfield 8, Hinsdale 2

Key players: Pittsfield – Cam Darrah (4 goals), Casey Clark (goal), Chandler Norris (goal), Matt St. George (goal), Garrett Guerrero-Hadley (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Darrah scored all four of his goals in a first half that Pittsfield led 5-0. Three of Darrah’s goals came in a 10-minute span as the Panthers relied on a number of contributors to cruise to victory.

Records: Pittsfield 2-1; Hinsdale 0-3


Bow 1, Hanover 0, 2 OT

Key players: Bow – Taylor Burnham (goal), Emma Gagne (defense), Lea Crompton (defense), Lauren Goyette (midfield), Miah Munro (forward)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons and their hot start to the season were put to the test by Hanover. Scoreless into the second overtime period, Burnham connected on a direct kick from around 35 yards and snuck it under the crossbar for the game-winner.

Coach’s quote: “We found out today that we have some work to do, but we also found out that this team has heart.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

Records: Bow 3-0; Hanover 1-1

Stevens 5, Hillsboro-Deering 2

Key players: H-D – Izabella Warren (goal), Emily Wightman (assist), Lexi McClure (goal), Mara Grady (assist)

Highlights/key moments: H-D found itself trailing 5-1 at the half, but played much better in the second half on and off the ball, pressuring and in possession.

Coach’s quote: “I am extremely pleased with how composed the girls were for the second half. The were able to possess the ball and create opportunities for goal scoring.” – H-D’s Susan Else

Records: H-D 0-3; Stevens 3-0

Pittsfield 2, Hinsdale 0

Key players: Pittsfield – Katie Rollins (goal), Kira Wood (goal), Kylee Morel (assist), Paige Provencal (assist)

Highlights/key moments: Rollins netted her goal on a feed from Morel at the 20-minute mark and Wood increased the lead to 2-0 off an assist from Provencal early in the second half. The Panthers limited Hinsdale to a pair of shots and are outscoring their opponents, 12-2, through its first three games.

Coach’s quote: “The girls played a good game and the defense was fantastic. We put up a lot of shots and had some really great chances to add to the score.” – Pittsfield’s Jayme Kennedy

Records: Pittsfield 3-0; Hinsdale 0-2-1


Concord 3, Goffstown 1

Key players: Concord – Abby Rochette (15 assists, 2 kills, 5 aces), Maria Wimpey (8 kills, 4 digs, 5 aces), Brenna Vandersea (15 digs)

Highlights/key moments: In its first game without former standouts Lauren Hatch and Caitlyn Shea, the Tide kicked off the new season with a well-earned victory. Concord won the first set, 25-15, dropped the next match, 26-24, and put things together to win the final two sets.

Coach’s quote: “This was a good first game to open a new season. Roll Tide.” – Concord’s Jonathan Flower

Records: Concord 1-0; Goffstown 0-1

Inter-Lakes 3, Newfound 2

Key players: Newfound – Ashlee Dukette (12 kills, 4 aces, 10 blocks), Aryn Prescott (6 kills, 4 aces, 15 assists), Bailey Fairbank (4 aces, 4 kills); Inter-Lakes – Emma Wheeler (15 kills, 12 digs, 18 service points), Jessalyn Brown (25 assists, 13 digs), Jordan Durand (12 service points, 13 digs, 7 kills), Sarah Seeley (11 digs, 12 service points)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers took a tight first set, 25-23, before trading off wins with the Bears. Inter-Lakes found a way to capitalize on some unforced errors from Newfound to take the fifth and final set, 15-7.

Coach’s quote: “Our loss tonight was from serving and attacking. ... We’ll fix it and come back ready the nex time we meet Inter-Lakes.” – Newfound’s Amy Fairbank

“Momentum was huge in the match with both teams struggling at times with first-match jitters.” – Inter-Lakes’ Randy Mattson

Records: Inter-Lakes 1-0; Newfound 0-1

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