High schools: Cougars run away with D-III football showdown against Lakers

  • Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough's Deandre Miller (5) throws a pass during Saturday's football game at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith on Sept. 9, 2017. Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough lost to Campbell, 42-0. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough lost to Campbell, 42-0, during Saturday's football game at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith on Sept. 9, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough’s Deante Miller (23) prepares to fend off Campbell’s Conor Sweeney (25) during Saturday’s Division III football game at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith. The Lakers were defeated, 41-0. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough’s Tucker Moore (13) and Thor Burr (20) collide with Campbell’s Dylan Putzlocker (22) before tackling him to the ground during Saturday’s game. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Sunday, September 10, 2017

MEREDITH – This was supposed to be an early-season showdown between two of the best in Division III. Maybe it would even preview the D-III title game.

Instead, it was all Campbell. The Cougars (2-0) racked up 395 rushing yards, allowed just 38 total yards and hung a 42-0 score on the 2015 and 2016 D-III runner-up, Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough (1-1).

“We’re not surprised. We came out and played four quarters and the ball rolled our way a couple times,” Campbell Coach Greg Gush said. “I thought we played a good football game. I thought we were going to be in a dogfight. That’s a good football team, so our guys outplayed them today. We’re not going to have a day like this every single time. So we’ll take this, we’ll learn from it and we’ll try to get a little better.”

It’s hard to imagine the Cougars playing much better. There was plenty of room for improvement for the Lakers, and that’s just what they were talking about after the game, too.

“Everything is a learning experience in life. So this is another learning experience. It’s good to get your butt kicked every once in a while, it reminds you of where you came from,” IL-MA Coach Jon Francis said. “Campbell is a good ballclub and it just didn’t go our way today.”

The Cougars had three backs rush for over 100 yards in their 41-0 win last week against Raymond. They weren’t quite as diverse this week, but their old-school, single-wing offense was still impressive on the ground.

“It all starts up front. Our guys up front are killing themselves,” Gush said “The backs get all the glory, but those guys are in the trenches and they love what they do. They’re very proud of the way they play football, they’re proud of the fact that we had three 100-yard rushers last week, I don’t think a lot of teams can say that. So I’m happy with the way all 11 players are playing on offense.”

That offensive line, which returned all five starters from last year’s 6-3 team, did create plenty of running lanes. But even when they didn’t, Ryan Yanuszweski (17 carries, 172 yards two touchdowns) and Keegan Mills (17 carries, 163 yards, two touchdowns) created yards on their own.

The single wing does rely on deception, but the Cougars weren’t trying to hide how they wanted to move the ball. Their first drive was 12 plays, all runs, that covered 75 yards in a methodical 5:49 and ended with a bullish 4-yard scoring run from Mills.

The Cougars got the ball back just two plays later after Jason Rubino picked off IL-MA quarterback Noah Robinson near midfield and returned it to the Lakers 31. A 19-yard run from Yanuszweski pushed the ball to the 12 and it looked like Campbell would quickly add to the lead, although IL-MA captain Ryan Caswell had other ideas.

Caswell, a 6-foot-1, 265-pound junior, made three straight tackles that led to a fourth-and-1 from the 4. Nick Boucher picked up those 4 yards for the score and a 14-0 Campbell lead, but it was still an impressive display from Caswell.

“He’s fun to watch,” Francis said of Caswell. “He’s a great, great kid and a leader in the school and in the community. And obviously he’s a force and a leader on the football field.”

The Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough defense came up with a pair of big plays in the third quarter – a third-down pass break up from Deandre Miller and a fumble recovery from Mark MacDonald – to keep the Cougars off the board for most of the frame. But Mills connected with Boucher for a 23-yard touchdown pass with 1:16 left in the second to give the Cougars a 20-0 lead going into halftime.

Campbell kept rolling in the second half, scoring touchdowns on its first two drives to push the lead to 36-0 and send the game to running time. On the other side, the Lakers had two straight three-and-outs, didn’t pick up a second-half first down until late in the fourth and finished the game with just three first downs.

IL-MA will try to learn from the loss and bounce back next week, but it won’t be easy on the road against a good Newport team.

“Newport is tough to beat no matter where you play them, but especially at the their place,” Francis said. “These guys are going to rest this weekend, circle the wagons and watch film on Monday. So we’ll make the necessary corrections and get ready for Newport.”

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


Concord Christian 6, Canaan-Pittsburg 0

Key players: Concord Christian – Dylan Daigneault (goal), Connor Young (goal), Eli Marshall (goal), Jacob Taylor (goal)

Records: Concord Christian 2-3; Canaan-Pittsburg 0-5


Pembroke 1, Berlin 0

Key players: Pembroke – Ciera Clark (goal), Alysse Cleasby (assist), Kelly Wagner (midfield), Josie Stottlar (goalie)

Highlights/key moments: After the initial shot on the corner was broken up on the game-winning play, Cleasby found Clark in front of the net to send in the first and only goal of the game.

Coach’s quote: “These girls really came together as a team today. It was an evenly matched game and they played to win.” – Pembroke’s Aimee Monterio

Records: Pembroke 1-2; Berlin 2-1


Bow first

Key players: Bow – Jason Howe, Jake Mielcarz, Nate Benoit

Highlights/key moments: Howe carded a team-low 39, Mielcarz finished with a 42 and Benoit fired a 43 to catapult the Falcons to victories over Prospect Mountain and Campbell.

Coach’s quote: “Our boys played really well. They were able to control the course. Still looking to improve in some areas, but excited to see that there is room to grow.” – Bow’s Matthew Davis

Records: Bow 5-1


Merrimack Valley sixth

Key players: MV – David Reynolds (1st), Matt Reynolds (7th), Matt Lyle (22nd), Connor Butt (52nd), Mason Graham (57th)

Highlights/key moments: Reynolds became the second Merrimack Valley boy to win at the Great Glen Invitational.

Coach’s quote: “Our top three ran very well today, with David running a very mature paced race to pull away in the last mile to win by 21 seconds. A big surprise was ninth-grader Ethan Dodenhoff who placed 10th in the JV race, with a time that would have been good for fourth on our team in the varsity race.” – MV’s Dave Irving


Merrimack Valley sixth

Key players: MV – Emma York (8th), Noelle Colarusso (21st), Lauren Rouse (23rd), Madisyn Garrity (40th), Tristan Beyer (44th)

Coach’s quote: “Emma ran a very solid race to place in the top 10 and finish with her best time of the year. New runner Madisyn Garrity continues to improve and develop into a key component of the team.” – MV’s Dave Irving