Sports

Football team not outmatched

Friday, September 14, 2012

By JOE MARCHILENA

Staff Writer

Kurt Hines felt something that he’d never felt after his Bedford High School football team lost Friday to Winnacunnet, 13-6.

The Bulldogs head coach felt comfortable.

“It was the first time in 13 years coaching high school football that I felt that comfortable with a loss,” Hines said. “To know that we didn’t come up to D-II and get our teeth kicked in in the first game is encouraging.”

Bedford struggled at times on offense, gaining just 166 yards, but the Bulldogs’ defense was able to hold the Warriors to just 13 points, a week after Winnacunnet had scored more than 40.

James Caparell led Bedford’s offense, completing 11 of 24 passes for 111 yards and a 16-yard touchdown to Michael Vailas. But the score didn’t come until the final play of the game, an untimed down that was the result of a defensive penalty on the previous down.

Hines thought Bedford did its best up front, along both lines, where the Bulldogs were at a disadvantage in experience and size.

“Being the second varsity for our offensive line, against a veteran Winnacunnet team, I was very proud with the effort they put in,” he said. “They averaged about 270 across the board, and two of their guys are 280. To be that undersized against them and to be able to, on both sides of the ball, be able to stop them from putting up points and to put together a few drives really impressed me.”

The Bulldogs (0-1 in Division II, 1-1 overall) will go on the road Friday for the first time this season to take on Timberlane, of Plaistow, a team that rallied for a 22-21 win over Spaulding last Friday. The Owls (1-0, 1-1), who defeated Bedford in a crossover game last year, will be a different kind of challenge for the Bulldogs.

“Timberlane is a bunch of all-state wrestlers who like to play football, too,” Hines said. “They’re not going to be as big, but certainly as physical. They’re always a tough team.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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