Bulldogs roll past Blue Knights

Friday, October 12, 2012


Staff Writer

Entering Saturday’s homecoming game, the Bedford Bulldogs found themselves facing an opponent whose recent history was very similar to their own.

Like Bedford, the Manchester West Blue Knights were riding a multiple-game win streak during which they had put up big offensive numbers.

With their own win streak on the line, the Bulldogs quickly separated themselves from West, rolling to a 48-14 victory Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.

With the win, Bedford improved its record to 4-1 on the season in Division II, and 5-1 overall. The Bulldogs currently sit at second place in the division with three weeks remaining. West fell to 3-3 on the season, and 2-3 in Division II.

The Bulldogs piled up big numbers on offense, scoring seven touchdowns and recording 424 all-purpose yards. Quarterback James Caparell completed 10 of 14 passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed six times for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Despite the big numbers, Bedford coach Kurt Hines said not everything was perfect for the Bulldogs.

“The score doesn’t really show it, but we didn’t play disciplined as we should have,” said Hines. “It’s a little disappointing to win 48-14 and not leave as high as we thought we should be.”

The Bulldogs committed six penalties in the game, including a pair of personal fouls. They also turned the ball over three times. Hines said this week’s practice would be spent particularly working on communication between blockers and running backs.

Bedford scored on its first four drives of the game, building a 28-7 lead by halftime.

“It was just lack of execution,” said West coach Jim Lauzon. “We’ve been telling everyone we’ve just got to execute and there was just a few times we didn’t.

“I think the kids were feeling really good about themselves (coming off consecutive wins). Bedford’s riding high too. We knew we had to slow them down early and we didn’t.”

Sophomore Mike Vailas was Caparell’s favorite target in the game, making three catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Nick Vailas had three receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown.

The Bedford defense held West to 216 yards on offense, and forced three turnovers (including two interceptions by Mike Vailas.) West’s Zach Ziemba completed 12 of 22 passes for two touchdowns.

Bedford’s first four drives of the game resulted in touchdowns. Senior Dylan York rushed for two scores in the first quarter. On the first drive of the second quarter, Caparell found Mike Vailas on a quick slant route to finish off a 10-play drive, and then found him again on the next drive for a 25-yard deep ball.

West showed some life at the end of the first half, scoring a quick touchdown on a 40-yard wheel route from Ziemba to Jared Camire. West then picked off a ill-conceived pass from Caparell on the first play after the kickoff, but could not muster another score before halftime.

The teams traded fumbles to begin the second half. Caparell then scored twice more to finish off his big day, passing to Nick Valais for one touchdown, and then, following a three-and-out from West, rushing 15 yards (and withstanding a big hit to make the score 41-7 after three quarters.

Senior running back David Cannone scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to top off the Bedford scoring.

West added a second touchdown, a 22-yard strike from Ziemba to Prince Nyemah, with under two minutes remaining.

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