Cavaliers come up short against Falcons

Friday, October 5, 2012

By The Concord Monitor

BOW – The game may not have mattered in the standings, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t matter at all. That’s not what the Bow High football team, winless in Division V, thought going into its game against Division III Hollis Brookline. It wasn’t what the Falcons thought when they went up 21-7. And it sure wasn’t what they thought when their hopes rested on a goal-line stand in the final minute.

A victory in front of a homecoming crowd meant redemption, and the Falcons weren’t going to let it get away. Bow stopped the Cavaliers’ last-minute push to come away with a 27-21 win, their first victory of the season.

“Being a non-league game, I don’t think the kids took it as seriously as they should have,” Cavs coach Milt Robinson said. “It didn’t sink in until halftime when they said ‘Oh, wow, we’re not playing that well.’”

The win makes Bow 1-4 overall, but the game’s significance goes beyond wins and losses.

“It was enormous for us,” Bow head coach Paul Cohen said. “We told the kids ‘Technically, it doesn’t matter in our division, but it’s still a game. … This is an opportunity to make a mark, a statement, in our division.’

“Those are the kinds of hallmark moments in a high-schooler’s career that they never forget.”

Showing a spirit that Cohen called a “new attitude about them,” the Falcons raced out to a 21-7 halftime lead following 2- and 3-yard touchdown runs from Anders Hanson and a 95-yard interception return for a score from Matt Ehrenberg. Bow was controlling the game, led by a running attack paced by Hanson and backfield mate Jacy Parker.

But the halftime period brought adjustments as Hollis Brookline scored twice to tie the game. Even with the lead gone, however, the Falcons weren’t ready to give in. Cohen saw it for himself, when the Cavaliers called timeout three Bow possessions later.

“The kids said ‘We can do this. We’re not going to lose this game,’ ” he said. “ ‘Let’s just keep going.’ ”

Parker capped off the drive with a 2-yard score, but a missed extra point put the game in the Cavaliers’ hands. They sensed it immediately, driving down the field to the Falcons 5-yard line, needing a touchdown to win the game.

The first run didn’t get in. Neither did the second. Or the third. Or the fourth, a triple-option run, as the ballcarrier was met by several Falcons defenders short of the line, ending the game and preserving a win that, in the end, might define the season.

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