Bedford Sports Talk
The Bedford Jaguars dropped a 22-20 loss to the Goffstown Screamin’ Eagles. Goffstown took an early lead and held it through most of the game, but the resilient Jaguars staged a second half comeback to get within two points, and almost squeezed out a win. Noah Chaberek hauled in a 52-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Darian Phommaphat to get the Jaguars’ offensive started. Chaberek also had a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown, keeping the Jaguars alive. Justin Porter took the ball off tackle and scampered 32 yards for the third Jaguars’ score, with Benjamin Jackson adding on the two-point conversion. On the defensive side of the ball, Noah Chaberek also displayed some defensive flair with an interception. Demetri Anagnost and Darian Phommaphat were the catalyst of a total of three fumbles, with the recoveries made by Noah Chaberek, Mason Blanchard and Justin Porter.
The Jaguars took this weekend as preparation for the postseason, getting a win over the Keene Knights 32-0. The Jaguars jumped out to an early 8-0 lead just minutes into the game and never looked back. The Jaguars scoring continued throughout the first half, with Sammy Malignaggi at QB, connecting with Noah Lavalle and Marcus Peterson. The defense came to play in Keene, freezing out the Knights from their own end zone. The defense was led by Nick Landman, Jake Collins, Torey Helton, Christian Bourgeois, Ryan Donahue, Zach Garron and Donovan Collins, who all had great plays defending the end zone. Arthur Standard contributed both with outstanding kickoffs and also with double digit scoring on his own. He contributing 10 points on point-after conversion kicks, while also recovering a mishandled kickoff deep in Knights’ territory following a Jaguars’ kickoff. Solid contributions turned in by Cade Nash, Sonny Elie, Jonnie Redman, Ben Lasman, Mason Brown, Nick Flores, Jackson Looney, Peter Falvey and Zach Garron. The 7-1 Jaguars earned a spot in the state semifinal playoff game this weekend at Bedford High School.
The Jaguars ended the season on a high note with a 13-0 win over the NorRock Vikings in Raymond. After the defense held the Vikings out of the end zone the offense took over on its own 5-yard line, and drove the team down field for a quick six points.
Cameron Marchant, Nick Guerrra, Ian Vance, Camden Wood, Gabe Flores, Magnus Steele and Jake Fall opened up enough running lanes for Cal MaCauliffe, Caleb Lemoine and Kasey Mahoney to take the team on a 95-yard drive ending with a touchdown by MaCauliffe. The Jaguars had a 6-0 lead at halftime, and strong defense by both teams in the second half kept the game close. Big defensive plays by Gabe Flores, Ian Vance, Michael Remick and George Tatakis made it difficult for the Vikings to mount any scoring drives. Zach Jones made a big play on defense, opening the door for an offensive scoring run by Kasey Mahoney to seal the win.
The Jaguars kicked off the cheer competition season in impressive fashion with the Bedford/Goffstown Seventh Annual Season Premiere event held at the Bedford High School on Oct.19. Over 100 youth and high school cheer squads from around New Hampshire and Massachusetts came out to compete in the first meet of the season, and largest cheer competition in the state.
More than 2,000 cheerleaders took to the floor for routines in all five youth cheer divisions, and in the high school JV and varsity division. The four returning Bedford Jaguar state champion cheer squads were ready to roar and owned the mat all day. The morning kicked off with the Division 8 and Division 10 squads performing some amazing stunts and tumble passes, and showcasing all that the Bedford Jaguar program has to offer. The afternoon showcased the awesome talents of our Division 12 and Division 13 squads. The Jaguar Tiny Mite Squad was on fire, showcasing one of the only full tumble passes in the division, and as always was a big fan favorite. All the teams were virtually flawless and showed that they are ready to defend their State and Regional titles. Our newest, and most impressive, squad to take the mats on Saturday was our adaptive cheer squad. These six girls got the crowd to their feet with their spectacular performance, and took home first place.
Tiny Mite Silver
Co-captain Christian Morley delivered a pregame speech to his TM Silver teammates and the Bulldogs responded with their most outstanding performance this season against Hooksett. Nate Clark led a punishing ground attack as he battered his way through the Hurricanes defense, picking up several important first downs. He was assisted by John Kramer, Ethan Christerson and Brady Doldo, who all contributed to a ball control offense that peeled valuable time off the clock. Despite a Hooksett game plan that keyed his every move, QB Spencer Henrichon juked, stiff-armed, and bulldozed over any Hurricane in his path as he scored three TDs and gained over 150 yards rushing. In all, nine different players carried the ball. On defense, the Bulldogs continued to be very stingy, led by Brady Jackson. The center of the defense was anchored by the steady play of Tyler Johnston, John Martineau and Brody Cassidy who all made several big hits.
Tiny Mite Red
Tiny Mite Red held its ground against a much bigger Southern NH Steelers team. Gavin Lavalle came ready to play with some big runs, while Ethan Chmielecki, Jack Riso and Jack Mastrodicasa kept the chains moving. Great blocking from offensive linemen Amir Baadani, Caleb Goldstein and Griffin Clang opened holes for the run. Dean Poltronieri led the Red defense, forcing a Steeler fumble recovery and several tackles. Fundamental group tackling by Nick Polishan, Evan Maslanka, RJ Proulx and Kevin Mastrodicasa led to multiple four-and-out series by the Steeler offense. Danny Black made several open field tackles on sweep plays, while a stout line of Aaron Chmielecki, Brady Proulx, Juju Espaillat and Griffin Clang stifled the inside running game.
Mitey Mite Red
The Bedford Jr. Bulldogs Mitey Mite Red team lost a close game against the Concord Vipers that came down to the last seconds of the game. Thomas Rice opened up the scoring for the Bulldogs with a 5-yard TD run after a long sustained drive led by the blocking of Ben Stuart, Tyler Merkle, Brendan Thornton, Andrew Peicker, Finn ONeil, Maddox Muir and Andrew McGee. The Vipers were able to counter with a score of their own to tie the game at 6. Muir answered with another Bulldogs TD after escaping the scrum and powering his way into the end zone, aided by the big blocks of Ethan Flanagan, Jaden Gangwer, Quinn Hinsley and Cristhian Espaillat.
The Bulldogs defense was tough all day, with big punishing tackles from McGee, Muir, Dylan MacLeod and Josh Tobin but the Vipers were able to get in for another TD and take a one-point lead with two minutes left in the game. McGee took the kickoff back to midfield to put the Bulldogs in good position for their final assault. Big runs by Cam Healey, Evan Cibotti and Tobin got the Bulldogs down to the Vipers 5-yard line but a turnover sealed their fate as time ran out.
Mitey Mite Silver
The Mitey Mite Silver Junior Bulldogs upped their record to 8-0 with a big 14-0 win over second-place Hooksett. The Bulldogs scored on their initial possession when Aiden O’Connell found Joe Mikol on a big fourth-down pass behind great protection by Hunter Fennessy and Aidan Morley. Willie Kramer then pounded in the touchdown behind Colin Chandonnet and Zach Dion. O’Connell added the PAT.
The defense went to work from there as Dylan Bellerose, Cooper Cassidy, Ethan Healey and Jack Keegan provided a formidable front four to stop Hooksett. After halftime, the Bulldogs scored again as Kramer found paydirt behind a crushing Ryan Wallat and Ryan Cote block. Wallat then punched in the PAT behind Gabe Tomkinson and Brady Martino. The Bulldogs had a great day through the air, with Fennessy converting big fourth down completions to Jackson Bollduc, Ryan Luca and Corey Lipke. Cote made a huge fumble recovery on a kickoff which enabled the combination of bruising tailbacks Presley Trento and Evan Schmitt to run out the clock. Cole Wolfinger was a stalwart at safety and the bookends of Sean Toscano and Ryan Ashburner played fantastic.
Jr. Pee Wee Red
The JPW Red Bulldogs came out on top in a defensive struggle against the Amherst Patriots. There were some exceptional defensive plays in the first half, with an interception by Nate Frederick and a sack by Hayden Cheney. In addition, there was a host of gang tackles by Max Manniello, Will Schoel, Philip Toscano, Aidan Wolfinger, Jacob Plage, Caleb Luca and Amr Baadani. The first half proved to be challenging, with little ball movement and some costly turnovers which resulted in a halftime score of 0-0. Bedford was able to put up some points in the second half on a 60-yard run by Joey Lupo, who made several shifty moves. Great blocking was provided by Jack LaVoie, Colby Davis, Andrew Kemp, Graham Frederick, Aidan Landman and Gunner Grant. The extra point run was nicely executed by Caleb Dudas. Conor Mullin had a great long kick that pinned Amherst deep in its territory. The lead was short lived when Amherst responded with a touchdown. With Amherst needing an extra point for the tie, Ryan Jaeger blasted in for a strip-sack fumble off the quarterback to protect the lead. In Amherst’s final attempt to score late in the fourth quarter, Caleb Dudas secured the Bulldog victory with a fine interception.
The Pee Wee team suffered a 29-0 loss against Dracut, Mass. The defense played a strong first half, led by hits from Ben Black, Connor O’Connell and the defensive line which consisted of Jack Grogan, Jared Neikam, Kyle Lavigne, Ben Sylvain, Austin Dearborn and Matt Schwartz. The game got away from the Jr. Bulldogs in the second half as Dracut’s runing game took control. The offense was led by Jordan Dyer, who completed several nice passes to Liam O’Connell and Clay Campbell. The Bulldogs also had good line play and pass blocking from Scotty Landies, Drake Tompkinson, Joey Leary, Ben Sylvain and Patrick Goterch. Conner Hujsak ran the ball hard all day.
Junior High JV
The Bedford junior high JV beat Merrimack 26-6. Bedford came out flying high with a Kyle Fink long TD run to put the Dogs up early. A second TD was scored by Dillon Boutin. Two more TD runs put the Dogs up big. There were several strong runs by Stevie Chartier, Chris Chartier, Cole Glennon, Dan Ondez and Brandon Trento. There were also great passes from Mike Mullen to Mason Adams and Kyle Fink. The defense was lead by Andrew Twite, Truman Larson, Ryan Fox, Anthony Bobo, Nick Buzzelli and Mason Albert. Other key defensive plays were made by Pat Harrington. The defensive line played great all day, not allowing Merrimack’s offense to get going.
Junior High Varsity
The Bedford junior high varsity Beat Merrimack 27-6 to lock up a home playoff game for the first round. The game was scoreless at the end of three quarters. That is when the offense broke with great runs by Zac Tucci, Liam Jackson, Max Chartier, Lucien Mumpini and Connor Roberts. The Bulldogs went ahead on a Harry LeGoullon run up the middle behind Aiden Livingston, Jakob Toon and Ben LaCombe. The second TD game on a terrific Matt Gilligan pass reception on fourth and long. There were other nice catches from Max Chartier, Colton Krasinski and Liam Jackson. The varsity Dogs improve their record to 6-1. The defense took over and put up two more TDs. One came on a Spencer Adams interception run back of about 30 yards.
The second came on a Stephen Simpson fumble pick up and run for 35 yards. Ryan Toscano also had a interception for the Dog defense. The defensive line played well, led by Greg Wheeler, Alex Woo, Evan Catania and Noah Sferrazza.
BBL registration open
The Bedford Basketball League is holding registration for the 2013-14 season. Membership for players in Grades 1-2 is $60 for the season, while membership for players in Grades 3-12 is $75. Players in Grades 3-8 may also tryout for one of the league’s travel teams.
The BBL is also has a new website, which features photos, news, calendars and team pages. Visit www.bedford
bl.com to register.
With a new registration system, all participants will need to re-establish a profile and login credentials by creating a new BBL account. Registration instructions are available on the home page. Membership registration will remain open through Oct. 31. After that date there will be a $15 late fee until registration closes on Nov. 15.