Bedford Sports Talk

BASKETBALL

Coaches wanted for BBL

The Bedford Basketball League is looking for coaches for its 2014-15 boys and girls travel programs. The program is designed for the more serious and dedicated player in grades 3-8. The travel program runs from November to early March. Typical weekly sessions include at least one practice and up to two games per week, in addition to the Bedford Jamboree in mid-November. Away games involve programs in towns throughout Southern New Hampshire and sometimes Northern Massachusetts.

Anyone with questions, or interested in applying, should email a letter of intent, along with coaching experience, playing experience and philosophy (no more than one page) by Sept. 17 to Ron King at president@bedfordbl.com or mail to: Bedford Basketball League, Attention: President, PO Box 10351 Bedford, NH 03110.

JR. BULLDOGS

Tiny Mite

The Tiny Mite team kicked off the season in spectacular fashion at Preston Field. Brady Doldo opened the game with a burst on the first play, scoring a TD before a minute had burned from the clock. On the next series, Brady Jackson ran a bootleg to hit pay dirt. Dean Poltronieri added a third score on the last play of the first half. The Bulldogs offense was supported by the stellar play of Bedford’s line, anchored by Juliune Espaillat, Tristin Leck, John Martineau and Patrik Burke. Bruising fullback Hudson Schmitt hammered in the game’s final score behind a pancake block by Justin Chiras. On defense, the Bulldogs were relentless and stingy, not allowing a single score. Evan Dunker was supported by a trio of lock-down corners, Trenton Otero, Brady Proulx and RJ Proulx. The defensive end play of Tyson Bolduc and Jack Petrosino was outstanding, forcing the Patriots into the middle where linebackers Brody Cassidy and Beau Boughter made numerous tackles. The Bulldogs D forced several turnovers, including a timely fumble recovery by Carter Rick to stop an Amherst second half drive.

Mitey Mite Silver

The Mighty Mite Silver team was tenacious on defense, allowing only one first down. Jackson Bolduc excited the crowd with a tackle early in the second quarter. Offensively, Evan Cibotti connected with Aiden O’Connell for two touchdown passes. Eric Morgan scampered for a 30-yard touchdown. Joel Poltronieri and Colton Gooden pounded in for the PATs. Tyler Johnston, Ethan Flanagan, John Kramer, Nate Clark, Jack Keegan, Parker Bromley, Brady Martino, Alex Wafer, Jackson Bolduc, Sean Toscano, Jacob Fall and Ethan Chmielecki all had great runs.

Junior Pee Wee Red

Bedford JPW Red faced at tough Amherst opponent in its home opener. On defense, the Bulldogs had some great tackles from Connor Guibord, Aiden Morley and Parker Henrichon. Andrew McGee made a thundering hit on a free kick stopping Amherst in its tracks. The Bulldogs offense received a jump start with big runs from Cam Healey set up by big blocks from Russell Erwin, Aidan Morley and Matthew Peicker. A perfect throw from Hunter Fennessy to Thomas Rice gave the Bulldogs their largest gain for the day. Despite a great effort from all players the Bulldogs could not find the end zone and suffered a 14-0 loss.

Junior Pee Wee Silver

The Junior Pee Wee Silver team opened the season with a 19-0 shutout of the visiting Seacoast Titans behind big defensive plays by Ryan Wallat, Zach Dion and a fumble recovery by Finn O’Neil. Willy Kramer got the Bulldogs going with a 65-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage behind big blocks from Eli Raby, Ben Stuart and Evan Schmitt. Ten different Bulldogs ran the ball on the day, three different quarterbacks threw completions and four different receivers made catches. TJ O’Connell threw for the second score to Joe Mikol, who also added another conversion. Owen Umansky rounded out the scoring in the fourth quarter behind blocks by Cam Cilley and Phil Tuscano. Ryan Cote and Josh Tobin each had a pair of impressive runs and Presley Trento added a fourth-down catch.

Pee Wee

The Pee Wee team defeated Amherst 24-13. Nate Frederick did a great job filling in at quarterback for Jordan Dyer, who suffered a broken wrist. The Jr. Bulldogs won behind running backs Ryan Jaeger, Ethan Van Heerden, Mike Akstin, a touchdown run from Jake Plage, and three touchdown runs from Joey Lupo. Connor Mullen and Aiden Wolfinger played smart at cornerback with help from Anthony Santosuosso and Alex Bleakley.

Jack Grogan, Hayden Cheney, Patrick Goterch, Steven Watson and Jack Jones played great games on the line of scrimmage. Nick Merchant, Jason Beagle, Teagan Graham and Evan Dunn also made strong contributions.

JAGUARS

Flag football red

The Bedford Jaguars red flag football team opened the season with a stellar showing against Goffstown. The Red team is a young team with only four returning players from last year, but lack of experience didn’t hold back the team.

During the first half, the Jaguars were able to put some points up on the scoreboard. On the first series, Jack Maye scored after a missed assignment. Despite the hiccup, the offensive line did a great job holding back the Goffstown defensive line, allowing for the long touchdown run. Following the touchdown, the Jaguars defense, led by Conner Flaherty and Josh Meisner, was able to make a goalline stand, handing the ball back to the Jaguars.

The Jaguars continued to put pressure on Goffstown by scoring another touchdown. Brody Gagne and Kyle Konieczny led the blocking and Sam Meisner took the handoff, running up the right side of the field for a long touchdown run. Jake Egan and Gavin McConnell held down the backside, taking away any chance the Goffstown rushers had to catch Meisner. The defense, led by Brody Woloski, Paul Gaudreau, and Andy Dell’Orfano, kept Goffstown from gaining yardage. On the last possession of the first half, the Jaguars had less than a minute to execute a scoring drive. The offensive line really came through, keeping the Goffstown attack from getting to quarterback Brody Woloski. On a quick snap, Woloski threw a screen pass to Maye, allowing him to get to the outside and score a TD.

The second half was a story about defense, lead by Brycen D’Urso, Brody Woloski, Connor Flaherty and Josh Meisner, Goffstown would be held scoreless. Offensively, the Jaguars found it difficult to gain yardage and score. A few good efforts made by Gavin McConnell, Kyle Konieczny and Brody Gagne just came up short.

Flag football yellow

The Bedford Jags yellow flag football team had its first game against Manchester West. The yellow team was ready to square off, however Manchester showed up with too few players so Bedford ended up splitting its yellow team in half for the game. Five Bedford players filled in on the West team.

West took the ball first and started off the game with a great drive on the first possession. With great blocking form Drew Benjamin and Bradyn Wood, Brody Helton took a handoff and ran down to score first for West. Several great stops were made by Calvin Bradley and Connor Durant. With Ryan Schneller and Ryan Gary anchoring the offensive line, the Jaguars yellow answered right back with a long run by Jack Hinton, which set up a short run down the left side for a touchdown by Colby Boyd.

In the second half of the game, Jack Hinton was traded to the West team for Drew Benjamin. Yellow had the ball first and on the first play of the second half Brody Helton had a long run for the Yellow team. Coaches than realized Brody Helton was on the wrong team but the score still counted. With West having possession, Jack Hinton handed off the ball to Brody Helton. With stellar blocking form William Dainiak and Connor Durant, Helton then scored again, for the Manchester team this time.

Once again, Yellow was unstoppable, with Dustin Westcott at quarterback calling the plays and long runs by Colby Boyd and James Tamulevich. Bedford was able to punch the ball across the goalline on a short run by James Tamulevich around the right side. On the last play of the game, Jack Hinton caught the Yellow squad sleeping and after a quick snap, carried the ball around the right side and went down the sideline for a long touchdown run as time expired.