Bedford Sports Talk
Yellow Flag Team
The 2014 Flag Football Jamboree was held Sept. 20 in Derry, and the Bedford Jaguars Yellow Team played some strong football. The Yellow Jags opponents were the Laconia Chiefs, Hudson Bears, Goffstown Eagles and Manchester East Cobras.
Game one against the Laconia Chiefs was a back and forth game of offense. With Jags on defense, the first big stops were made right off the bat by Colby Boyd and Jack Hinton, but it wasn’t enough to stop a long touchdown run by the Chiefs. Once on offense, the ball was handed to Brody Helton right up the middle for a touchdown. The second series was owned by Dustin Westcott with flag pulls on every set of downs, however the Chiefs were able to score once again. The jags eventually tied the game with a score by Jack Hinton.
During game two against the Hudson Bears, the Jaguars Yellow team showed a strong defense. James Tamulevich had a great run to set up a zigzag run by Jack Hinton to put the first points on the board. With strong pressure on defense by Drew Benjamin, Ryan Schneller and Connor Fraitzl, the Bears’ first two screen plays were broken up. On the Jags second possession Calvin Bradley was able to set up a James Tamulevich touchdown with a QB keeper. The Jags defense used their flag pulling skills with great stops by William Dainiak and Brody Helton to end the game.
The Goffstown Eagles proved to be a strong opponent. The Jag Yellow team was able to apply great defensive pressure with flag pulls by Bradyn Wood and William Dainiak, but the Eagles were able to find the end zone. The Jags answered by running a QB keeper by Dustin Westcott down the right side for a touchdown. Despite a strong defensive stand by Ryan Schneller, Calvin Bradley and Brody Helton, the Eagles reached the end zone for a second touchdown. With runs up the middle by Connor Durant and William Dainiak, Connor Fraitzl was able to punch it in for a score. The game came to an end with a goal line flag pull by Colby Boyd.
In the final game, the Jaguars Yellow team faced the Manchester East Cobras. Bradyn Wood took the ball up the middle for a good gain. James Tamulevich had a good run, but was just short of the first for a turnover on downs. Once again, the defense was anchored by Dustin Westcott, Connor Durant and Brody Helton. On the next possession, Jack Hinton ran it down the right side for the first touchdown. The defense held strong to get the Jags the ball back quickly. With Colby Boyd at QB, he tossed a pass to James Tamulevich for a good gain. Again, Colby lined up at QB and ran down the right side for a touchdown. The final game came to an end with a good grab by Calvin Bradley to stop the Cobras and James to deny a touchdown run.
Red flag team
The Bedford Jaguars Red flag football squad also took the field in the 2014 Flag Football Jamboree. Playing four games, the Jaguars Red team faced Hudson, Nashua, Salem and Londonderry. Defense would be the theme of the day as the Jaguars offense took care of business scoring.
Game one featured the Hudson Bears, and it would be a story about the Jaguars defense, which did not allow a single first down or score. The Jaguars defense was led by stellar defensive line play with Jake Egan and Gavin McConnell plugging the middle. Finding the endzone for the Jaguars was Josh and Sam Meisner, as well as Brody Gagne.
The Jaguars Red squad faced a tough Nashua Force team for game two. Once again, the Jaguars team stepped up and did not allow the Nashua team a single score. Andy Dell’Orfano came up with a huge flag stopping the Force on their first drive. On the final play of the game, Brody Gagne hustled to catch a Force player from entering the endzone. Offensively, Brody Woloski would be involved in both scoring plays. On the first score, Woloski took a reverse to the house, skating by a few Force defenders. On the final Jaguar possession, Woloski would execute a flawless play action fake finding Jack Maye in the endzone.
During game three, the Jaguars defense came up big once again. Led by a great corner play by James Gilbert, the Jaguars did not allow Salem to gain a first down. On offense, Paul Gaudreau and Kyle Konieczny’s long runs set up a goal-to-goal situation for the Jaguars. Brycen D’Urso would take a quarterback keeper for the score, and Brody Gagne would take a handoff for the second score for the Jaguars and his second for the Jamboree.
During the last and final game, the Jaguars Red Squad faced a young Londonderry team. Ames Gilbert and Jack Maye stood out on the defensive side of the ball, coming up with touchdown saving flags. Offensively it was the Meisner show with both Sam and Josh finding the endzone. Sam would take a reverse up the left side for the score, while Josh would take a handoff up the left side, but before he could score would freeze two Londonderry defenders by double stutter stepping.
The torrential down pour quelled in time to allow the two best Tiny Mite teams in the state of NH to square off in a championship level slug-fest. Bedford scored on the opening drive as Brady Doldo dashed to the end zone behind a pack of Bulldogs led by Wade Thompson and Aaron Chmielecki. The TM’ers offense continued firing on all cylinders all morning long as linemen Caleb Goldstein and co-captain Nolan Murphy were joined by a 1st half hockey-playing Zack Gilroy to spring backs Dean Poltronieri, Evan Dunker, and RJ Proulx for multiple big gains. Justin Chiras pounded in his first TD of the season and Brady Doldo collected some Dog Bone hardware for the trophy closet with his 2nd score of the day. On defense, Bedford unveiled its new “Bermuda Triangle” defense in which a half dozen Merrimack ball carriers disappeared upon entrance. The group, led by Brody Cassidy, spearheaded a relentless defensive charge that stuffed several drives and frustrated the Cardinals offense at home. Note: reports that Bill Belichick had scouts at the game taking notes on the defensive package remained unconfirmed. The TM’ers open the borders with a home contest against RI next weekend.
Mitey Mite Red
The Bulldogs came out of the gate quickly and dominated both sides of the ball for their first victory on the season, winning 19-0 against a very tough Hooksett team. With tough running provided by AJ Creveling behind crushing lead blocking by Caleb Lemoine, the Bulldogs had the
Hurricanes on their heels and Cole Wolfinger capped off their long drive with a hard fought TD on the QB keeper.
After the ensuing kickoff, the dogs were snarling on Defense with bruising penetration into the backfield by Ronan Balistreri, Caleb Walton, Ryan Guerette, James Bautista and Jacob Redman.
The defense forced Hooksett to punt early and often and the offense continued to capitalize with a devastating TD run by Cal McAuliffe that would have had Marshawn Lynch envious and was followed by a Caleb Lemoine PAT off tackle and a sweet cutback run by Spencer Henrichon for another TD. On the day the Bulldogs had 12 players run the ball for positive yardage including Jack Riso, Cooper Cassidy, Ronan Balistreri, Kieran Rice, Ethan Healy, Alex Grudsinskas to name a few. The Bulldogs look to keep the train rolling next week at home against Warwick, RI.
Mitey Mite Silver
MM Silver marched to a 21-7 victory against Merrimack to keep the winning streak alive. Behind the solid offensive line blocking of Jacob Fall, Gabe Tomkinson and Brady Martino, the first series saw Evan Cibotti connect on a long pass to Jackson Bolduc. Aiden O’Connell finished the series with a touchdown run through heavy traffic. Sean Toscano kicked the point after. Defensively the Bulldogs were lead by big tackles from John Kramer, Ethan Chmielecki, Colton Gooden, Nate Clark, Joel Poltronieri, Alex Wafer, Danny Black, Eric Morgan and Parker Bromly. The Bulldogs dug in on many series to prevent the Cardinals from getting into the end zone. O’Connell delivered a 60-yard touchdown pass to Sean Toscano, who kept stride and barreled another 35 yards in for a score. The last scoring drive started with a long bomb from Cibotti to Poltronieri and O’Connell took a screen pass in for another score. Jack Keegan had some tough play at safety. Silver takes on Warwick next week at home.
Jr. Pee Wee Red
The JPW Red team lost to the Hooksett Hurricanes 12-6. The Bulldogs let up a couple of TDs in the first quarter but the D stiffened and held the Canes scoreless after that. Big tackles were made by Russell Erwin, Joey Piacentini, Chris Shoals and Andrew McGee throughout the contest.
The offense started out slow but came on strong in the fourth quarter behind big blocks from Colin Chandonnet, Ryan Ashburner and Andrew Peicker. Kasey Mahoney, normally a running back, pitched in with stellar play at center. Quarter back Hunter Fennessy connected with Parker Henrichon and Thomas Rice with a couple of long, back to back passes which brought the ball to about the 10 yard line. Cam Healey took it the remaining 10 yards for a TD on a jet sweep the next play. By this time in the game, the Bulldogs were starting to dominate on both sides of the ball but time ran out before they could score again.
Jr. Pee Wee Silver
JPW Silver dropped its first game of the season losing at undefeated Merrimack in a double overtime thriller 13-6. Merrimack scored on its first possession of the game but was shutout from there until the second overtime. The defense was stout all day as Ryan Allard, Cam Cilley, and Jack Cloutier did very well limiting Merrimack up the middle. Bedford tied the game in the third quarter by driving down the field on some nice runs by Josh Tobin and TJ O’ Connell.
The drive was kept alive on a great pass from Owen Umansky to Joe Mikol. Presley Trento caught the tying score from Umansky at the end of the third quarter. After some great QB pressure by Eli Raby and Graham Frederick, Tobin picked off a pass with 20 seconds left and almost went the distance but to no avail. The Bedford defense was lead by Ryan Wallat, Evan Schmitt and Aiden Landman. Bedford plays Pawtucket, RI next week at home.
The Bedford Pee Wee team continued their winning streak with a dominant performance over a tough Merrimack team. The Bulldogs defense was critical in stopping the Cardinals throughout the game and delivered an outstanding 4th and goal performance shutting out the Cardinals offense.
The Bulldogs defense benefited from outstanding play by: Steven Watson, Jack Grogan, Jack Jones, Teagan Graham, Patrick Goterch, Jacob Plage, Matt Peiker, Aidan Wolfinger and Hayden Cheney. The Bulldog offense anchored by center Scott Landis and QB Nate Frederick moved the Bulldogs up and down the field all day with a strong inside running by Ethan Van Heerdan, Jacob Plage and Michael Akstin.
The Bulldogs outside game was unstoppable with long runs by Joey Lupo who scored three times, Conor Mullin and Ryan Jager. Strong offensive team play was delivered by Jack Lavoie, Alex Bleakly, Gunner Grant, Nick Merchant, Will Detcher, Hunter Ducharme and more. The Bulldogs are now focused on a strong Warwick Rhode Island Patriots team coming into the “Dog Pound” this Sunday.