Bedford Sports Talk

JR. BULLDOGS

Tiny Mite

In a battle that featured the Ocean State vs. the Granite State, the TM’ers proved that in the battle of elements, stone does in fact hit harder than water. Bedford opened the scoring on the first play of the game as Brady Doldo dashed down the sideline and the Bulldogs never looked back. The offensive line, anchored by co-captain Juliune Espaillat, Tyson Bolduc, Beau Boughter, Patrik Burke, and Tristin Leck helped 11 different Bulldog ball carriers break free for significant yardage all game. Before the halftime oranges were handed out, Justin Chiras and Brady Jackson both added additional scores on long runs to the left side with jukes that froze Warwick defenders.

The Bedford defense was Seahawk-like with bone-jarring hits, led by the LB duo of Logan O’Connell and Hudson Schmitt. The line was equally as stingy with John Martineau, Evan Maslanka, Jack Petrosino, Heads Up Hitter winner Trenton Otero, and Dog Bone winner Carter Rick all leading a charge that stymied the Warwick attack. The Bulldogs recovered three fumbles, highlighted by Evan Dunker’s backfield invasion that had him take the rock to the house for the final Bedford score.

Mitey Mite Red

Mitey Mite Red came out firing on all cylinders early and never let off the gas pedal as the Bulldogs continued their dominating play with another shutout. This time 21-0 behind a defense led by Ryan Guerrette, Ronan Balistreri, Jacob Redman, and Cooper Cassidy who were in the backfield all day long. Aided by Aidan Veverka, Jake Riso and Nathan Pratte, the Bulldogs D didn’t give up a single first down all day. Taking over on offense and running out of the spread, the offensive line set the tone with huge holes provided by Alex Grudsinskas, Spencer Henrichon, Jalen Kamineni and Kieran Rice. Looking like a modern day Mike Alstott, Caleb Lemoine established the edge with jarring lead blocks that helped Ryan Rankins, Ethan Healy and AJ Creveling scamper for a couple of big gains, one paving the way to a TD after Ryan Rankins juked and jived his way up the sideline. The gunslinger, Cole Wolfinger threw several passes for completion with a long TD throw that Owen Christoper took to the house for six that was capped off by another throw on a tunnel screen to AG Grudsinskas for the PAT. Not to be forgotten, Caleb Lemoine
successfully kicked a PAT after a heads up play by Cal McAuliffe led to another Bulldog score. Making their Bulldog backfield debut were Aidan Veverka, Ryan Gurrette and Jacob Redman.

Mitey Mite Silver

Mitey Might Silver kept their win streak alive with an impressive win in the sweltering heat at home against Warwick. Aiden O’Connell had a big game with two long scoring runs. Jackson Bolduc scored on a pass from Eric Morgan. Sean Toscano added two point after kicks. The blocking from the Bulldog line was awesome. Tyler Johnston, Mike Biscornet, Jack Keegan, Gabe Tomkinson, Christian Morley, Jacob Fall and Alex Wafer kept the Patriots out of the backfield with some solid blocking. Danny Black had a long scamper.

Other notable Bulldog runs were by Brady O’Connell, Brady Martino, Joel Poltronieri and Nate Clark. Late in the fourth quarter Morgan connected again to Ethan Flanagan for a 20 yard gain in traffic. The stalwart Silver defense kept the Patriots to no points. The effort was led by Evan Cibotti and Sean Toscano who each had notable tackles stopping the Patriots from converting. Ethan Chmielecki, Alex Wafer, Colton Gooden and Parker Bromley dominated defensively for Silver making it tough on the Patriot backfield.

Junior Pee Wee Silver

The JPW Silver Junior Bulldogs defeated the visiting Oakwood Raiders from Pawtucket, RI 13-0. Silver featured ten different runners, five different receivers and three different quarterbacks all who made big plays. The Bulldogs scored late in the first quarter on a great run by Willie Kramer that was well blocked by Phillip Tuscano, William Scholl and Finn O’ Neil. Eli Raby tried for the PAT but was stopped.

Josh Tobin made a great special teams play to get Bedford the ball back after a great kick by Joe Mikol who also had a great catch on the day. The Bulldogs took to the air with TJ O’Connell, Owen Umansky and Aiden Landman all making big plays. Before half, Umansky found Kramer for a score while receiving great protection from Ryan Allard, Cam Cilley and Ben Stuart who continues to be dynamite at center. O’Connell found Ryan Wallat in the end zone for the PAT. Evan Schmitt had a great catch in the second half. Bedford had its fourth shutout of the season with big plays being made by Ryan Cote, Zach Dion and Presley Trento.

Pee Wee

The Bedford Pee Wee team rolled to decisive 20-6 victory over a tough Warwick Rhode Island Patriots team giving Bedford a 5-0 divisional record. The Bedford defense played strong against a solid and powerful Patriot offense. Bedford’s defense kept the Patriots out of the end zone with outstanding play by Jack Grogan, Steven Watson, Jack Jones, Teagan Graham, Evan Dunn, Alex Bleakly, Aidan Wolfinger, Ryan Jager, Will Detscher and Andrew Kemp. The Bedford offense delivered a one two punch with inside power running by Ethan Van Heerdan, Michael Akstin and Alex Bleakly. The Bulldogs delivered an exceptional outside running game led by Joey Lupo who managed to punch in a pair of touch downs on long TD runs behind great blocking by the Bulldog offensive line. The passing attack tore up the Patriots defense with successful passing by quarterback Nathaniel Frederick who completed a touch down pass to Joey Lupo as well as an extra point pass. The Bulldog offense had solid success behind Scott Landis, Hayden Cheney, Jack Lavoie, Patrick Goterch, Steven Watson, Jack Jones, and more. The Bulldog special teams was critical in the game with huge strategic kicks by Conor Mullin. The game was capped off with entertaining play by play commentary by Coach Wolfinger for the fans at BHS.

JAGUARS

Sixth-Grade

The sixth-grade Bedford Jaguars football team won its Sunday game against a tough Nor-Roc team with a score of 26-13. The defense started the scoring from a pick six by Izzy Grierson. The defense constantly kept the pressure on Nor-Roc offense. Alex Zwickau had several sacks and an interception, while Josh Erickson had several sacks and tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The entire defense made some strong plays, with a great series to give the ball to the Jaguar offense on the two-yard line of Nor-Roc to set up a touchdown. The offense, led by great play of the offensive line made up of Luc Poanessa, Braden Hafeman, Alex Zwickau, Ian George Tatakis, Bobby Kurowski and Ethan Merrill, put up 20 points. Both quarterbacks Mike Remick and Joshua Erickson played well to keep the offense going, while Mike Remick threw a touchdown pass. There was strong running by Kyle Lavigne who scored a touchdown and an extra point. Izzy Grierson also scored a touchdown, and Magnus Steele had some great running to keep the offense moving forward. The team will play Milford this week.

Red Flag Team

On Sunday, the Bedford Jaguars Red flag team faced a tough Hudson Bears team on the Hudson field. Offensively, the Jaguars were able to move the ball down the field to set up several scoring plays. The Jaguars first possession ended in a touchdown, but it was a team effort moving the ball. First and second down runs by Gavin McConnell and Jake Egan gave the Jaguars breathing room to operate. A third down reverse run by Brody Woloski was stopped just short of a first down. On fourth down, Jack Maye would use play action to Sam Meisner and run up the left side for a touchdown.

After Hudson’s longest run of the day, a defensive line of Kyle Konieczny, Brycen D’Urso, Paul Gaudreau and Brody Woloski helped stop the Bears running inside, forcing the team to try running to the outside. Connor Flaherty would make a stop on fourth down with a great flag pull on the numbers stopping the best chance Hudson would have all day.

On the second possession of the game, the Jaguars would methodically move the ball down the field. The Meisner boys, Josh and Sam, would form a steel curtain the Jaguars offense would operate behind. Brycen D’Urso would shake and bake down the field leaving a few Bears players picking themselves off the grass. Capping the drive, Jack Maye would hit Connor Flaherty on a seam route. Flaherty would elude Bears defenders on his way into the end zone.

Finishing off the first half, the Jaguars would execute a near perfect reverse. Brody Gagne would take the ball up the right side for a long touchdown run as time expired.

The second half would not feature a lot of scoring, but it was the Jaguars defense once again coming up with key stops. James Gilbert and Brody Woloski teamed up on the right side, keeping the Bears from having any success running or throwing. Providing pressure up the middle would be Paul Gaudreau and Brycen D’Urso. Jaguars fans witnessed a stout defense as the boys continued to work together as a unit limiting yards for opposing offenses.

The lone Jaguars score of the second half was a full team effort. Kyle Konieczny took the ball up the left side of the field after fooling the Bears defense with a prolonged play action fake. Hudson was able to deny the Jaguars offense from scoring on their first two attempts. However, on third and goal, Andy Dell’Orfano would run around the left side for his first touchdown of the season.

Yellow Flag Team

On Sunday, the Bedford Jaguars Yellow flag team welcomed the second half of the flag football season with a good showing against the NorRock Vikings. NorRock started with the ball first, but wasn’t able to put a series of plays together to move the ball. The Jaguars defense stopped NorRock for a gain of only a few yards. Once on offense, the Jags opened up with a run up the middle by William Dainiak, followed by a handoff to Brody Helton down the right side for a big gain which set up a touchdown run by Jack Hinton for the first score of the game.

Back on defense, the Jags Yellow squad, with several great flag pulls by Calvin Bradley and Colby Boyd, was able to stop the Vikings in their tracks. The second Jaguars offensive possession was a quick one, with an end run by Brody Helton scoring the Jags second touchdown of the game. The first half came to an end with stops in the backfield by Dustin Westcott and Calvin Bradley.

The second half opened up with another run right up the middle by Connor Durant. Then, Ryan Schneller took the ball for a great run around the left side for a first down. Dustin Westcott then executed a flawless fake handoff and ran the ball into the end zone untouched. On defense, both Connor Fraitzl and Colby Boyd showed great discipline by staying home and protecting against the outside run. The Vikings ran a hurry-up offense in the second half and were able to put two scores up on the board. However, with Bradyn Wood and Drew Benjamin anchoring the offensive line, Brody Helton was able to scramble from sideline to sideline to punch in another score for the Jags.