Bedford Sports Talk
Tiny Mite Football
The Bedford Bulldogs squared off against the Manchester Eagles. Bedford’s highly touted Red-D was the focal point of the game, growing increasingly stronger and nastier as the morning sun streaked through the clouds. The unit was led by Justin Chiras and Dunker, who partnered with Brady Proulx to blow up plays off the edge. The defensive line owas led by Brody Cassidy, Caleb Goldstein, Aaron Chmielecki, Dean Poltronieri, and Hudson Schmitt, who all wreaked havoc on Eagle ball carriers.
On offense, the Bulldogs were led by QB RJ Proulx, who helped engineer several long drives behind the line work of Carter Rick, Nolan Murphy, and Zack Gilroy. Brady Doldo picked up another 100-plus yards rushing and a spectacular TD. The Dogs travel south for their seasonal finale against the Merrimack Cardinals.
Mitey Mite Red Football
Bedford defensive coordinator Jack McAuliffe motivated the Bulldogs to its suffocating finest, shutting out the Rockingham Cougars. On the first defensive series, Cole Wolfinger took a strip sack fumble recovery to the house and followed it up by scoring the PAT on the QB keeper to open the scoring flood gates. The defense came away with four turnovers with Spencer Henrichon and Jalen Kamineni contributing interceptions. The team also had another fumble recovery returned for a TD after Jacob Redman made an electrifying play by jumping a RB route, swatting the lateral down that was scooped up by Jack Riso who took it home for the score. Caleb LeMoine, Ryan Rankins, James Bautista and Ryan Gurette were in the backfield all day creating the pressure.
On offense the Dogs went away from their typical aerial assault and took to the running of Cal McAuliffe and Alex Grudsinskas, with each punching one in for a score. Ryan Rankins and Andrew Grudsinskas then ran well behind lead blocking provided by Ronan Balistreri, Jalen Kamineni, Aidan Veverka and Kieran Rice.
Capping off the final TD, Nathan Pratte slammed the door shut with a gritty run for the PAT bringing the score to 32-0. Owen Christopher, Kieran Rice, Caleb Lemoine, Spencer Henrichon and Aidan Veverka wound the clock down with long gains respectively.
Mitey Mite Silver Football
The crowd was electrified on Sunday when the Mitey Mite Silver team continued its unbeaten streak against the Concord Vipers.
On the third play from scrimmage, Aiden O’Connell trotted into the end zone on his only carry of the day. The next series, Evan Cibotti delivered a long bomb with laser like precision to Sean Toscano in the end zone. After some inside runs, Eric Morgan completely fooled the Viper defense with a cunning keeper for a touchdown. In the second half Bulldog runners had some impressive gains. Alex Wafer weaved through Viper defenses for big gainers.
After missing last week, Ethan Flanagan returned with a vengeance contributing to the gains on the ground. Viper defenses could not stop Colton Gooden on successive big runs. Fans will want to go to the replay film to see a tightrope grab by Joel Poltronieri late in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldog defense was the story of the day holding the Vipers to limited yards and no scores. Jackson Bolduc was a dominating force all game. Other contributors to the defense were Ethan Chmielecki, Nate Clark, Danny Black, and Parker Bromley.
Pee Wee Football
Bedford Pee Wee closed out its regular season schedule with a trouncing of the Massachusetts North Middlesex Cowboys.
On the initial kickoff from the Cowboys, Joey Lupo ran the ball back for an 80-yard kick off return touch down. The Bulldog offense led by QB Nathaniel Frederick marched the Bulldogs up and down the field with a combination of passing, speed and power running.
There was little resistance from the Cowboys’ defense giving Joey Lupo a record number of touchdowns in the first half and very strong power running by running backs Ethan Van Heerdan who scored a nice touchdown run. Conor Mullin who also had a nice touch down run in the second half and Michael Akstin.
All of this was possible because of solid contributions from the offensive line units drilling deep holes into the Cowboy defense for the Bulldog backs to run through and providing solid pass protection. Strong offensive line performance was delivered by center Scott Landis, Jack Grogan, Hayden Cheney, Patrick Goterch, Teagan Graham, Jack Jones – who caught a nice pass from Frederick down the seam to set up another touch down – Stephen Watson, Jack Lavoie, Andrew Kemp and more.
The Bulldog defense was tenacious in its ability to shut down the Cowboy offense at will with strong play by Henry Sansone, Gabriel Fitzgerald, Caleb Boulard, Gunner Grant, Aiden Wolfinger, Kevin Gagne, Damian Martineau, Hunter Ducharme, Matt Pieker, and Will Detscher.
The Bulldogs were up 29-6 by halftime. Second half performance included great offensive running by running backs Anthony Santosuosso and Alex Bleakly. Great second half defense contributed to two hits to cause a fumble and two fumble recoveries. The Bulldogs finished off the Cowboys 39-20, giving Bedford Pee Wee an 8-0 regular season.
Cheer teams compete
On Oct. 18, more than 100 teams and almost 1,500 athletes gathered at Bedford High School to compete in the Season Premiere Cheer Competition hosted by the Bedford Jaguars and the Goffstown Screamin Eagles. The teams ranged in age from Tiny Mites to high school squads, and came from all over New Hampshire and Massachusetts. This competition is the kickoff for many to the 2014 cheer competition season.
The six squads from Bedford certainly made good on the home crowd advantage To start the morning, the Bedford Jaguars Division 8 pulled off a flawless performance and took home the top place finish in their division. The Division 10 Jaguars kept the momentum rolling, and the afternoon saw the Division 12 and 13 Red and Blue squads take the mat. Each squad gave outstanding performances and got the fans to their feet to cheer on the home team. All the Jaguar squads took home high scores in their respective divisions.
Season Premiere was also the season debut for the Tiny Mite Jaguars to showcase their routine for the crowd, and our returning girls from the Adaptive Cheer team received another standing ovation from the audience. The competition season continues this weekend with the Derry Harvest Invitation at Pinkerton High.