Bedford Sports Talk
The TM’ers made another trip to Veteran’s Field to battle the Merrimack Cardinals in the regular season finale. Like before, the two teams stood toe-to-toe and battled to a standstill, trading punishing hits and TDs on a spectacular autumn morning. Bedford relentlessly marched down the field on a drive that vaporized over 10 minutes of the first half. Superb offensive line play by Tyson Bolduc, Patrik Burke, John Martineau and Tristin Leck helped open holes as Evan Dunker was able to rumble to the end zone on a nifty cutback move that left Cardinal players flying in circles. QB RJ Proulx added another score off a pancake block by Evan Maslanka.
On defense, the Bulldog’s acted as if they had rabies – snarling, barking, and in general, playing with an angry disposition. Heads-Up Hitter award winner Jack Petrosino with Logan O’Connell spearheading a total team effort. Key plays on included a fumble recovery by Hudson Schmitt and a brilliant interception by LB (and Dog Bone Award winner) Wade Thompson that was nearly taken back to the house for six. Bedford heads to the Sportsplex next weekend for the TM Super Bowl.
Mitey Mite Red
The Bulldogs embraced the Halloween season as they were flat out scary good as they quickly jumped out to a 32-7 lead and never looked back, closing out the regular season with their 6th win in a row in typical dominant fashion.
On the day, the Bulldogs saw 6 different players score points, with 3 new entries to the TD ledger bringing the season total to 13 different players scoring TDs. Caleb Lemoine blasted his way up and down the field to start the scoring which was quickly followed by Cal McAuliffe for another TD. Ethan Healy quickly got involved and had fans wondering if the Ghost of Percy Harvin had been traded to the MM Bulldogs but it was just Heals running a magnificent Jet Sweep to the house. They are still fixing the burn marks from his scorching run. Caleb Lemoine kicked the PAT to cap the drive. The Hurricanes took over after the kickoff but were quickly downgraded to a sun shower as the stifling defense shut them down continually with 3 and outs reminiscent of the Jerome Brown led Gang Green defense only it was Cooper Cassidy, Kieran Rice, Alex Grudsinskas, Spencer Henrichon, Owen Christopher and Aidan Veverka. Taking over on downs, Nathan Pratte pulverized the middle of the field, as he stomped in for another Bedford 6. On the ensuing kickoff, the Dogs recovered an onside kick which set up Kieran Rice’s 65 yard jaunt for another score that was capped by a Ryan Rankins run to the corner for the PAT.
Mitey Mite Silver
Early on a chilly, fall morning Bedford Mitey Might Silver completed their perfect season by defeating Manchester at Gill Stadium. The Eagle team had greatly improved since their last meeting.
The Silver Team was held to a single score which came on a halfback pass from Aiden O’connell to Sean Toscano. The remainder of the game was a defensive stalemate. The Bulldog defense held the Eagles to, little if any positive yards. Jackson Bolduc, Evan Cibotti, Danny Black, Nate Clark, Alex Wafer and Parker Bromley dominated with some jaw dropping tackles. The Silver team will be competing in the Spooky Bowl next week against an unnamed opponent at an undisclosed location.
Junior Pee Wee Red
The season started slow for the JPW Red squad but the juggernaut started to roll late in the season and they managed to secure the 6th seed in the playoffs. The Bulldogs squared off against the 3rd seeded Hooksett Hurricanes this weekend in the quarter finals in what turned out to be an Army-Navy like slug-fest.The game was scoreless with 16 seconds left in the half when Hunter Fennessy punched it in on a 1-yard run after a long, sustained drive.
Connor Guibord and Cam Healey had a huge role in getting the team to that point with hard running behind the tenacious blocking of Colin Chandonnet, Ryan Ashburner, Aidan Morley, Parker Henrichon, Andrew Peicker, Russell Erwin, Andrew McGee and Thomas Rice. Bedford scored again on their first possession of the 2nd half when Healey broke outside for a 35 yard TD run to give the bulldogs a bit of a cushion. Healey scored again in the 4th quarter to give the Bulldogs an 18-0 lead that they would not relinquish. The Bulldogs defense, AKA the Junk Yard Dawgs, played tough all day never allowing the Hurricanes into the red zone once. Guibord and Chris Shoals sealed off the outside while Erwin and Chandonnet ate up anything that came up the middle.
Other big stops were made by Seamus Balistreri, Dylan Bellerose, Ashton Ellis, Aidan Healy and Mathew Vranich. Henrichon, McGee, Tyler Merkle, Cristhian Espaillat, Joey Piacentini and Kasey Mahoney shutdown the passing game to round off a complete defensive effort. The Bulldogs face the Merrimack Cardinals next week.
Junior Pee Wee Cheer
In what is hopefully a trend for the Jr. Bulldog program, the Jr. Pee Wee Cheer team left the state championship competition with the first-place trophy in hand and a ticket to the regional championship in Springfield, Mass. The Bulldogs have been working to continually polish and refine their routine and the judges (and the frenzied, capacity crowd) all agreed that this team had the word champion written all over them. Skylar Tobin brushed the sweat from her brow and led the broom girls on the floor flawlessly represented by Elizabeth Whiting, Lauren Christopher, Colleen McGee, and Izzy McGinty. Trash cans were wheeled out with a bit of swagger by Sofia Florian, Ellie Jamieson, Sophia LeGoullon and Kate Mikol. These same trash cans came to life with Lindsey Healey and Emme Detscher emerging and breaking into dance. A quartet of bucket girls followed the onslaught of Bulldog activity led by Amanda Johnson, Grace Krueger, Sophia Macdonald and Megan Muir. The “6 Dance Girls” led by Madison Merkle, Kamryn Schmitt, Ariana Steinbrueck, Caroline Twite, Kayla Leblanc and Taylor Guibord, put the finishing touches on things with a well-choreographed segment that solidified the team’s championship bid.
Junior High Varsity
The Bedford JHL Jr. Bulldogs Varsity team’s regular season came to a close this week. The varsity team finished the regular season 7-1. The JHL Jr. Bulldog offense was unstoppable averaging over 38 points a game and had big wins against Andover and Winnacunnet. The only loss came in overtime against Derry after coming back from being down three touchdowns to start the fourth quarter. The JHL Jr. Bulldog defense was outstanding again this season as well, giving up very few points until the outcome of the game had been decided. The special teams had four touchdowns this season and several long kickoff returns. The JHL Jr. Bulldogs head into the playoffs with four straight wins and will host a playoff game against Andover on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.
Junior High JV
The Bedford JHL Jr. Bulldogs Junior Varsity team’s regular season ended this weekend. While the JV team’s record of 1-7 does not tell the story of how well the team played. The development of players on the JV was the most important thing this season and that they did.
They also supported the varsity and at times had to play without certain players. The JV players finished the season very strong. They had several players that never played football or only one year. The coaching staff could not have been prouder of the way they played. The JV team will host Andover’s JHL JV team right after the varsity Nov 8.