Sports Talk Bedford Journal
Red Flag Football
The Bedford Jaguars Red team opened the season against a formidable opponent in a physical Goffstown squad. Bedford battled hard in a back and forth contest that was decided in the final seconds.
The first half was highlighted by a 20-yard touchdown run by Kyle Gouveia as Bedford bounced back from a Goffstown score on the opening drive. Bedford was able to move the ball well on the ground in the first half thanks to long runs by Josh Meisner and Nathaniel Duquette in addition to persistent running by Brycen D’Urso and Cobe Rubin.
The Jaguar defense was able to keep Goffstown off the board for the duration of the first half following the opening score. The Jaguars had several players flying all over the field grabbing flags and making plays. Josh Meisner, Nate Duquette, Cobe Rubin, and Kyle Gouveia were just as productive grabbing flags as they were running the ball in the opening stanza.
The second half was another back and forth affair with each team trading off on offense and defense for most of the half. Drew Benjamin was able to break off a substantial run, while Rachel Meisner also helped move the ball for the Jaguars. Seeing the game hang in the balance late, Josh Meisner took the ball into the end zone running the full length of the field to give the Jaguars momentum. The Jaguars defense made a huge push with the game on the line, putting pressure on the Goffstown offense. Paul Gaudreau was able to get in the Goffstown backfield on multiple plays grabbing several key flags.
At the end of the game, the Jaguars were able to overcome adversity and gain some valuable experience. This was a true test both mentally and physically and the team succeeded in many areas.
Yellow Flag Football
In their first game of the season, the Bedford Jaguars Yellow squad took on a tough Salem Rams squad. Despite the challenge, the Yellow squad was able to make a few key stops at the end of the game and put some needed points up on the scoreboard.
The Jaguars would receive the ball first and quickly moved the ball down field. Long runs by Connor Durant and Matt Ciruso put the Jags in scoring range. On the next play, following key blocks by John Chhom and Will Frongillo, James Gilbert ran a sweep to the right for the Jaguars first score of the season.
Salem took over on offense and despite key stops by Ben Lu and Jeremy Desrochers, the Rams were able to move the ball on offense and eventually punch it in to tie the score.
Returning back to the offensive side the ball the Jags’ were able to put together a long drive. Matt Ciruso would run up the left side for a large gain. Anthony Correnti would tack on a few more yards to put the team into position for a score. On third and goal to go James Gilbert executed a play action fake to run up the left side to score the Jaguars second touchdown.
The second half started with Salem on offense. Although big stops were made by Connor Durant, Jeremy Desrochers and Ben Lu the Rams were able to march down the field for the game tying score.
Taking over on offense the Jags’ were looking to take the lead late in the game. On the first play of the drive, Matt Ciruso followed stellar blocking by Anthony Correnti, John Chhom and Will Frongillo and executed a knee-buckling cut to take it to the house for the score.
With the second half winding down Salem took over on offense looking to tie the score. On their first play of the drive it looked like Salem would tie the game as they broke a long run up the right side but James Gilbert was able to cover the entire length of the field and track down the Salem back at the one yard line.
The Jags’ defense stood tall at the goal line with big stops by Connor Durant, Matt Ciruso and Ben Lu and kept Salem out of the end zone.
Strong running by Jeremy Desrochers helped run out the clock at the end and ice the game for the Jags.
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