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Bedford Basketball League needs coaches

The Bedford Basketball League is seeking enthusias­tic, caring, and knowledge­able coaches for its 2015 -16 boys and girls travel programs. The program is designed for the more seri­ous and dedicated player in grades 3-8.

The travel program runs from November through early March. Typical week­ly sessions include at least one practice and up to two games per week, in addition to the Bedford Jamboree in mid-November. Away games involve programs in towns throughout southern N.H. and perhaps northern Mass.

Travel coach responsi­bilities include: running the evaluations, collaborating with the BBL Board of Di­rectors on team composi­tion, teaching individual and team age-appropriate fun­damentals, communicating effectively with parents and the BBL Board, and prac­tice/game management.

If you have any questions, or are interested in applying to coach one of the travel teams, email a letter of intent along with your coaching ex­perience, playing experience and philosophy (no more than one page please) by Wednesday, Sept. 9 to Dan Tynan at president@bed­fordbl.com.

JAGUARS FOOTBALL

Grade 3

Bedford opened its season against the Keene Knights. After taking possession to start the game, the Knights mounted a drive that took up the entirety of the first quarter.

But the Jaguars bend-don’t-break defense got a huge stop on fourth down to start the second, lead by Colby Boyd, Gus Forgey, Brody Helton, RJ Proulx, and Jack Maye.

On offense, the Jags were lead by Gavin Bodoh, who had more than 100 yards from scrimmage on sever­al long runs behind blocks from Jack Hinton. Crisp snaps from Boyd and clean handoffs from QBs Hinton and Maye sprung Helton, Dustin Westcott and Bro­dy Woloski for nice gains, and Hinton connected with Maye on a 12-yard pass, but the Knights defense was strong and the teams re­mained scoreless at the half.

In the third, the Knights converted on a fourth and long to score from 30 yards out, putting Keene up 6-0. The teams traded posses­sions and both defenses remained stout, with Ben Flaherty, Connor Flaherty, Helton, and Forgey spend­ing so much time in the Keene backfield they might as well have joined the Knights’ offensive huddle. With 2:05 left in the game and Keene trying to run out the clock deep in their own territory, the Jags defense attacked, and a gang tackle on fourth and two lead by Boyd, Forgey, and Westcott got the ball back for the Jags with one minute left. Then

lightning struck. With the capacity crowd hushed in anticipation and the clock ticking down, Maye play-faked to Helton and took a bootleg left 20 yards to pay­dirt. The Jags D, which has only given up two scores in two games, buried Keene’s final plays to preserve the tie.

Red Flag

The Bedford Jaguars Red team traveled to Pinkerton Academy Sunday morning to square off against Derry Black in what proved to be an exciting contest.

Bedford Red opened the game on offense with runs by Rachel Meisner, Paul Gaudreau, and Josh Meis­ner. Coming up just short of a first down, the Jaguars were looking to convert on 4th down. With some steady blocking on the of­fensive line led by Will Frongillo, Kyle Gouveia was able to make a great play running the ball up the side­line for the touchdown.

Not to be outdone, Derry was able to answer on their first drive to tie the score on four running plays, despite great defensive play from Josh Meisner and Brycen D’Urso.

Bedford Red again took the ball with a purpose on their second possession. The Jaguars were able to wear down the Derry defense opening the drive with steady running by Brycen D’Urso and Cobe Rubin, before Drew Benjamin was able to run around the edge for a first down. Following runs by Rubin, Benjamin, and Will Frongillo, Josh Meisner was able to break a run outside on 4th down for the second Jaguar touch­down of the game. However, with time running out in the first half, Derry was able to take it the length of the field and score just as time ex­pired tying the score.

The second half saw both teams dig in on defense, holding strong throughout much of the stanza.

Brycen D’Urso was an ab­solute force on defense for Bedford Red grabbing flags and containing the edge for the Jaguars.

With five minutes re­maining, and the Jaguars regaining possession of the ball, it was time for some­one to step up and make a play. Using his blazing speed, Cobe Rubin was able to take a quarterback keeper up the sideline and score the go ahead touchdown on the first play of the drive.

The Jaguars were able to hold Derry on their final drive of the game as D’Urso and Josh Meisner were able to stop several Derry runs to the outside while the defen­sive line of Paul Gaudreau, Rachel Meisner, Cobe Rubin and Will Frongillo made a push in the backfield. Drew Benjamin, and Kyle Gouveia also had Derry smothered in the secondary contributing to the second half shutout for the defense.

Yellow Flag

In their first road game of the season, the Bedford Jaguars Yellow squad faced a very tough Derry Demons Red team.

The Demons started the game on offense. Derry was able to move the ball but the Jags defense was stingy. The Jags defensive line led by Ben Lu, John Chhom, An­thony Correnti and Jeremy Desrochers was able to apply pressure leading to a number of stops.

Jack Tamulevich, in what would become a theme for the game, ended Derry’s drive with a stop for a loss.

The Jaguars took over on downs and moved the ball down field. Runs by James Tamulevich, Connor Durant and Matt Ciruso put the Jags in scoring range. However, despite stellar blocking from John Chhom and Antho­ny Correnti, the Jags drive stalled and the Jags turned the ball over on downs.

Derry took over on of­fense but was quickly bogged down. Newcomer Jack Tam­ulevich did his best JJ Watt imitation pulling multiple flags including two for a loss. Matt Ciruso, Connor Du­rant and Ben Lu played sol­id team defense forcing the Demons to give up the ball once again.

Returning back to the of­fensive side the ball the Jags’ were able to put together a long drive. James Gilbert would run up the left side for a long gain. Ben Lu would tack on a few more yards with a quarterback keeper. Ultimately, the Der­ry defense held strong as the half ended.

The second half start­ed with the Jags on of­fense. Looking to break the scoreless tie the Jags marched the ball up the field behind long runs from Connor Durant and James Tamulevich. The Jags finally got on the board after James Gilbert took the ball up the right side for a score.

Taking over on offense the Demons’ were looking to tie the game. On their second play of the drive the Derry running back broke free and was headed to the end zone but James Tamulevich made a tremendous stop at the goal line to prevent the score. In what is becoming a hall­mark of the Jaguars Yellow squad, the defense stood tall at the goal line behind huge stops from James Gilbert, James Tamulevich, Jack Ta­mulevich and Matt Ciruso.

The Jags took over on of­fense looking to extend their lead. Following excellent blocking once again by John Chhom, Anthony Corren­ti and Jeremy Desrochers, James Tamulevich took a quarterback sneak up the middle and after executing a series of ankle-twisting cuts took it to the house for the score.

Derry took over on of­fense as time wound down. Excellent all-around team defense kept the Demons in check as Jaguars Yellow improved to 2-0 on the season.