Sports Talk Bedford Journal
The Bedford Athletic Club Black U12 boys team opened its season with a 3-1 win over the Kensington Pumas. Evan Kaplo started the scoring finishing a shot set up by a nice pass from Eric Gregory. Kyle Powers gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead finishing a nice one touch shot with the assist from Kaplo. Kaplo netted his second goal of the game to make the score 3-0 Bedford at halftime. Kensington scored on a corner kick with 17 minutes remaining to make the final 3-1. Ethan Larochelle and Derek Greer both played strong in goal. The defense was led by Kiefer Harding and Ryan Juliano.
The Bedford Athletic Club Red U12 team lost a tough opening game to Hampshire FC. Leo Saldanha scored the goal for the Bulldogs putting in a rebound off his own shot. Sam O’Leary was great in goal stopping several shots. Jack Pendleton and Gabe Lucey also played well for Bedford.
The Bedford fifth-grade team hosted the Hollis Brookline Jr. Cavaliers on Sunday. When the game kicked off that is when the rain started coming down. It did not seem to bother the Bedford Jaguars as they ended up with a win 27-0. With great blocking by Nathaniel Harding, Gabe Flores, E.J. Kissel, Noah Kelton, Cam Marchant, Cam Wescott and Harrison Schneller the Jags drove the field for the first score and to take the lead 7-0.
The defense was led by Nick McCarthy and Ben Bodoh shutting down the outside runs. Seth Doyon, Caleb Lemoine, Camren Raymond and Sean Kuhloff made sure the Jr. Cavaliers could not pass the ball either. Running the ball strong all day for the Jags was Aidan Ververka, Seth Doyon, Ben Bodoh, Sean Kulhloff, Caleb Lemoine, Nate Griffin and Camren Raymond. Seth, Sean and Camren each scored in the first half as the Jags held a 20-0 lead at the half.
The Jaguars will travel to Derry next week to take on the 2-1 Derry Demons.
In the first game back following a two week layoff, the Bedford Jaguars Yellow team showed no signs of rust in taking on the Goffstown Screaming Eagles.
Goffstown started the game on offense. Despite some well executed offensive sets by Goffstown, the Jaguars defense, led by James Gilbert and James Tamulevich, were able to quickly shutdown the Screaming Eagles.
The Jaguars took over on downs and moved the ball down field. A long run by Jack Tamulevich on first down put the Jags in good position to score. On the next play, Connor Durant weaved up field but was stopped short of the goal line. Two plays later James Gilbert punched it in to get the Jags on the board.
Goffstown took over on offense but couldn’t get anything going. Not to be outdone by his brother Jack’s dominating week two performance, James Tamulevich put on his own defensive show grabbing consecutive flags including several for a loss forcing Goffstown to turn the ball over on downs.
Returning back to the offensive side of the ball the Jags’ were able to put together a long drive. Ben Lu and James Tamulevich attacked the middle of the Screaming Eagles defense and were able to pick up solid yardage. Matt Ciruso tacked on some additional yards with a sweep to the right side of the field. On fourth down, James Gilbert got to the edge but stepped out of bounds short of the first down marker.
With time running out in the first half Goffstown got the ball back but was quickly shutdown by the Jaguars’ defense featuring stops by Jack Tamulevich and James Gilbert.
The second half started with the Jags on offense. Looking to extend their lead, the Jags marched the ball up field on a long run from Jeremy Desrochers. On the next play, following excellent blocking from Matt Ciruso, Anthony Correnti and Jack Tamulevich, James Gilbert took it to the house for the Jags’ second score of the game.
Taking over on offense the Screaming Eagles were looking to get on the board. Strong defensive line play by John Chhom, Ben Lu, and Anthony Correnti held Goffstown in check and they were forced to turn the ball over on downs once more.
The Jags took over on offense looking to extend their lead. On the first play of the drive, quarterback Anthony Correnti gained solid yardage up the middle. Matt Ciruso then took a sweep left into Goffstown territory. On the next play following excellent blocking by John Chhom and Ben Lu, James Tamulevich took a quarterback keeper up the middle for the score.
Down three scores, Goffstown took over. Two runs by the Screaming Eagles were cut short as Jeremy Desrochers and Jack Tamulevich pulled flags near the line of scrimmage. On third and long, Goffstown looked to go deep but defensive end James Tamulevich, recognizing the play, dropped back in coverage, intercepted the pass, and rumbled into the end zone for the touchdown.
The Jags’ shutdown defense went to work again and quickly forced Goffstown to turn over the ball one last time. As time wound down, runs by John Chhom and Connor Durant helped ice the game for the Jags.
The Bedford Tiny Mite team opened the season against arch-rival Merrimack on a misty Sunday morning. The Bulldogs defense set the stage early led by Evan Maslanka and Gabe Warren who shot the A gap and blew up the Cardinal backfield. Linebackers Sam Doty and Carter Rick were all over the field, suffocating several drives and getting the ball back to Bedford. On offense, Logan O’Connell and Andre Steinbrueck had several long gains off the "Blocks of Granite" offensive line led by Jack Petrosino, Nolan Murphy, and Camden Santos. Dog Bone winner Hudson Schmitt began his run at the Heisman with a spectacular performance, rushing for over 120 yards and scoring on two long TD runs. The Bulldogs have their home opener against New Hampshire next week.
Mitey Mite Red
Running behind outstanding offensive line blocking from Jack and Kevin Mastrodicasa, Tyler Johnson, Nate Clark, Spencer Henrichon, Christian Morley, Will Helmke and Jalen Kamineni, Luke Soden scored three times and Kevin Sheridan once as the Bedford Red cruised to a 25-0 win over the Concord Vipers. Drew Brothers and Brady O’Connell directed the offensive attack while the defense refused to let up a first down until late in the fourth quarter, lead by outstanding performances from Dylan Soden, Alex Gruninskas, Caleb Goldstein, Teghan McConnell, Ethan Steichen, Brock Tamburello and the Parshay Twins, Jacob and Tyler.
Mitey Mite Silver
Mighty Mite Silver started the season off in dominant fashion against Merrimack winning 27-0. Danny Black, Jack Riso, Ethan Chmielecki, and Brady Champagne each had rushing touchdowns, followed by three extra point conversions from Danny, Ledger Russell and Brady Jackson. These fantastic runs were started by great offensive line blocking from Nick Polishan, Dominic Carey, Kaeden Elmer, Justin Chiras and Ronan Balistreri.
The defense shut down the Merrimack offense, led by Zach Elmer and Charlie Cariello at safety, Hunter Crowley at linebacker, and the Aaron Chmielecki/Tyrece Sealey interior lineman tandem. Dean Poltronieri showed some text book play at his end of the defensive line, breaking up several Merrimack rushes. Evan Dunker made several crushing tackles from his outside linebacker position. Several new Mighty Mites got the chance to run the ball today – this was truly a whole team effort.
Jr. Pee Wee Red
The Jr. Pee Wee Red team opened the season with a decisive 27-0 victory over a very good Hooksett Hurricanes team. Graham Frederick set the tone by causing and recovering a fumble on the Hurricanes first play from scrimmage. After a scoreless first quarter, Owen Christopher put Bedford on the board with a 10-yard TD run on the second play in the second quarter behind the blocking of Ethan Flanagan, Aidan McMonigle and Ryan Guerrette. Presley Trento scampered his way in for the extra point.
Thomas Rice recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to keep the offense on the field. With eight seconds left to go in the half and with defenders hanging all over him, Josh Tobin threw a 6-yard TD pass to Cam Cilley while William Kramer converted the extra point. The TD was made possible with stout pass blocking from Joey Piacentini and Vasily Kirpolenko. Kramer went on to score two TDs in the second half and Trento added another extra point. The defensive shutout was made possible by outstanding tackles and position play by Jackson Bulduc, Ethan Healy, Kieran Rice, Nathan Pratte, Andrew McGee, Ben Stuart and Mathew Vranich.
Jr. Pee Wee Silver
The dismal weather was a fitting backdrop for the 2015 season opener, but it happened to be against the defending-state champion Merrimack Cardinals. The Silver team halted the Cardinals on their first drive and answered with their own drive that fizzled following an 25-yard pass from Aiden O’Connell to Joe Mikol. The remainder of the game, the offense saw little action. The Silver defense held its own with solid line play by Seamus Balistreri, Kasey Mahoney and Cal McAuliffe. The defensive secondary deflated the Cardinal air attack limiting it to one completion. TJ O’Connell led the linebacking corps with solid play and contributed to a number of tough stops. Cam Healy had some great open field tackles and topped off his defensive debut with an acrobatic interception and exciting return.
The Bedford Junior Bulldogs Pee Wee team scored on the first play from scrimmage on the season and didn’t look back cruising to a 28-0 win in Concord. Hunter Fennessy threw a perfect dart to J.T. DeLacey and Connor Mullin ran in the conversion to put the Bulldogs up 7-0 just 30 seconds into the game. An incredible pocket was formed by Nathan DeFazio, Brian Barbaro and Finn O’Neil. After a great defensive stand led by linebackers Connor Guibord, Russ Erwin and Jesse Morin the Bulldogs went back on offense. Ryan Wallat broke off a big 30-yard run behind Phil Tuscano, Tyler Moore and Hayden Austen leading to a great touchdown run by Fennessy. Michael Remick banged in the extra point behind Ryan Allard.
The third score came on a great pass from Owen Umansky to DeLacey from about 40 yards out, as Matt Kyle and Andrew Peicker did a great job up front. Sean Greene added the conversion behind William Scholl. The defense played strong all day as Caden Tamburello, Aidan Healey and Eli Raby played very strong on the defensive line. Aiden Morley had a big stop to preserve the shutout and Chris Shoals and Matt Ferrucci were very effective in the secondary. The final score came after an incredible Ryan Ashburner catch and run, this time Umansky found Parker Henrichon from 20 yards out with Aiden Landman paving the way. Colin Chandonnet added the final conversion to cap the scoring.
Junior High Varsity
The Junior High Jr Bulldogs varsity team opened the season with a 10-play touchdown drive and a winning final score of 24-8 over Timberlane. It was a great team effort with big plays including a Torey Helton QB sack, a Hayden Cheney intercepted pass, an onside kick recovery, a fumble recovery, and Timmy Greene ran over defenders inside while Joey Lupo ran around them on the outside.
The big guys up front played tough against a big Timberlane line and without the blocking of Drew Allard, Charlie Kneissl-Williams, Peter Falvey, and Colby Martel Bedford would have been in for a long evening. Jack Grogan, Mikey Akstin, Steven Watson, and Jack Jones led the defense executing their responsibilities and making tackles all night long which forced Timberlane to abandon the run and start throwing the ball all over the yard.
Trevor Soden, Alex Bleakley, and Nicky Merchant worked in at cornerback to cover the passing attack and they competed well for the first game. Jordan Dyer and Nate Frederick were solid at quarterback with no fumbles, no interceptions, and three key receptions for 2 point conversions and a key first down throw to Joey Leary. On special teams Patrick Goterch and Matt Swartz led the charge.