Looking for some room to run
Global Premier Soccer will hold a grand opening for its GPS New Hampshire Soccer Complex from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25. There will be on field activities, along with concessions.
TM squad kicked off a Bedford Home Opener weekend vs. the NH Wildcats by proving once again that when a cat approaches a Dog, they better proceed with caution. A standing-room-only crowd was treated to a breakfast of Cap’n Crunch and pancakes as the Bulldogs flexed their muscle on both sides of the ball. The offensive line led by Beau Boughter, Graham Chmielecki, Noah Humphrey, and Tristin Leck anchored an explosive offensive attack as center Teddy Bond delivered crisp shotgun snaps all morning. Logan O’Connell opened the scoring after an elusive move to reach the cone.
Andre Steinbrueck added an ESPN Sports center clip by leveling multiple defenders on a rumble to paydirt that Marshawn would envy. Trenton Otero added his first career score on a long bootleg racing 40 yards to the end zone and speedster Hudson Schmitt put the icing on the cake with the final score on a sweep, leaving would-be defenders in the dust. On defense, the Bulldogs de-clawed NH with Evan Maslanka saving two TDs with beautiful corner play. Drew Redfern was ferocious at linebacker as Beau Dunker and Jake Boughter also helped stomp out several drives.
Mitey Mite Silver
Mighty Might Silver faced a tough opponent in Concord on Sunday, winning 7-0. Ledger Russell ran outside for the only touchdown on the day, made possible by setup bone crushing interior running by Danny Black and Jack Riso. Danny lost a tooth on one run, spit it out on the sideline for the tooth fairy, and was right back in the next play. Stellar interior blocking from Dean Poltronieri at center and Charlie Cariello and Nick Polishan at guard were key to our runs and eventually the touchdown. Hard working offensive linemen Justin Chiras, Brady Champagne, Hunter Crowley, Zach and Kaeden Elmer, Brody Cassidy, and Dominic Carey helped open holes in the very tight Concord defense. Our defense stopped every Concord drive, highlighted by a white knuckle red zone stand in the 4th quarter, with Ronan Balistreri making a behind the line tackle on fourth down. The Jets may have Revis Island, but we have two islands at corner with Ethan Chmielecki and Brady Jackson. Those trying to avoid the islands had a tough time holding onto the ball after meeting Evan Dunker at linebacker. Anyone trying to run up the middle were met with the ever present guards Aaron Chmielecki and Tyrece Sealey. There was simply no place for Concord to run.
Jr. Pee Wee Red
The Bedford Jr. Bulldogs Junior Pee Wee Red team squared off against a tough New Hampshire Jr. Wildcats team and the Bulldogs ground out a 13-7 victory. The first half was dominated by stingy defense from both teams but the Jr. Wildcats eventually managed to drive down to the Jr. Bulldogs 1-foot line before Andrew McGee thwarted the scoring attempt by recovering his first of three fumbles on the day. The first half ended knotted with no score. The tone changed at the start of the second half as the Jr. Wildcats quickly scored on their first possession. The Jr. Bulldogs answered on the next play when William Kramer ran the ensuing kickoff back for a TD. Josh Tobin bootlegged his way in for the extra point to tie it up when Ethan Flanagan and Joey Piacentini sealed off the edge with great blocks. The Jr. Bulldogs defense stiffened further and it became a field possession game which Bedford was slowly winning. Late in the fourth quarter Jackson Bolduc made a nice open field block to spring Tobin for the final, go-ahead score. The game wasn’t over and the Bulldogs needed some big stops by Cam Cilley, Graham Frederick, Thomas Rice, Ben Stuart and McGee to close out the victory.
Jr. Pee Wee Silver
Perfect weather was the catalyst for the Junior Peewee Silver team against Hooksett at home. The Silver defense led by brilliant line play of Kasey Mahoney, Maximus Mercure, Noah Sussman and Jack Cloutier stopped the Hurricanes on the first series, which allowed the high power offense to get in gear. The hometown crowd was delighted when Aiden O’Connell broke free for the first touchdown of the day. O’Connell also connected for a TD pass with Ryan Cote. The offensive line controlled of the line of scrimmage and was led by Alex Wafer, and Cal McAuliffe. Evan Cibotti connected with Cam Healey for an exciting completion. Seamus Balistreri had a virtually flawless performance at center. TJ O’Connell had a big day with an interception, extra point and a touchdown! The tremendous play from the defense kept the Hurricanes scoreless. Joe Mikol and Ryan Cote were unstoppable together and contributed to over 50 yards of losses. Parker Bromley had some film worthy stops at linebacker. The Silver team looks forward to Amherst next week.
The Bedford Pee Wee Jr. Bulldogs upped their record to 2-0 by defeating the New Hampshire Wildcats 27-0 to remain unscored upon through 2 games. The Bulldogs started slowly but gained momentum in the 2nd quarter behind great defensive plays by Eli Raby, Aidan Healy and Hayden Austen, all of whom made stops in the backfield. After Chris Shoals and Aiden Morley made big plays, Ryan Wallat had a sack and a strip that put the Bulldogs back on offense. J.T. DeLacey took a great handoff and followed Nathan DeFazio, Brian Barbaro and Andrew Peicker into the end zone for the first half’s only TD. Michael Remick got the extra point behind Caden Tamburello and Phillip Tuscano.
The second half opened with a great defensive stop lead by the line backing core of Jesse Morin, Hunter Fennessy and Ryan Ashburner. This time it was Conor Mullin who took a great pitch from Owen Umansky and raced 60 yards for the second Bulldogs score following a great Finn O’ Neil pull and Ryan Allard block. The Wildcats took to the air but to no avail with Matt Ferrucci playing great at safety and Parker Henrichon and Sean Greene keeping contain at end. Wallat scored from 25 yards out for the third score on a great block by Aiden Landman and Tyler Moore. Mullin kicked the 2-point conversion on an outstanding snap from the versatile Colin Chandonnet. Connor Guibord and Russ Erwin were very effective all day running the ball as fullbacks and Erwin scored from 25 yards out for the final tally.
Junior High League Varsity
The underdog Jr High Bulldogs team went into Andover Ma and surprised everyone by holding on to a 20-16 win as Andover was knocking on the door for the winning touchdown as time expired. Joey Lupo scored gave the team the first score on a reverse, he added another on a kick-off return, and Tim Greene added the winning touchdown on a pick-six in the fourth quarter. The game was a defensive battle and the Bulldogs were led by Linebacker Jack Grogan, defensive tackle Nathan Roach, Defensive tackle Drew Allard, and a rotation at defensive end with Steven Watson, Matt Swartz, and Jack Jones who personally batted down 4 Andover passes. The secondary was led by younster Hayden Cheney with help from Arron Skaling, and Mikey Akstin. On offense the Andover defense caused problems with their blitzing but QB Jordan Dyer was able to take care of the ball behind the blocking of Charlie Kenessa Williams, Torey Helton, Peter Falvey, Drake Tompkinson, Austin Dearborn, and Colby Martel. Nick Merchant added a huge special teams play by recovering and on-side kick and to signify the total team win. This clash of styles with the wide open Andover spread against the hard-hitting between the tackles Bedford attack was a great learning experience for all the kids and it was certainly a thrill-ride for the fans.
The Jaguars fifth-grade team visited the Derry Demons on Sunday. While it was a great weather day for football the Jaguars could not pull off a great upset. The Jaguar defense opened the game very strong with great tackles by Nate Griffin, Sean Kuhlhoff, Caleb Lemoine and Noah Kelton. Nathaniel Harding and Cam Westcott were penetrating the offense line all day to throw off the Derry running attack. Derry took the lead in the second quarter 6-0 after the Demons blocked a Jags punt. Then the momentum turned again with back to back fumbles late in the 2nd quarter by the Jags. The Jags would mount an offensive drive with great runs by Caleb Lemoine, Camren Raymond, Nate Griffin and Sean Kuhlhoff but the fumbles stopped two drives. Derry then scored with less than a minute in the second quarter to take the 12-0 halftime lead. More of the same in the 2nd half with two more fumbles lost by the Jags. Derry could only score 8 more points to put up the final score of 20-0. EJ Kissel, Cam Marchant and Nathaniel Harding provided large holes up the middle that allowed Nate and Caleb Lemoine to put up 10-15 yard runs. Another bright spot was the Jags passing game when Sean Kuhlhoff hit Aiden Veverka for anther 15 yard gain. The Jags played tough defense and never quit on themselves.
The third-grade Jaguars remained unbeaten on the season with a thorough dismantling of the Derry Demons on Sunday morning at Don Ball Park.
The Jags defense set the tone early, with big plays from Dustin Westcott, Gus Forgey, and Colby Boyd forcing a turnover on downs on Derry’s opening posession. Wasting no time, the Jags offense marched down the field and after nice gains from RJ Proulx and Jack Hinton, Gavin Bodoh outran the Derry defense to put the Jags up by a score.
On the ensuing posession, a big Connor Fraitzl hit knocked the ball loose and it was recovered by Westcott, giving the Jags the ball with great field position. Several long runs from Brody Helton and bruising carries from Jacob Redman and Westcott set up quarterback Jack Maye, who finished the drive with a textbook bootleg to put the Jags up by two touchdowns. After a quarter and a half, the Grade 3 boys seemed poised to run away with it.
But Derry remained resilient. They continued to pound the ball up the middle, and on a fourth-and-two late in the second quarter, the Demons finally broke through for their first score. Bedford stumbled on their next set of downs, eventually fumbling a snap and losing the ball to the Derry defense. Two plays later, Derry once again hit paydirt, this time converting on the PAT and taking a one-point lead into the half.
After some halftime oranges and motivational coaching, the Jags responded and returned to form. Bodoh took the second half’s first handoff 50 yards for his second score of the game, knifing through the Demons’ defense like Bo Jackson in Tecmo Bowl. Siezing the momentum, the Jaguars defense answered the bell as well, with Maye, Boyd, Connor Flaherty, Helton, Ben Flaherty, Calvin Bradley, and Steven Gilcreast continually pushing back Derry’s offensive line and swallowing up oncoming runners. After a turnover on downs deep in Derry territory, Bodoh followed lead blocks from Forgey and Proulx and jammed home his third score from one yard out. Minutes later, after yet another strong defensive stand, Bodoh capped off his 147-yard performance with his fourth score, this time beating the Demon defenders to the edge and sprinting his way to the end zone.
All told, the total team effort saw solo tackles from 12 different players, with five tackles for a loss and not a single Derry first down in the second half. On offense, eight ball carriers combined for more than 250 yards on the ground in the runaway victory.
The Bedford Jaguars Red team traveled to Don Ball Park in Derry for the mid-season AYF jamboree. Focus and determination would prove to serve them well throughout the duration of day.
Game one saw the red squad looking to avenge their only loss of the season, a last second week one heart breaker to Goffstown. With the first possession of the day, we learned that this matchup may have a different outcome as the Jags got on the board quickly with a tremendous, long run from Kyle Gouveia. Excellent blocking from Will Frongillo, Nathaniel Duquette and Drew Benjamin helped lead the way. Pure speed to the outside from Gouveia did the rest. On defense, the Jaguars were stout as Goffstown struggled to move the ball. Duquette and Paul Goudreau locked down the middle while Brycen D’Urso and Josh Meisner did not allow runners to gain the outside. Struggling to run the ball, Goffstown took to the air. However, they were rebuked there as well as Josh Meisner intercepted a pass to help seal the Jaguars victory. Cobe Rubin would tack on insurance with a TD run at the end of the game.
The second game of the morning found the red squad matched against a tough and scrappy Crusaders team from Nashua. This game proved to be more of a defensive struggle. Strong running from our youngest Jaguar, Rachel Meisner, as well as Will Frongilo, and Drew Benjamin would set the stage for a sweep to the right and up the sideline by Brycen D’Urso for the game’s only touchdown. Excellent team defense kept the Crusaders from moving the ball with much success or frequency.
Game three pitted the Jaguars red against a talented Hudson Bears squad. Hudson started out with the ball and saw some strong defense from a determined Jaguars team. Nate Duquette and Paul Gaudreau regularly disrupted plays behind the line of scrimmage while Josh Meisner and Bryce D’Urso pulled flags on the outside. The Jaguars took the ball on offense and executed a beautiful counter play which saw Kyle Gouveia make a tremendous run for his second touchdown of the day. Hudson then looked to even the score. The bears were able to grind out a first down against a strong defensive jags effort. The Jags defense stiffened as they looked to preserve their lead. On fourth and goal, the bears were able to tie the score with a good run to the outside. Time would run out with the Jaguars, who were looking to break the tie. Both squads may have to wait until next time to settle the score on this well played game.
The final game of the jamboree for the Jaguars red would find Bedford taking on Laconia. The Jaguars put the pedal to the medal to finish strong by putting up three touchdowns. Offensive play was highlighted by tremendous, long touchdown runs by Rachel Meisner and Paul Godreau. Great line play and blocking helped pave the way for both runs. The play of the game, however, came on defense when Laconia tried an ill-fated pass attempt. The Jaguars pass defense was up to the task as Josh Meisner zeroed in for the interception, which he promptly took to the house for a touchdown, or as the kids say, a pick six.