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Red, Yellow compete in Super Bowl

Super Bowl Saturday had finally arrived, and the Bedford Jaguars Red squad was determined to finish off a very successful season on the gridiron. The Jaguars played four different games throughout the day, and were hoping to showcase a variety of skills that they had been honing and mastering all year.

Bedford’s first opponent was a tough Salem Rams Black team. Despite the best efforts of both teams, neither group was able to get on the scoreboard. Salem’s first drive was stopped by the fierce pass rush of Nathaniel Duquette and solid efforts on the edge of the defense by Josh Meisner and Kyle Gouveia.

Not to be outdone, the Rams defense stood tough during the Jaguars’ first drive of the game despite nice running by Rachel Meisner, Will Frongillo, Bryce D’Urso, and Cobe Rubin.

The final two drives of the game saw much of the same from both teams. Bryce D’Urso, Nathaniel Duquette, and Will Frongillo all grabbed multiple flags in addition to flag grabs by Josh Meisner and Kyle Gouveia. Bedford’s last drive was paced by the steady running of Paul Gaudreau, Nathaniel Duquette, Josh Meisner, and Kyle Gouveia, although the Salem defense was able to keep them away from the end zone.

Bedford then welcomed the Nashua Force Yellow team to the field, as they looked to rebound from their scoreless first contest. Bedford immediately set the tone on defense with

Bryce D’Urso and Nathaniel Duquette storming into the backfield for flags. Facing a critical fourth down, the Nashua Force runner was forced out of bounds by Paul Gaudreau causing a turnover on downs.

Bedford took to the air on their second drive, as an incomplete pass on first down aimed to weaken the Force secondary. Josh Meisner then made some progress on the ground, capped off by a third down touchdown run by Cobe Rubin to get the Jaguars on the board.

The Jaguars continued to dominate defensively on the next drive as Nathaniel Duquette, Will Frongillo, Drew Benjamin and Kyle Gouveia stood tall in a great team defensive effort.

Bedford’s next drive was set up by the quickness of Rachel Meisner as she dashed for a first down on the second play of the drive.

After short runs by Bryce D’Urso and Nathaniel Duquette, Josh Meisner ran his patented bootleg into the end zone for a critical fourth down conversion and touchdown. The Jaguar defense was then able to hold yet again, and time ran out as Drew Benjamin ran for a first down putting the Jaguars in scoring position.

After the break, the Jaguars were set for a match up with the Manchester West Raiders. This might have proved to be Bedford’s toughest test of the season as the black and silver pushed them to the brink. Bedford opened the game on offense, but wasn’t able to get much going. Cobe Rubin, Bryce D’Urso, and Josh Meisner all gained yardage, but the Jaguars came up short and possession was taken by the Raiders.

Despite a long possession by Manchester West, Bedford was able to force several fumbles and deflect a pass in order to get them off the field.

Nathaniel Duquette was yet again unleashed on the Raider offense making several key stops. Cobe Rubin and Josh Meisner both pulled flags as well.

Bedford was now poised to make something happen on their second drive as the game clock was certainly not in their favor. Rachel Meisner took a quick snap up the middle and slipped though the Raider defense. Many Raider defenders gave chase, but none could match the speed of Meisner as she raced into the end zone for the game’s first touchdown.

Bedford would be able to hold that lead until the end, as their defense would have to stay on the field and match a potent Manchester West attack.

Josh Meisner made several key stops including a pass deflection, while Paul Gaudreau and Nathaniel Duquette were able to get in the backfield and make plays from their respective defensive end positions.

Time ran out as the Raiders attempted to advance a fumble into the end zone. It was a great effort for the Jaguars.

The last contest of the day pitted the Wildcats of Londonderry against the mighty Jaguars. Bedford wasted no time moving the ball on offense, opening the game with runs by Will Frongillo, Bryce D’Urso and Paul Gaudreau. Facing a fourth down, Cobe Rubin took a reverse up field gaining a Jaguar first down. With a fresh set of downs, Drew Benjamin ran deeper into Wildcat territory gaining positive yardage.

It was at that point that the "old ball coach" drew up his favorite play, and Josh Meisner ran a perfect bootleg into the end zone for the touchdown. Londonderry then took the ball on offense and was able to keep the Jaguars defense on the field for a lengthy possession.

Despite the time of possession, Bedford stood tough led by the "iron curtain" of Nathaniel Duquette, Paul Gaudreau, and Will Frongillo. Gaudreau and Bryce D’Urso were also able to successfully break up two passing plays helping hold the Wildcats scoreless.

The Jaguars took the ball back with a purpose in the next drive quickly finding the end zone.

Kyle Gouveia took the ball on the opening play and left a vapor trail on his way to the second Bedford touchdown of the game.

Londonderry was again shut down by the Bedford defense on their last drive, and the Jaguars took over on offense for the final drive of the season.

The game ended as Bedford was driving down field behind the running of Rachel Meisner and Paul "The Bus" Gaudreau. The game ended with a pass completion to Bryce D’Urso and run by Josh Meisner as Bedford just ran out of time.

The game marked the end of a very successful season for the Bedford Jaguars Red team. After an early season stumble against Goffstown, the Jaguars proved unbeatable as they closed out the season with an impressive win streak.

It was a great year and the coaches were proud of all that was accomplished.

On Saturday Oct. 1 Bedford Jaguars Yellow and the rest of the New Hampshire AFY flag football teams met in Derry for the season ending Super Bowl.

In their first game of the day Jaguars Yellow took on a very tough Hudson Bears squad. The Jags got on the board quickly when on the second play of the game Matt Ciruso took the ball the length of the field for a touchdown.

Hudson took over on offense and was able to put together a solid drive culminating in a touchdown. With the score tied at one, the Jags looked to get the lead back. On the first play of the drive, Jack Tamulevich took it up the right side of the field into Bears territory. On the next play, James Tamulevich took it to the house for the score. Hudson took over but shutdown defense from Jeremy Desrochers, Ben Lu and Anthony Correnti quickly forced the Bears to turn it over on downs.

On the first play of their next drive, Jags quarterback John Chhom took a long run up the right side of the field for solid yardage. On the next play, following great downfield blocking from a jamboree of Jags, Connor Durant took it around the edge and in for the score. With the clock running down, Hudson looked to quickly close the gap but defensive force James Tamulevich gave no quarter making four consecutive stops as the clock ran out.

In game two of the morning Jaguars Yellow squared off with the Manchester East Cobras. The Jags started the game on offense. Nice runs by Ben Lu and Anthony Correnti got the Jags in scoring range.

On the next play, fans saw their first glimpse of Beast Mode as James Gilbert flipped the switch and took it home to give the Jags an early lead. The Cobras took over on offense but could not get anything going as Jack and James Tamulevich made consecutive stops forcing East to turn it over on downs. Taking over on offense long runs from Jags Jeremy Desrochers and Jack Tamulevich, following strong blocking from John Chhom and Connor Durant, set the Jags up with first and goal. On the next play, James

Tamulevich took it up the middle and in for the score. The Cobras took over on offense but quickly turned it over. On the first play of the Jags next drive, James Gilbert connected on a long pass with Matt Ciruso who streaked down the sideline for the touchdown to give the Jags a commanding lead they would not relinquish.

Following a short break Jaguars Yellow was matched up once again with the Salem Rams. The Jags started on offense and it didn’t take long for the Jags to get on the board as

James Gilbert took the first play of the drive the length of the field for the score. Salem took over on offense once and despite solid defense from the Jags secondary – Jeremy Desrochers, Ben Lu, John Chhom – were able to punch it in to tie the score.

The Jags took over on offense looking to take back the lead and it didn’t take long as Matt Ciruso did his

Dion Lewis thing cutting and ducking his way to the end zone. Salem took over on offense once again but stops by Jeremy Desrochers and Ben Lu forced a turnover on downs.

Taking over on offense the Jags were looking to pad their lead. Connor Durant and James Tamulevich lead off the drive with long runs. Solid running by Connor Durant and Anthony Correnti set the Jags up with first and goal to go.

On first down, quarterback James Gilbert took it around the edge and in for the score. Salem got the ball back with time running out but consecutive stops from Jack Tamulevich held the Rams in check as the horn sounded.

In their final game of the day the Jags Yellow took on a very tough Nashua PAL Force team. The Jags started on defense with Matt Ciruso grabbing two quick flags but Nashua continued to move the ball and eventually scored. The Jags took over on offense trailing for the first time on the season. It was at this point when the "James Gang" – James Tamulevich and James Gilbert – decided it was time to regulate. This was the James Gang’s last ride for Jaguars Flag and they went out with flags blazing. James Gilbert started the

drive with a long run. James Tamulevich followed up with run into Nashua territory tip-toeing up the sideline like Biletnikoff. On the next play James Gilbert punched it in to tie the score. Nashua took over on offense but Beast Mode was in full effect as James Gilbert made three consecutive stops with James Tamulevich making the stop on fourth down to end the Nashua drive.

Taking back over on offense all it took was one play as James Gilbert took it the length of the field for the touchdown. With four minutes to play Nashua got the ball back looking to tie the game. Once again the James Gang would not be denied as James Gilbert and James Tamulevich combined for two stops each – including a huge fourth down stop from Tamulevich – forcing Nashua to turn it over once again. The Jags took over on offense and ran out the clock, holding on for the victory.

Overall, great focus and hustle, led to an impressive day of performances as Jaguars Yellow finished the year undefeated.

Grade 3: Jaguars beat Milford

When the newly-formed Grade 3 Bedford Jaguars team began contact drills in the heat of August, the focus was on "instruction." When they walked off the Milford High field after yet another convincing win this past Sunday, there was another word being tossed about: "perfection." The win completed an undefeated season for the Grade 3 team, whose high -flying offense and suffocating defense bewildered and frustrated opponents week after week.

This week was no different. RJ Proulx set the tone early, streaking down the field and recovering Gavin Bodoh’s opening kickoff. That was followed by quick strikes by Ben Flaherty,

Brody Woloski, and two by Brody Helton (one by way of a run, and another a pick six). Jaguar runners enjoyed gaping holes opened by a dominant offensive line anchored by Colby

Boyd, Gus Forgey, Steven Gilcreast, Connor Flaherty, Tommy Frongillo, Sam Surgento, and Jack Janelle, and quarterbacks Jack Hinton and Jack Maye threw laser-guided passes to

convert PATs en route to a commanding halftime lead.

In the second half, the defense pinned their ears back to secure the Jags’ fourth straight shutout. Big hits from Connor Fraitzl, Dustin Westcott, Jacob Redman, and Kyle Konieczny

demoralized the Milford offense, and Calvin Bradley put an exclamation point on the game, and the season, with a 50-yard romp to paydirt to seal the deal.

The magical season saw offensive contributions from players up and down the roster, and the Jaguars’ punishing defense only gave up a total of five touchdowns over eight games.

Whether it was offense, defense, or special teams, the players gelled as a team and battled with and for each other. The season may be over, but one thing is for certain: the future

of football in Bedford looks very promising.

CHEER/DANCE

Jaguars compete at Season Premiere Competition

On Saturday Oct. 17 more than 90 teams and almost 1,500 athletes gathered at the Bedford High School to compete in the 9th Annual Season Premiere Cheer Competition. The

teams ranged in age from Tiny Mites (age 5) to 18 and came from all over New Hampshire and Massachusetts. This competition is the kick off for many to the 2015 cheer

competition season and all the teams came ready to win.

The seven squads exhibiting from Bedford certainly made good on the home crowd advantage. To start the morning, the Bedford Jaguars Division 8 pulled off a flawless

performance and took home the top place 3rd place in their division. The Division 10 Jaguars keep the momentum rolling and the afternoon saw the Division 12 and 14 squads take

the mat. Each squad gave outstanding performances and got the fans to their feet to cheer on the home team. All the Jaguar squads took home high scores in their respective divisions.

Season Premiere was also the season debut for the Tiny Mite Jaguars to showcase their routine for the crowd, and our returning girls from the Adaptive Cheer team received another standing ovation from the audience. T

The Bedford Jaguars also debuted their new dance team, which was a crowd favorite. Congratulations to all our Bedford Jaguar Teams.

The competition season continues this weekend with the Derry Harvest Invitation at Sanborn High School in Kingston.