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JAGUARS

Jaguars cheerleaders compete at Derry Invite

The Bedford Jaguars took the mats in Kingston on Oct. 25 to compete at the Derry Invitational Cheer Competition, the second of three competitions that comprise the Tri-Town Tournament Series.

The five competitive teams and the exhibiting Tiny Mites came to the competition ready to win over the crowd and the judges. All the Jaguars teams were looking to continue the success of the last weekend’s Season Premiere Competition, and came to Derry ready to win.

The Jaguars Division 8 and 10 teams pulled off a near flawless performance and took home second in their respective divisions. The afternoon saw the Division 13 Red squad place third against some of the fiercest competition on the day. The Jaguars Division 12 and 13 Blue squads each took home gold with a first-place finish for each team.

Next up is the AYC NH State Tournament at SNHU. The Adaptive Team will also be on hand to give a fan favorite exhibition performance as well.

BULLDOGS

Tiny Mite Football

In over 102 years of existence, historic Gill Stadium has seen many great events, but all fail in comparison to what was witnessed by this capacity crowd as the TM Bulldogs invaded the big city to play Manchester Gold. The two teams slugged it out like Rocky and Apollo, scoring a combined 11 touchdowns, shaking this venerable building to the very core of its foundation. On the game’s second play, Heisman-hopeful Hudson Schmitt ripped off a 45 yard TD behind punishing blocks by Tristin Leck and Drew Redfern. On the next series, Bedford had a time-consuming drive behind the steel-curtain offensive line of Graham Chmielecki, Beckett Maslanka, and Evan Laforge that saw Schmitt convert a 4th and 15 scenario, bursting 30 yard burst to TD paydirt. Then as time elapsed before half, Andre Steinbrueck followed a Nolan Murphy wrecking ball block to score another Bedford TD. Jack Petrosino and Evan Maslanka both stepped in to play center, as the duo delivered crisp snaps that kept Bedford’s offensive Ferrari humming along all morning. In the second half, Andre Steinbrueck raced 40 yards for his second TD, sending the Dog Pound into a frenzy. Finally, late in the game, dog-bone winner Trenton Otero added another score, racing 20 yards and converting another big 4th down play. While offense ruled the day, there were several standout plays by LB Logan O’Connell and edge players Camden Santos and Jake Boughter who all clipped the wings of Eagle ballcarriers. The TM’ers close out the regular season next week at Amherst.

Mitey Mite Red Football

Bulldogs 36, Cardinals 6

The Bulldogs started strong with a 35-yard touchdown scamper on the second play of the game by Alex Grudinskas behind great downfield blocking from Jalen Kamineni and Nate Clark. Following a quick four and out from the Cardinals that saw Brock Tamburello, Dylan Soden and Teghan McConnell dominate the line of scrimmage for the Bulldogs, Kevin Sheridan rumbled in from 20 giving the Bulldogs a quick 14-0 lead with 5 minutes left in the first. After a great tackle and strip from Spencer Henrichon the Bulldog offense was back on the field running behind Jack Mastrodicasa, Tyler Johnson and Brady O’Connell leading to a Henrichon score and a 22-0 lead in the second quarter.

The third quarter saw much the same Bulldog dominance with Drew Brothers completing the 50-yard drive with a ten-yard sweep behind, Ethan Steichen and Will Helmke. Christian Morley and Kevin Mastrodicasa played strong all day at inside tackle while Caleb Goldstein held the Cardinal passing attack in check from his safety position. Kevin Sheridan finished the scoring on a nice cutback run bringing the final score to 36-6. Bedford Red plays Concord next week.

Mitey Mite Silver Football

Mighty Might Silver finished on top of a tough Manchester squad, 26-19. Ledger Russell was the star of the day, scoring three of the Bulldogs touchdowns, one from the defensive side of the ball in the form of a pick-6. Danny Black also scored a touchdown on a bootleg from his QB position. Jack Riso ran for an extra point in the first quarter. These scoring drives would not be possible without great lead blocking by Brady Champagne, Tyrece Sealy, Zach and Kaeden Elmer, Dominic Cary and Charlie Cariello. While offense wins games, defense wins championships, and the Bulldogs defense came to play in the second half with two goal line stands. Coaches were delighted to see several gang tackles, with Ethan Chmielecki, Evan Dunker, Dean Poltronieri and Ronan Balistreri stopping outside runs and Aaron Chmielecki, Brody Cassidy, Nick Polishan, Hunter Crowley, and Justin Chiras cleaning up interior runs.

Jr. Pee Wee Red Football

The Bedfird Jr. Pee Wee Red football team dominated an over matched Worchester, MA team with a decisive 46-6 victory. William Kramer got the juggernaut rolling by taking the opening kickoff back for his first of 2 TDs on the day and Jackson Buldoc kept it rolling by converting the PAT. Josh Tobin was the next to score from his QB position with a 35 yard run after pulling guard Andrew McGee crushed the defensive end opening up a hole you could drive a truck through. Tobin was terrific all day with 3 TDs, a PAT and several pass completions with one to Thomas Rice for a PAT. Buldoc was just as impressive muscling his way in for 3 TDs and a couple of PAT conversions with defenders hanging all over him and he also had a fumble recovery on a kickoff. The interior of the offensive line with Joey Piacentini, Ben Stuart, Mathew Vranich, McGee and Evan Schmitt controlled the defensive front all day. The Bulldog defense was stifling with gang tackling from Sam Ward, Ryan Guerrette, Aidan McMonigle, Presley Trento, Owen Christopher and Nathan Pratte. Cam Cilley and Kieran Rice had several big tackles for losses and Ethan Flanagan made several monster tackles on kickoffs. This victory sealed a playoff berth for JPW Red and their playoff seed will be determined next week when the visit the NH Wildcats.

Jr. Pee Wee Silver Football

The JPW Silver Bulldogs faced the Manchester Eagles at Gill stadium. The young Bulldog team was dominant from the outset. TJ O’connell had a phenomenal game with seven completed passes on eight attempts with an unbelievable three touchdown passes and a conversion. Joe Mikol caught the first touchdown pass on a well run route into the flats. TJ’s cousin Aiden "All Day" O’connell connected on two half back passes of his own to veteran receiver Cam Healey. In addition, Aiden ran for a long touchdown on a reverse and caught a touchdown pass from TJ after a weakness was seen in the Manchester secondary and a play was created to capitalize. Cam Healey delighted the fans with four receptions, including a touchdown and an extra point. Cal McAuliffe thundered his way for a touchdown of his own by literally carrying some Eagles with him into the end zone. Ryan Cote had some nice carries for positive gains. Alex Wafer and Brady Martino each had two carries and each ran with a purpose. Birthday boy, Max Mercure, left his lineman position to carry the ball like a modern day Refrigerator Perry. Defensively the Bulldogs were just as impressive causing three turnovers. Evan Cibotti had a number of tackles and caused a fumble. Seamus Balistreri was a force to be reckoned with after making three out of the first five defensive tackles. First year player Mason Kimball had a number of impressive stops. Ethan Kemp stepped up for an injured Bulldog and made some big tackles. The Eagles scored in the last seconds to make the score 31-6. The Silver team faces Worcester next week in Hooksett.

Pee Wee Football

The Bedford Junior Bulldogs Pee Wee team dropped to 5-2 with a difficult 37-0 loss at Fitchburg, Mass. Fitchburg is a very strong team and the Pee Wee’s struggled to move the ball and costly turnovers against a very good team were too much to make this game close. The Bulldogs play in Uxbridge, MA next week against another strong Central Massachusetts power, Blackstone Valley. So far the Pee Wee’s are 1-1 against the Massachusetts foes.

Junior High League Varsity

Bedford Junior High Varsity suffered a tough 14-6 loss under the lights at home Saturday night to the Derry Wolverines. The team got off to a 6 to nothing lead on the first drive of the game when Joey Lupo took a reverse 50 yards for the opening score. The linemen Torey Helton, Charlie Kneissl-Williams, Drake Tomkinson, Peter Falvey, and Colby Martel did an excellent job handling a blitzing Derry defense. On the defensive side Jack Jones, Steven Watson, Joey Leary and Timmy Greene had to contend with the fastest player they’ve seen all year around the ends and while their featured back made some big plays, our guys were able to keep him out of the end zone. The young cornerbacks Hayden Cheney and Arron Skaling played solid football and they were tested often. Jack Grogan and Mikey Akstin were the tough guys Saturday night playing middle backer on defense and playing critical roles smashing the ball between the tackles on offense and in similar fashion on the line the Bulldogs leaned on tough guys Drew Allard and Nathan Roach who played every snap on both sides of the ball. After converting a first down on a QB sneak with 3 minutes remaining in the first half, Jordan Dyer suffered a knee injury that took him out for the rest of the half but Nate Frederick filled in without missing a beat. Austin Dearborn and Jake Plage worked in at offensive end contributing strong blocking for successful plays around the end. In devastating fashion, the bulldogs were stopped one foot short on a 4th and 2 conversion near the one yard line as they had a chance to go in for the tying score with 2 minutes left in the game. This was the team’s best test of the year and while they came up short they certainly learned a lot about themselves and gained a first hand understanding of the standard they need to meet in order to be champions in this league.

SOCCER

BAC Club teams

The Bedford Athletic Club U12 Boys teams had a busy weekend with each team playing two games. The BAC Red team won both games in convincing fashion with great team play. On Saturday they traveled to Exeter and came home with a 8-1 victory behind 4 goals from Gabe Lucey. Exeter jumped ahead 1-0 scoring in the first minute of the game. Joe Mikol put a nice through ball on the foot of Lucey and he was able to find the left corner to tie the game. Then Lucey scored his second goal with an assist from Josh Beaton to take the lead. The scoring continued as Beaton scored the next two goals using his skills to beat the defenders then the goalie to stretch the lead to 4-1 Bulldogs. Johnny Shottes made a great step from his defensive position and carried the ball the length of the field and shot a rocket from the top of the box that found the upper right corner of the net for his first goal of the season. Gabe Lucey scored 2 more goals, one on an assist from Liam Fanburg and Avi Goldman scored to make the final score 8-1. Sam O’Leary and Josh Beaton shut down the Hawks attack playing great in goal. Zachary Harrington and Jack Pendleton where solid on defense for Bedford.

On Sunday the Red team knocked off second place Merrimack 4-1. Bedford scored first when Joe Mikol crossed the ball and Josh Beaton was able to find the back of the net. Gabe Lucey then continued his hot weekend has he took a Ryan Juliano throw in and volleyed a rocket past the Merrimack defender. The duo would hook up again in the second half when Juliano took a free kick and put a little push pass to a cutting Lucey who was able to put a great shot past the goalie. Mikol was able to add one more on what looked like a cross from the end line but was able to curve it into the goal for the deciding score.

The BAC U12 Black team traveled to Bow on Saturday and suffered a hard fought 3-1 loss. Evan Kaplo scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs on a pass from Josh Beaton. Ryan Julaino was solid on defense.

On Sunday Evan Kaplo headed a Josh Beaton corner kick into the goal as time expired to get the Bulldogs a 2-2 tie with Exeter. Kaplo scored the first goal for Bedford on a rebound off a Beaton shot that hit off the crossbar. Owen Zuill played a great game at both midfield and defense.