NHIAA FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

DIVISION I

BEDFORD (8-1) at BISHOP GUERTIN (6-3)

WHEN: Saturday, 4 p.m.

WHERE: Nashua’s Stellos Stadium.

REGULAR SEASON RESULT: Bedford 43, Bishop Guertin 22.

FYI: The regular season matchup had all the makings of a classic, as the Cardinals had rallied to take a 22-21 lead with 5:02 to play in the third period. Then the roof caved in, as Bedford went on a nine-play, 66-yard drive to grab the lead back for good and added two more TDs in the fourth quarter. The game showed how Guertin could be overmatched by size and depth, as the Bulldogs amassed 468 yards of total offense. They were led by sophomore quarterback Connor Robert, who was an efficient 11 of 17 for 171 yards and three TDs, plus running back Nick Leahy’s 108 yards rushing with two TDs.

Guertin had QB Jordan Hiscoe throw 47 times – NFL style numbers – with 321 yards, two TDs, but also two INTs. The Cards, who also got 90 rushing yards by back Jackson Housman, will need to do better up front on both sides of the ball. Guertin is a better team than it was back in the Week 3 meeting, but the numbers don’t lie and the Cards need to get their defense off the field as quickly as possible to avoid being worn down. That’s what Bedford, coached by former line coach Derek Stank, likes to do.