Bulldogs’ season ends in semifinal

The Bedford High School football team got just the start it wanted, jumping out to a 14-point first-half lead over unbeaten Goffstown in the Division I semifinal last Saturday. But the Grizzlies proved why they’re the top-ranked team in the state, chipping away at the No. 3 Bulldogs’ lead and pulling out a thrilling 24-17 win.

The win propelled Goffstown into Sunday night’s D-I final against Exeter, and ended Bedford’s season in disappointing fashion.

Bulldogs quarterback Connor Robert ran for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns to give Bedford a 14-0 lead with over eight minutes left in the second quarter. But Grizzlies running back Connor Bourque led Goffstown back into the game, rushing for 170 yards, including a 70-yard game-winning touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the game.

The Grizzlies cut Bedford’s lead to 14-10 at halftime after quartback Casey Gervais connected with Andrew Duval for a 21-yard scoring strike and Samuel Heidenreich hit a 22-yard field goal on the last play of the half.

Gervais ran for a 1-yard score to put Goffstown up 17-14 for 4:21 left.

The Bulldogs tied the game on a 39-yard field goal by Cooper Anibal with 1:52 left in regulation, but Bourque countered with his massive dash late to put Goffstown up for good.

Bedford had a chance to tie the game on its final possession, but Robert’s attempts at the end zone fell incomplete.

Bulldogs star running back Nicholas Leahy was held to just 47 yards rushing by the Grizzlies’ defense.