Bedford Jaguars roll in home openers
Bedford Jaguars Flag Yellow
The Jaguars Yellow Flag team took on a tough Manchester East team in front of a rowdy home crowd at Bedford High School on Sunday.
The Jaguars deferred on the coin toss and let their defense feast first, with dominant interior line play from Drew Burnett, Aiden Klardie and Denys Savenko making it hard for the Cobras to advance the ball. When the Cobras took to the air, lockdown corner play from Ben Lu and Brycen D’Urso turned the turf into a no-fly zone, breaking up multiple pass attempts.
On the offensive side of the ball, long runs from D’Urso, Brendan Leung, and Gavin Villarante set up Ryder Proulx, who scored his first career touchdown on a sweep right from 5 yards out. The Cobras would strike back quickly, tying the score just as the Tiny Mite cheerleaders took to the field for halftime.
Nathan Dunker dominated at defensive end for Bedford. With less than two minutes left in the game and the score still tied, the Jaguars converted on a fourth-and-long, with Leung and Villarante lead blocking for a streaking D’Urso, who beat the Cobras to the edge and took it to the house for the winning score. The Jaguars will enjoy a bye week during the Labor Day holiday, playing next at home on Sept. 11.
Bedford Jaguars Flag Red
The Bedford Jaguars Red team battled a tough Londonderry White team on Sunday morning which proved to be a battle between two very formidable defenses. Bedford started the game on the defensive side of the ball and was able to quickly build an iron curtain that they would sustain the entire game. Londonderry attempted to run the ball with no success on their first series of the game. Ike Corbett and Paul Gaudreau led the defensive charge by grabbing flags in the opening possession.
The Jaguars took over on offense and were able to sustain a solid running attack as they moved the ball downfield. Bedford capitalized on runs from Jeremy Desrochers and Connor Pitts to get just short of the first down. Facing a critical fourth down, Paul Gaudreau ran a sweep around the edge of the Londonderry defense and gained the first down just as he was chased down by a Londonderry defender. From that point, the Jaguars took to the ground again and used runs by Ishan Jain, Brian Gaudreau and Cody Beyer to get just short of the touchdown. Bedford converted their second fourth-down conversion as Connor Pitts ran a sweep to the outside and scampered across the goal line to give the Jaguars the lead.
The second half opened with the Jaguars taking the ball on offense for the third time. This time, however, the Londonderry defense was able to hold the Jaguars in check. Noah Lawless, Luke Rodgers, and Ike Corbett all had solid runs for Bedford as they fought for much needed yards. Londonderry regained possession and was able to move the ball downfield with some persistent running. The Jaguar defense rose to the occasion as Ishan Jain, Jeremy Desroches, and Paul Gaudreau grabbed flags stopping the Londonderry attack.
Bedford Jaguars Flag Green
The Bedford Jaguars Green Flag team took on a tough Londonderry. Liam Shannon and Will Frongillo started the game with long runs, but the Londonderry D was stout and prevented an opening-drive score. After a Londonderry touchdown, runs from Brayden Lyon, Gavin Shannon, Cole Thibodeau and Anthony Correnti set up Wilson Quick for a touchdown, his second of the season. Londonderry responded with another score to take the lead. Rordan Kemmerer made several big defensive plays and John Chhom grabbed several flags in the offensive backfield. Londonderry remained tough and they were unable to cross the stripe.
Jaguars Tackle 9U
The Jaguars 9U tackle team picked up right where they left off last season, beating the Londonderry Wildcats 33-0 in their home opener on Sunday. The suffocating Jaguar defense featured Noah Cassamassino, Jack Maye, Brody Helton, Gavin Bodoh and Colby Boyd forcing a turnover on downs. Helton took a Jack Hinton handoff 34 yards for the game’s first score. Jack Maye recovered the ensuing kickoff, and Bodoh darted 27 yards to the house on the very next play.
The defense was led by interior line play from Connor Flaherty, Gus Forgey, Christian Page, Sam Surgento, Tristin Leck and Ronan Looney with linebackers Connor Fraitzl, Dustin Westcott, Boyd, Cassamassino and Lennox Perkins to tee off on oncoming rushers. A fumble recovery from RJ Proulx and another strike by Bodoh put the Jags up by 21 at the half.
Helton continued the blitzkrieg in the second half, taking a Hinton screen pass 45 yards to paydirt on the very first play of the half. On defense, Brody Gagne, Jack Petrosino, Steven Gilcreast, Brody Woloski, Calvin Bradley, Cobe Rubin, Hunter Crowley, Tommy Frongillo, Andy Dell’Orfano and Ethan Martin kept the Londonderry offense at bay, and Maye executed a perfect play-action bootleg to cap a 33-point outburst for the home team.
In all, eight Jaguars ran the ball for a total of 139 yards, and QBs Maye and Hinton went 3-for-4 for another 73 yards through the air, for a grand total of 212 total yards of offense. On defense, the Jags gave up just 18 total yards of offense and a single first down in the win.
The Jags return to Bedford High School after a bye week to face Plymouth on Sept. 11at 9 a.m.
Jaguars Tackle 11U
The Bedford Jaguars 11U team beat the Manchester East Cobras 43-14. The Jaguars set the tone early with a great kickoff return to set the offense up with great field position. The offense moved the ball well throughout the day with terrific blocking by EJ Kissel, Nathaniel Harding, Gabe Flores, and Harrison Schneller. Scoring came way of some long touchdown runs up the sidelines by Camren Raymond and Seth Doyon. Magnus Steele broke it up the middle for a couple long scores and Noah Kelton got into the end zone. Quarterback Josh Webb had a good day passing the ball, highlighted by a pass along the sidelines that went for a big gain with a Cobra defender in his face.
The Jaguar defense was shining with tackles for losses and constant pressure on their quarterback by Zach Jones, Sean Kuhlhoft, Caleb Lemoine, Cameron Marchant, Antoine Valentin and Cameron Westcott. The Cobras have tall and athletic receivers but they had trouble connecting on their passes thanks to the strong secondary play of Aidan Veverka, Jackson Carr and Alex Arias.
The Jaguars are now 2-0 on the season and have this coming weekend off due to the Labor Day holiday. Their next game is Sunday, Sept. 11, when they welcome to town the Laconia Chiefs.