Bulldogs continue to perform well
Tiny Mite Football
The Tiny Mite team took on the two toughest teams in their division – Manchester and Amherst, in an early morning Round Robin in Amherst. Quarterback Teddy LaPointe kept things rolling on all cylinders behind tough blocking from Rocco Aronson, Jayden Wilson, and Beckett Maslanka. Frankie O’Donnell had his first career carry for a few yards up the middle from scrimmage as well as some career first carries from Graham Chmiliecki, and Caleb Cleland, as well as Evan LaForge who had a nice run on a cutback.
Shoring up the Bulldogs Defense, Adam Tamburello and Jayden Wilson had some big tackles for a loss as well as two sacks each from Gavin McConnell and Gabe Landies. Jack Redfern and Jake Boughter did a great job sealing up the outside lanes with the help of Izzy Landies. Cullen O’Connell was sidelined due to illness
Mite Mitey Mite Red Football
Mitey Mite Red closed out their regular season with a battle of Dogs vs Cats in Sandown. The game proved to be a Halloween special for the Bulldogs, with some treats for the large contingent of Bulldogs fans, and an untimely trick that spoiled the last Sunday in October.
The Bulldog offense was methodical all day long, grinding out numerous first downs, and leaving defenders grabbing at air. Dean Poltronieri and Ethan Steichen pounded the ball up the middle, and Brady Jackson and Tyler Parshay found room to the outside. They also featured an air attack that was highlighted by James Gregory. All of this was made possible, because of the ferocious line work of Carter Rick, Sam Doty, Nate Duquette and Aaron Chmielecki. The Bulldogs went into the half up 7-6 after a Jackson TD and XP. They had stifled numerous Wildcat drives with a smothering defense led by William Neikam, Nolan
Murphy, Caleb Goldstein and Jacob Parshay, who shut down the hosts high powered offense.
The second half showcased another long run for a touchdown and XP by Jackson, who tip-toed down the sideline and outraced the defenders into the end zone. The defense now buckled down and had successive big hits from Noah Humphrey and Zachary Elmer to pin the Wildcats deep in their own territory. But we all know what happens to a cornered cat, they struck back with a long run on a trick play to close the gap to 14-12. Evan Maslanka blocked the kicked XP that would have knotted the score.
On the ensuing series, disaster struck for the Bulldogs with less than three minutes to go. They were attempting a run when the ball was fumbled, kicked and bounced directly into the arms of the defender who trotted into the end zone to give the Wildcats the lead. The Bulldogs offense was unable to score and the game finished as an 18-14 loss for the Bulldogs. Mitey Mite Red will finish their season next week in the Super Bowl in Hooksett against North County from Massachusetts.
Mitey Mite Black Football
Congratulations to the MM Black Bulldogs who have qualified for the NHPW State Championship Series.
As prep for the playoffs, MM Black squared off with the No. 1 seed in the state on their home turf. Traveling into the inner city to do battle at historic Gill Stadium, the Dogs faced off against Manchester. Bedford let their defense do the talking as Justin Chiras led the way, accompanied by his dog pack which including James Gilbert and Andre Steinbrueck.
The trio caused mayhem. Bedford took over on downs and brilliantly executed a no huddle offense that befuddled their opponent. Led by a series of runs up the middle, Evan Dunker and Justin Chiras went on a rampage, moving the ball 60 yards on three plays behind the wedge blocking of Luke Tenn, Beau Dunker, and Josh Meisner. Hudson Schmitt swept right to get to the 1-yard line and then Evan Dunker dove in for the score, but the extra point was thwarted and Bedford led 6-0, where it stood through the first half.
The Dogs came into the 2nd half with the ball as the Manchester D stiffened. The two teams went back and forth like Rocky and Apollo as Matty "Bam-Bam" Ciruso , Alex Cotnoir, and Sam Meisner made big plays on D. Despite the effort, the Eagles were able to break two big plays on successive drives for scores and took a 13-6 lead with 4 minutes remaining. Taking the field for this final battle, Coach Schmitt was approached by battle-tested Bedford linemen Patrik Burke, Beau Boughter, Nick Spencer, Logan O’Connell, and Drew Redfern who stated collectively and confidently, "Coach, we’re punching this one in, baby!" Cue the motivational music as injured Evan Dunker took the field after a two drive absence as the Bulldogs marched down the field like it was a Hollywood movie set …. "Runs up the gut, runs to the side, counters and sweeps as the bodies collide". Bedford ball on the 1-yard line with a little over 1 minute remaining. QB sneak and Evan Dunker hits paydirt, Manchester up 13-12, with the extra point to be determined. In a truly great youth sports moment Manchester stacked the line to match the Bedford onslaught and were able to stop the extra point, leading to a bitter defeat for Bedford. While a sad end to the movie, make sure you catch the sequel because MM Black is playing the Eagles again to open the playoffs in Dover and this time things will end differently this time. Go Bulldogs!!!!
Jr. Pee Wee Red football
Just south of Canada, on a cold field, very, very, very far away the Bedford Red JPW team met the Androscoggin Valley Gladiators. The Red "Titanium Curtain" was impenetrable. Brady Martino, Ethan Kemp, Mason Kimball, Alex Grudinskas and Brady "B-train" Champagne dominated on the defensive front. Linebackers, Aiden "All-Day" O’Connell, Evan Cibotti and Eric Morgan along with a secondary including Ledger Russell, Jalen Kamineni and Joel "Vinny" Poltronieri were too much for the Gladiators to handle. Bedford’s Brock Tamburello made a circus style interception that kept the fans warm. JD Cote, Ronan Balistreri, Tyrece "T-Rex" Sealey, and Owen Richmond all made big tackles. Late in the game, Kaeden "Glue" Elmer picked off another pass and game rules stopped a big runback. Offensively, the Bulldogs put on a display. Aiden "All Day" O’Connell scored first and kicked the PAT. Next was Evan Cibotti scoring on a quarterback keeper. Eric Morgan ran the option to "All Day" for the conversion. Then Morgan took one in himself for a touchdown bobbing and weaving through the defenders. Ledger "Rock" Russell bowled over defenders for another touchdown and O’Connell kicked the PAT. The final scoring drive was Brady "B-train" Champagne pounding it up the middle for a score and Alex "Locomotive" Grudinskas ran in for the extra point. Final score 36- 6. Bedford Red finished the season undefeated and is away at Seacoast against Amherst in the playoffs on Thursday.
Jr. Pee Wee Black football
The Bedford Bulldogs JPW Black defeated the Manchester Eagles 28-0 at Gill Stadium on Sunday.
Team tackling was at the forefront of the Bulldog defense. Danny Black, Nathan Pratte, and Luke Soden contained the Eagles running to the middle. Nate Clark, Kieran Rice, Christian Morley, Nick Polishan, Teghan McConnell, Will Helmke, and Spenser Henrichon closed the gaps on the defensive line and kept the Eagles out of the Bulldog endzone. Ryan Rankins, Ethan Healy, Ethan Flanagan, and Ben Nguyen controlled the secondary and shutdown the Eagles air game.
On offense, the Soden brothers put the early points on the board with a punt return by Dylan and Luke followed with the extra point. Jackson Buldoc scored the next touchdown in the second quarter with a forty three yard turfburning run and subsequent carry for the extra point. Kevin Sheridan drove in Bulldog touchdown number three, followed by Luke Soden’s second extra point carry of the day. Jackson Buldoc ran in another forty five yard touchdown for the final Bulldog touchdown. Luke Soden’s extra point run brought the final score to 28-0. Jack Riso and Ethan Chmielecki provided supporting carries that positioned Bulldog scoring drives.
Bulldog JPW meets the New Hampshire Wildcats at Donati Field in Hooksett on Wednesday, November 2 at 5:30 PM for a playoff battle.
Jr. Pee Wee Dance
"The coaches can make you practice, the crowds can make you cheer but only the desire for success can make you a champion!" That is what this JPW Dance Team did at New Hampshire Pop Warner State Finals. The girls came together, hit every stunt and synchronized every jump. The crowd roared and the coaches were so proud!! Both Patty and Dawn gave their heart and soul and it was truly reflective in the JPW team winning first place in the NH Pop Warner Theme Dance Division and are State Champs!! Congratulations girls you called on all the ghostbusters to achieve your dreams!!
Pee Wee Football
The Bulldogs traveled South to take on the Villains of Somerville MA. Looking to extend their late season run, the Bulldogs welcomed back Parker Henrichon from IR after suffering a broken arm in week 2, and he came back ready to play. The Bulldogs started slow and fell behind 6-0 as Somerville jumped a deep out, taking it back 60 yds for a TD. The Defense held fast on the extra point behind the penetration of down linemen Andrew Pieker and Hayden Austen. After strong runs by TJ O’Connell and Owen Christopher the drive fizzled calling on the defense to stand strong again. Ends Seamus Balistreri and Matt Vranich combined for 10 tackles 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery giving the ball back to the offence. This time the Offence would not be denied. Behind the blocking of Owen Hastey and Aiden Sondermen, running back Russ Irwin amassed 48 yards and the Bulldogs first score of the day. After the conversion the Bulldogs led 7-6.
Entering the 4th quarter the Defense was called on again to hold the lead. Strong outside linebacker play by Joe Mikol, and Parker Henrichon forced the Villains to turn to the passing game, but the secondary play of Cam Healey ( interception and 2 pass break ups), Aiden McMonigle and Cam Cilley proved too sound; returning the ball to the offence. Mid way through the 4th quarter the offence, behind the play calling of Hunter Fennessy, marched 70 yards to their second score of the day. Thanks in large part to strong line play by Ryan Gurrette and Matt Kyle. The drive concluded with a 17 yard TD run by Russ Irwin, his second of the day. With 4 minutes to go in the game the Bulldogs led 13-6.
Strong contributions by Evan Schmitt, Kasey Mahoney, Parker Bromley and Mike Remick aided the sound defensive play securing the Bulldogs 13-6 final score in the last game of the regular season. The Bulldogs will travel to Seacoast Wednesday evening at 7:15 in the first round of the playoffs.
Pee Wee Cheer
Dream! Believe! Achieve!… This PW cheer team came together in the true meaning of a team! As Coaches Sherry, Pam, Sandy and Paige told the girls…"If they believe in their ability…. then they will achieve beyond expectations"…. No truer words were said and no greater gratitude for such inspirational coaches as Sherry, Pam, Sandy and Paige. "Striving for the top is what we do best!!!" Thus we now….Welcome the New Hampshire PW Cheer State Champion and PW Divisional Grand Champions 2016 BEDFORD JR BULLDOGS!! These girls exhibited style, sportsmanship and expertise! All are proud and they are off to regionals in Springfield MA on November 12, 2016!! Good luck PW Cheer Bedford Jr. Bulldogs!