Milford, Souhegan open the season with a win

WEARE – Milford High School dominated John Stark in its football season opener, rolling to a 35-14 victory.

The Generals took an early 7-0 lead, but the Spartans’ defense clamped down the rest of the way, and the offense proved unstoppable for most of the afternoon.

Milford wasted little time tying the score at 7-7 when quarterback hit Bryce Walker with a 7-yard pass on 4th-and-goal, then took the lead for good when Jahir Romney rand 23 yards for a touchdown with 8:11 to go in the first half. Romney ended the day with 97 yards on 10 carries.

The Spartans defense set up the first score of the second half by recovering a John Stark fumble, leading to Dustin Post’s 8-yard TD run.

Urda found Walker for another TD pass, then the QB capped the scoring with a 6-yard scoring run of his own. Urda finished the day with 119 yards on eight completes in 12 throws, and ran for 32 yards on nine carries.

The Spartans will open their home season Friday night against Hollis Brookline.

Souhegan gets revenge

SWANZEY – The Souhegan High School football team relied heavily on Cameron Kinney in Friday night’s season opener.

The junior running back didn’t disappoint, carrying the ball 17 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns as the Sabers pulled off a 27-20 win over Monadnock on the Huskies’ home field.

Quarterback Mike Mancini connected on four of his seven passes for 63 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His aerial scoring strike landed in the hands of Brendan Cray (three receptions, 52 yards, one TD).

Monadnock quarterback Deion Russell, who rushed seven times for 37 yards, connected on three of his five passes for 90 yards, two touchdowns – both to Liam Morris, who had two receptions for 86 yards – and one interception in the loss.

Jared Redfield (eight carries, 29 yards) scored the Huskies rushing touchdown, while Bailey Johns (13 carries, 38 yards) also played well in defeat.

Souhegan is off this week before hosting Milford on Oct. 19.

Around D-II

The Spartans and Sabers weren’t the only teams in the South Conference to pick up wins to open the season. In fact, every team in the conference started the year 1-0. Pelham won its first game in Division II by crushing ConVal, 49-8, last Friday, while Trinity exploded in the second half to beat Manchester West 44-7 on Saturday.

After getting postponed Saturday night, Windham set a school record for points in a game in beating Hollis Brookline 56-0.