Souhegan eases by Sanborn

KINGSTON – It’s fair to assume that the Souhegan High School football team enjoyed a brilliant fall day on the trip home from Kingston than the drive there.

After all, the Sabers took care of business Sat­urday, defeating the San­born Regional Indians, 26-7.

Still, while coach Mike Lochman was happy his team got the vic­tory, he knows his team can play better.

"The outcome was good but we have some things that we can definitely foucs on," Lochman said. "We left a lot of points on the board again this week."

On their first offensive possession, senior run­ning back Jonathan Nogu­eria got the Sabres on the board with a 59-yard touchdown, using his blis­tering speed to outrun the defense and put the Sa­bres up 7-0.

Souhegan enjoyed suc­cess moving the football throughout the game, led by the fullback/run­ning back combination of Nogueria and senior Cam­eron Kinney. The two of them combined for a total of 286 rushing yards.

But, untimely turnovers by the Sabers kept San­born in the game.

Indians linebacker Christian Ehlers picked off Sabers quarterback Michael Mancini in the Sanborn end zone midway through the first quarter. On the ensuing Souhegan possession, another scor­ing chance was wasted as Nogueria coughed up the football, again in the San­born endzone.

The turnovers did not hobble the Sabers, though, thanks to the strong per­formance by the defense. The defensive controlled the line of scrimmage, and the line backers and secondary, led by the hard hitting Mancini, kept In­dian backs and receivers from getting past the sec­ond level.

Another defensive standout on the day was senior cornerback Zacha­ry Bossi. His interception near the end of the second quarter set up the good field position that led to a Nogueria 5-yard touch­down, giving the Sabres a 13-0 lead into the break.

In the second half, sophomore running back Dante Savo got in on the fun, scoring two impres­sive touchdowns.

Just two minutes into the second half, he juked past Indians defenders on a 33-yard run to give the Sabres a three score lead. With just about two minutes left in the game, Savo hurdled an Indians defender on a 27-yard touchdown run.

Next up

TRINITY AT SOUHEGAN

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Souhegan.

Last week: Souhegan 26, San­born 7; Milford 46, Trinity 12. Last year: Trinity 28, Souhe­gan 24.

FYI: This is the third all-time meeting between the two teams, with Trinity winning the first two by a combined

17 points. This year, the Sa­bers could have a big advan­tage in the running game. Souhegan is coming off a 472 yard rushing performance against Sanborn, in which the Sabers had three players go over 100 yards. Jon Nogueira led the way with 198 and two scores. Trinity allowed almost three hundred yards on the ground in last week’s loss to Milford.

NOTE: Milford is on a bye week.