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.
TRINITY AT SOUHEGAN
When: 7 p.m., Friday
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.