Sabers fall to Jaguars

Windham too much for SHS

AMHERST – When it rains, it pours.

The adage proved true for Souhegan on Friday night in a Division II foot­ball clash against Wind­ham at Calvetti Family Field.

Parker Belsky took Windham’s first play from scrimmage 75 yards for a touchdown and the Jag­uars rolled to a 41-7 vic­tory over the Sabers.

Windham (4-0) rushed for 457 yards on 33 car­ries through steady rain­fall en route to the win. Belsky paced the ground game with 162 yards on 10 attempts. Victor Piz­zotti added 72 yards and a touchdown on nine car­ries, while Jake Aleksa scampered for 67 yards and a score on seven totes.

"The guys up front re­ally took pride," Windham coach Bill Raycraft said. "That speaks volumes to their work ethic and what they’re trying to do."

Souhegan, led by Dante Savo’s 60 rushing yards on 15 carries, drove into the red zone trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, but missed a 31-yard field goal. The Sabers didn’t break up the shutout until back­up quarterback Andersen Geffrard connected with David Labonte for a 10- yard touchdown with 1:43 remaining in the game.

The Sabers (1-3) only trailed 7-0 after the first quarter, but Aleksa took a handoff 48 yards for a score on the second play of the second frame.

"They have 87 kids. We have 40. They just wore us out," Souhegan coach Mike Lochman said. "I thought we played well, we played with heart, but we made one mis­take and it was a long touch­down. We made another one mistake, long touchdown – and we were done. It was literally one kid made one mistake and they score a long touchdown."

Following the missed field goal, Windham marched 80 yards in 12 plays, punctu­ated by a 15-yard scoring pass from Cody Potter to Micah Sundman, giving the Jaguars a 21-0 cushion at halftime.

"We knew Mike was go­ing to have his boys ready," Raycraft said. "We told them to be ready to get smacked in the mouth from the get-go. They brought it. They brought everything they have."

Windham padded the lead with 2:57 to go in the third with a 30-yard jaunt from Potter to make it 28-0 through three. Pizzotti rum­bled in from 27 yards out on the second play of the fourth quarter and Tim Anderson capped the Windham scor­ing when he broke loose for a 90-yard touchdown run with 6:17 to play.

"I thought we played tough, but we were not ca­pable of competing with them physically," Lochman said. "I thought our kids played really well, actually. They’re just better than us right now. We don’t have the depth to compete with a program like that."