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."