Sabers earn 48-16 win over H-D/Hopkinton
AMHERST – The dividends continue to pile up for the Souhegan High School football team.
All the resilience, the diligence, the pain and suffering through injuries and most importantly, the heart, should make this football program a force next year as all this junior-laden club grows up.
Saturday morning in Amherst against Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton, the Sabers sowed a bit of an early profit, drilling the Red Hawks, 48-16.
"We’re very junior heavy. We have a very big, very talented junior class. We’re taking a look toward the future," said Souhegan coach Mike Lochman.
"Any win at this point is very valuable to us. With the amount of injuries we’ve had, some of the other things we’ve had to deal with, we knew coming in this was an important game."
The win propelled Souhegan to 3-5 with only next week’s rivalry game in AMherst with Hollis Brookline remaining on the season.
"It was a good, consistent, physical battle where (our players) did all the things we asked them to," said Lochman.
Souhegan, stung in the final seconds by Sanborn Regional, took no chances this week. The Sabers weren’t totally efficient with the teams combining for eight first-half turnovers, but they built a 21-0 halftime lead that went to 41-0 when Tucker Aiello pounded in from the final on the final snap of the third quarter.
"I don’t think that’s as bad a team as the scoreboard indicated," Lochman said. "It was more of a hard-fought battle than it looks, and we needed it."
Aiello continued his run of superb two-way games for the Sabers as he was all over the field. He scored three TDs on the afternoon in the big win.
About the only bad news on this day for Souhegan was a shoulder injury to standout junior halfback Dante Savo, who scored twice yesterday. Lochman says it doesn’t look serious, though, and he expects his game-breaker to be ready for HB this week.
"It’s a chance to play against a very good team. Their sights are set on the playoffs. Unfortunately, we’re not in that position," Lochman said. "We have a chance to play a spoiler role against a rival local team. Our guys will be up for it."
Savo finished with 213 yards and a score on 12 carries and also intercepted three passes. Aiello rushed for 65 yards and three TDs on 13 carries.
The Sabers racked up 402 total rushing yards to go with 40 passing yards. The defense had five interceptions.