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Bellingham, Whittier

HAVERHILL — With the game on the line, there was no question in Kevin Bradley’s mind.

“We were going for the win,” said the Whittier coach. “We were going for two points.”

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Football, 09/13/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Windham crushes Trinity

WINDHAM — Streaking 80 yards to score in just under 90 seconds before the half, Trinity High danced to intermission, energized by the thoughts of an impending victory rally.
 
Windham High put those visions to rest pretty quick, scoring two quick third-quarter TDs to finish the rout of the Pioneers, 41-12, before about 800 fans at the Jags' home opener.
 
"They always have their kids ready, and we knew this was going to be a fight," said Windham QB Brendan McInnis.
 
Trinity has owned this newly-formed grid rivalry, taking three of the four previous games including playoff matches in 2012 and 2013. The Jags made a bit of a statement to the contrary yesterday, racking up 478 yards of offense.
 
Kellin Bail scored three times, cranking out 186 yards on nine carries with one three-yard TD catch. McInnis was has efficiently lethal self, hitting 7 of 12 (with three drops) for 95 yards and a pair of scores. He also broke Trinity's back with a 78-yard across-the-field TD scramble in a 9-carry, 89-yard rushing day.
 
"As much as it hurt them to watch it, our coaches spent a lot of hours watching that November (playoff loss to Trinity) on film. They had us prepared for what they were bringing to us today offensively," said Mcinnis. "The rest was on our offensive line.  It might have been the best game I've seen them play in four years. They played awesome. Guys like Mike Bedient, who literally has played all five spots on the line. Kevin (Curran), Pat Hume, Kyle Adamson. They may be unsung outside the team, but they're our guys inside the locker room."
 
Up 27-12 at the break, Windham was in charge, but had to wonder what the third quarter might bring. But Bail ripped off a 65-yard TD, and Kurtis Jolicoeur ambled 50 yards up the gut on third-and-two as the Jags extended to move to 2-0 on the young season.
 
Next week, the Jags hit the road for Weare with a Saturday matinee date against 1-1 John Stark.




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Football, 09/13/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Reggies roll

Greater Lawrence rolled out to a 30-0 halftime lead on its way to a 36-9 victory over Georgetown.

 

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North Andover rallies for first win over Andover since 2005

ANDOVER — As Bubba Shkliew stepped off the Lovely Field turf, the North Andover star pumped his fists and looked up to the sky in joy.

“Finally!” he said.

After eight years of heartbreak at the hands of neighboring rival Andover High, North Andover finally broke through, recovering an on-sides kick in the final seconds to lock down a thrilling 20-19 victory over the Golden Warriors Friday.

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Football, 09/12/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Fairweather leads Lancers to victory

Eric Fairweather rushed for four touchdowns and threw for another to lead Londonderry 35-14 over Timberlane.

Fairweather completed 6 of 10 passes for 201 yards.

He connected with receiver Michael Ryan four times for 172 yards.

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Central crushes Haverhill for second straight blowout win

LAWRENCE — Two weeks into the season, staring at the only team to knock them off last year, Central Catholic's only problem might be going the distance.
 
For the second straight week, the Raider starters had the helmets unbuckled for good by the mid-third quarter, making quick work of Haverhill High before about 1,200 fans here last night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
 
"Our coaches condition us every day, so we'll be fine playing the full four quarters," said Raider halfback Mike Balsamo, who steamrolled his way to 54 yards on just seven carries.
 
The Raiders will need it. Saturday, they travel to 2-0 St. John's Prep, fresh of last night's 14-6 victory at Brockton.
 
St. John's defeated Central here a year ago. The Raiders have gone on to rip off 11 straight wins since, including the drive to the 2013 Division 1 Super Bowl championship.
 
Central simply smothered the visiting Hillies, who came in riding the high of a last-minute opening win over Beverly.
 
But when the Raiders recovered their own opening kickoff — kind of a side-of-the-foot-flopper that came to rest in no-Hillies-land — they went to work.
 
Markus Edmunds dove in for the first of his three TDs on the night — five for the young season — and a fumble on Haverhill's second snap from scrimmage set up No. 2.
 
"That's our preparation, and we were hyped up for this one," said Balsamo. "We have some pretty experience guys like myself, Markus, Mike Milano. We have a lot of key starters back. So we're ready for challenges like this."
 
Central's starters dominated nearly every second they were in there, outgaining the Hillie regulars 304-20.
 
Edmunds, Milano and Balsamo combined to run 24 times for 205 yards on their own.
 
Fans got to see a hungrier, maybe even nastier Balsamo.
 
"That's my style of game," said the senior, who's already gotten offers from Wofford and Bryant. "I'm 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, and I'm going to use it all I can to punish defenders and move the chains.
 
Now the Raiders can look ahead to the Prep and try to forget the nationally-acclaimed 40-21 loss that saw Eagle Johnny Thomas make ESPN's SportsCenter for his 106-yard interception return for a TD.
 
"I never watch (the video)," said Edmunds. "I want to vomit every time I watch it."
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Salem runs away with victory

Charles Sibanda rushed 12 times for a 145 yards and three touchdowns to lead Salem football 40-0 over Keene. 

Josh Rodriguez ran eight times for 121 and a touchdown. 

James Leblond's only run resulted in a 71-yard TD.  John Bartose added 45 yards on the ground and one score.

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Windham produces 510 yards of total offense

Windham produced 510 yards of total offense in a 56-0 rout over Hollis-Brookline. 

QB Brendan McInnis  completed 11 of 15 passes for 218 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for another touchdown. 

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Football, 09/07/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hillies weather Beverly charge

HAVERHILL — The momentum had completely shifted to the visitor’s sideline.

Resuming Saturday’s lightning-suspended game against Beverly High on Sunday morning, the Haverhill football team watched the visiting Panthers score on their first two possessions to tie the score with eight-and-a-half minutes to play.

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Football, 09/06/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Late-arriving Cathedral races past Royals

HAVERHILL — After arriving to Haverhill Stadium only about 10 minutes before the scheduled game time, Cathedral High of Boston went through an abbreviated warm-up and received the opening kickoff. it didn’t matter, though. The Panthers and Georgetown played to a 6-6 tie in the first half before the visitors turned it on for a 31-6 win. Both teams struggled to snap the ball on their opening possession. Cathedral went three-and-out after a snap over quarterback Jermal Brevard-Jackson’s head lost 19 yards. Georgetown gave the ball back on the very next play on a fumble during the transfer from center to quarterback. The Royals fumbled away each of their first two possessions. After falling behind 6-0 early, new Royals head coach Justin Spurr got tricky in the second quarter. Running back Cooper Martens took a handoff to the outside and found a receiver all alone in the end zone. The 23-yard halfback pass to Robert Dimento made it 6-6, but the two-point conversion failed after a penalty pushed the Royals back five yards. The Georgetown defense stayed strong in the first half after surrendering a touchdown on Cathedral’s second drive. “We played really well on defense for most of the game,” Spurr said. “Defense was definitely a strong point for us.” But Georgetown could not sustain its strong defense in the last 22 minutes. After Justice Turner took the Royals’ third fumble for six points to make it 12-6 early in the second half, Brevard-Jackson took control. The senior captain connected on a pair of touchdown passes and ran for a third. Georgetown did show some life on offense down the stretch, but could not get in the end zone. Martens, who shared the quarterback duty with sophomore Jimmy Sherman, completed the Royals’ longest play of the day, a 40-yard pass to Nick DePasquale, who had a stellar all-around game. Georgetown is at Greater Lawrence Tech on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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