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Windham rolls to another lopsided win

WINDHAM — The Windham Jaguars continued their scorching start of the season, defeating Sanborn 47-12. In front of a crowd of over 1,000 fans, Windham put 40 points on the board for the fourth straight game and are showing no signs of slowing down.

“We have different guys that can get the job done. Every week somebody else has stepped up,” said Windham head coach Bill Raycraft. “This week it was Kurtis Jolicoeur, last week it was Matt Shea. Every week we have an answer for what the defenses are showing us.”

In last week’s road victory over John Stark Regional, it was junior Matt Shea who led the Jaguars in rushing with 119 yards. This week, it was senior Kurtis Jolicoeur’s turn to lead the way, tallying up 99 yards. Shea’s biggest play on the night was a nifty 45-yard interception that he returned for a touchdown in the third quarter. He also added another score on the ground.

It was Sanborn that got on the board first in this one, orchestrating a time consuming touchdown drive late in the first quarter. Windham quickly answered following a kickoff return by Kellin Bail that landed the Jaguars inside the five-yard-line of Sanborn. Shane Lafond promptly scored from one yard out a few plays later.

The Jaguars caught Sanborn off guard on the ensuing kickoff, recovering an onside kick just prior to the end of the first quarter. Windham capitalized on the aggressive tactic, driving down the field and setting up a nine yard run from Shea.

“We want to force teams to defend us every play and every minute,” said Raycraft. “Regardless of where we are on the field, we are going to focus on getting the ball back.

“Every time we go on the field for a kickoff, we want the other team to be scared, said Jolicoeur, who also added a rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion. “We don’t ever want them ever to feel comfortable and we don’t want them ever to cheer about anything.”

Windham’s offense has been clicking all season. They have scored 194 points in just four weeks, including a 56-point win opening night at Hollis-Brookline.

“Everything has been great right now. Everyone’s getting carries, everyone’s getting yards and the line is just opening up holes for us,” said Jolicoeur.

Windham will travel to Souhegan next week, and Sanborn will host Conval next Saturday.

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Tough second quarter dooms Pelham again

MILFORD - Pelham was in control early, leading 12-0 after one quarter.

But for the second straight week, the Pythons couldn't overcome a subpar effort in the second quarter. Friday night Milford scored four times in the frame and went on to post a 34-24 victory.

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Methuen trickery no treat for Dracut

DRACUT — Staring at the prospect of a fourth straight loss, the Methuen offense wasn't above a little trickery to get into the win column.

Unable to score in six of the previous seven quarters, the Rangers put together a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives last night to upend Merrimack Valley Conference rival Dracut 14-13.

"This means a lot tonight," Methuen coach Tom Ryan said of his team's first victory since knocking off Dracut in last year's Thanksgiving Day game. "Right now it means a lot. I'm going to (congratulate) my kids because they worked so hard.
"I'm happy for my kids right now. They needed this so much. My coaching staff needed that. I know my wife needed that, but the kids needed it most."

Mike Baglieri, who quarterbacked the Rangers into Middie territory on each of their six possessions in the game, put Methuen on the board with a 3-yard run to cut Dracut's lead to six with 6:36 remaining.

Sophomore linebacker Trevor Abdallah made the second of his three sacks to force Dracut into a three-and-out on the ensuing possession and provide the Ranger offense one more opportunity.

Methuen made it work, when wide receiver/backup quarterback Kendrick Denose hurled a reverse-option pass to John Abraham, who was pulled down at the 1 after the 41-yard completion. One play later, Baglieri provided Methuen its first lead of the season since Lawrence scored with 10 seconds left in a 43-42 Week 2 victory.

"We have a lot of trick plays we run," said Ryan, who admitted they had not run that reverse pass all season. "But it's all a matter of execution. We haven't been able to execute them early on, so we're always apprehensive to run them. Kendrick threw a nice ball."

Denose made his only pass of the night pay when he broke up a fourth-down Dracut pass at the goal line with 24 seconds left — one play after Abdallah's final sack left the Middies at the 36.

The Rangers had several quality first-half opportunities, including their first two possessions which both reached the Dracut 12 before fizzling out. In fact, in the first half, Methuen maintained possession for more than 15 minutes without a score.

"It was getting extremely frustrating," Ryan said. "I know we work a lot on possessions inside the red zone and for some reason we just couldn't push it in. The fourth quarter was fun to finish things off and rewarding for our offense."

Methuen played without leading runner Brian McAndrew, who will undergo MCL surgery on the right knee he injured while rushing for 206 yards against Lawrence. Senior Jake Amodio has been impressive and finished with 149 yards on 26 carries.

"We were getting frustrated, but the O-Line stuck with it," Baglieri said. "We practiced hard all week and took it to them."

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