Late TD Gives Marauders Dramatic Win
Amherst, n.h. — Hanover High senior quarterback Shawn Cavallaro scored on a 9-yard scramble play with three seconds left to complete the Marauders’ 14-point comeback in a 25-21 win at Souhegan.
The Marauders improved to 1-1.
Cavallaro led Hanover to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but left the game soon after with a hamstring injury.
The Sabers seized a 21-7 halftime lead, but the Marauders responded.
Backup QB Henry Anthony-Duscheid found Teddy Geraghty for his lone completion of the day, a touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal from the 10, to make it 21-13. The PAT failed.
Jeff Gorham (three carries, 116 yards) made it 21-19 with nine minutes remaining, taking the first play of a Hanover drive 66 yards for a rushing touchdown. The Marauders were shut down on their 2-point conversion attempt, meaning they’d need another score to complete the rally.
Cavallaro re-entered for the final drive, beginning at the Hanover 46 with 4:54 left. He helped engineer the game-winning march with an 11-yard pass to his brother, Jack, on a third-and-long play that set up fourth-and-two. Jack Cavallaro converted a short rush to keep the drive going.
A roughing the passer penalty against Souhegan on third-and-10 with 28 seconds to play helped set up Cavallaro’s winning score.
“It was a hard-fought game,” said Hanover coach Mike Ivanoski. “We struggled in the first half, but Henry did a great job filling in for Shawn and we did just enough to win.”
Jack Cavallaro finished with 77 yards on 16 carries, and Joey Porter had 17 for 69, including a one-yard run in the first quarter that made it 7-0.
The Marauders host Kearsarge on Friday.
Woodstock 35, Union-32 0
East Montpelier, Vt. — For the first time of the year, Woodstock failed to score 60 points. Oliver Kaija made sure that didn’t hurt the Wasps any.
The senior fullback scored five touchdowns as two-time reigning Vermont Division III champion Woodstock lambasted another opponent in Union-32.
The Wasps (3-0) are outscoring opponents 160-26.
Kaija scored four times in the first half, including on a 58-yard reception from Woodstock quarterback Nehemiah Wood to make it 13-0 in the second quarter.
Niko Davis was a perfect 5-for-5 on extra points for the Wasps, who host Oxbow on Friday night.
Catholic Memorial 28
West Roxbury, Mass. — The Hurricanes (1-2) fell to 1-2 in the loss to the Knights, who hail from Massachusetts Division 1-A and play in the Boston area’s Catholic Conference.
It’s the first time Hartford has been under .500 since 2009.
Gregg Shinn and Patrick Libuda scored on rushes for the Canes in the first half, the latter pulling Hartford to within 14-12.
Hartford coach Mike Stone noticed some encouraging signs.
“We kind of laid an egg last week (in a 23-0 loss at Middlebury), but we showed a lot of character today,” Stone said. “The biggest thing was that we played physically, so hopefully that will carry over for the rest of the season.
The Hurricanes host Brattleboro on Friday.
Pelham 56, Newport 6
Pelham, n.h. — The Tigers slipped to 1-1.
Stephan Nix scored the lone touchdown for Newport, on a 54-yard run in the first quarter.
Newport stays closer to home for next week’s road game, visiting Fall Mountain on Saturday.
Merrimack Valley 39
Penacook, n.h. — The Pride overwhelmed the visiting Cougars (0-2) from the start.
Tucker Burt had a pair of touchdown runs for Merrimack Valley in the first half as Kearsarge trailed 12-0 at the break. Ivan Niyamugabo scored from 25 yards and Burt added a 66 yard scoring run in the third quarter as the Pride pulled away. A Cole Martin interception for Merrimack Valley just before the end of the third quarter removed any remaining drama.
The Cougars visit Hanover on Friday night.