Canes Rally For Win
St. Albans, Vt. — Since battling hard in a two-score loss at Massachusetts Division I Catholic Memorial two weeks ago, the Hartford High football team has been difficult to stop.
It took until the second half last night, but the Hurricanes’ momentum continued in a 32-17 win at BFA-St. Albans.
Trailing 10-0 at halftime, Hartford outscored the Bobwhites 32-7 in the second half as the Canes prevailed in a rematch of last year’s Hartford win in the Vermont Division I state championship game at South Burlington High School.
Senior running back Patrick Libuda scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards in the third quarter as Hartford seized its first lead of the game 13-10.
Dylan Rice scored from 8 yards out, Nolan Viens from 4 and Nick Torino from 11 as Hartford dominated with three additional rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Rice and Torino had one PAT each for Hartford (3-2), which is over .500 since knocking off Mount Anthony in Bennington in the season opener.
The Canes play at St. Johnsbury on Saturday.
Kearsarge 14, Con-Val 0
Peterborough, n.h. — Christian Marsh capped a dominant Kearsarge defensive effort with a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Cameron Webster put Kearsarge in front early with a 32-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. That proved more than enough support for the Cougars’ defense as the hosts found their running lanes closed all night by the suffocating Kearsarge defensive front.
“I couldn’t be happier. The kids did a great job stopping the run and forcing them to throw the ball, that created the interception at the end of the game,” Kearsarge coach Zach Matthews said.
“Our front seven or eight guys did a heck of job for us.”
Matthews praised the work of running back Riley Antle, who gained the bulk of the yards on the ground for the Cougars. Marsh added to his touchdown return by converting both extra points. Kearsarge had two would-be touchdown runs called back due to penalties.
The Cougars (2-2) host Trinity on Friday night.
Kennett 30, Lebanon 11
Lebanon — The Raiders slipped to 1-3 in a New Hampshire Division II North battle at Henry Emerton Field.
Junior Joe Flanagan started his first career game at quarterback for the Raiders, rushing for 66 yards and passing for another 66. He hit senior tight end Grayson Hardy with a 5-yard touchdown pass, and Ethan Perkins’ 2-point conversion tied the score 8-8.
Hardy’s 34-yard field goal gave Lebanon an 11-8 lead, but the Raiders imploded from there.
Backed by a penalty following their own touchdown, the Eagles kicked off from deep in their own territory, but surprised Lebanon with an onside kick and recovered.
“That was a huge momentum play,” said Raiders coach Chris Childs.
The Raiders set up another short Kennett scoring drive early in the second half, fumbling deep in their own end on the third play from scrimmage.
“We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” Childs said. “We couldn’t get all 11 guys on the same page.”
Defensive backs Austin Pelletier (two interceptions) and Ian Girdwood had strong games for Lebanon, which hosts Plymouth in its homecoming game next Friday night.
Laconia 26, Hanover 20
Laconia, n.h. — One game after forfeiting its scheduled homecoming game against Kearsarge, the Marauders came up one score short in the loss to the Sachems.
Hanover trailed 19-0 in the third quarter before Joey Porter’s 57-yard run made it 19-7.
The Marauders went back down by three scores before a 49-yard touchdown reception from Shawn Cavallaro to Jeff Gorham made it 26-14 with 5:20 left in the third quarter.
A 1-yard QB sneak by Cavallaro pulled Hanover within 26-20 in the fourth quarter, and the Marauders were marching for the potential tying or winning drive with under five minutes to play when they fumbled at the Laconia 14-yard line.
Despite the loss, Marauder coach Mike Ivanoski was proud of his team’s effort.
“Our resiliency is incredible,” the coach said. “We fought to the end. I’m proud of this team for that. Just when you think they’re down, a lot of teams would pack it in but they didn’t. This team doesn’t quit, we had the opportunity to pull it out with three minutes to go.”
Porter ran for 99 yards and Gorham caught 94 of 141 passing yards thrown by Cavallaro (5-of-18, three interceptions).
The Marauders travel to Kennett on Saturday.