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Stevens Has Fun on the Run

  • Stevens High School's Keaghan McAllister stretches out to gain extra yardage during a game between Stevens and InterLakes-Moultonborough High School on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Barnes Park in Claremont, N.H. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Charles Hatcher

  • Stevens High School's Baylor Rozzell returns a punt during a game between Stevens and InterLakes-Moultonborough High School on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Barnes Park in Claremont, N.H. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Charles Hatcher

  • Stevens High School's Quentin Bicknell (8) passes the ball off to Keaghan McAllister during a game between Stevens and InterLakes-Moultonborough High School on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Barnes Park in Claremont, N.H. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Charles Hatcher

  • Stevens High School's Keaghan McAllister gets tripped up during a game between Stevens and InterLakes-Moultonborough High School on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Barnes Park in Claremont, N.H. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — Charles Hatcher

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 10/13/2017 11:55:56 PM
Modified: 10/16/2017 1:45:43 PM

Claremont — Stevens High took a major step in nailing down a postseason spot with a 28-19 win over InterLakes-Moultonborough on Friday night in an NHIAA Division III clash at Barnes Park.

And the route to that victory was simple.

“I don’t care if we have to run the ball 50 times, that’s what we’re going to do,” Stevens coach Paul Silva said.

Sophomore Keaghan McAllister was the chief architect of that running attack. The solidly built 180-pounder rushed 27 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns for the Cards.

Still, Silva couldn’t say enough about the offensive line, led by seniors Nick Stone (270 pounds), Brendan Bean (230) and Aidan Cahil (225).

“They were just tremendous,” Silva said.

For Stone, it’s a labor of love. He said he didn’t care how many running plays he had to block to make room for the running backs.

“The guy in front of me (265-pound Ryan Caswell) was a heck of a player, and we had a real battle, but you know what? I loved every minute of it,” Stone said. “This was a lot of fun tonight.”

The victory brought the Cardinals to 4-2 and likely eliminated rgw postseason chances of the Lakers (2-4), who faced Stevens in the D-III championship game last November.

“We’re going to show everybody that we can win another championship,” said linebacker-running back Joe Desilets, who has dedicated the season to his late grandmother. “I look over to the sidelines and know she’s not there, but I’m sure she’s up there watching us.”

McAllister continues to be one of the leading runners in the Upper Valley, now with nine rushing TDs and 687 yards on 106 carries. He also had an interception on Friday night.

On a night of pivotal plays, two served as game-changers.

In the second quarter, with Stevens leading just 8-6, the Lakers drove to the Stevens 20-yard line, where they had a first-and-10, but fumbled. Quentin Bicknell recovered for the Cardinals.

Then with 5:30 to play in the game, the Lakers scored to make it 28-19. It would have been a one-score game had they punched in the 2-point conversion, but Cardinal safety Derrick Stanhope broke up a pass into the end zone, pretty much ending any chance for a Lakers comeback.

After falling behind, 6-0, when Landan Keyser broke away for a 51-yard scamper for the Lakers, Stevens answered with a 73-yard drive that culminated with McAllister taking it in from the 2. He also ran for the 2-point conversion.

Back in front went the Lakers on a 46-yard pass from quarterback Noah Robinson to tight end Jayden Lara. With the successful conversion kick, the Lakers led, 13-8.

Stevens returned the favor and took the lead just before the half. McAllister hit Stanhope on a 24-yard halfback pass to put the Cards in position, and quarterback Bicknell’s sweep from the 10 put the hosts ahead for good. McAllister ran for 2 and Stevens had a 16-13 lead at the half.

In the third quarter, a 20-yard TD run from Damon Roy pushed the lead to 22-13, and Stevens got the score to 28-13 in the fourth quarter with Baylor Rozzell crashing in from the 5 with 6:01 to play.

Stevens has two regular season games remaining, at Fall Mountain a week from today and the following Friday at home with Monadnock.




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