Local roundup: Prior kicks Hartford football into gear

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Published: 10/15/2021 11:26:35 PM
Modified: 10/16/2021 7:51:07 AM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Who said football isn’t a game of runs?

Tarin Prior booted a first-quarter field goal and kicked off a burst of 21 consecutive Hartford High points with a second-quarter touchdown reception as the Hurricanes grabbed a 24-22 VPA Division I football win over Burr & Burton on Friday night, holding off a late Bulldog rally to claim the victory.

Prior hauled in a 40-yard pass from quarterback Brayden Trombley to break a 3-3 tie and ignite the Canes’ charge. Brody Tyburski scored on a 5-yard run following a BBA turnover, and Connor Tierney ended the gallop by recovering a fumbled Bulldog punt snap in the end zone for a fourth-quarter TD.

Hartford (6-1) still had to work some defensive magic to secure the win. The Bulldogs (2-4) produced a pair of fourth-quarter scoring passes to cut the gap to two points, but the Canes recovered an onside kick after the latter and ran out the clock from there.

Hartford sits a half-game behind Rutland (6-0), a 43-7 winner over Colchester on Friday, for top seed in the upcoming D-I state tournament. The Canes will visit their longtime rivals next Friday night.

Souhegan 27, Hanover 20

AMHERST, N.H. — The Sabers scored a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter to edge out a win over visiting Hanover.

Seamus Murphy ran for 109 yards in the first half alone for Hanover. Souhegan scored in the third quarter to go in front, 20-13. Hanover then marched down the field to tie it up when Murphy scored from 1 yard out, and a successful extra point made it 20-20.

J.J. Bright then took the first play of the ensuing Souhegan drive 76 yards for a touchdown and a 27-20 lead.

Hanover (5-2) has now lost two straight and stares at Lebanon on deck. The two rivals will face off in Hanover on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Girls SoccerLebanon 6, Plymouth 0

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Sophie Longacre scored twice to lead the Raiders (9-4-0) in a road win over the Bobcats.

Both of Longacre’s goals came in the first half. Mary Rainey and Delaney Deshane also had goals before the break. Sarah Belk and Katherine Herring scored in the second half, both for the first time this season. Rainey, Belk, Delaney Deshane, Sydney Deshane and Claire Falcone all had assists.

Goalies Madison Newton and Isabella DiRenzo combined to make five saves for the Raiders, who now look forward to their homecoming game on Saturday against Hollis-Brookline.

Woodstock 8, Otter Valley 0

WOODSTOCK — Hannah Reed had four goals to pace the Wasps (8-2-1) in a shutout of the Otters.

Chloe Masillo contributed two goals, Izzy Konijnenberg added a penalty kick goal and Leah Kuhnert had a goal to account for the rest of the Wasps’ offense. Zoe Wood picked up two assists. Konijnenberg and River Miles had an assist each.

Keeper Emma Tarleton made five saves for Woodstock, which plays host to Hartford on Monday.

Stevens 3, Kearsarge 1

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — The Cardinals put together a complete defensive effort to earn a quality road win and improve to 10-2-0.

Molly Derosier, Stella Lavertue and Riley Murphy scored for Stevens. Murphy and Bella Bovell had assists. Coach Tim St. Pierre was effusive about the team defense in slowing a potent Kearsarge attack.

The Cardinals are back in action on Saturday at Oyster River.

Green Mountain 3, Windsor 2 (2OT)

WINDSOR — Olivia MacLeay had both goals for the Yellowjackets (3-8-1) in an overtime heartbreaker.

MacLeay’s goals came in a six-minute stretch midway through the first half to give Windsor a 2-1 lead. Elliot Rupp, Holly Putnam and Audrey Rupp contributed assists. Kim Cummings scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals (the latter coming in the 95th minute) for the Chieftains.

“We played another hard-fought game in spite of a short bench and a myriad of injuries. We had our chances to put this one away, but the ball just didn’t bounce our way tonight,” Windsor coach Jeff Bachey said.

The Yellowjackets visit Hartford on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Green Mountain Valley 2, Hartford 1

WAITSFIELD, Vt. — The Hurricanes had a potential game-tying goal waived off in the 77th minute due to an offsides call in a one-goal loss to GMVS.

Izzy Sirois scored for the Canes (4-7-1). Grace Pfenning had the assist. Hartford visits Woodstock on Monday and then closes the regular season at home against Windsor on Wednesday.

Boys SoccerThetford 3, Spaulding 1

BARRE, Vt. — The Panthers scored a pair of goals in the second half to pull away from the visiting Crimson Tide.

“We played our best all-around game of the season. Everyone worked together on all phases of the game,” Thetford coach Ray Thorburn said.

Jacob Gilman scored off a rebound of Elliot Jones’ shot in the 13th minute to give Thetford an early lead. Spaulding equalized in the 33rd minute, and then it was all Panthers after the break.

Jones scored the go-ahead goal in the 50th minute, and Fritz Junker provided some insurance in the 55th minute. Aidan Keane assisted on both second-half goals.

Keeper Mack Briglin made 11 saves for the Panthers (3-9-0), who play at Lake Region on Wednesday.

Rivendell 2, Twin Valley 1

ORFORD — The Raptors shook off a early goal on a clearance miscue and rallied to beat the Wildcats.

Kyle Carter converted a penalty kick four minutes after Twin Valley’s goal, scoring after Derek Vogelien was taken down in the box. Another similar situation occurred in the 60th minute, freshman Will Knowles being tripped to the turf, and Josiah Welch’s spot kick put Rivendell ahead to stay.

The Raptors visit Woodstock on Tuesday.

Manchester Central 1, Hanover 0

HANOVER — Hanover came up just short to another of the top teams in NHIAA Division I in front of a playoff-like atmosphere thanks to a big home crowd.

Oscar Miller was thwarted on two separate scoring chances by Central keeper David Hood (10 saves), who was spectacular, according to Hanover coach Rob Grabill. Central took the lead on a Junior Mawette goal in the 45th minute.

Grabill praised the play of substitute defenders Alex McGrath, Jack McGrath and Noah Winchester, who all played key minutes and gained a lot of great experience in a high-pressure game.

Hanover outshot the visitors by a 9-1 margin in the final 35 minutes but couldn’t solve Hood and the Central defense. Ty Nolon made two saves for Hanover (10-3-1), which plays at Bishop Guertin on Tuesday.

Mount St. Joseph 6, Sharon 1

SHARON — The Phoenix (8-2-0) were, in the words of coach Blake Fabrikant, “humbled” in a tough loss against the visiting Mounties.

“Our weaknesses were exposed, and we encountered a much more seasoned, experienced, athletic and organized team,” Fabrikant said. “Tough games like this are certainly difficult to digest in the moment, but these are the types of experiences you learn the most from.”

Riley Eastman scored for Sharon. Keeper Parker Bogardus made four saves. The Phoenix hosts West Rutland on Monday.

Enosburg 7, Oxbow 0

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians (1-11-0) were shut out on their senior night by the Hornets.

The visitors scored 30 seconds into the game, taking control from the start.

“I’m proud of the seniors for the hard work they’ve put in this season. They’ve shown some real leadership with our large group of young players,” Oxbow coach Andrew Fisher said.

Fisher praised the play of Connor Mazzarella, Quincy Beaudin, Andrew Emerson and keepers Dylan Bearce and Dakota Goodridge (14 saves combined).

The Olympians visit Richford on Wednesday.

Hopkinton 3, Mascoma 1

WEST CANAAN — The shorthanded Royals (8-5-0) put up a tough fight against second-ranked Hopkinton (12-1-1) in a NHIAA Division III matchup.

Hopkinton built a 2-0 lead at halftime and extended the lead to 3-0 before Mascoma got on the board late in the game with a Zach Thompson goal. Tanner Moulton’s corner kick set up the Thompson strike.

Coach Keli Greene praised the midfield and defensive work against a talented Hopkinton attack, highlighting the play of Aidan Smith, Logan Isham and keeper Isaiah Hogan (nine saves).

Mascoma played without three senior starters, including Ben Seiler, who is out for the season with an ankle injury. The Royals visit Winnisquam on Tuesday.

Field HockeyStevens 4, Conant 3

JAFFREY, N.H. — The Cardinals earned a win in a thriller to close the regular season at 9-4-1.

Bri Frisbee and Sofia Aldecoa each had two goals and an assist for Stevens. The Cardinals lost three of their first four games and have been on a roll ever since, picking up eight wins in the final 10 games.

The NHIAA Division III postseason starts this week.

“Playoffs, here we come,” Stevens coach Patty Deschaine said.

Hartford 2, Burr & Burton 1

MANCHESTER, Vt. — The Hurricanes earned a quality road win over the Bulldogs to snap a two-game losing skid.

Madi Willey and Caroline Hamilton scored for Hartford. The Canes (9-3-0) will host Rutland on Monday.

Hanover 2, Derryfield 1

MANCHESTER — Hanover wrapped up its regular season with a 13-0-1 mark and the top seed in next week’s NHIAA Division II tournament.

Natalie Feyrer scored out of a goalmouth scramble in the first quarter to get the visitors on the board. Livvy Trummel and Maggie Higgins teamed up on the second, with Trummel’s cross-field feed and Higgins follow-up pass setting up Janina Li’s conversion.

“Derryfield is a much stronger team than their record indicates,” Hanover coach Jean Essex said of the 5-9-0 Cougars. “They played touch and moved the ball well.”

Reilly Loughman backed up the victory with her play in the Hanover net. The D-II tourney field comes out on Monday.

VolleyballFranklin 3, Stevens 1

CLAREMONT — The Cardinals dropped a tight match with the Golden Tornadoes, despite picking up a 25-20 win in the second set.

Franklin won the other three serts, 25-19, 25-13 and 25-19. Stevens will host Raymond on Monday.

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