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Salem rolls past defending D1champ, No. 3-ranked Bedford

HAVERHILL - With the opportunity to make a major statement, Salem sent a message, loud and clear, across New Hampshire football.

The Blue Devils halted a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line on the game's opening drive, then scored on three of their first four possessions on the way to rolling past defending Division 1 champ Bedford, 34-3, on Saturday in a battle of state powers at Haverhill's Trinity Stadium.

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Brown delivers big day as Andover takes down Haverhill

ANDOVER - If it was going to pull off the upset Saturday afternoon, Haverhill certainly couldn't have scripted a better start.

After receiving the opening kickoff against Andover, Hillies quarterback Brady Skafas lined up under center and handed the ball off to junior back Jabari Baptiste eight times in a row. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound workhorse bowled up the middle each time, and kick-started an eventual 16-play drive where he carried the rock 11 times for 45 yards.

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Brooks blanked by strong Middlesex team

NORTH ANDOVER — It was a tough day for the Brooks football team.

Visiting Middlesex School held the hosts to just 98 total yards of offense, and cruised to an eventual 26-0 blowout win. Brooks falls to 1-4 with the setback.

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Central defense stifles Methuen

LAWRENCE — The Central Catholic defense came to play Saturday, and Kevin Higgins was a big part of it.

Kevin Higgins? If you're not familiar with the senior from Newton, N.H., don't feel bad. He didn't even start until two weeks into the season but, since being inserted as an outside linebacker, he's been stellar.

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Wildcats break in new turf with win

HAVERHILL – For the first time in almost a year, Whittier did not require motorized transportation to get to its football game. Instead, Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats strode out of their locker room then ran onto the school’s beautiful new turf field.

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Milford flattens Sanborn

MILFORD — Milford rolled to a 49-0 win over visiting Sanborn. The Indians (0-7) will try again to get into the win column next Saturday at Gilford. Milford improved to 6-1.

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Windham prevails on last play

 

PLAISTOW —There was little perfect about Windham's 17-14 victory over Timberlane Friday night.

The Jaguars fumbled five times and gave up a touchdown on a 52-yard return, was whistled for nine penalties and was far from consistent on either side of the ball.

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Mistakes doom Lawrence in loss to Lowell

LOWELL — When it needed it most, Lawrence seemed to find the big play it needed.
 
Trailing by just one score in the second quarter, Lancers QB Jacob Tamayo dropped back and lofted a pass to Manny Lara, who sprinted in for a 50-yard touchdown.
 
That momentum shift, however, proved to be short-lived. The touchdown was called back for an illegal block, and six plays later, Lowell ran a punt back for a touchdown. 
 
Lawrence never recovered, falling to the Red Raiders 28-6 on Friday night.
 
“We had too many blunders in important situations,” said Lancers coach Rhandy Audate. “They just kept riding their momentum. Even when their quarterback (Naujiye Neal) went out, they were still able to move the ball. We didn’t play good football tonight.”
Lawrence miscues led to Lowell’s two first-half touchdowns. The Red Raiders turned a Lancer fumble into their first score of the day. Then, after a pair of dropped passes near the end zone forced Lawrence to punt, Lowell’s Jakob Rivers ran the kick back for a TD.
“Those two dropped touchdown catches were big,” said Audate. “The punt return really shifted the momentum. Whenever you have key mistakes at crucial moments, and the other team capitalizes, that’s how you lose football games.”
Lawrence, meanwhile, struggled to move the ball early. The Lancers managing just 70 yards of offense in the first half, 46 of those on one scramble by Tamayo on the final play before halftime. 
Trailing 21-0 to start the fourth quarter, Lawrence finally found a spark. Tamayo (120 passing yards) scrambled for a 24-yard gain, then found Lara (7 catches, 117 receiving yards) for gains of 17 and 14 before connecting with him in the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown.
One possession later, however, Lowell forced a turnover on downs. University of New Hampshire football commit Brendan Tighe — playing single-wing QB due to injury — ran for his third touchdown of the day to ice the win.
“Lawrence has a lot of team speed and they are very tough,” said Lowell coach John Florence. “Tamayo is so shifty and fast back there, and he creates a lot on broken plays. We tried to force him up the middle and not let him get to the sidelines.”
Another bright spot for the Lancers was linebacker Eric Sanchez, who had 12 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
Lawrence will look to bounce back when it travels to Methuen (4-1) scheduled for next Friday (7 p.m.)
“We’re never going to quit,” said Audate. “We’re always going to play until the end. We are looking forward to going for an upset against Methuen. We can do it, but we have to limit our mistakes. We need to do better.”
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Mistakes doom Lawrence in loss to Lowell

LOWELL — When it needed it most, Lawrence seemed to find the big play it needed.
 
Trailing by just one score in the second quarter, Lancers QB Jacob Tamayo dropped back and lofted a pass to Manny Lara, who sprinted in for a 50-yard touchdown.
 
That momentum shift, however, proved to be short-lived. The touchdown was called back for an illegal block, and six plays later, Lowell ran a punt back for a touchdown. 
 
Lawrence never recovered, falling to the Red Raiders 28-6 on Friday night.
 
“We had too many blunders in important situations,” said Lancers coach Rhandy Audate. “They just kept riding their momentum. Even when their quarterback (Naujiye Neal) went out, they were still able to move the ball. We didn’t play good football tonight.”
Lawrence miscues led to Lowell’s two first-half touchdowns. The Red Raiders turned a Lancer fumble into their first score of the day. Then, after a pair of dropped passes near the end zone forced Lawrence to punt, Lowell’s Jakob Rivers ran the kick back for a TD.
“Those two dropped touchdown catches were big,” said Audate. “The punt return really shifted the momentum. Whenever you have key mistakes at crucial moments, and the other team capitalizes, that’s how you lose football games.”
Lawrence, meanwhile, struggled to move the ball early. The Lancers managing just 70 yards of offense in the first half, 46 of those on one scramble by Tamayo on the final play before halftime. 
Trailing 21-0 to start the fourth quarter, Lawrence finally found a spark. Tamayo (120 passing yards) scrambled for a 24-yard gain, then found Lara (7 catches, 117 receiving yards) for gains of 17 and 14 before connecting with him in the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown.
One possession later, however, Lowell forced a turnover on downs. University of New Hampshire football commit Brendan Tighe — playing single-wing QB due to injury — ran for his third touchdown of the day to ice the win.
“Lawrence has a lot of team speed and they are very tough,” said Lowell coach John Florence. “Tamayo is so shifty and fast back there, and he creates a lot on broken plays. We tried to force him up the middle and not let him get to the sidelines.”
Another bright spot for the Lancers was linebacker Eric Sanchez, who had 12 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
Lawrence will look to bounce back when it travels to Methuen (4-1) scheduled for next Friday (7 p.m.)
“We’re never going to quit,” said Audate. “We’re always going to play until the end. We are looking forward to going for an upset against Methuen. We can do it, but we have to limit our mistakes. We need to do better.”
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Pinkerton climbs back over .500

 

DERRY – With injuries mounting by the week, Pinkerton has been forced to juggle its lineup with each game.

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