Salem pushes North to the limit before falling in Divison 1 semis

NASHUA —  For four quarters, Salem gave the No. 1-ranked team in New Hampshire, Nashua North, all it could handle. And with 5:02 left in the game, the Blue Devils took over 88 yards from an upset, and a trip to their first state championship game since 2009.

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Pelham holds on, advances to Division 3 title game

Pelham faced its first true challenge of the fall, but the Pythons still punched their ticket to the state title game.
Kevin Bodenrader broke an 80-yard touchdown run with seven minutes left that proved to be the winning score, and Pelham rebounded after allowing a late score to hold off Monadnock 14-10 in the Division 3 state semifinals on Saturday afternoon.
The undefeated Pythons (7-0) advance to the Division 3 state title game, and will take on Stevens on Saturday. The time and location are TBA.
“I’m proud of the team for the hard fought victory,” said Pelham coach Tom Babaian. “This game was a defensive struggle, but we were able to eventually break some long runs for our two scores. Defensively, we were able to step up and make the stops we needed to make in critical situations, particularly on fourth down situations and the fourth-and-goal situation in the third quarter.”
Pelham took the lead in the first quarter on a 61-yard TD run by Jake Herrling.
After Monadnock cut into the advantage with a safety in the third, the Pythons made it 14-2 on Bodenrader’s TD run.
Monadnock struck for a late score, but Pelham twice forced the Huskies to turn the ball over on downs in the second half, including a goal-line stand.
The Pythons will next play for their first state title since winning back-to-back Division 5 titles in 2007-08.
“Next week’s game is for the title,” said Babaian, “so we need to understand that we have to be at our absolute best throughout the week of practice and carry that mentality and focus into the game.”

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Thornton shines in finale

T.J. Thornton had a brilliant game with 16 carries for 156 yards including a 94-yard touchdown run but Sanborn lost its season finale to Pembroke 20-6.

Thornton was the show for the Indians, who finished up at 0-7. He had 156 of the club's 185 yards of offense. Pembroke improved to 4-2.

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McDonald leads goal-line stop as time expires, Salem edges defending champ Londonderry

SALEM, N.H. — With the game, and a trip to the Division 1 state semifinals on the line, Salem’s Aidan McDonald had a hunch.

“They brought their big running back in, so I knew they were going to run up the middle,” said McDonald, a linebacker. “It was a lucky guess. I went in, wrapped him up, and I think Jake (Brady) and a few other guys came in to bring him down. It was unreal.”

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Running backs Pallaria, Post star as Timberlane rolls to tourney win

 PLAISTOW, N.H.  — With the field covered in three inches of snow and fog rolling in, the temperature below freezing and the program’s first playoff victory in nearly 20 years within reach on Friday, Timberlane placed the game in the hands of their running backs.

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Thornton stars, but Sanborn suffers another tough loss

Tavante Thornton once again starred for Sanborn, but the Indians dropped their second straight heart-breaker, falling to Manchester West 21-14 on Saturday.

Thornton carried 17 times for 107 yards and scored both Sanborn touchdowns — on a 10-yard run in the second quarter and a 14-yard run in the fourth.

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Salem holds off late Windham rally, earn thrilling win

WINDHAM — In the blink of an eye, Salem found itself in a battle with Windham on Saturday.

When the Jaguars’ Joey DaSilva ran a QB sneak into the end zone for a touchdown with 4:15 left in the game, a three-touchdown Blue Devil lead entering the fourth quarter had been cut to just six points.

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Timberlane can’t keep pace with surging Souhegan

PLAISTOW, N.H. — For three quarters, Timberlane’s defense kept the Owls within striking distance on Friday, shutting out one of New Hampshire’s most explosive offenses in the second and third quarter.

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Herrling paces unbeaten Pelham


LACONIA — Jake Herrling had the game of his career Friday to pace Pelham to a 26-0 shutout at Laconia. 

Herrling scored three touchdowns, including two in the first quarter and rushed for 162 yards in just 12 carries. He capped Pelham's scoring with a 53-yard score in the third quarter.

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Owls fall short


HOLLIS — Timberlane had momentum early Saturday afternoon, but couldn't sustain it.

As a result, the Owls lost their second game of the season, 34-8 at Hollis-Brookline.

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Pelham stays perfect, rolls past Milford

PELHAM — Pelham may have lost its season-long shutout streak, but the Pythons still delivered another dominant win.

Jake Travis ran for three touchdowns, to lead the undefeated Pelham to a 34-13 victory over Milford on Friday night.

Pelham (4-0) has no outscored opponents 141-13 on the season, which includes three shutouts.

Travis, a first-year starting quarterback, opened the scoring with a 1-yard QB sneak touchdown in the first quarter, then added to it with another 1-yard run in the second.

After Jake Herrling opened the scoring in the third quarter with an 80-yard kickoff return touchdown, Tavis made it three TDs on the day, this time breaking a 54-yard score.

Ethan Demmonds closed out the scoring with an 11-yard TD to start the fourth quarter. Herrling (10 carries, 67 yards) and Demmons (13 carries, 57 yard) led the Python offense.

"This was a hard-fought game, and Milford played us tough as always," said Pelham coach Tom Babaian. "The weather dictated that we had to run offensively to be successful, and we were able to do that.

"Our defense was far from perfect but stepped up when it needed to.  We’ll get back to practice this week and focus on making more improvements and building upon this win.”

Pelham will look to complete an undefeated regular season when they travel to Laconia (0-3) on Saturday (7 p.m.)

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Windham falls to defending champ Londonderry

LONDONDERRY — Windham could do nothing to slow defending Division 1 state champion Londonderry and star QB Dylan McEachern, as the Jaguars fell 41-0 on Friday night.

Stephen Mague led Windham (0-2), rushing for a team-high 94 yards on eight carries and making nine tackles. Jackson Milano made a team-best 13.5 tackles, while Keegan Parke made 11 stops.

But McEachern continued to surge for Londonderry (3-0). He rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns and threw a third score.

Windham faces another tough task in its regular season finale, hosting Salem (2-1) next Saturday (1 p.m.)

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Sanborn falls short


KINGSTON, N.H. — Sanborn played its best football game of the season but fell short of Campbell Friday, falling 20-18.

Quarterback TJ Thornton was a standout in defeat, rushing for 113 yards and two touchdowns, the first a 60-yard gallop on the first play from scrimmage. He also scored on a 5-yard run.

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Stewart moves to QB, leads Timberlane to second straight win

DOVER — Called on to move from receiver to quarterback, Timberlane senior Ethan Stewart delivered in a big way on Saturday.

In his first varsity action at QB, Stewart ran for 104 yards and threw a touchdown, while running back Dominic Pallaria added a career-high 108 yards and three 3-yard touchdowns as Timberlane surged to a 37-7 victory over St. Thomas.

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Hollis-Brookline rolls past Sanborn

KINGSTON — Hollis Brookline (1-2) got into the win column, rolling past Sanborn, 40-7.

The Indians (0-3) snapped the shutout in the fourth quarter when T.J. Thornton scored. Sanborn had some bright moments running the ball with 156 rushing yards led by 45 from Rex Sullivan and 43 from T.J. Thornton. Nick Lucas (4 carries, 28 yards) was injured in the first half and didn't return. The Division 2 Indians host Division 3 Campbell Saturday at 2 p.m. Campbell beat Laconia, 42-24, this weekend.

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