Alvirne Broncos Football '14

Timberlane battles back to beat Alvirne

HUDSON, N.H. - It didn't look too promising for Timberlane early on the road. The Owls were down 14-0 before even running an offensive play. But behind Tyler Furey's 17 carries for 110 yard, the Owls battled back for a 28-14 victory over Alvirne. Both teams records moved to 4-5. Alvirne opened the game with an 80-yard scoring drive. On the ensuing kickoff, the Owls fumbled and Alvirne recovered. A few plays later, Alvirne found its way into the end zone again for a 14-0 lead. But Timberlane settled down from there. Jacob Post - on his only carry of the game - took a handoff 63 yards for a TD to cut the deficit to 14-7 in the second quarter with 1:51 left. Timberlane tied the game on a Furey four-yard run and a Jason Hughes PAT with 4:14 left in the third quarter. The Owls outscored Alvirne 14-0 in the fourth quarter on a Caleb Sharp 10-yard TD reception from Hughes and a Furey 44-yard rushing TD. In addition to his 63 yard carry, Post caught two passes for 57 yards. Hughes completed 4 of 12 passes for 74 yards, one TD and one interception.


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Football, 10/31/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Londonderry runs away with win

HUDSON — Londonderry quarterback Eric Fairweather rushed 14 times for 183 yards and one touchdown to lead Londonderry 41-15 over Alrvine. The Lancers (6-1) led by just a touchdown at halftime but used their rushing game and defense to finish off Alvirne in the second half.  Londonderry totaled 387 yards on the ground to Alvirne’s 117. The Lancers recorded 413 total yards while Alvirne had 325 yards more plays. But Alvirne had two costly interceptions. Lancers’  Jimmy Nee intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown during the fourth quarter. Dennis Bishop rushed three times for 84 and a TD while Kyle Byrd carried six times for 68 yards. Michael Ryan added four carries for 50 yards and a touchdown. Londonderry hosts Nashua South next week and then travels to Salem the following week to finish out its regular season. 


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Football, 10/17/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Second-quarter surge powers Salem

HUDSON, N.H. — Holding a 29-point lead and receiving the second-half kickoff, any coach would wish for a 16-play possession that lasted more than 8 minutes and resulted in a game-clinching score.

Well Salem's Rob Pike now only hopes it won't be the last wish he's granted.

Erupting for four second-quarter touchdowns, the Blue Devils manhandled an Alvirne squad that entered last night's game with an identical 3-1 record, but proved no match for Salem, which rolled to a 36-14 victory.

"That's always what you're thinking about," coach Rob Pike said of the power drive that ended with Charles Sibanda's second TD run. "But no, we just wanted to execute like always and keep on improving."

Improvement is what Salem progressively has shown through the season's first half during which the Blue Devils have outscored their four opponents by a combined 142-63.

It took a quarter last night for Salem to crank up its offense, but once the faucet opened it gushed.

Sibanda began the barage with a 10-yard run 53 seconds into the second. Four minutes later, Nick Shumski, who entered without a rushing attempt all season, scored on a 33-yard jaunt.

That's when defense joined the party. Kenny Calabrese recovered a fumble on Alvirne's ensuing play, setting up a 42-yard burst by Johnny Bartose. One play later, Doug Maroun recorded his first interception return score, taking a Daniel Brown pass 33 yards and a 29-0 lead with 6:15 remaining in the half.

"I was just thinking about holding the ball and not dropping it," Maroun said.

The defense forced four turnovers and allowed two first downs in the opening two quarters. The Broncos managed only 151 total yards — 122 on their two scoring drives. Salem's front four surrendered a mere 50 yards on 20 rushes.

""Turnovers make such a big difference, and our guys were opportunistic," Pike said. "(Alvirne) has weapons on offense. They have kids that can play. Our defense just played a good game tonight."

With the clock running and Salem using reserves, Alvirne, which had not lost since a 63-20 loss to Pinkerton, managed a couple passing touchdowns in the final 7 minutes to narrow the margin.

"Turnovers are going to kill you," Alvirne coach Tim Walsh said. "That set the tone. (Salem) was controlling the line of scrimmage. Typically we can move people out and exexute what we want to do. Tonight we couldn't do that. That's what good teams do."

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Football, 10/03/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Coombs ignites Pinkerton season

DERRY — It's not often that a coach who has won ten state titles and 269 of his 374 games over 37 years sees something new. But Pinkerton's Nick Coombs provided Brian O'Reilly a new experience last night.

The Astro sophomore ignited the 2014 campaign, taking the opening kickoff 94 yards to provide the defending Division 1 state runners-up a lead they would never relinquish en route to a 63-20 pasting in front of more than 2,000.

"I've had scores like this before over the years, but I don't think so," O'Reilly said when asked if he'd ever started a season with one of his players taking the opening kick for a score. "Probably not. I don't think we've ever opened up a season with a kickoff return, no."

Coombs then set up Pinkerton's next possession with a 51-yard punt return that led to a T.J. Urbanik 27-yard a mere 2 minutes later.

"We had a wall set up (on the kickoff)," said Coombs, who tightroped down the sideline for about 10 yards on the touchdown. "We practiced it all week, and it worked pretty well as you can tell from that first play."

Before the first quarter was up, two other Astros — quarterback Jack Hanaway (38 yards) and Jason Hansen (25) — added a couple more scores as Pinkerton opened a 24-0 lead while gaining 161 yards total offense on 12 plays.

"I knew nothing about (Alvirne)," O'Reilly said. "I was concerned about this game ... and what we practiced against was not what we saw (the Broncos execute), so this was an unknown because (Tim Walsh) is a first-year coach. So the anticipation of this game was big for us."

Backup quarterback Brett Dattillo capped Pinkerton's first-half scoring with a 4-yard run before Alvirne got on the board with 45 seconds remaining in the second.

Urbanik, who finished with a game-high 118 yards on six rushes, scored on a 30-yard interception return on Alvirne's first play of the second half before adding a 41-yard TD run on his last carry of the night. Sophomore Nico Buccieri (48-yard run) and freshman Matt Newman (60-yard run) capped Pinkerton's scoring. The Astros finished with 404 yards rushing on 32 attempts.

"We're looking real good right now and the team's excited," Coombs said. "We're ready for next week against (Nashua) South. That will be a big game, but we'll be ready to go out and play."

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Football, 09/05/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars