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Winnacunnet Warriors Football '18

Michaud sends Salem into semifinal showdown with Pinkerton

HAMPTON - The defending New Hampshire Division 1 champions had more than its fill of Will Michaud down the stretch.

Three weeks after the Salem running back went to Winnacunnet and ran for a season-high 118 yards in a Blue Devil regular-season win, the senior almost doubled that total in a game that mattered even more.

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Football, 11/03/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pinkerton goes Fast

 

HAMPTON — Gannon Fast rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns and even threw for a TD as Pinkerton punched its ticket to the Division 1 playoffs with a 40-14 romp over Winnacunnet.

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Football, 10/26/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lovett stars but Winnacunnet wallops Owls

PLAISTOW — Timberlane had no answers for Winnacunnet (6-2), which snapped a two-game losing streak with a 56-8 romp. Cameron Lovett was one of the bright spots for the Owls (1-7). The junior caught four passes for 41 yards and the Owls' lone score, a 27-year pass from Sean Rudd. Timberlane will wrap up its season Friday at Spaulding (7 p.m.).

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Football, 10/19/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Ferences save Salem in dramatic win over defending champs

HAMPTON, N.H. — The Ference brothers did it all and Salem registered a huge 20-13 win over defending Division 1 champion Winnacunnet. Junior Michael Ference caught scoring passes of 4 and 15 yards from Kyle Poulin. Senior James Ference picked off two passes including late in the game at the Salem 12. Both clubs are now 5-2.

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Football, 10/12/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Windham knocked off by defending champs in move up.

Windham knocked off by defending champs in move up.

BY JEFF HAMRICK

sports@eagletribune.com

WINDHAM — Rocky Heres was as surprised as anyone when the ball carrommed his way. But the Windham receiver knew what to do once he hauled in the thing.

Reining in the ricochet that bounced off teammate Ryan Marotta's helmet at the 25, Heres ran untouched to finish off Cody Potter's 41-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter.

"I saw (the ball) go by my face, I turned around and it bounced off Marotta's head," the sophomore said of his first varsity scoring play. "That's when I knew I had to grab the ball ... I fumbled it a little bit, but picked it up and ran. I looked at the guy behind me, and he was kind of far away ... It's going to be fun this season."

The fun will have to wait at least another week, however, as Windham's initial Division 1 foray fell a bit short. Defending state champion Winnacunnet rallied from an eight-point, second-half deficit for a 17-10 season-opening victory.

The Jaguars, who often had their way at Division 2 where it won the 2014 state title, took a 10-2 lead after that touchdown, but was unable to hold off Winnacunnet's ground attack that controlled the ball for 19 plays on its two ensuing scoring drives.

"We prepared them for Division 1," Windham coach Bill Raycraft said. "We've always scrimmaged Division 1 teams. So, we weren't in shock over anything (Winnacunnet) did. We just have to do the little things. The best thing we can take away from today is we're ready for Division 1. This is where we belong, and these are the types of games we want to be in. It's just a matter of taking care of business."

After spotting the Warriors an early 2-0 lead on a safety with 4:40 spent in the first period, Windham used an 8-minute drive to take a 3-2 lead on a 29-yard Christopher Burke field goal with 8:02 left in the second.

"I don't think we were outmatched physically, so I think that bodes well for the rest of the games," Raycraft said. "Our kids don't lose confidence ... Our defense played an outstanding game, but unfortunately our offense fell short. And like I told them, we went toe to toe with the state champion, and that should tell them we can take care of business."

Windham, which gained 149 of its 172 total yards through the air, threatened late, reaching midfield with a minute remaining, but a couple dropped passes and a sack finished off the Jaguars.

"Cody is a three-year starter at quarterback, so he knows what he's doing," said Raycraft, who wasn't playing for a tie. "We just have to give him some more time. If we complete those passes, it's a different ball game. We had our two-point (conversion) play all drawn up, but we just fell a little short."

Highlights for the Jaguar defense were provided by Bobby Dicicco, who intercepted a Joseph LaRosa pass at the Windham 1 with 3:55 left in the second, and Tommy Emrick, who recovered a fumble that set up the Jag's lone touchdown.

Winnacunnet had a scary moment when quarterback Joseph LaRosa was hit in the head by his a teammate early in the fourth and laid on the ground. The game was delayed almost 30 minutes waiting for an ambulance that took LaRosa to a local hospital.

"It was precautionary," Warriors coach Ron Auffant said. "He had all movement and feeling, but his head was tight and he had a pretty bad headache. So, my guess is a concussion or maybe a neck sprain. We'll know more in a couple days.

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Football, 09/01/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars