Londonderry Lancers Football '09

Londonderry’s Lambert celebrates birthday with 4 TDs

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — The birthday boy Alex Lambert caught a punt at his team’s own 47, burst through a hole near the center of the field, accelerated some more and darted 53 yards for the touchdown. The 5-8, 150-pound Londonderry senior, who turned 18 yesterday, celebrated his big day in impressive style, leading the Lancers to a 40-13 rout over Manchester West.
Lambert rushed 24 times for 217 yards, including touchdown sprints of 23 and 3 yards. He completed both passes he threw for 56 yards total, including firing a 46-yard TD.  
The highlight of the day for him though was his punt return since it is so rare.
“I haven’t done that in years,” Lambert said. “The last time was freshmen year. I just took the ball, got good blocking and just shot right up the middle and it was open.”
Lambert comes from an athletic family. His brother, Eagle-Tribune All-Star Ryan Lambert, played football for Londonderry before graduating in 2007. Although Alex certainly does not share the same large build as Ryan — who played linebacker and fullback — the younger sibling does a nice job relying on his quickness.
The senior rushed for 60 yards on Londonderry’s 68-yard opening drive, which resulted in a touchdown.
Lambert lined up at running back, with a wingback beside him, and took many direct snaps.
“I just get the balls straight up shotgun and the holes were huge,” Lambert said.
Sophomore wingback Sean O’Gorman added about Lambert: “He’s an all-around good player. His punt return was the first one we’ve had all season. Even coach Rich has been saying we needed one every game. He’s wicked fast and agile.”
Londonderry put the game away in the second quarter by outscoring Manchester West 27-6 to take a 34-6 lead.
The 27-point second quarter included a 43-yard TD pass from Ross Johnston to Kevin Hale.
Hale was mobbed by his teammates in the end zone. It was a well-deserved celebration as Hale was playing his first game after sitting out the first three weeks with a slight MCL tear suffered during the preseason.
“It was pretty exciting,” Hale said. “It was pretty cool that my first reception back ended up being a touchdown like that. It was a perfect pass by Ross. He put it right on me.” 

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Football, 11/06/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lancers survive against South

LONDONDERRY — After seeing an untimely penalty give Nashua South a late 1-point lead, Matt Charest answered with a 32-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining to give Londonderry a 31-29 victory and keep its Division 1 playoff hopes alive.

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Football, 10/30/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Londonderry falls in OT, 49-48


NASHUA, N.H. — Londonderry lost a heartbreaker at Nashua North last night, 49-48 in overtime.

he Lancers (4-4) outgained Nashua 475-326 in the wild affair and had control of the ball more than twice as long (32:25 to 15:35), but Nashua North scored just before both the end of the first half and regulation, and a final kicked extra point in OT proved the difference.

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Football, 10/23/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Londonderry smothers Memorial

MANCHESTER — Londonderry used the "home run" on offense and tight defense last night to notch its fourth win in the last five games, 22-8 over Manchester Memorial.

After a 22-yard TD run by Alex Lambert (22 carries, 105 yards) early in the second quarter, the Lancers (4-3) scored on an 80-yard pass play from Ross Johnston to Sean O'Gorman to make it 13-0 at halftime.

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Football, 10/16/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pinkerton, Guinto (4 TDs) make it 10 straight over Londonderry

DERRY: Pinkerton's (#25) Mike Mazzola tackles Londonderry's Joey McLaughlin in football action. Pinkerton defeated Londonderry 54-19. CARL RUSSO PHOTO. 10/2/2009. 6 Photos

DERRY, N.H. — Pinkerton players were fired up and very rowdy in the locker room during halftime yesterday after scoring 14 points in the final 33.3 seconds of the first half.

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Football, 10/16/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Londonderry tops Little Green

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Alex Lambert rushed for 135 yards, which included a 69-yard TD run, as Londonderry improved to 3-3 with a 31-20 win over Manchester Central. Sophomore Vinnie Parilla scored twice for the Lancers. Sophomore Sean O’Gorman added a 98-yard kickoff return for a score. The Lancers (3-3, 3-2 Division 1) play at Manchester Memorial on Friday (7 p.m.). The Little Green dipped to 3-3.

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Football, 10/10/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lambert, Londonderry fly to win

LONDONDERRY — Londonderry’s Alex Lambert lined up on Concord’s 3-yard line with just over five minutes to play in the first half.

After taking the snap, the senior halfback took two giant steps forward and leapt — his body completely parallel with the ground — colliding with defenders in mid-air. When he landed, his outstretched arms were just over the goalline, adding to the Lancers’ lead

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Football, 09/19/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Salem pitches shutout over Lancers

SALEM, N.H. — Old-school offenses — real old school offense — first and foremost test a defense's courage.

Last night in the mist against Londonderry's Depression Era single-wing, Salem responded with an A+, a 121-yard-allowed 35-0 shutout win over Londonderry.

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Football, 09/11/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lancers fall short

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Poise gave Londonderry the lead last night, and lack of poise enabled Keene to come back.

A turnover and strong defensive stand allowed the Division 1 Lancers to score two touchdowns within 56 seconds, taking a 21-12 lead with 22 seconds left in the half.

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