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Salem survives Lawrence comeback

LAWRENCE — Salem’s Thanksgiving game at Lawrence yesterday was sort of a welcome-home party for Jerickson Fedrick, who lived in South Lawrence before moving to Salem in the seventh grade.

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Football, 11/25/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pinkerton knocks off Salem in classic

 

DERRY, N.H. — Asked to name the play call on his state-semifinal winning touchdown run, Pinkerton Academy's Emmitt Smith laughed, "I don't know, counter sweep something."

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Football, 11/13/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Salem rolls into playoffs

 

LONDONDERRY —  Max Jacques had the solution for Salem’s second-half blues. “We talked about it, about just keeping the intensity up the whole game,” said Jacques. “If we do that, we’re tough to beat.” That was the case last night as the Blue Devils — led by its dynamic duo of Jacques and Jerickson Fedrick — sustained their 34-13 halftime lead, clubbing Londonderry 55-32 to advance into next Saturday’s Division 1 playoff semifinals. Salem, 6-4, finishes the regular season at 5-3 in division play and will likely be the No. 4 seed and play at Pinkerton next week. That will change, however, if Exeter upsets Nashua North today. The Blue Devils would have clinched a playoff spot last week, but they blew a 20-7 halftime lead and fell to Concord, 42-29. They would not let that happen twice. The Lancers (3-7) briefly looked like they might zap Salem in the second half again, however. Trailing by 21 points at halftime, they scored two quick touchdowns in the third quarter, on a 40-yard run by Michael Weldenfeld (10 carries, 122 yards, two TDs) run and a 41-yard scamper by workhorse Sean O’Gorman (28-195, three TDs) to cut the gap to 34-25. But Salem’s defense stiffened after that, not allowing a first down on Londonderry’s next two possessions, while the offense kept rolling, scoring the next three times it had the ball. “As ugly as the score is, I actually thought we played some good defense, especially in the second half,” said Salem coach Jack Gati. “Except for those two long runs, we held them pretty good.” In addition to Matthews, end Donald Needham, linebacker Joey Dipalma and lineman Evan Sharpe were among the defensive Devils who had strong games. Also, Michael Lorenz had an interception. “We just have to play more consistent on defense,” said Gati. “We know we can score points.” Indeed, the Devils — who had 515 yards of total offense last night — finished the regular season averaging 41.3 points game, scoring over 40 six times. However, they’ve also given up an average of 31.1 points. Jacques and Fredrick, meanwhile, enter the playoffs with a combined 43 touchdowns and 2,871 yards rushing.  

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Football, 11/05/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Salem shocked by Concord in second half

SALEM, N.H. — Salem marched onto the field for the second half of last night’s game with Concord a different team, but not for the better.

Taking a 13-point lead into the locker room, Concord scored 35 points in the second half to secure a 42-29 upset win over the Blue Devils.

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Football, 10/29/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Salem loses late lead in shootout loss to Nashua South

NASHUA — Among the offensive-happy teams in Division 1 in New Hampshire, no lead is safe and the only enemy is the clock.

Salem found that out once again last night at Stellos Stadium as it saw a 10-point lead wither in the last six minutes of play in a 38-34 loss to Nashua South.

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

Salem drills Exeter

 

SALEM — Make that two straight air-tight weeks for the once-maligned, suddenly ferocious Salem High defense.

The Blue Devils first-teamers, tormented for 54 points by Nashua North two weeks ago, allowed Exeter just 89 first-half yards and zero points from scrimmage over three quarters to decimate the Blue Hawks, 42-13, here before a sparse, wind-blown gathering of about 200 here at Grant Field.

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

Salem's defense steps up

SALEM — With a triple threat attack of Jerickson Fedrick, Max Jacques and Matt Cannone, Salem's offense is above reproach and virtually unstoppable. The Blue Devil defense, however, had not risen to the same standard over the first half of the season.

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

Salem's defense steps up

SALEM — With a triple threat attack of Jerickson Fedrick, Max Jacques and Matt Cannone, Salem's offense is above reproach and virtually unstoppable. The Blue Devil defense, however, had not risen to the same standard over the first half of the season.

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

Salem runs wild in 67-54 explosion

SALEM, N.H. — Against the top team in Division 1, the Salem offense went wild yesterday morning.

The Blue Devils rushed for a whopping 421 yards, had 542 yards of total offense from scrimmage, more than 700 yards of all-purpose yardage and scored 10 touchdowns.

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Football, 10/02/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Astros stand tall, deny Salem

TIM JEAN/Staff photo. Pinkerton Academy football fans cheer on the team against Salem High School. Pinkerton Academy won 38-31 over Salem High School. September 25, 201010 Photos

DERRY, N.H. - Two coaches, two gambles, one huge defensive stand.

Yeah, the Pinkerton Academy-Salem High football rivalry simmered here yesterday before an Astro homecoming crowd of about 1,200 here yesterday.

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Football, 09/25/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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