Bow Falcons Football '13

Sat, Nov 09, 2013 01:00 PM @ Pelham
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Bow 0 6 0 12 18
Pelham 0 6 0 0 6

Pelham bows out in quarterfinals

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Saturday, November, 09 By Dan Hogan
Staff writer

PELHAM — Just over two months ago, Pelham and Bow opened their seasons with a 7-0 thriller won by the Pythons.

Since that game, both teams ran off undefeated seasons, setting up another matchup in the Division 3 South conference championship/state quarterfinals yesterday afternoon.

Like the September matchup, the game proved to be a defensive battle. But unlike the previous meeting, yesterday didn’t go in Pelham’s favor, as Bow bested the previously unbeaten Pythons 18-6 for the South Conference title.

“We knew it was going to be an absolute battle,” said Pelham head coach Ryan Clark, “They’re very disciplined, very well coached and very tough to handle.”

Pelham suffered a major blow early, when starting quarterback Joe Slattery left the game with a foot injury midway through the second quarter. Slattery had completed 3 of 4 passes for 51 yards and was Pelham’s leading rusher with 46 yards.

We’re not going to use it as an excuse,” said senior wide receiver Zach Conway. “We didn’t play well enough.”

In Slattery’s absence, backup quarterback Bryce Brown entered the game and filled in nicely. His first completion was a 26-yard touchdown, and he finished the game with 101 yards through the air.

“I honestly didn’t feel like we missed a beat,” said Clark.

The combined 152 passing yards between Slattery and Brown could have been even higher were it not for some terrific defense by the Bow secondary. Brown delivered perfect passes into the hands of his receivers only to have them poked away by Bow’s aggressive defenders. Conway praised the was his backup QB stepped in and performed.

“He’s one of my best friends, so we already knew how to play with each other” said Conway.” They (Bow) just had good defense, they really did.”

A tie game heading into the fourth quarter, the game was broken open on a 92-yard touchdown run down the sideline by Bow’s Matthew Ehrenberg — the first offensive points in the game for Bow. Ehrenberg scored again late in the game to seal it for Bow.

Since suffering through two straight winless seasons in 2010 and 2011 and a 3-6 record last year, Pelham finished this season with an 8-1 record and hopes for a bright future ahead.

“The program took a huge step forward in the right direction and we have to keep on building on that,” said Clark.

Game Statistics:


Second Quarter

P — Chris Benjamin 26 pass from Bryce Brown (conversion failed), 4:15

B — 92 kick return by Alexander Reitze (kick failed), 4:04 


Fourth Quarter

B — Matthew Ehrenberg 92 run (conversion failed), 11:43

B — Ehrenberg 16 run (kick failed), 3:30 



RUSHING: P — (30-51) Joe Slattery 5-46, Bradford Kamal 8-20, Chris Medeiros 5-0, Chris Benjamin 6-(-3), Dylan Ragonese 2-1, Bryce Brown 2-(-18); B — (41-293) Matthew Ehrenberg 22-230, Christopher Robbins 6-29, Alexander Reitze 8-14, Gavin Lacourciere 3-17, Klye Barrington 2-3

PASSING: P — Slattery 3-4-0, 51 yards, Brown 8-21-2, TD, 101 yards, Zach Conway 0-2-0; B — Derek Polish 1-1-0, 5 yards

RECEIVING: P — Conway 4-52, Benjamin 5-62, TD, Christian Will 2-38; B — Ehrenberg 1-5

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