10 - November 4, 2011 | Pelham - Windham News
by Marc Ayotte The Python football team continued on its weary way last Friday
night when they played their final home game of the year under the Harris Field lights. It was Pelham senior night on October 28, but that did not deter the visiting Souhegan squad from playing the role of mood-breakers as they erupted for 33 first quarter points, on the way to a 53-6 shellacking of the host Pythons. The loss puts Pelham at 0-7 on the season, 0-4 at home in divisional play. In what has become all too much of a familiar scenario, the Python defense surrendered a game opening touchdown, seconds after the playing of the national anthem. This time the Sabers slashed through the Pelham defense, going 63 yards on three plays, using up only 1:09 on the clock. The ticks on the clock couldn’t move fast enough from that point on as the Sabers struck on the ground, through the air and
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on special teams. Souhegan QB Robby McCormick threw for over a hundred first half yards with three of his completions going for touchdowns. Running back Denny Dessureault, who is small in stature at 5-feet 7-inches, 150 pounds, came up large as he ran for a total of 45 yards and two TDs on his first two touches. A 55 yard punt return for six by Zadek Burstein represented the Saber special team’s contribution to opening up a 39-0 half time lead. The Python fans finally got something to cheer about when senior Johnny Bourk took the second half opening kickoff back 65 yards to the Souhegan 30 yard line. However, Pelham was only able to manage eight yards in four plays from scrimmage as they turned the ball over on downs. After recovering a fumble by Saber’s Keddy Bautista, the Pythons had their best ball movement of the evening.
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Pelham Gets Rattled by Sabers on Senior Night
Pelham football team seniors (back row left to right): Dan Roberts, Jeff Barry, Brandon Shaefer, Greg Spicer, Josh Beauregard, Ron Baillargeon, Connor Airey. Front row: Jeremy Wallace, John Bourk, Devin DeCarteret, Ryan Goss, Shane Grant
Pelham got their deepest penetration into Saber territory before Ryan D’Auteuil went all pick six happy. The Souhegan defender intercepted Python quarterback Greg Spicer’s pass and scooted 78 yards to up the lead to 46-0. Pelham, to their credit, bounced right back with a nice 46 yard kickoff return by Kevin Cheam. Four plays later, the Python’s ghostly offense finally dented their side of the scoreboard as Bourk treated the crowd when he crossed the goal line from two yards out, with only 8:43 remaining
in the contest. Souhegan finished out the scoring with a 26 yard touchdown run by Drew Prescott. Johnny Bourk led the Pythons in rushing on the night as he ran for 84 yards and a TD on 15 carries. Kevin Cheam was second on the team, picking up 50 yards on the ground. Greg Spicer had two completions for 30 yards against a tenacious and over powering Saber defensive line and secondary. Pelham completes the 2011 campaign with a road game against Milford on Friday, November 4.
Wolverines take Advantage of Home Field
submitted by Jon MacLean, Windham Wolverines Football and Cheer It was another successful weekend for the
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kicked off their game against the Laconia Chiefs at 9 a.m. The Wolverines knew they had their hands full after the Chiefs put up six points early in the first quarter. Windham would strike back, however, when QB Curtis Shattuck tore threw a couple of would-be tacklers and sliced his way into the end zone to tie the game. The Wolverines took a one point lead when Shattuck, assisted by great blocks from Aidan Arinello and Braydan DeCotis, rolled out and connected with Rocky Heres with a pass for the extra point. DeCotis
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continued to energize his team with “deny defense.” He was accompanied by Windham reinforcements, Thomas McNeal, Vito Ortiz and Joseph DaSilva. The Chiefs did manage to run a QB end-around for another score with 2:44 left in the half. The Wolverines roared back when MacNeal exploded down the field for a 32-yard run, setting the table for another Windham TD. Adam Koza, Jacob George and Connor Matthews escorted Heres into the end zone to tie the game again. Laconia, however, would sneak in one more score as time ran out in the half. The Chiefs had a six-point lead at the mid-way point. That lead would evaporate quickly when Westin Lippold returned the second half opening kick-off for 67 yards. Tyler Mueller stepped up his play on defense and help shut down his rivals. He racked up several tackles including two in Laconia’s backfield. On the Wolverines’ next offensive drive, Shattuck erupted for a 41-yard run down the right sideline. On his next carry, he reversed field and picked up a key block from Nolan Paquette. The standout QB would run 23 yards down the left sideline for the score. With 5:23 left in the game, MacNeal, Mueller, Ortiz, Stephen Mague, Connor Logue and Shane McInnis clamped down on their opponents. Their rock solid play on defense helped secure the win. Heres added an exclamation point in the final moments with a run between the tackles for 77 yards and the touchdown. Final score Windham 31, Laconia 19. The fourth and fifth grade combined
Wolverines’ team was up next. They battled the fifth graders of Nashua Pal. Nashua was first on the board at 5:02 in the first quarter. They would regain possession after an on-sides kick but that’s when the Wolverines’ “D” flexed its muscle. Dylan Field, who played phenomenal defense from start to finish, blasted through the middle of Nashua’s offensive line and sacked the quarterback. Field was joined by Luke Schramm and the Szostack twins- Stephen and Dylan who made several “big league” tackles and plays. On the offensive side of the ball, Thomas Hebert made two punishing runs for long gains. QB Jonny “Mac” MacLean would connect with tight end, Hunter Delaney for a 43-yard pass play. Despite
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