Sports 12 - November 10, 2011 Pelham~Windham Sports Windham’s Farrell Places 17th, Pelham Runners Finish Top 50 at Meet of Champs
Windham’s Kate Farrell keeps up with the lead pack at the Meet of Champions
Shannen Arsenault finishes strong for Pelham in last Saturday’s Meet of Champions
by Chris White The New Hampshire Cross Country Meet of Champions was held at Nashua South High School and Mine Falls Park last Saturday
afternoon. Kate Farrell represented Windham against the top cross country talent in the state, while Pelham runners Shannen Arsenault and Steven Hammar also competed at the meet. Each runner individually qualified for the Meet of Champions with a top 25 finish at the Division 2 Championships the previous week. Farrell made history for Windham High, becoming the first Jaguar runner to qualify for the New England Cross Country Championships. Farrell needed a top 25 finish at the Meet of Champions to advance, and she came in 17th place overall with a time of 19:15.3.
Pelham’s Steven Hammar fights for position down the home stretch “Making it
to New England’s has always been her goal,” Windham coach Kate Jackson said. “I couldn’t be more proud of her.” Farrell tied for 27th overall with a 19:39.7
at last year’s Meet of Champions, missing the New England cut-off by a few spots. This year, however, her ability to execute a simple but gutsy race strategy helped her earn a trip to the New England Meet. “Our plan was to run aggressive from the start and just fight for spots until the finish line,” Windham coach Kate Jackson said.” She was
within 41 seconds of the race leader for the entire race. It was just a thrilling race to witness!” Farrell will run in the New England Cross Country Championship Meet this weekend in North Scituate, RI. The meet will be held at Ponaganset High School on Saturday, November 12.
Meanwhile, Arsenault and Hammar also represented Pelham well in the Meet of Champions. Each runner placed 47th overall in their respective races. Arsenault ran a 20:03.3, while Hammar clocked a 16:42.0.
Pelham Razorbacks Varsity Game Report
submitted by Andy Vanti Pelham Razorback 22, Derry Demons 6 Pelham Razorbacks’ varsity team will be
advancing to the State finals next Sunday after a thrilling 22-6 victory over the Derry Demons. Story of this game was outstanding defensive efforts by both teams. Game remained scoreless until the fourth quarter when Derry scored to go ahead 6-0. The Razorbacks did not panic when the got the ball with six minutes left in the game, quarterback Ben Emrick engineered a nice 65-yard drive with some great runs by Shane Lafond, and Steven Jackson. Brad Kamal rushed in for a 25-yard run and Emrick executed the 2-point conversion to put the Razorbacks in front 8-6. Drive would have not been possible with out great blocking by Cam Santos, Jake Brown, Dom Branco, Nice Micciche, Kyle Champagne, Trevor Longo and Trevor Gagnon. The Razorbacks defense stuffed Derry on there next drive and when the Razorbacks offense took over it only took two plays to score on a nice run by Steven Jackson made possible by some super blocks. Brad Kamal executed the two point conversion with a nice catch to put the Razorbacks up 16-6. The defense put the game away with a minute left in the game with Jackson retuned an interception for a touchdown. Playing great defense for the Razorbacks were Vic Pizzotti, Matthew Shea, JBD Santos, Brad Kamal, Ben Emrick, Kyle Champagne, Cole Burton and Parker Belsky. The
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Razorbacks will play undefeated Manchester east next Sunday for the State Championship. Pelham-Windham Fourth Grade Razorbacks Secure a Spot in State Championship Game with a 7-6 Victory over Hudson-Litchfield Bears November 6: On a chilly November Sunday morning, with conditions perfect for a gridiron classic, the Fourth Grade Pelham-Windham Razorbacks and the Hudson-Litchfield Bears squared off in a bruising battle to advance in the State Championships. Over the frozen tundra of Nor-Rock Field in Raymond, these two border town adversaries renewed their rivalry in an instant classic. The order of the day was bruising running, ferocious tackling and intensity on both sides of the ball, with Pelham using determination and grit to grind out a 7-6 win to capture a birth in the State Championship game on Sunday November 13. The opening drive started with Pelham runners
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Tommy Doe and Jake Dunlap pounding the ball inside the Hudson tackles, but coming up just short of the first down. With Hudson taking over, the Razorback defense would look to regain its form after a tough previous outing, a tough task with the loss of defensive force Ed Shlimon due to injury. Firing off the ball, Bubbles Ouellette set the tone with a quick burst on the outside to drop a Bear 10 yards in the backfield. Jake Dunlap then broke through with a ferocious hit to trap the bear QB behind the line of scrimmage for a thundering sack. Ben Plumley and Tommy Doe finished off the drive, tackling Hudson ball carriers and denying ground to deliver the ball back to the Razorbacks Offense. Starting at midfield, Pelham slammed the ball inside with Ben Plumley carrying defenders forward, and Ethan Ford churning for two QB keepers to set up fourth and 1. Behind key blocking by Steve Petrillo and Kyle Baker, Pelham running back Patrick Madden shot through the gap and turned on the afterburners, scorching 35 yards and rocketing past defenders to score the lone Pelham TD of the day. On what would prove to be a crucial conversion, Madden delivered a tough inside conversion run behind blocks set by Steve Petrillo, Matt Frechette, Steve
Bouchard, and Kyle Baker, giving Pelham a 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing drive, Hudson was met with resistance, with tackling by Ben Plumley, Patrick Madden, Dereck Crowley, and Charlie Katin denying Hudson yardage. On perhaps the play of the game, Pelham showed the determination and heart that would define this victory. Hudson star running back Keegan Mills broke through and around the Razorback defense, shooting from the Hudson 45 and motoring for what looked like for certain to be a tying TD. Hustling from the opposite side, Pelham Cornerback Ethan Ford raced 50 yards, catching the Hudson Bear and knocking him out of bounds just shy of the TD, denying what would turn out to be critical points for the Bears. The Razorbacks reached down and showed the Power of the Pig, with Ben Plumley and Bubbles Ouellette stopping the first and goal, Tommy Doe delivering a tackle for a loss on second and goal, and Charlie Katin providing a beauty of an open field tackle on third and goal to drive the Bears back even further from scoring. The fourth down play action pass was broken up with tremendous pressure delivered by Tommy Doe and Kyle Baker, giving the Razorbacks the ball with six minutes left in the half at their own 15.
Coach Mark Jozokos then dialed up the ground and pound Razorback offense, with a six minute 85 yard demonstration of ground warfare eating up defenders, yardage, and time. Bruising blocking by offensive linemen Ryan Leuteritz, Gaige Bassett, Ian Hoey, Keegan Garrett, Evan Haskins, Steve Petrillo, and Riley Basset opened just enough room to allow Pelham runners Ben Plumley, Jake Dunlap, Derek Crowley and Tommy Doe to move the chains and control the clock. Collin Gosselin, Nick Branco, and Matt Jozokos, and Mason Belsky also delivered strong blocking, keeping the pile moving, and opening holes for the offense. Advancing to the 10 yard line, the Pelham advance was stopped by allies Hudson and the clock, with time expiring just as the Razorbacks were sniffing pay dirt, leaving the halftime score 7-0. The third quarter started with Hudson taking
over on the kickoff and advancing on a long drive despite strong tackling by Matt Crowley, Jonathan Kamal and Tommy Doe and Jake Dunlap, and tenacious defense by Tyler Passamonte, Colby Travis, Bubba Champagne, and Gaige Bassett. On a 4th and 1 from the Pelham 12 yard line, Hudson slipped a WR behind the defense on a play action pass, and got a beautiful pass completion for a TD in the far corner of the end zone, bringing the
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score to 7-6. The critical conversion pass attempt was broken up by pressure from Tommy Doe and coverage from Patrick Madden, keeping the score at 7-6 Pelham. Taking over, the Razorbacks went back to their ground and pound, draining the clock behind running by Tommy Doe and Jake Dunlap. Blocking by Matthew Muise, Gabe Hidalgo and the Razorback Offense continued to control the clock, though Hudson regained control after a turnover on downs, setting up the final critical defensive stand. With time winding down, the Bear were
destroyed by Hogs gone wild the backfield. Tremendous effort by Riley Basset pushing several defenders and stopping the ball carrier Vince Wilfork style in the backfield crushed the first down attempt. Tommy Doe, Steve Petrillo, and Jonathan Kamal provided critical stops on the next plays, and Pelham stopped the final drive in its tracks to seal a 7-6 win and move to face the Londonderry Wildcats in the State Championship game.
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