Thursday, July 23, 2009

My Thoughts on Tonight's BG/Exeter Game

11/7/09
I'm not surprised that BG won. I am surprised that they won by that much. The final was 42-0 BG, but it was only a 35-0 ballgame when all of the starters left the game. Also, BG had 2 fumbles on kickoff/punt returns, but recovered both. If Exeter had recovered either one or both of them it would have been a different ballgame. Nonetheless, it was complete domination by the Cardinals. There's no denying that.

I think Exeter is still probably the 2nd best team in the state, especially after Salem's 45-7 loss to Central last night. This would mean that BG is at least 4-5 touchdowns better than everyone else in the state...wow. And for that, I give them credit. But more shocking than that, is that here you have a team that is at least 4-5 TD's better than anyone else, but they don't play in the state's highest division. Tell me how that makes sense!

So how is it that BG is so good? Is it luck? Brilliant coaching? I think part of it is that Merrimack's football program has been so bad recently. Many top players from Merrimack go to BG because the football program is better. Then there's Bedford kids. This is the first year for Bedford High's varsity program. Before that Bedford kids went to West High, who has also had a poor football program over the last few years. If these programs, and schools overall were better, they likely wouldn't lose their best players to BG. Or were Merrimack and West bad programs because their top players kept leaving for BG? It's a chicken or the egg debate...

But I give Coach Johnson credit. He always has his players very well prepared, and constantly pushes them to get better. And he has some great players. Cuipa, Hall and Kelley are just too good, too fast for any defense. And they're defense is tough and fast. They're on another level compared to the other schools in the state. Even if they did move up to Division I, we would likely still see the same domination. In Massachusetts, they have a seaprate division for all of the Catholic schools. If we made a separate division for NH's private schools, BG would play teams like Trinity, Bishop Brady and St. Thomas on a weekly basis, and the scores would be even more uneven. Besides there aren't enough private schools to make a separate division.

So where do they play? What's the solution? I say just move em' up to D-I, and hope they fall back down to earth in a couple years. In the meantime, they should schedule a top Mass. team to give them a challenge. Would have been fun to see them play Central Catholic this year.

31 comments:

  1. Jeremy,you forgot to mention the 2 td's that were called back for BG.I told you 50 points and I wasn't kidding.The Merimack kids went to BG because NEPOTISM rules at Merrimack high.

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  2. Jeremy -

    I appreciate your comments and really like your work, keep it up! You are a service to HS sports in NH.

    Regarding the game, yes BG did recover two of its own fumbles but they also had a KO return for a TD called back and just missed on a double pass before the half. Either score would have made it 35-0 a the half. Also, there defense dominated - Exeter never had a chance. How about the hitting? Impressive.

    You are however, overlooking many facts regarding their roster's point of origin. Many BG students are 2nd generation when they come to Guertin, their siblings come as well. Also, football may be on the minds of some, but most are looking for the total package which includes academics, Catholic school fundamentals, good facilities and above average sports.

    BG needs to play D1 in all sports. They have high participation rates and attract motivated high school students. But, did you see how many seniors gave out flowers to their parents last night? About 35 or so...they are fighting an uphill battle next year. It will be a true test of the player's committment and the skill of the coaching staff.

    Prediction: Winny over Exeter by at least 10 points. Honestly, Winny is much tougher and is playing better football right now. BG pounds Alvirne by as much as they want. Finals: BG by 14 over a much improved Winny squad.

    Thanks again for all you do Jeremy!

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  3. "About 35 seniors or so" Tojo has his disciples trained well. BG higher ups and lower downs would make great politicians because they'll politicize to death the number of reasons why they should stay in D2 so they can put psuedo trophies in their trophy case. Just grow up BG and move to D1. Stop making 11,000 excuses. I can't wait to see what Phil Croasdale has to say in the publication he writes for next week. Phil will definitely be the sledgehammer and the BG pink skirts will be the little finished nails. There's a reason Croasdale doesn't even put BG in HIS power poll. Hit BG hard and often Phil because they deserve it !!!

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  4. Jeremy,did you see the highlights of the game on channel 9?Oh wait,there weren't any.You should apply for a job there.Biggest game of the year,and no coverage.As my friends from espn would say C'MON MAN.

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  5. Exeter 29 rush attempts for 39 yards.WOW

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  6. I am a BG parent, and even I have to laugh at the comment by 6:51 about the number of seniors graduating. It doesn't matter! Did you see the number of players in BG uniform on the sidelines last night? There must have been 100 kids suited up for the game (which, by the way, means about 25% of all boy students at BG play football - wow). Tony Johnson will just reload for next year, like he does every year. He has Cuipa and Kelly coming back. And even though it hasn't happened in a couple years, there is usually a surprise "transfer" that shows up on the football team (think Mark Spinney, Andy Vailas, Tommy Barile). I have no concerns about ToJo for next year. He may not be as dominant as this year, but he will still have a great team. And as a BG parent, I am in total disagreement with BG not petitioning up to D1.

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  7. Who is Phil Crosdale and whey is he beating up on high schools? He sounds like a real loser.

    BG is making every attempt to move to D1 - the NHIAA made it very clear at this week's meeting that they only wanted 9 teams in D1. So, Exeter was forced to move up do to enrollment and West moved down. In order for BG to move up, Exeter would have had to petition down (to stay in 2) or someone else had to go...like Concord which will never happen.

    If you want BG in D1...which eveyone does, including Tony Johnson, let's hope the NHIAA changes their mind and allows a 10 team D1.

    BTW- 6:51, you are very bitter. Let me guess, you attend Exeter...or possibly Nashua High? Am I right? A little unsolicited advice: grow up, we are talking about HS kids.

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  8. Going by the numbers this year BG is definitely the best team in the state. Seeing them play alot this year I have to admit (unwillingly) that Pinkerton was the only team that they struggled to run against. With that being said and Pinkerton being the fourth best team in D1 this year it would have been great to see them play the top 3 teams in D1 salem, north and central. They would have definitely still won D1 but had some comp with those 3 teams and even south and londonderry. Much better comp in D1 and BG should be embarassed that they are not in D1.

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  9. "BG should be embarassed that they are not in D1."

    Care to explain why? If they're the best team in the state and dominate every team, why does it matter? Furthermore, what reason do they have to be embarassed?

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  10. if they're the best team in the state they should be playing in the state's highest division. otherwise they're cowards.

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  11. Actually BG has one TD called back because of a penalty. On the other one, the play ended at the one ayrd line. So it would have been 1st and goal on the Exeter one. That possession resulted in a turnover for BG, so yeah that penalty hurt. And the penalty that did negate a TD didn't matter, because on the very next play Kelley ran it 91 yards for a TD. No matter which way you slice it though, it was domination.

    Let's not forget what happened last season, folks. Last game of the regular season, in Exeter. BG dominated the Blue Hawks, just like they did last night. Then two weeks later in the title game it was a much different story, and BG escaped with a 14-7 win. I'm not sayin'...I'm just sayin'.

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  12. Jeremy, I'd take BG by 50 in a championship game. You do realize that the starters were out by mid/end of the 3rd quarter last night, right? With the seniors going all 4 quarters in an epic last game for Guertin, I have no doubt that they'd run it up on their rival, Exeter.

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  13. Yes, I know the starters were out for BG late in the 3rd quarter. Just saying anything can happen. Exeter might look at the film and make some adjustments. It can't get any worse for the Blue Hawks than it was last night, they can't help but make it at least a little closer next time.

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  14. I think Exeter should be worrying about Winny.

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  15. I agree with 3:11...I think Winny wins this weekend and plays BG very tough in the finals. Winny can hit with anyone and has good athletes. I thought Exeter was soft on Sat night...in fact, if you polled the Guertin players I bet they would say that Winny was tougher than Exeter in their regular season games.

    Either way, I am looking forward to the playoffs. Too bad the state couldn't have waited three weeks to decide on next season's football divisions...the BG controversy is taking away from this seasons accomplishments. And, I am not talking about Tony Johnson, I am referring to the HS students.

    Jeremy, any clue why Channel 9 and the UL did not cover the BG/Exeter game? Bad judgement if you ask me...

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  16. The real division 2 championship game will be played this Saturday Exeter vs Winnacunnet, should be a great classic game like the ones in the past.

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  17. When you say "real" what do you mean?

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  18. No I don't know why WMUR and the UNion Leader didn't cover the game. I know that we had quite a few online listeners on 1540wxex.com. So thanks to all who tuned in for the game!

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  19. The reason why WMUR didn't cover the BG/Exeter game is because there are 8 or 9 kids on the BG roster from Merrimack. Sports Anchor Jason King who is from Merrimack, and a Merrimack varsity coach, and was a Merrimack Pop Warner Coach hates to see Merrimack kids succeeding after leaving a failing program.

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  20. Well it's not like WMUR hasn't covered any BG games all year...

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  21. I don't think it was intentinal,but I do think channel 9 should do a story about how King's kid got screwed by the Merrimack coaching staff.Absolutely disgraceful,the kid starts every game his junior year then gets benched in favor of another coaches kid.If Tyler King was qbing every game for Merrimack this year they would have been a playoff team.Not a joke team.

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  22. Heh 1:16 pm - rather presumptutious of you to state that the reason why Ch. 9 didn't cover the BG-Exeter game was because of Jason King. Answer me this 1:16 pm: Can you recall the last time Ch 9 broadcast a regular season football game? They haven't Einstein!! They've only done championship games. Get your facts straight before you become a blow hard blogger. It's uninformed people like you that give blogs a bad name. You just throw things out there as if it's fact and the truth when it's far from it.

    Take a word of advice 1:16 pm on Nov. 9th:

    Think twice and blog once. You'll look better next time !!!!

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  23. "Jeremy, any clue why Channel 9 and the UL did not cover the BG/Exeter game? Bad judgement if you ask me..."

    Yeah, ok, like bad judgement on BG's part to wuss out and stay in D2.

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  24. 3:43 - what are you talking about?
    What does BG playing in D2 or D1 have to do with their game against Exeter on Saturday night? Going into the game, it was two undefeated teams playing for a Number 1 seed - does that not sound like a newsworthy event? If so, why did Channel 9 and the UL stay away? Not to mention, Roger Brown. This is not a conspiracy theory, it is just a question.
    Lighten up Francis...maybe BG will take it easy on Exeter next time...if they get through Winny.

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  25. 3:40, no one said anything about WMUR broadcasting the game, with live-play-by-play. The question was about why didn't they have highlights of the game and talk about it on the news like they do for all of the other games that are played Fridays and Saturdays.

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  26. 1.exeter starters out after first series of the third,game was over.Great job TJ AND BG up 28 - 0 with a minute left in half and their running half back options and throwing bombs for the endzone (they would never run it up though just ask anyone over at BG) #2. winny is winny can never back it up i hope they give Exeter a game this time.Winny play BG TUFF ok winny player dream on. BG is head over heels better than any team in state, electric speed and very talented, but they also play to a different set of "rules" when it comes to getting player's, dont ask what I mean everybody already knows and so do you.They are excellent in every aspect of their game and should be recognized as such. Now tojo needs to take foot squarely out of mouth and do whats right for his players, thats right his players...not him. D1 anything else is a joke and the nhiaa and BG need to fix it. Jeremy has it right get west and concord over in 2 and move exeter and bg into 1, too easy. then d2 would be better aligned and tony can try to run it up week after week against more formible competition. I mean doesnt Salem, north, south, central, pinky, exeter sound a little better and more challenging than Spaulding, Dover, Timby, Alvirne, Winny?? Hello for the integrity of the game whether Bg wants to or not the NHIAA needs to step up here.

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  27. 4:46
    I agree with most of you post although I don't understand the "running it up" portion. You mention a "running back option pass" that took place in the first half. It is possible to "run up" the score in the first half? Also, getting to 35-0 is a strategic move because it initiates "running time" which is critical. It allows both coaches to rest their starters and start preparing younger players for next year while keeping 100% of the 1st string healthy for next week's playoffs. If you asked Coach Ball if he was upset about a pass attempted in the 1st half what you think he would say?

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  28. BG's football program is sissyville for staying in D2, plain and simple. ToeJoe can't talk his way out of this one. Ball's team might have lost the game, but in deciding to move up to D1 Exeter won the "man up" battle. Nothing BG can do can candy coat this situation.

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  29. To whoever said Merrimack would be a playoff team with King, WOW, keep dreaming. Of course, it probably was King dreaming that wrote it...

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  30. Anonymous 3:43.

    Roger Brown was at the Exeter/BG game. I spoke with him at halftime.

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  31. I don't get the D1 vs. D2 argument. If the divisions are set based on school enrollment, how does that make D1 better than D2. They may have more players to choose from but that doesn't make them better players or teams....Not logical!

    If you look back at the inter division play, D2 looks better by virtue of bigger wins over their d1 rivals.

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