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.