Friday, September 10, 2010

Salem Pounds Central 45-19


"I can't remember this drastic of a turnaround from one week to the next week" remarked Salem football coach Jack Gati after tonight's game.

Neither can I, coach. Last week Salem (my preseason #1 team in the state) got blown out on their own field 48-21 to Bishop Guertin. But it was a totally different team out there tonight, as the Blue Devils dominate a good Manchester Central team 45-19.

The Jacques & Fedrick Show
Salem's dynamic backfield duo of senior Max Jacques and junior Jerickson Fedrick was unstoppable this evening. Jacques ran for 154 yards and 3 touchdowns while Fedrick amassed 137 yards and 3 TD's.

Last week vs. BG Fedrick ran for just 21 yards on 10 carries. He was a completely different back tonight. The highlight of his night was a 50 yard TD run late in the first quarter that made it 14-0 Salem.

Jacques meanwhile made one of the best runs I've ever seen by a high school player. It came with 9:46 left in the 3rd quarter. And it as a 61 yard touchdown run. Jacques started off running left, trying to bounce it to the outside and get to the sideline. He was then met by a slew of central defenders. He was nearly taken down for what would have bee only a 10 yard gain, but he kept battling for yardage and hist feet just kept on moving. He broke a few more tackles and then brought the ball to the complete opposite side of the field, now on the right sideline. He got a block downfield, cut it back inside and went in for the score. It was a jaw-dropping play. He got some good blocks by his linemen. And Central could have done a bettewr job of tackling on the play. But Jacques flat out made a heck of a run. One you do NOT see every week. The score made it 30-0. If the game was still in any doubt, this TD erased that doubt and gave Salem the win.

"I was just trying to make a play for my team" explained Jacques after the game. "I just REALLY wanted to get a touchdown on that play."

Central couldn't stop the run all game long.


Domination From the Beginning
Salem set the tone for the rest of the game on their very first drive. They drove 70 yards on about 10 plays, ending with a 5 yard TD run by Jacques. All Salem did was run the ball right up the gut the entire drive. And Central couldn't stop it. The longest run on the drive was only 13 yards - they didn't have any huge gains. But every play was 8 yards here, 10 yards there and they just kept moving the chains. They went up 7-0. The Blue Devil defense then kept the momentum on their side as Connor Woefel sacked Little Green QB Jared Chandler on a big 4th down and 4 play. Salem got the ball back and that's when Fedrick went for his 50 yard TD run and just like that it was 14-0. Then came another sack of Chandler, this one by Donald Needham and Salem got the ball back again very quickly. Salem went up 24-0 at the half and Jacques' 61 yard TD run was the icing on the cake early in the 3rd. Game over.


Salem Defense Was Much Better This Week
After allowing 48 points and well over 300 yards to BG last week, Salem held a talented central offense to just 19 points. And they basically held them to zero, because once it was 31-0 it was essentially over. In addition to Woefel and Needham, Coach Gati also got strong defensive play from Matt Cannone, Fedrick, Richard LaRhette, Joe Dipalma and Andrew Ivas. Cannone, who typically just plays QB and not defense, had a big interception late in the 2nd quarter and a 30 yard return afterwards that led to Jacques' second TD run of the game to make it 24-0.


Bright Spots for Central
Khari "KK" Halliburton ran for 131 yards and Junior Brown caught 5 passes for 99 yards and 2 TD's. They both played well in the loss. But again, many of those yards came after the game had been decided.

I do give Central credit for continuing to battle hard and make plays even after going down by so many points. Chandler was having a nightmare of a game. He was getting sacked, missing passes and was struggling to move his team downfield and get on the scoreboard. But he kept his head up, and made an outstanding play late in the 3rd quarter. Just 6 minutes after throwing his first TD pass of the game, he threw another one. This time he came THIS close to getting sacked once again. He had a Salem linemen bearing down on him when he threw a laser downfield and hit a wide open Brown running in stride down the field. Brown went untouched for the 73 yard TD. It was a night to forget for Chandler, but that's a play that I'm sure he'll remember.

Do-it-all man Sam Graham also made some nice plays offensively for Central, pretty much carrying the offense to their third TD of the game late. He had 2 catches for 13 yards and 5 rushes for 30 yards and a TD, with virtually all of that production coming on that drive. Salem did have their second string defense in there at that point, but I give credit to Graham for fighting hard until the very end and leaving it all on the field.

48 comments:

  1. and BG only beat Timberlane 21-6, take into account Mike Kelly was taken off in a stretcher after an apparent ankle injury at the end of the 1sr. but for Timberlane Nate Lawrence was playing on a bum ankle and taken off in the 3rd, and senior DB/WR/K had a rough game dropping a touchdown, missing an extra point, and then missing a short fieldgoal
    Overall a pretty good game though between the Owls and the Cardinals

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  2. The Salem Central game wasn't even as close as 45-19 implies. It was total domination. My best wishes for Mike Kelly to have a full recovery. He really is just too small and light to be taking that many carries. He limped off a few times in the Jamboree and in the Salem game. They really need to move him back outside. Max Jacques ran like Mike Kelly did week one tonight. One 61 yard run with multiple reverse directions was amazing. 1 big change that Salem made was putting the teams best athelete Cannone on defense. He had a HUGE impact on defense. The kid is a beast.

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  3. Souhegan beat portsmouth 24-13

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  4. Kelly scored TD fourth play of game. Injured foot two carries later. It appeared serious. Karaska had surgery earlier in day. Bottari - fractured nose. Three key two-way starters. BG doesn't have the depth of 09 team.

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  5. 10:53, and that score isn't even indicative of the domination. 3 or so TDs were called back by phantom holding calls and the such.

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  6. Not one of TOJO'S better games coaching.They need a coach to stand up to Tojo during games like Coach Phillips did.Nothing wrong with ripping a kid a new one if he makes a mistake,but there is something wrong if it's the wrong kid and you let the team march downfield before putting him back in.

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  7. so what do we know after 2 weeks.3 teams not making division 2 playoffs are west,spaulding, and dover.bg,winnie,top 2,keene next,with timberlane,merrimack, and alvirne fighting it out for the last spot.alvirne in a must win game next week against merrimack.

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  8. The BG injury sheet is much longer then those 3,much longer.Timberlane was physical.How many penalties against Guertin? I lost count at 10.TOJO and his staff might want to reevaluate their depth chart.Do you want a kid who is 5th on the chart out there,or maybe someone who is 2nd on the chart but plays a different position.

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  9. 24-13 "domination", u guyz are a riot.

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  10. how about psycho's punting for bg,kid was kicking bombs.

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  11. divsion 1,what we know after 2 weeks,exeter down year,their out of the dance.londonderry out,pinky,north,and salem will all be in the playoffs,central and south fighting it out for 4th seed.

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  12. why are they phantom holding calls holding is holding .The refs don't make this stuff up.

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  13. So much for the posers/posters last week who said Central was the team to beat in D1.

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  14. 24-13 DOMINATION. Come on blaming refs. BG athletic supporters(CUPS) are reaching new lows.

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  15. Central isn't boasting "Best team in NH anymmore"

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  16. Uh, there were like four TD's called back 6:08. Some of the worst reffing I've seen in a while

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  17. 843, bg was not involved in 24-13 game,what are you blogging about?

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  18. Sorry about that. Got Souhegan mixed up with BG. I am sorry all you BG fans.

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  19. 10:22
    The comment was about the SHS 24-13 victory over Portsmouth.

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  20. 5:53.
    Dont count Dover out. Merrimack is better than people think

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  21. Kelly will be fine.
    A couple weeks, max.

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  22. 8:17, pretty even game. Both teams are weaker in the trenches by a ways this year, but have tremendous athletes. Would be fun to watch Luks and McKenna air it out and a healthy Kelly run wild, all in one game. Though both teams actually have outstanding defenses, so who knows.

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  23. Souhegan vs Plymouth? Would Plymouth's streak end?

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  24. Soughegan vs. BG
    Who wins??

    BG 31 Souhegan 14

    Bank on it

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  25. pinkerton can prove a lot if they can beat north and salem at home the next 2 weeks

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  26. Please, Souhegan posters! Just tell us that you think your team's the best team in the state. You're not fooling people with that(8:17 and 9:15). Why would anyone else say "number 1 vs number 8. Who wins?" Respected program. Most unrealistic group of posters!

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  27. No way Souhegan scores on BG at all.

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  28. 10:26, Plymouth's streak would have ended in 08 if they had played Souhegan instead of ducking into D-IV conveniently when SHS's power years just started and the talent well started to dry up on Lenehan. Having said that, this year's team isn't as strong as the last two, and is a little too reliant on Luks but I still say they'd easily wipe up Plymouth.

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  29. BG looked scared against Timberlane on Friday night. Once Mike Kelly went down, so didn't the team moral. They need him to win. Timberlane had 7(?) turnovers. Without those turnovers, they would have had a decent shot at winning the ball game. The Owls POUNDED BG on defense. They don't have depth like they have had in the past. They still have a great team, mainly because of Coach. However, they are small.
    Who'd win, Pinkerton, or BG?

    Pinkerton: 34
    BG: 17

    Pinkerton is without a doubt the biggest team in the State of NH. Mark my words.

    D2:
    1) Winni
    2) BG
    3) Keene
    4) Timberlane
    5) Alvirne
    6) Merrimack
    (3-6 is in no order)
    What happened to Dover..and Alvirne this weekend?!

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  30. Pinky won't even get by North this week given the problems they had with a weak defensed South.

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  31. Haha, love the hate. Keep bringing it guys. Too bad it's a bunch of kids that never even saw Souhegan play before on here trashing them. You see, 2:56, the problem is that they aren't really number 8 in NH - they're much higher than that. In 08 they were one of the top 3, last year they were at worst number 2, and this year they belong top 4 even with a much weaker team on paper. The problem is that this year's team is weak on only one thing - paper. The kids are gamers and can just flat out play. They've been playing together since they were 7 and play like a true team. You just don't understand. I just love how people hate on a team when they have absolutely no idea. All they know is that it's a small public high school in D-III that wins a lot of games, but lord knows they couldn't possibly beat anybody in a higher division because of that little Roman Numeral 3, right?

    It's about the program boys, not the size of the school's population. The program breeds the players, not the shear number of students. Since we're talking about BG too, what a great example! 800 students and yet they're competitive. Yes, I know they draw from all over, but they don't have the feeder systems SHS does either. The point is that the SHS program is simply more effective at developing the kids they do get. Also, the larger schools don't necessarily get more football players, they get more students. At Souhegan, there's maybe 400 boys - and 100 are on the team (98 to be exact), no joke. They have crazy amounts of kids that turn out for the team who have been playing since Pop Warner and SVS. How many did you guys post Dover had total, 40? SHS is a football school and they've got it down to a science. Between the lifting program, offseason condition and preperation, coaching, dedication of the kids, and everything else the program breeds, they make winners. I mean, just look at the defensive front they had last year.

    6'2 235...6'2 250...5-9 260... 6-1 280...6-3 230
    .............5'10 215........6'2 185...........

    Amazing how a school of 800 kids can and DOES put a competitive product out there each year that can compete with anybody. At least know what you're talking about before you start calling SHS supporters "unrealistic." The past three years in particular, Souhegan could compete with and possibly beat anybody in the state. Now, next year there's not as much talent and they may actually lose a game, but the PROGRAM will keep them strong. Has Souhegan ever had a losing season going back to 1992 in its creation? Don't think so.

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  32. I was on the sidelines for this game and I have a different take on this year's Souhegan team. I have watched them compete against Portsmouth and beat them the last three years. The 2008 Souhegan team was very good, last year's team was the best I have seen. I have alot of respect for the program but this year's team is not close to the team's of the last few years.

    They beat a Portsmouth team that is not very good. They dropped at least a half dozen easy passes, mostly by McKenna. I heard much about him but I thought the other end (#83 Saragin?) was much better. McKenna did have two touchdowns but beat a corner back who is about 5'7".

    They couldn't run the ball and Portsmouth line is not that big or fast and their linebackers other than Holt are undersized.

    It appear their numbers were down from previous year's, it looked like alot more players were going both ways then in past year's.

    A few big kids but not like in year's past, their overall size is average.

    Neither team hit that hard - it was a sloopy and boring game. Maybe they had an off night.

    Many of their players were gassed on the sidelines, about 5 or 6 taken off due to injuries mostly cramps and it was not a hot night. Not in very good shape?

    They certainly have some talented players but they are a shell of the teams of the past. If they are a top team in NH then NH football is not that good. Last year's team, yes, I think they could have competed against many higher division teams.

    I not trying to put them down, these are HS kids doing their best and the Souhegan program is very good and deserves much credit. I think they are going to have their hands full winning the championship this year. Talking them up like they are one of the best is a strech.

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  33. 9:24
    How did that "football school" do against Milford when the the starting O line was out? They still had the entire backfield. They got trashed. You make it sound like you had 30 good players. You had about 7. 4 of those missed one game and the 'depth' wasn't there. Relax and join reality.

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  34. Take out any team's starting O-line AND D-lines and put the JVs in and see how they do. Souhegan had 10+ major contributers/starters out that game with flu and injuries. When healthy Souhegan won in the playoffs by 40 vs Milford with the starters out at the half and holding Milford to UNDER 50 TOTAL YARDS. Petropulos had no time because the JVs were well, JVs. Jellison had no holes because the JVs were well, JVs. You can take away one or two players like Jellison in the Bedford game and the show keeps rolling, but when you take out half your starting lineup, that's different. And yes, notice that those same JVs are now playing and starting on varsity after having learned and developed from that game and second halfs of other games and have now been groomed BY THE PROGRAM into again being a top team in the state. The measure of the program is how they can reload each year, not how well they do without both lines, 2 receivers, a cornerback, and so on. Just look at BG this year. They barely beat a weak Timberlane team when one player came out (Kelly). Imagine if they lost their entire O and D lines along with their top 2 receivers (both scholarship level receivers in Wing and McKenna), starting cornerback, and so on and so forth. BG easily would lose that game. Unfair to blame Souhegan for the loss. Any team in that situation would be screwed, from Pop Warner to the Pros.

    And 10:06, I agree with your statement that they are not as talented this year, but yet they still are one of the top teams. What they lack in size and talent they make up for in heart and determination. The kids are just gamers, much like the BG team of last year. Also, they work hard in the offseason - you should see their lifting numbers. Also, it's still early in the season and they shot themselves in the foot repeatedly. Expect them to learn from their sloppy mistakes. Dropped passes, four TDs called back, etc. The scoreline was not indicative of the domination in total yardage, t.o.p., etc. As Beliveau said in the papers, they left 28 points on the field. And of course they're sloppy now at the beginning of the season - they had to replace 17 starting positions this year! Watch them in midseason form vs Central though, you'll be impressed.

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  35. 2:45
    So... you are now saying that Soughegan is not the super team that you were claiming them to be. (You made it sound like they had so many "system" players they were all interchangeable) You are now saying that they are just like any other team, which is what we are saying.

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  36. Well, 2:45 if you want to be thought of in the same light as BG (laughable) you will need to follow this plan:
    1. BG already dismantled Salem
    2. Salem already dismantled Central
    3. Your move. The victory against Central better be twice as impressive as Salems. Something like Winnacunnets this weekend.

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  37. 2:45
    Why do you always say the second Milford game was 40-0? I admit that I could be wrong, but if I remember correctly, it was 37. I know it's not a big difference, but is that right? Also, you take a Mulligan when you have injuries, but Milford lost their starting qb 3 days before the second game and their star running back (who had almost all the yardage for Milford in the 1st game) in the 1st quarter.
    And wasn't the score, 14-0 at half?

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  38. if shs has a great program, off season lifting, everything down to a science, players playing only half a game etc. why don they move to a real division?

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  39. This weekend's biggest matchup will be between Pinkerton and North and I think it will be a great game. North is a seasoned team with a great amount of returning talent and some very good playmakers. I think that Pinkerton is young but deep in some key areas with enough leadership to motivate the young players (not to mention the spectre of Salem the next week and Brockton two weeks after that). I think North will be surprised by Pinkertons defensive speed and it will knock them off their game plan by just enough to keep the Pinkerton running attack on the field. I predict a 28-17 PA win.

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  40. You know Souhegan and Plymouth, you have great programs but reading the above post about Pinkerton playing, North, Salem, and Brockton and doing it week in and out and year after year, can you please temper your enthusiasm and be realistic. You will have an occasional year or two where you can compete game by game or even for a whole season like last years team but you could never ever do it year after year, so please take it down a notch.

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  41. Souhegans freshmen team is mostly sophomores! The freshmen hardly play. What is up with that?

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  42. False, 3:32. Sophs never play on SHS's Frosh team unless they're a first year player who never played football before, and there's maybe one or none of those each year. I'd know.

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  43. Is that legal? I am not involved in football but I do not know of a sophomore that played on our freshmen basketball team. I mean it is called freshmen football?

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  44. Souhegan, its alot easier to develope a great program when you have one competitive game every 3 years. not that it isnt a good program. but if your going to be considered a top program in the state you have to play and beat the others. and no i dont consider Central a top program at all iv played them personally never time only to dismantle them every time and leave not the least bit impressed. im not saying.... im just saying

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  45. 7:22, you have no idea. I graduated from Souhegan last year and let me say that our talent was elite. We went into every game and scrimmage knowing that we could roll anybody if we wanted to. I saw Salem and BG play, wasn't overly impressed. And I know talent when I see it because I went to camps and combines all over the northeast and competed against D1 talent. In fact, at one there was a bunch of BG kids. They weren't very good. Small and weak if I recall. The kids I played with could have and did in some cases compete with and beat elite talent from all over the northeast. Just consider this: 7 kids in our class are playing college ball. 3 more had the opportunity but chose not to play. The 7 mentioned all had D2 opportunities and a few had D1 options to take if they wanted them. That puts 10 kids out of what was 13 kids if I recall in our senior class with high level opportunities. Say what you will about our program and who we play, but the numbers speak for themselves. Souhegan has the best program in the state, especially when it comes to player development. Just look at the work they did with the team with only 5 of 22 starters returning.

    And as for Central, I wasn't impressed either after our first play from scimmage was a 70 yard TD off a screen to Wing and we proceeded to run it up until the seconds came in. However, apparently they did work in D-I last year. You should ask Salem about them last year too...

    And before you jump on me for whatever, remember you called the program out. Finally, please don't hate the program, players, and/or coaches because of what some "crazy" alum thinks. They have nothing to do with me

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  46. I give Souhegan credit for playing Londonderry and central this year. Those two programs are legitimate year in and year out. I saw Souhegan play once this year (vs londonderry) and once last year. They will probaly beat Central unless they have a first half like they did against Londonderry. I think this year in D1 they would be third or fourth just because of depth. Last year in the whole state I would give them top 3 or 4 with a chance to beat everyone except BG. (no I am not BG guy)

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