Friday, October 15, 2010

Lawrence Leads Timberlane to Upset Win Over Winnacunnet

Nick Lawrence ran for 324 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also threw for 40 yards, had a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on defense. Timberlane upset Winnacunnet tonight on a rainy, windy evening in Plaistow 26-14.

Here's the game's full recap:

Nick Lawrence Show
What a game for the senior! 324 yards rushing, including 218 yards in the 1st half alone. The forced fumble and the fumble recovery happened on the SAME PLAY. Near the end of the 2nd quarter Winnacunnet quarterback Steve Cronan kept the ball himself and ran for 7 yards. But Lawrence stripped the ball right out of his hands to give Timberlane the football right back. Then on the very next play from scrimmage took the hand off and ran it 52 yards for the touchdown. It was his 4th TD of the game, and it gave the Owls a 26-14 lead, which turned out to be the final score.

Someone joked in the press box that of his 324 yards, 321 of them came after contact. But he really did break a TON of tackles. And the weather conditions definitely didn't slow him down.

"We didn't play good enough defense" explained a disappointed Winnacunnet Head Coach Ron Auffant. "We need to do a better job of tackling."

Winnacunnet played this game without arguably their best defensive player, Mike Trainor, who was out with a dislocated shoulder. They were also playing without senior lineman Bryce Paster who is also injured.

Lawrence's 324 yards were just 16 yards short of the Timberlane school record for rushing yards in a game. Derek Furey had 340 yards a couple years ago for the Owls.


Winnacunnet's Fumble-itis
The 10 fuumbles the Warriors had earlier in the year vs. Dover has been well documented...and now this. Winnacunnet fumbled the football 6 times, with four of them coming in the first half.

You fumble the ball 4 times and give up 218 rushing yards to one kid, all in one half of football and it's not looking good.

"We were down by 2 scores late" explained Auffant. "And I knew that if we could hold them and get 2 scores we'd be ok. And we held them scoreless in the 2nd half which I was happy about. But we came up empty on our drives in the 2nd half when we needed scores. But the 1st half is where we lost this game."

Holding onto the football has really been an issue for the Warriors this season. But with a QB who has been starting for 3 years now, you wouldn't think that this would be the case. And most of their fumbles in this game were by Cronan.

"The conditions hurt us" lamented Auffant. "We typically like to throw the football more, and the conditions didn't allow us to do that."


Injury Updates
Auffant said after the game that he expects both Trainor and Paster to return to the lineup after their game with Bishop Guertin, which is next Friday night.

For Timberlane, they had a couple injuries of their own. QB Nate Lawrence (Nick's twin) made a hard hit on defense in the 2nd half of the game. He was slow getting up though, and did not return to the game. He was replaced at QB by junior Evan Bidgood. The other injury for the Owls was junior lineman Michael Lynch, who also left the game in the 2nd half. The status of both players is up in the air. Both players are very important to Timberlane's success though, as are Trainor and Paster for Winnacunnet.


Others Who Played Well
For Timberlane, fullback Luke Ouelette continues to do an outstanding job of blocking and opening up running room for Nick Lawrence. Ouelette also rushed for 30 yards of his own. Sophomore defensive back Ryan McCarthy played very well, with a fumble recovery, a couple of nice tackles and some very nice coverage downfield when Cronan tried to throw the ball deep. Senior Dan Diodati once again played well on defense for the Owls. He had a sack on the game's final play that sealed the victory.

For Winnacunnet Bret Taylor rushed for 103 yards and 1 touchdown in the loss. Senior Sean Dolan also had a nice game on both sides of the ball for the Warriors.

44 comments:

  1. Nick Lawrence making a play for POY,Heisman and NHIAA MVP isn't he?

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  2. I Came to Plaistow. I saw the Game. I am unimpresse3d by the Winni QB, Their Offense, Their Defense, Their Special Teams.

    I guess it makes a big difference when they play a team with a winning record in their own division.....

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  3. Congrats to Timberlane and Nick Lawrence. What a game!

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  4. Doesnt make Salem's defense look so bad now does it? Last week Lawrence rushes for 10 total yards and this week he runs for 324?

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  5. WOW. What a shocker. The first real test for the Warriors and they get smoked by one player??? Trainor means that much to the team???Lawrences performance has got to be one of the best all time in the State of NH.

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  6. It was a good run winnie.Number 1 in the union leader poll,number 1 in this poll for a long time.However, people that have seen you play know your weaknesses,turnovers,and a very soft defense.Everybody that was at the game last night knew Lawrence was getting the ball and you still couldn't stop him all game long.Don't fret about this loss though,I am sure it won't be the last one you have this year.Jeremy has been making excuses for your team all year.Repeat after me Jeremy,OVERRATED.

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  7. I don't consider this an upset.BG people have been saying for weeks that timby is for real.They hit hard.Lawrence had ran for 132 against guertin.Granted they scored only 1 td,but you could see they were going to be a good team.Same thing with the Dover-Keene game Sunday,I think it will be Dover in a rout.Dover is big on both sides of the line,and Keene has played nobody with a winning record.If BG and Dover do win there will be 5 teams with 18 points on the nhiaa standings.Schedule makers have not been kind to winnie,or keene.They both finish with some tough games.Buckle up people,it's going to be a wild ride thru division 2 the next 3 weeks.

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  8. Man, I'm glad Salem didn't plays last night. Bad weather is the great equalizer.

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  9. untangling the d2 playoff cluster.UNDEFEATED Keene has 4 games left,4 very tough,very losable gamesDover,timby,winnie, and bg.Win 1 of those games and their in,lose all 4 and they join merrimack on the outside looking in.Far and away the toughest schedule is keene.ONE LOSS WINNIE,bg,keene,and merrimack,not exactly a cakewalk.Win 1 of those 3 and their in,lose all 3,and all of a sudden they have to pay for a playoff ticket if they want to go.1 LOSS BG,west,winnie,alvirne,and keene.Win 2 and their in,win all 4 and get top seed.BG has the easiest schedule of the 5 with west and alvirne on tap.ONE LOSS TIMBY,keene,spaulding,dover,win 1 and their in.I see them beating keene,and spaulding,and that dover game being the game that decides dover's fate.2 LOSS DOVER,keene,spaulding,and timby.They need to sweep all 3 and need help from other's losing.The team nobody wants to play come playoff time,2nd best defense in d2,big physical lines on both sides of the ball.Their playoff starts Sunday with keene.This is how I think things shake out.1bg,2timby,3winnie,4dover.That would make for a heck of a playoff matchup,2 revenge games.Of course there is also the chance that I am 100 % wrong,but at the very least it should be a roller coaster ride these next 3 weeks.

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  10. DIVISION 2 TOP TEAMS WEAKNESSES Winnie,fumble,fumblrooski,fumbleitis,fumbelina.They need to hold onto the ball,their DEFENSE looks like it should be in division 1.BG penalties,penalties,penalties.Did I mention penalties.They could open up a FLAG store with all the penalties that have been called on them.More sloppy,then sloppy joes.You get the picture.I would also say offense,but I hear Coach Phillips has rejoined TOJO.The best offensive coordinator in NH football,hands down.3 TIMBERLANE,their weakness is also their strengh.1 dimensional,stop lawrence you stop timberlane.Of course it is easier said then done.DOVER,no vertical passing game,dinks and dunks don't scare alot of defenses.KEENE,youth at the qb position.This kid is going to be REAL GOOD,but he is only a sophmore.Still a year away,and their depth is questionable.

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  11. DIVISION 2 PLAYOFF CONTEDER STRENGTHS,WINNIE,a top qb,an offense that can score in bunches.BG,best defense in division2,23 points given up so far.A qb who is as cool as the other side of the pillow under pressure.TIMBERLANE,lawrence,lawrence,lawrence,and his brother isn't to shabby.The hardest hitting defense in d2.DOVER,the 2nd best defense in d2 {3 straight shutouts}and could be the best by the end of the season.FANTASTIC line play on both sides of the ball.KEENE, a great qb to wr combo,2 very young and athletic football players.

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  12. It is even more confusing now as to how Timby only mustered 20 total yards against the worst D in NH football, all divisions. Are D1 and D2 that far apart at this point in the season?

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  13. Prediction:
    D2 will finish the playoff standings as
    1-BG They start to get their injures back tonight
    2-Timberlane - Wow they are getting better with every game
    3-Winni - have been over-rated all season long
    4-Dover - Offense may be pretty but Defense wins games

    This will make for some interesting 1st rounds with a BG-DOVER Rematch and a Winni-Timberlane Rematch

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  14. 6:56 gets points taken away for using a Stuart Scott reference. Talk about someone who's overrated.

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  15. salem poster don't you know ,timby didn't take the game against salem seroius,just like salem didn't take bg seriuos.

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  16. If keene wins any of their last four games will they make play offs? I just cant keep up with how and how is getting to the finals,sory

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  17. Lets not praise Dover too much they still have to win out against Keene and Timby.

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  18. Who better Furey or Lawerence?

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  19. Excellent Win for Timby, Coaching obviously did their homework. WINNY EXPOSED !!! and Overrated. How Union Leader could have them #1 over Pinky, Salem, North, Central is cause for genuine concern over there. Winny not that good been "escaping exposure for weeks. Watch out BG and Winny land here comes Bluecollar Timby and Dover to smash ya in the mouth's with some old school in the trenches man up, Football. gotta luv it !!!!

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  20. Don't forget number 6 for Timberlane helping shut down the Winny defense and making Winny start with poor field position with those tremendous kickoffs. Best kicker in D2 maybe the state!

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  21. 10:39
    I accept that. So in the first half, when Salem didn't care, they scored 21 points, 14 effortless against the best defense in NH. But Timby, after 1 half, when they didn't care, was in Negative Yardage against the worst defense in all of NH, still does not add up. The Timby freshman should have been able to get at least 1 yard.

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  22. 10:58
    Furey,
    He always smoked Salem's D.

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  23. Winnie is definitely overrated. They will not have an easy time rest of the way. BG will come back; Phillips will help organize the offense. He is a smart guy and smart coach.

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  24. coach phillips back for bg will shore up the whole line, which has really been the only real weakness so far. that plus getting players back from injuries and the growing experience for their tons of juniors will take them to the championship. they will get back to form and approach something more like what we saw from them last year. not even close to as good, but they will still be a very good team and start making the big plays of offense that we are used to

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  25. bg had 14 kids out last week,and they didn't use it as an excuse.They use it as an oppurtunity to build depth.How many other teams in the state could lose a dozen plus and still play a competitive game?Watch out d2 they are getting healthier by the week.Gotta love football season

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  26. Losing Trainor seems to be huge now doesn't it. At least when BG lost Kelly they had someone else to go to - even in the Timby game. Face it, BG beat Timby w/o Kelly. Unless either Keene or Winni can win without their prime RB, then given how things are shaping up the loser of the Keene/Winni game may not make playoffs. I know there are those that will point out that Keene beat Merri w/o LaCroix in 2nd half, but let's face it - neither team scored offensively in the 2nd half. Seems to me Trainor was bigger defensively that LaCroix. Even if/when he comes back, cannot be easy to hit a hole or make a tackle soon after a separated shoulder.

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  27. No d2 team should be #1 in the UL Poll. Too much soft serve ice cream being made at the d2 ice cream shop.

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  28. Keene making the playoffs is so unlikely, The have been the bottom of the standing teams and now have to finish out against Dover, BG, Winni, and Timby. Just like Winni had only played bottom ranked teams before Timby, Keene is in for a real surprise.
    I may be so bold as to say, they won't win another game.

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  29. The chase for 1st thru 4th place is on in d2.How exciting is this.Keene is undefeated,yet they are the team alot of people think won't make the tourny.Sunday at Dover is must see,I am a big nfl guy,but I have to go to that game.Keene wins,Dover is out.

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  30. Merrimack could finish 6-3 if they win out, and finish in 6th place.wow

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  31. lawerence is a HUGE asset for timby..they got great blocking up front by the o-line and awesome downfield blocking by the wideouts. timby v. keene, game of the year 10/22!

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  32. let's recap, winnie beat dover,timby beat winnie,bg beat timby,dover beat bg.I get a headache just trying to figure it out.One thing is for sure,division 2 playoffs are not going to be dull this year.

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  33. cuipa could have had sick stats if tojo let him stay in,as it was in a little over 1 quarter of play,2td's passing,1 rushing,and 1 49 yard bomb where fahey got taken out at the 1 yard line.probably 140 yards passing,60 yards rushing.class move by johnson putting in the jv's so early in the second.The nhiaa should have a special meeting to move west down next year,they try but just don't have the horses.

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  34. 55-0 bg,never seen this before,all frosh,and sophs played whole 2nd half for bg,gettin healthy.bg's defense has given up 23 points in 5 division 2 games,that means they are giving up less then 5 points a game.They should do to west what they did to trinity a few years ago and move them down.

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  35. West has only won 1 game. Not much of a test for bg

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  36. 11;14 your right,but winnie qb played whole game against west and spaulding.Cuipa didn't even play against spaulding{he could of},and played a little over 1 quarter against west.

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  37. for the defense wins championships people.BG 4.6 PER GAME,DOVER 8.8,KEENE9.5,WINNIE 15,AND TIMBY 17.for the offense grabs all the headlines people,WINNIE 39 PER GAME,KEENE 33,BG 30,TIMBY 27, AND DOVER 26.Next weeks Battle at the Beach,will feature division 2's highest scoring offense against the stingiest defense.I have to believe home field advantage for the playoffs will be the prize for the winner.

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  38. 5:50 you could be wrong about that...If WInnie wins next week and Timby wins out...Timby will be the 1 seed.

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  39. I think Timby ends up in 2nd any way you look at it and the winner of BG Winni is in 1st - the loser in 3rd.
    Dover probably the 4th place team.

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  40. No, if Winnacunnet beats BG and Timberlane wins out the Owls will be No. 1.

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  41. I was at the Timby/Winni game and have watched Timberlane play 3 times this year. Lawrence should be buying his fullback steak dinners after the games. He's out in front of him on every play smashing anything in front of him. Best blocking back I've seen in a long time.

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  42. Well clearly you never saw Nick Phillips play...

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  43. luopa-boulay= sophmore qb. it showed in the dover game

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