Sunday, September 11, 2011
North Country Report - Week 2
Our northern NH football corespondent, 'DC' is back this week with a report from week 2. He recaps Bow's 24-20 win on Friday night over Stevens, plus a look at who the top teams are in Divisions IV and V.
Bow vs. Stevens - Game Recap
The Bow Falcons are flying high after a big division win in Claremont vs. the Stevens Cardinals. Bow beat a very game Stevens team 34-20. Stevens was playing their first home game of the season without their star Quarterback Logan Batchelder, who broke his leg a week ago in a tough loss at Kearsarge.
Stevens started out full of energy and were very motivated to prove they could win a big game without their star quarterback. They hung close with the score 14-14 mid-way through the 2nd quarter. A big fumble changed the momentum, and Bow put the hammer down and took control of the line of scrimmage and the game from that point.
Anders Hansen (pictured above) of Bow scored on a 45 yard run up the middle giving them a 21-14 lead. Bow scored again before the end of half going into intermission up 28-14. Stevens couldn't get that momentum back and gave up a touchdown on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter. At this point the game was pretty much over. Bow was too tough at the line of scrimmage. Stevens was able to put up one more score with time running out and many many of the Bow starters on the bench.
Bow started last season 0-3. All three games were against playoff teams, including a loss to the eventual Division V state champion Kearsarge Cougars. Bow's 2010 season was just about over with after just 3 weeks. The Falcons knew coming into the preseason that the first 3 games of this season were critical to the success of this year's team. Well, after 2 weeks they are 2-0 with a huge route 89 rivalry game at home against Kearsarge next week!
Division V Outlook
St. Thomas and Bow off to fast starts. St. Thomas looks like the front runner while Bow can be in the same sentence but they still have a lot to prove next week against Kearsarge.
Kearsarge, Somersworth, and Stevens all have playoff potential. Stevens has the toughest road with the loss at QB.
The next group consists of Campbell, Fall Mountain, Windham, and Sanborn. Of this group Campbell has the best shot of breaking through. Sorry Brady it looks like it's going to be a long season.
Division IV Outlook
The biggest surprise in D-IV is last year's champion Lebanon has started the season 0-2 and hasn't been able to get into the end zone in either game. How good was Cody Patch?
The division has taken shape with 5 teams battling for 4 playoff spots. The 'Big 3' at the top is Trinity, Laconia, and Plymouth. Both Trinity and Laconia are huge and powerful and are headed for a big week 3 match up! Plymouth is back as a contender after taking an uncharacteristic year off from a championship run.
Kennett and Monadnock are fighting for the 4th playoff spot. Both teams are dangerous and are capable of knocking off any of the 'Big 3'. The bottom five of Hanover, John Stark, Merrimack Valley, Lebanon, and Kingswood are very evenly matched and should provide for a lot close entertaining games worth the price of admission.