How sweet it must feel right now for the Portsmouth High football team. For each of the past 3 years they have lost to Souhegan in the Division III championship game. But tonight they got their revenge.
Quarterback Bill Hartmann threw for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns, Jack Mackey made 2 interceptions and 8 tackles on defense and caught 5 passes on offense. And Portsmouth defeated Souhegan 22-15 on Friday night in Amherst.
Souhegan turned the ball over 7 times, including 6 times in the 1st half. Both teams had a lot of turnovers and a lot of penalties. The Clippers defensive line (led by Rick Holt, Sean Miller and Kurtis Leonard) caused havoc all game, and Mackey, Matt Feeney, Donovan Phanor and Anthony Kurylak were also productive defensively for Portsmouth.
"In the 1st half we played one of the most disappointing halves of football in the last 10 years here" lamented Souhegan head coach Mike Beliveau. "I was disappointed with all the turnovers, it needs to be fixed. But our kids refused to quit and I'm proud of that."
Souhegan got 105 total yards and a touchdown from senior Chris Chininis, who was also strong defensively. Chininis got the Sabers on the board early when he caught a screen pass and ran it 74 yards for the score. Portsmouth led 8-6 at the time. Also playing well defensively for the Sabers was defensive back Keddy Bautista who had 2 of the team;s 3 interceptions.
Portsmouth meanwhile got 96 receiving yards from Kyle DiCesare and 81 rushing yards from Billy Lane.
It was 22-6 Portsmouth at halftime, although both teams had chances to score deep inside their opponent's end but couldn't cash in.