Saturday, October 8, 2011
Jaguars Top Hilltoppers, Make Statement Win in D-V
Normally when two teams in the same division who are both 4-1 meet you can expect a pretty close game. That is not what happened on Saturday afternoon at the beautiful new Windham High School.
On homecoming for Windham on a nice, sunny day the Jaguars dominated Somersworth in all 3 phases of the game, winning 40-12 to improve to 5-1 in just the program's second varsity season.
Windham recovered 2 onside kicks in the 1st quarter, and with their explosive offense they took a 14-0 lead before Somersworth's offense ever took the field.
On the game's opening kickoff, Windham recovered an onside kick. Then less than a minute and a half into the game Kenny Padin ran it in 23 yards for the score. Then Windham went for another onside kick, and again they recovered it. Just a few plays later QB Joe Lorenz hit CJ Diprima with a 31 yard touchdown pass and jsut like that it was 14-0 with 7:53 left in the 1st quarter.
"We've been putting in some different things and putting a focus on special teams" said Windham head coach Bill Raycraft. "Ben Shipman is a good kicker and put the ball where we needed it."
Then Casey Soucie (who ran for 96 yards on just 7 carries) ran in a touchdown for Somersworth from 12 yards out to make it 14-6 Windham.
From there however it was back to Windham domination. The Jaguars really did a nice job of mixing the run and the pass effectively. They have tough runners inside and good speed on the outside. Lorenz ended up with 173 yards and 2 TD's on 9/13 passing. Padin had 69 receiving yards and 59 rushing yards (for 128 total yards), Scott Priestly had 118 rushing yards and 2 TD's on 11 carries. And Windham would score the game's next 20 points to go up 34-6 with 10:27 left in the 3rd quarter.
Playing well defensively for the Jaguars was Danny Cannone (who also caught a 53 yard TD pass), Artem Aristov, Joe Frake and Dylan Swiderski.
When Lorenz hit Cannone for the 53 yard TD, fans of NH football were probably thinking to themselves, "Hey why do those 2 names sound so familiar?" Well, it's because their older brother played for Salem just last season. It was 2 years ago when Matt Cannone completed a bomb down field to Mike Lorenz, for the game-winning TD in the D-I title game vs. Nashua North. Now 2 years later their younger brothers are playing for Windham (back then all of the Windham kids attended Salem High) and now making plays for the Jaguars. Only difference is now it's the opposite, now it's Lorenz at QB and a Cannone at TE instead of the other way around! Even more ironic is that both Danny Cannone and Joey Lorenz also play basketball for Windham High, just like their older brothers also played basketball at Salem in addition to football.
"We joke about that all the time" said Joe Lorenz following his big performance in the win over Somersworth on Saturday. "So it's always fun when we're able to make those plays happen."
It was a very impressive performance by Windham, and in just their second year as a varsity program they have to be considered a contender in Division V. Most people are saying St. Thomas is the hands down favorite to win the division, but they just barely beat Somersworth while Windham crushed the Hilltoppers.