Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bedford Makes Statement, Beats BG

Last weekend the Bedford Bulldogs went on the road to Keene and beat a VERY good Blackbirds team 25-24. At the time it was the biggest win in the program's short history. Well scratch that, because Bedford now has a new biggest win in program history. It came on Saturday night at Stellos Stadium, when Bedford scored their second BIG road win in as many weeks. Led by QB James Caparell on offense and LB David Cannone on defense, the Bulldogs beat the 4-time defending D-II champs Bishop Guertin 27-13.

"It's a tremendous win for us" said Bedford head coach Kurt Hines. "Hopefully this opens some eyes, to keep kids in Bedford instead of paying $12,000 to go to BG."

Caparell threw for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns, and he also rushed for 53 yards and a TD. He was poised in the pocket, and made big play after big play.

"James always had a good arm, but these last 2 weeks he has really been a smart play maker" said Coach Hines. "He is making good decisions, knowing when to throw and when to run."

Bedford was going up against a Bishop Guertin offense that scored a combined 88 points in the last 3 weeks (29.3 points per game). But The Bulldogs really slowed them down, and the Cardinals were never really able to get in a groove offensively. Much of that was due to the strong play of Cannone, who was a force on the defensive side of the football. Cannone had over 10 tackles on the game, delivering punishing hits every time. He just has a nose for the football. You're not going to find many players in the state who play harder.

"David Cannone is a leader in every way said Coach Hines. "He leads our defense and is a vocal leader as well."

In addition to Cannone, also playing well defensively for Bedford was Joe Thibeault, Eric Glassman and Dylan York.

BG scored a touchdown on the last play of the game, as QB Tommy Hurley threw a deep pass that got tipped around and ended up in the hands of Nick Marino who ran in the score for a 42 yard TD reception (Marino also played tough defense on Bedford's top WR Brian Collins). That made the final score 27-13 Bedford. But the outcome of the game had already been decided before that play, so Bedford basically won this game 27-7, which is a very impressive win since BG is a VERY good team.

Caparell completed passes to 5 different receivers. He got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard first, hitting sophomore Mike Vailas with a 22 yard TD pass with 2:25 left in the 1st quarter. That play was set up by a 36 yard run by York on a draw play out of the shotgun. Caparell recovered after getting sacked by BG's Kody Carlson and John Miller just a couple plays earlier.

"I have to give credit to the o-line" said Caparell, who is in his third year as Bedford's starting quarterback. "That was the part of our team a lot of people were doubting going into the season. They're all sophomores and juniors, and they all stepped up tonight."

BG tied it up 7-7 on a 5 yard run by Anthony Reale (who was also an absolute beast at linebacker once again). The score was set up by a 17 yard pass play from Hurley to Blake Boudreau (who was also solid defensively). But that would be the last score BG would have until the last play of the game.

Bedford's next score was the play of the game. They got good field position at the BG 38 following a Guertin punt. Caparell looked to throw deep, and completed a 36 yard TD pass to Nick Vailas (Mike Vailas' cousin). Vailas was covered well on the play, but it was just an outstanding throw by Caparell and a remarkable catch by Vailas.

"They were really keying on Brian, he's one of the best receivers in the state" said Caparell, talking about Brian Collins. "So the other guys had single coverage. On the second touchdown the receivers also did a good job blocking."

That play gave Bedford the momentum, they carried into the 2nd half. Then they got rushing TD's from Caparell and Cannone, making it 27-7 Bedford. They held on from there for the win.

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