After Keene's 20-7 win over Bishop Guertin on Saturday night it is obvious why they the Blackbirds lost that shocker to Manchester West last weekend - so they could get a full two weeks to prepare for the BG game.
The BG game is the game that Keene gets up for the most every year. When the schedule first comes out they rush over and circle this game on their calendars. Not only were the Blackbirds looking past West and ahead to the BG game, but they also had a letdown coming off the high of their 20-7 (does that score sound familiar?) win over then #1 ranked Winnacunnet.
With that being said, it was a very impressive performance on Saturday night from coach John Luopa's team. They looked excellent on both sides of the football. On offense senior QB Lucas Luopa (Coach Luopa's son) made TD passes of 38 and 37 yards, Alex Parenteau (63 yards rushing) ran over people and Matt Delvecchio, Tom Galanes and Alex Austin also made big plays.
However it was the Keene defense that was even better than their offense. The story on defense for the Blackbirds was their dynamic duo of DL Jimmy Heaney and LB Hunter Wilkinson. These guys were absolute monsters out there, making sacks, forcing fumbles and tackles in the backfield. Heaney in particular had a terrific game, flying all around the field making plays.
DL Nathan Rickson and LB Aaron Jahos also played well on 'D' for Keene. The scary thing is all four of these guys are only juniors! Galanes and Parenteau are also tough defenders are only juniors as well. Keene has one of the top defenses in the state this year, and they will be even better next year.
Bishop Guertin meanwhile could never seem to get in a groove in this game. Their lone score came on a 20 yard TD run by CJ Boykin. It was a great run by Boykin (78 yards), who also got some solid blocks on the play. And Nick Marino also made some tough runs, finishing with 74 yards. And Anthony Reale, John Miller, Chris Bury and Jake Fagan all made some nice plays on defense, as well as Stavros Anagnost who had an interception.
But overall Keene was just the better football team. They made more plays, especially down the stretch. Galanes made a ver determined run for a 13 yard TD to put Keene on top. Then after Luopa hit Parenteau for the 2 point conversion it was 14-7 with 7:41 left in the 2nd quarter.
There was only one score during the whole 2nd half, and it was Luopa hitting Delvecchio from 38 yards out to make it 20-7. Delvecchio made a great diving catch on the play. A BG fumble gave Keene the ball on the 38 yard line, setting up the score. Luopa's first TD pass went to Austin, who was wide open in the end zone.