Saturday, May 11, 2013

Bedford Football's Rapid Ascent to the Top

Bedford has only had a varsity football program for 4 years, yet a whopping 5 of their former players from the Class of 2013 are headed off to play D-I or D-II college football in the fall. This is a tremendous accomplishment for any program, especially one that is still so new. The first Bulldog to commit was Will McInerney, a 6-foot-7, 275-pound lineman who accepted a scholarship to play at the University of New Hampshire. McInerney was sidelined for the 2012 season with a knee injury, but is certainly one of the state's most feared linemen.

QB James Caparell and WR Brian Collins have grown up playing together with Caparell throwing passes to Collins. They were a lethal combination at Bedford, and now they'll continue playing together at the University of Rhode Island. Caparell was the state's leading passer as a senior in 2012, throwing for 2,265 yards and 25 touchdowns, and Collins was his leading receiver.

David Cannone, who started at fullback and linebacker for Bedford, will be attending and playing football at Bentley University, a Division II program in the Northeast-10 Conference. He has a nose for the ball and always leaves it all out on the field. Cannone will play at Bentley alongside former Bulldog Mike Gardiner, who started at WR and DB at Bedford before moving to Texas for his senior year. Gardiner attended Southlake Carroll in Texas and was their leading receiver.

Bedford made the D-III title game in 2011, with all 5 of these players in the starting lineup. In 2012 they moved up to D-II and made the finals. It is scary to think how good that team would have been if McInerny was healthy and if Gardiner was still at Bedford. It has been a great 2 year run for their program, and you have to give a lot of credit to the kids on the team, as well as head coach Kurt Hines and his staff. The Bulldogs have a strong pipeline of talent coming up the ranks as well, so they will likely continue to be a dominant team, even now that they will be in Division I moving forward.

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