By: Ross Laorenza
The Bedford Bulldogs started off their 2013 season with a 14-12 win over a strong Pinkerton Astros team. Senior QB Daniel Colella looked great in the game. He made plays through the air as well as with his feet.
After a scoreless first quarter Pinkerton struck first with a 45 yard rushing touchdown from Captain Manny Latimore. However the Astros missed the PAT making the score 6-0 with 11:46 left in the half.
On the ensuing possession Colella lead the Bulldogs on an 8 play 64 yard drive that included excellent passes to Nick Vailas and Nate Jaegar. The senior QB capped the drive with an 18 yard rushing touchdown, PAT good. Bedford leads 7-6 with 7:47 remaining in the half.
With time running down in the half Bedford was driving again. Having missed two field goal attempts already they opted to take one last shot at the end zone with only seconds left on the clock. Colella dropped back to pass but was sacked by Noah Robinson as time expired. At the half Bedford: 7, Pinkerton: 6.
Pinkerton started the second half with a heavy dose of Manny Latimore. With 9:10 left in the third quarter Latimore rushed off left tackle for 15 yard ending just short of the goal line. Three plays later Matthew Madden scored on a fullback dive up the gut. The Astros tried for a 2-point conversion, but were unsuccessful. Score now 12-7 Pinkerton with 6:55 left in the third.
The scoring would stay that way until Colella connected with Nick Vailas for a 25 yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth. PAT good. Bedford regains the lead 14-12.
Turnovers plagued Pinkerton in the second half. Junior QB Jacob Froehlich fumbled after a solid hit by one of Bedford’s linebackers to stall a drive in the fourth. After a turnover on downs with just over two minutes remaining Pinkerton had one last chance to win the game, but Froehlich was intercepted by Nate Jaeger on the far side line. With no more timeouts remaining for the Astros, Bedford ran the ball three times to end the game. Final score Bedford: 14, Pinkerton: 12.
From Bedford High School. Ross Laorenza: New Hampshire Notebook.