By: Ross Laorenza
Bishop Guertin improved to (2-1) on the season with their 14-12 win at home versus the Keene Blackbirds. BG used a heavy dose of the running game early to slice through the Keene defense. They took their opening drive 73 yards in 10 plays with contributions from juniors Brandon Levesque (#34) and Kelvin Rivera (#23). Quarterback Thomas Hurley evaded a would-be tackle on his way to the endzone for a 6 yard score. However the PAT hit the upright so the lead was only 6-0. And it wouldn't stay that way for long.
On the first play on their next possession Alex Parenteau (#21) rushed the ball 65 yards for a touchdown and the Blackbirds tied it up. Keene bobbled the snap and also missed their point after attempt. With 5:35 remaining in the first quarter we’re all tied at 6 apiece.
After a 55 yard rush from Kelvin Rivera brought them inside the 5, BG scored their second touchdown on a 2 yard plunge from Brandon Levesque. The 2 point conversion was successful. BG leads 14-6. The half would end that way.
After Bishop Guertin went 3-and-out to start the second half Keene would start backed up at their own 7. With a heavy dose of Alex Parenteau the Blackbirds slowly chipped away. Rush for 9 yards, rush for 12 yards, rush for another 10. The drive finally seemed to stall and Keene faced a 4th and 8 from deep inside BG territory. Parenteau looked to be running off the right side again but then flipped the ball back on a reverse to Riley Morris (#16) and he took the ball down to the BG 5 yard line. Two plays later Parenteau dove over the top of the pile and scored his second touchdown of the game. The two point conversion was unsuccessful so the BG lead stayed 14-12.
Fast-forward now to the fourth quarter. Keene has inserted sophomore Hunter Massucco in at quarterback. With 4:42 remaining in the game the Blackbirds tried to mount one final drive. Facing a fourth and 11 they had to go for it and the running game was not as successful as it had been throughout the first three quarters. Massucco dropped back to pass and he is intercepted by Anthony Reale (#35)!
The Cardinals ran the clock down from there after Mike Devereaux picked up a crucial fourth down conversion on the ground. With no timeouts remaining for Keene, Thomas Hurley kneeled the ball from the victory formation and the clock struck zero.
Final score Bishop Guertin: 14, Keene: 12.
From Stellos Stadium in Nashua, New Hampshire. Ross Laorenza: New Hampshire Notebook