By: Ross Laorenza
It was opening night at Stellos Stadium for the Bishop Guertin Cardinals as the Winnacunnet Warriors came to town. The Warriors spoiled the BG home opener with a 23-22 win.
After senior QB Tom Hurley lead BG down for a field goal on their opening drive it was Winnacunnet’s turn on offense. Senior Inghao Veasna showed off some impressive arm strength by completing a 37 yard pass to Alec Boucher, putting the Warriors in the red zone. Five plays later Jon Flagg found the endzone on a two yard run. PAT no good. Winnacunnet leads 6-3.
Kelvin Rivera started the second quarter with a bang as he rushed 77 yards for a TD pulling BG ahead 10-6.
Winnacunnet countered with a 12 play 80 yard drive that ended with Jon Flagg’s second rushing TD of the game. With 5:52 remaining in the half Warriors: 13, Cardinals: 10.
On the next possession Tom Hurley threw a quick pass down the near sideline for what looked to be good to a first down, but Mike Devereaux broke free of a would be tackler and ran the rest of the way for an 83 yard TD. He should amazing effort and refused to go down. PAT no good. Cardinals lead 16-13.
Aided by two pass interference calls Winnacunnet was able to drive down for a tying field goal and the half ended 16-16.
The option pitch was a crucial part of the Winnacunnet offense throughout the game. Clint Felch and Jon Flagg gashed the BG defense continually in the second half. Veasna and Boucher hooked up again for another deep passing play. This one totaled 57 yards. With just over seven minutes to play in the third Boucher caught a 12 yard strike to put the Warriors up 23-16.
The Cardinals drove 70 yards on their next possession converting two fourth down plays with runs by Tom Hurley and Jackson Housman. Mike Devereuax rushed from 20 yards out for what appeared to be the game tying score, but BG missed the extra point. Winnacunnet still leads 23-22.
BG had two chances late in the game to take the lead. With 3:25 left in regulation they had the ball at the 12 yard line, but fumbled the snap and turn the ball over to Winnacunnet. They got the ball back with under a minute to play. On fourth and ten Chris Fox lined up for the winning field goal, the kick was straight enough but didn’t have enough distance and fell just short of the goal post as time expired.
Final score Winnacunnet: 23, Bishop Guertin: 22.
From Stellos Stadium in Nashua, New Hampshire. Ross Laorenza: New Hampshire Notebook