By: Ross Laorenza
The Pelham Pythons put on an impressive performance on the road at Campbell Friday night. They are definitely a force to be reckoned with in Division-III. Joe Slattery and Chris Medeiros led the way on offense for the Pythons. On their first possession of the game the drove 67 yards in 12 plays on a drive that was capped by a 20 yard rushing touchdown by Medeiros.
Campbell would respond with an opening scoring drive of their own, aided by a pass interference call against Pelham that kept the drive alive. Kevin Moreau caught a swing pass from Christian McKenna and scored from 34 yards out. With 6:45 left in the first quarter the game is tied 7-7.
Both teams would punt on their next possession. Chris Medeiros returned the Campbell kick all the way down to the 34 yard line. On the next play from scrimmage Slattery rushed for an amazing 34 yard touchdown, breaking free of several tacklers. PAT was good. Pelham leads 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Another big punt return set up Pelham with great field position early in the second quarter. This time it was Zach Conway with the return. Conway was rewarded for his efforts three plays later when he caught a 10 yard touchdown pass from Slattery. Pelham was starting to pull away.
Campbell fumbled on the first play of their ensuing possession, giving the Pythons excellent starting field position. Three plays later, Chris Medeiros scored his second rushing touchdown of the game, this one from 9 yards out. PAT was good. Pythons lead the Cougars 28-7.
Turnovers were an issue in this game for Campbell. Christian McKenna was leading the Cougars on a great drive deep inside Pelham territory. Facing first and goal at the four, he was picked off and Conway returned the interception 96 yards for a touchdown. Conway read the quarterbacks eyes and undercut the route along the near sideline for a spectacular play. Heading into the half the score is Pelham: 35, Campbell: 7.
Campbell opened up the second half with a 10 play drive the brought the ball inside the Pelham 15, but on forth and 1 McKenna pass fell incomplete and they turned the ball over on downs. However, their defense made a huge strip on the next play and Campbell regained possession. McKenna connected with Kyle Kopaczynski for a 7 yard touchdown pass. PAT was no good. Campbell now trailed 35-13.
Pelham would fumble again on the ensuing drive giving Campbell a chance to cut the lead to 15, but a sack on third down and a penalty on fourth down had the Cougars facing fourth and 20. McKenna hit Kopaczynski along the near sideline but he was stopped short and Pelham took over at midfield.
Facing a third and four Joe Slattery loaded up the deep ball and connected with Zach Conway for a 44 yard pitch and catch for the touchdown. The third quarter would end that way with the score Pelham: 42, Campbell: 13.
Pelham would tack on another touchdown with 4:42 left in the game as some reserve players got into the action. Trevor Gagnon saw some playing time at quarterback, handing the ball to Tyler Kosik for the score. As the clock slowly ticked towards zero it was clear the Pythons would be victorious. Final score Pelham: 48, Campbell, 13.
From Litchfield, New Hampshire. Ross Laorenza: New Hampshire Notebook