Formidable Bow team stands between I-L-M football and the final game

MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes-Moultonboro Lakers head to Bow on Saturday for the semi-final round of the NHIAA Division III tournament. If the Lakers are to advance to the title match, they'll have to pull off an upset against the strongly favored Falcons. Saturday's meeting will be the second of the season for the two teams. Bow traveled to Meredith a little over a month ago and walked away with a decisive win 33-0.

Bow's route to the semi-finals was secured last weekend by ending the top-seeded Pelham Pythons' perfect season last weekend 18-6. The Falcons ended the season with a 7-1 record – the only loss coming against Pelham in the season opener. Bow's offense tallied at least 28 points per game, excluding the pair of matchups versus Pelham. The defense posted three shutouts and held three other teams to 14 points or less.

The Lakers finished last season 1-7 under first year head coach Jon Francis. This season the Lakers improved to the .500 mark. The 4-4 record was good enough for second place in the Lakes Conference, beating out Winnisquam (4-4) by winning the head to head match up. The second place slot earned the Lakers the right to visit the Gilford Golden Eagles (6-2) last weekend. Like the Falcons, Inter-lakes also avenged an earlier loss when Gilford prevailed 31-20 during the regular season. The Lakers took advantage of six Gilford turnovers to down the Golden Eagles 27-14 in the quarter-finals and punch a ticket to the semi's.

The semi-final match will be held at Bow High School at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The second Semi-final match up will pit 4-4 Epping-Newmarket versus 6-2 Stevens. The winners will meet a week from Saturday at the top seed's home field.