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Golden Eagles top Mascoma 53-14

The Gilford High School football team knocked off Mascoma 53-14 on Saturday for their third win of the season.

Senior Dave Macdonald got the Golden Eagles on the board in the first quarter, capping a six play drive by plunging in from the 3 yard line. Senior Max Troiano set up the score with a 36 yrd run on a second and 18 after Junior Carter Mercer had been sacked on the previous play. On the second drive, Mercer connected with Senior Kyle Gaudet twice, with the second one being a 32 yd touchdown

The third scoring drive in the first quarter had Mercer connecting twice with Troiano, first for a 44 yarder followed on the next play by a 12 yard TD strike.

Mascoma scored first in the second quarter on a 95 yard run.

Gilford, facing 4th and 6 from their own 26, scored in the second quarter on a 74 yd pass play from Mercer to Gaudet.

Gilford's second score was set up by both of Dom Troiano's two interceptions. His first came at the Mascoma Valley's 19 yd line. two plays later, his brother Max fumbled resulting in Mascoma recovering. Two plays later, Dom caught his second INT on Mascoma's 14 yd line. On the next play, Max caught a pass from Mercer for the TD.

The Golden Eagle offense continued pace in the third quarter. Mercer connected with Gaudet for a 48 yd touchdown to cap a 67 yard, four play drive.

Mascoma answered with a 53 yard touchdown run.

Gilford was quick to return to the Mascoma end zone, though. After a 60 yd kickoff return by Senior Tommy Hart, Mercer hit Braedon Lacroix on the first play for a 10 yd touchdown pass.

Max Troiano capped off the Gilford scoring with a 12 yard run on a drive started after Kyle Gaudet forced a Mascoma fumble on Gilford's 35 yd line.

Gilford went to ball control mode in the fourth quarter and ran off more than 8 minutes of clock before Mascoma took over on their own 4 yard line.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 07:38

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Football round-up: Sachems earn rare win against Bobcats

"Success against Plymouth has been very far and few between," said head coach Craig Kozens about the 28-17 Sachems overtime victory against the Bobcats on Friday night at Fitzgerald Field in Laconia. Laconia stopped the Bobcats on a two-point conversion that would have won the game for Plymouth.. The Sachems improve to 4-1 on the season.
Down 7-0 heading into the second half, quarterback Matt Swormstedt took matters into his own hands on a QB draw that resulted in a 49 yard game tying TD. Swormstedt ended the game with a pair of rushing scores and 144 yards on the ground.
The Sachems, leading 21-14, turned the ball over with 3:30 minutes reaming in the fourth. Plymouth tied the contest two minutes later to force overtime.
The Bobcats won the coin toss in OT and chose to start on defense. Laconia scored on the third play of the drive and elected to kick the extra point. Plymouth also needed just three plays to score but decided to go for the win with a two-point play. The Bobcats handed the ball to running back Justin Robinson who came around the tackle and was met by sophomore Jacob Filgate short of the goal line.
"We did not match up well with them. Their strengths were our weaknesses," said Kozens. "Our kids wanted this one. They have worked hard to get to this point. They deserved it."
The Sachems head to Penacook to take on Merrimack Valley on Friday night. The Pride (3-2) had a week off to prepare for the Sachems. "We have our hands full with Merrimack Valley. They have a ton of talent that can score quickly and swarm defensively" added Kozens. "They pose yet another tough match up. I tell you, there is absolutely no letup in our schedule. Hopefully we can improve week to week and meet the challenges we face."
Winnisquam fell short to Somersworth 54-48. Bear running back Christian Serrano tied things at 48 with 1:40 remaining. Serrano had 83 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon. Somersworth scored three plays later on a 45 yard run from Elyjah Dejoie. The senior running back had seven touchdowns and 355 yard running for the Hilltoppers. The Bears had one final drive that ended on an interception. The Bears (3-2) will look to end a two game skid at Epping-Newmarket (2-3) on Saturday. Winnisquam needs a win to stay in contention for a playoff bid.
Gilford rolled over Mascoma Valley 53-14. Quarterback Carter Mercer threw for 338 yards and six touchdowns in three quarters in the win. The second place Golden Eagles (3-1) host Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough Saturday afternoon.
The Lakers got by Stevens 28-22 at home on Saturday. Inter-Lakes (3-2) is holding on to the fourth and final playoff spot in the DIII North Conference standings.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 07:26

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Inter-Lakes volleyball improves to 8-4

The Inter-Lakes High School Varsity volleyball team improved to 8-4 with a solid win against Trinity High School in Manchester on Wednesday night, 3-1 (25-10, 23-25, 25-13, 25-15). Sophomore middle hitter Amanda Kurowski led the way for the Lakers with 13 kills, 12 service points and four blocks. Senior captain Kaila Martin registered 12 service points and six kills. Sophomore setter Rebecca Otis notched 27 assists, 13 points and two kills in good all-around performance. Also contributing were Jordan Durand (11 points, seven digs), Maegan Bunnell (eight points, five kills), Ella Flanders (six digs, exceptional defense) and Terri Folsom (100 percent serving, three kills, two blocks). The Lakers head to Division III leading Nute High School next Wednesday night, with the varsity match scheduled for 6 p.m. in Milton.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:12

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'Dig Pink' game nets win for Gilford, $1,070 for cancer research

The Gilford Volleyball team held their "Dig Pink" game on Wednesday and raised $1,070.37 for breast cancer research. With pink uniforms the Gilford volleyball team beat Hanover in 3 games 25-21, 25-10 and 25-13. The Gilford team combined for 96 percent serving, 38 kills (32 assists by setter Shannon Mercer), 5 aces and 3 blocks in route to improving their record to 8-3 in DII.

In game one Hanover jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead before Gilford quickly tied the score behind Jordan Dean's kill spike for point 2 and block for point 4. The Gilford offense combined for 14 kills in game one. Dean put down 7 kills while teammates Maddie Harris, Brooke Beaudet and Stevie Orton put down 2 kills apiece and setter Shannon Mercer added one kill tip. Libero Jess Freeman served up 2 aces. The game remained close and Gilford could not get more than a 3 point lead until the score was 21-18 and Maddie Harris put down a kill for point 22 giving Gilford a 4 point lead. Hanover clawed back with solid defense to bring the game within 1 point 22-21. Then Gilford scored 3 unanswered points when Stevie Orton put down a kill for point 23 and Jordan Dean put down a kill for game point.

In game 2 freshman outside hitter Brooke Beaudet caught on fire and had 5 kills for points 4, 7, 10, 11 and 15. Maddie Harris and Jordan Dean added 3 kills apiece and Stevie Orton chipped in with one. Harris added 2 aces for points 17 and 18 and Jess Freeman had an ace for point 3.

In game three Gilford used 15 kills for the 25-13 win. Leading the offense in the 3rd game was Brooke Beaudet with 5 kills for points 9, 12, 14, 15 and 17 and Maddie Harris with 5 kills for point 6,7,8, 23 and 24. Teammate Jordan Dean had 3 kills for point 1, 8 and 25 while Stevie Orton had 2 kills for points 16 and 18.

Gilford's next game is home on Friday against Kingswood.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 07:49

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