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Bow blasts Lakers out of NHIAA tournament

BOW — Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough was no match for the top seeded Bow Falcons Saturday afternoon, losing 42-0 in the NHIAA Division III semi-final round. Bow's defense held the Lakers to 111 yards of offense. The Falcons' defense primed their offense, as eight of Bow's 11 offensive series started on the Lakers' side of the 50 yard line.

"The final score of this is, is the final score of this game. It doesn't represent the overall season," said Lakers coach Jon Francis. "It was a great turnaround from a 1-7 season last year. We had incredible senior leadership this year. We were able to get into some winning ways and make it to the playoffs."

Bow controlled field position all day. The Falcons' second possession began at the Inter-Lakes 45 yard line. Three plays later Bow was on the board with an eight yard touchdown run by Matt Ehrenberg. Ehrenberg had four scores on 17 carries for 72 yards. On the ensuing kickoff Bow placed the kick between two Laker returners and recovered the ball for an onside kick and possession on the Inter-Lakes 25 yard line. On third and eight Bow quarterback Derek Polish hooked up with wide Travis Reynolds who was knocked out of bounds at the one. Ehrenberg walked in untouched two plays later for his second score of the afternoon.

At the start of the second half Bow, with a 28-0 lead, began to utilize the opportunity to give younger athletes a chance to play in the first playoff game hosted on the Falcons' home turf. Bow scored two more times in the fourth quarter, ending the game with running time for the last eight minutes.

Bow will host Stevens for the NHIAA Division III Finals on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 08:16

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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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:00

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Pee Wee Lakers knock in 6 against Dover

The Lakers Pee Wee I team, sponsored by Fay's Boat Yard, had a great weekend of hockey. Sunday's late afternoon game was against the Dover Stars Pee Wee team. The Lakers came out strong in the 1st period scoring just 13 seconds into the game. Trevor Gallagher put one in the back of the net from a pass from Blake Dunlap. Just about a minute later, Brendan Hanaway scored with a well-timed pass from Cole Reid. The Stars brought pressure to the Lakers end and if it wasn't for the work of one of the Laker goalies, Jacob Maheux, they would have scored. Cole Reid again rushed the puck down the middle of the 1st period making the score 3-0, Lakers with 5 minutes to go in the 1st. The Dover Stars finally came back and put one in. Laker Trent Fountain wouldn't let the period end without a great pass to Blake Dunlap, making a nice tip in the net. The score was 4-1, Lakers, at end of the 1st. Patrick Mohan had some great back-checks on defense and managed to clear the puck out of the Laker zone. Likewise, tag team Camille Pollak and Nate McCarvill worked together to force the Dover Stars out of Laker Territory. Colin McGreevy took over goalkeeping duties during halftime of the 2nd period and also made some head-turning saves. As the puck was cleared from the zone, Lakers Brendan Hanaway, passing to Cole Reid got another one past the Dover goalie, making the score now 5-1. Will Roberge flew the puck up the ice and took a serious shot on net but the Stars goalie jumped on it. Carter Rumney also saw the chance to sneak one past the Dover goalie but the goalie again made the save. Trevor Gallagher popped one in off a great pass from Trent Fountain, making the final score 6-1, Lakers prevail. The team missed injured player Ed Demers and absent player Nate Cammack and looks forward to their quick return.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 08:43

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Costly turnovers allow Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough to pass by Gilford en route to semi-finals

GILFORD — The Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough Lakers have advanced to the semi-final round of the NHIAA's Division III football tournament after beating Gilford 27-14 on the road on Saturday. The Lakers forced six turnovers to win the North Conference title and advance to the final four. Four of the six Eagle turnovers resulted in Lakers touchdowns. Two of Gilford's drives ended fumbles inside the Lakers five yard line. "Those two turnovers on the goal line getting ready to go in to score, They are killers," said Gilford head coach Chris Marden.

The Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough offense did not squander the opportunities their defense awarded them in the first half. Gilford's first two drives resulted in turnovers and Lakers scores. "We worked hard all week. Defensively we had these kids under the lights from four to seven at Prescott Park just grinding it out in the dark and working on defensive schemes and it paid off," stated Jon Francis, Lakers head coach.

The Golden Eagles first drive ended abruptly on an interception by Laker defensive back Malik Carter, who returned to Gilford's 26 yard line. The Lakers offense ran three plays before fullback Nick Hurd bulldozed his way up the middle for a nine yard scoring run. The next Gilford drive moved down the field with ease and looked as though they had brushed off the previous turnover. Until a Gilford running back tried to punch it in from the two yard line and was stripped by Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough linebacker Derek Rossetti. The Lakers recovered the fumble and quickly increased the lead to 13 on an 81 yard run down the Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough sideline by Devante Carter. Carter lead the Lakers attack with 125 yards on 19 carries. Gilford cut the lead to six with three minutes remaining in the half on a Max Troiano 17 yard touchdown. Troiano had 144 yards on 24 touches.

The Golden Eagles began the second half benefiting on the only mishap by the Lakers when quarterback Joshua Blundo tossed an interception to Kyle Gaudet, who sprinted 45 yards for a 14-13 Gilford lead. Both teams traded punts before Gilford's Jack Athanas tried to thread the needle, but paid the price when a Lakers defensive back jumped the route and went 89 yards for the final lead change of the game. Inter-Lakes punched in a one yard Nick Brothers run for some insurance late in the fourth to secure the victory.

Gilford coach Marden commented on the season: "I told the guys after the game that I couldn't be more proud of them from where they came from last year. Coming from 1-8 last year to regular season champions. Those kids gave everything they had this year and it showed. To make such a turn around like that, it reflects upon their character. They are a great group of guys and I could not be more proud of them."

Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 08:38

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