NHIAA Football: Bedford mauls ConcordBy ALEX HALL
New Hampshire Union Leader
September 08. 2018 12:09AM
BEDFORD — The Bedford High School football team never allowed Concord the opportunity to make a game of their meeting Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
Bedford shut out the Crimson Tide in the first half on its way to a 44-3 triumph in its home-opener.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 2 in this week’s Union Leader Power Poll, scored on four of their first five possessions and held Concord to 33 yards of offense over the opening 24 minutes to take a 24-0 lead into halftime.
Concord got on the board with 44.1 seconds remaining when Nathan Vandersea made a 33-yard field goal.
Bedford’s first and only punt came with 6:31 remaining in the third quarter.
“We just got physically outmatched and overwhelmed by their size, strength, speed — every facet of the game,” Concord coach Eric Brown said of the Bulldogs. “They’re bigger, faster, stronger, better.”
Bedford (2-0) sacked Concord quarterback Zach Miles four times, blocked a Crimson Tide punt, logged an interception and forced Concord to go three-and-out four times. Concord (1-1) recorded fewer than 150 yards of offense and reached the red zone twice.
“I know we have a good, physical, defensive group,” Bedford coach Derek Stank said. “I think we’re a little shy in some positions and some areas but I know our defense — they’re big, they’re strong, they’re fast.”
Stank said part of the Bulldogs’ strategy against Concord was to contain Miles, who went 6 of 11 passing for 49 yards.
“That’s the type of athlete that honestly can take down a whole team so that was a big part of our game plan was to try to immobilize him and our (defensive) ends did a great job on the edge,” Stank said.
Ryan Toscano capped Bedford’s eight-play, 60-yard opening drive with a 15-yard touchdown run. The senior also ran in a TD from four yards out with 1:37 left in the opening quarter to build a 21-0 Bulldogs advantage. Bedford also received a 1-yard touchdown run from Thomas Morgan via a quarterback sneak and a 25-yard field goal from Madison Lucontoni in the first half.
Morgan (13 of 22 passing, 133 yards) connected with Ryan Donahue for a 10-yard TD pass and ran in another 1-yard score in the second half. Toscano (13 carries, 130 yards) recorded his third touchdown run from 13 yards out with 9:57 remaining in the third quarter to build a 31-0 Bedford cushion.
“Ryan was a great running back last year. He’s a better running back this year,” Stank said.
In addition to her field goal, Lucontoni converted six of her seven PAT kicks. Bedford senior Lucien Mumpini had three receptions for 24 yards and also recorded an interception. Christian Bourgeois logged two sacks for the Bulldogs.
Isaac Gladey led Concord in rushing with 39 yards on 11 carries. “I think that’s one of the best if not the best team in the state,” Brown said of Bedford. “I haven’t seen a lot of the others but they’re pretty good.”