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Goffstown's Ryan Pinard tackles Londonderry's Evan Sullivan during Saturday's game. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

NHIAA Football Roundup: Londonderry gridders move to 2-0 with victory against Goffstown

GOFFSTOWN - Following Saturday afternoon's 36-34 victory over Goffstown, Londonderry High School's Jon Rich found himself in a somewhat unfamiliar position: head coach of a team that is 2-0.

"Lots of room for improvement, but we'll take the W," Rich said. "We haven't been 2-0 in a few years, so we'll take it."

Goffstown had a 20-16 lead at halftime, but was playing from behind for much of the final two quarters.Londonderry took the lead for good on Dennis Bishop's 3-yard run with 1:44 left in the third quarter. Bishop also scored on a 6-yard run that helped the Lancers increase their lead to 36-27 with 2:51 to play.

Bishop, a junior, finished the game with 78 yards on 16 carries.

"He's an adopted kid and he's a fighter," Rich said. "Him and Jon (Young) have been switching and getting reps. Two good tailbacks like that - it's a great problem to have. And when he's out there he's a home run threat, which is a big help for us."

Goffstown kept counter-puching. The Grizzlies cut their deficit to two points when quarterback Casey Gervais connected with Christian Marquis for a 10-yard TD pass and Tanner Putnam added the point-after kick with 1:07 to play, but Londonderry recovered the ensuing onside kick and was able to run out the clock.

"We couldn't stop them from scoring in the second half and that was the difference," Goffstown coach Justin Hufft said. "We started the third quarter OK, but then they just kept scoring every drive. We were just a play away.

"I thought the kids played real hard. I was real pleased with how they fought."

The victory raised Londonderry's Division I record to 2-0. Goffstown, which was coming off a 47-20 loss to Merrimack, slipped to 0-2.

Goffstown quarterback Casey Gervais completed 19 of 33 pass attempts for 237 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on a 2-yard run with 5:01 to play.

Goffstown's Connor Bourque had six receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown (46 yards). Gervais also tossed a 7-yard TD pass to Paul Teixeira. Bourque scored Goffstown's other TD on a 13-yard run.

Eric Fairweather was Londonderry's busiest player. Fairweather rushed for 147 yards and a TD on 10 carries, had three receptions for 77 yards and a TD and led the Lancers in tackles with seven.

Londonderry also received a 65-yard touchdown run from quarterback Aaron Gaudet, and a 27-yard field goal by Justin Olin.

Londonderry will attempt to improve its record when it faces unbeaten Bedford (2-0) at home Friday night.

"We have a lot of things to fix, but we were able to finish out the ballgame," Rich said. "Bedford being a real good spread football team, we'll have to be a lot better than we were today."

Division I

Exeter 13, Keene 3: Jay Inzenga and Ryan Kelly scored rushing touchdowns to lead Exeter (2-0) on the road. Keene dropped to 1-1.

Division II

John Stark 14, Pembroke 13 : Pembroke scored a touchdown in the final 5:00 of the fourth quarter, but an aggressive two-point conversion try for the go-ahead points was fumbled abd visiting John Stark of Weare held on to win.

"We felt like 'you know what? We believe in the kids,'" Pembroke head coach Brian Gridley said of trying for two. "We had momenetum on our side, so let's go for two."

Carson Dunn scored both touchdowns on the ground for Stark (1-1) and freshman Jack Glew connected on both PAT kicks.

"It was a gritty, tough football game," said Stark head coach Jim O'Rourke. "It was back and forth, bend but dont break. It was a lot of fun."

Vinny Dustin scored the late touchdown for Pembroke (1-1). Zach Wiggin had the other score for the Spartans as the game was tied 7-7 at the half.

Sanborn 21, Hollis/Brookline 7: The game was tied 7-7 in the second quarter but touchdowns from Mike Rich and Kyle Olsen put Sanborn (1-1) on top to stay.

John Morris threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Morton to give Sanborn a 7-0 lead. Matt Ferenczhalmy scored for Hollis/Brookline (0-2).

St. Thomas 39, Kennett 12: Sophomore quarterback Trevor Martin completed 15 of 25 passes for 22 yards and five touchdowns to help St. Thomas improve its record to 2-0. The Saints, who scored on the game's first two plays from scrimmage, led 12-0 after one quarter, 26-6 at halftime and 32-12 entering the fourth.

"It was a big improvement from last week," St. Thomas coach Eric Cumba said. "We got a lot better in the passing game."

Ryan Mitchell had five catches for 108 yards and two TDs for the Saints. Kennett fell to 1-1.

Division III

Mascoma 50, Inter-Lakes 24 : Four players scored for Mascoma, which rebounded from last weekend's loss to Winnisquam and evened its record at 1-1. Andrew Cash returned a punt 40 yards for a TD for the Royals, who led 36-7 at halftime. Inter-Lakes dropped to 1-1.

"In retrospect I think that Winnisquam loss helped us," Mascoma coach Ray Kershaw said. "I think we had a lot of guys thinking it was still last year (when Mascoma reached the Division VI championship game). It was a lot better today. Everybody stepped up."

Newfound 28, Epping/Newmarket: Newfound trailed 26-22 until quarterback Jared Dearborn scored on a 60-yard run with 59 seconds to play. Dearborn had two touchdown runs and passed for a TD to help Newfound improve its record to 1-1.

An Alex Santos TD gave Epping/Newmarket at 26-22 lead with 8:43 to play. Joe Leclerc gained 192 yards on 27 carried for Epping/Newmarket.

Gilford 44, Winnisquam 21: Gilford led by 37 points entering the fourth quarter, and raised its record to 1-1. Winnisquam is also 1-1.

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