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NHIAA Football: Bow ousts another Division II unbeaten

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 12. 2017 3:12AM


HANOVER - For the second straight weekend, the Bow High School football team eliminated an undefeated squad in the Division II playoffs.

The Falcons won the battle in the trenches to earn a 19-7 road victory over Hanover in the D-II semifinals.

No. 8 seeded Bow served top-seeded Windham its first loss last weekend.

The Falcons (8-2) will face another unbeaten foe in No. 2 seeded and defending champion Plymouth in the D-II state title game next Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the University of New Hampshire. The contest will be a rematch of last year's championship game.

"Really, last week was the acid test," Bow coach Paul Cohen said. "I truly felt if we beat Windham, no one would stand in our way to get to UNH and this was another stepping stone today."

Fourth-seeded Hanover scored the game's first touchdown on its second drive. The Marauders (9-1) only entered the red zone once afterward. Hanover reached the Falcons' 19-yard line on its first drive of the second quarter but turned the ball over on downs.

Offensively, Bow ran the ball on all but six plays and scored two of its three touchdowns on the ground. Senior Jack Corriveau led the Falcons rushing attack, logging a game-high 150 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. He also made an interception and caught a 9-yard TD pass from quarterback Matt Harkins.

Corriveau credited the Falcons' success on the ground to his teammates on the offensive line.

"As a running back, I've just got to read their steps," Corriveau said. "If they get me that first five yards, I'm going to give them 10. That's our motto."

Hanover coach Sam Cavallaro was hardly surprised the game turned into a battle between the big bodies up front.

"The passing game was not going to be a major factor in this," Cavallaro said. "It's exactly what we expected. I think the only thing we didn't expect is for (Bow) to be a little more physical than us."

Bow knotted the score on the first play of the second quarter - a 5-yard TD run from Ben Kimball. The senior's score capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive.

The Falcons took a 13-7 advantage into halftime thanks to Corriveau's 2-yard touchdown run that came with 2:45 left in the second quarter. Corriveau capped the game's scoring 1:26 into the fourth quarter with a 9-yard TD reception from Harkins (3 of 6, 47 yards) on a fourth-and-4 play.

Hanover scored the game's first touchdown on a 1-yard dive from Simon Roach with 3:45 left in the opening quarter.

On their first drive after Bow tied the game at 7-7, the Marauders marched to the Bow 28 before Corriveau intercepted Hanover quarterback Alexander Mosenthal.

Mosenthal went 3 of 8 for 62 yards. Roach ran seven times for 19 yards. Caleb Putnam led the Marauders on the ground with 42 yards on 11 carries.

Kimball finished with 39 yards on 12 carries and caught one pass for 12 yards.

"The entire game we never gave up," Corriveau said. "We always knew we had it. It was just a mentality coming into this game that kept us in check the entire game."

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