BEDFORD — How hard is it to beat the Bedford High School football team on its home field?
Consider this: Bedford entered Friday night’s home game against Londonderry with a 32-2 record at home since joining Division I in 2013. The Bulldogs began the night with a nine-game home winning streak, and had won 28 of their last 29 home games. The lone loss came against Exeter in 2017.
Londonderry was able to get the job done, however. The Lancers received three touchdowns from senior wide receiver Cole Keegan and breezed to a 35-0 victory.
Londonderry, the No. 1 team in the Union Leader Power Poll, raised its record to 6-0. No. 2 Bedford fell to 5-1.
Keegan scored on a 12-yard sweep, caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Jake McEachern, hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass from McEachern and intercepted a pass deep in Londonderry territory late in the first half. Londonderry’s other TDs came on Jeff Wiedenfeld’s 36-yard run in the second quarter and a 30-yard interception return by Alex Tsetsilas.
“He’s been doing this for three years really,” Londonderry coach Jimmy Lauzon said when he was asked about Keegan. “A game like this on a stage like this, it was a great opportunity to show everybody. He’s a tough cover for just about everybody. It wasn’t a surprise to any of us that he had this type of night.”
Running time was used after the Tsetsilas TD and Zach Fawcett’s fifth point-after kick, which made the score 35-0 with 8:14 left in the third.
The Lancers led 7-0 after one quarter, 21-0 at halftime and 35-0 entering the fourth. When they got the ball with three seconds left in the first half the Lancers had scored on 10 of 11 possessions dating back to last week’s 49-3 victory over Windham. The one possession that didn’t end in a Londonderry TD during that span was a kneel down at the end of the Windham game.
“We were prepared, hyped up, knew what we needed to do and we executed,” Keegan said. “I thought it was going to be a close game, like our first half against Salem (14-14). We just balled out.”
Londonderry has outscored its six opponents 272-66. No Division I team has scored more points than the Lancers.
“Things just clicked for us at the right times, but we still didn’t execute everything the way I wanted to,” Lauzon said. “I’m talking offensively. Defensively we were pretty sound, played really well and aggressive. I still think we can play a little cleaner on offense.”
Bedford limited its opponents to 42 points in its first five games.
“Credit to Londonderry — they took it to us in all three phases of the game,” Bedford coach Zach Matthews said. “To me it wasn’t offense, defense or special teams (that was most impressive). It was how their kids played. I think their kids are playing extremely hard. It’s how their kids are going about their business — they’re playing confident, fast, dictating tempo. It felt like we were on our heels a lot tonight. That’s what I saw.”