AMHERST — It is way too early to start the chatter about a November road trip to UNH’s Wildcat Stadium. But two weeks into the regular season, Souhegan has shown glimpses of a team poised to make a serious postseason charge.
Facing NHIAA Division II South foe ConVal Friday night, Souhegan took another stride in the right direction. The Sabers remained steadfast on offense, churning up 441 yards en route to dominant a 41-0 triumph at Calivetti Family Field.
The win came on the heels of a 339-yard performance in last week’s victory over St. Thomas Aquinas.
Not to be outdone, the Sabers’ defense was equal to the task, holding the Cougars to 53 yards.
“Enough credit doesn’t go to my defensive coordinator, J.T. Anderson,” said Sabers head coach Robin Bowkett. “Him, Brandon (O’Connell) and Jacque (Elias) are our main defensive coaches and do a great job every week putting our guys in the best situation to win.”
Souhegan built a 35-0 halftime lead.
The Sabers got it started on their second possession, driving 52 yards capped by an Austin Jain 1-yard carry. With the Cougars left virtually helpless out of its flexbone playbook, Souhegan’s offense continued to roll.
After ConVal failed to cover the ensuing kickoff after the Sabers touchdown, the Souhegan recovered the ball deep in Cougar territory. That led to a Luke Manning 27-yard scoring grab to make it 15-0.
“It’s always a sudden change situation when we get the ball back and score,” Bowkett said. “That’s got to be heartbreaking for the other team.”
With 10:54 left before the half, Manning raced 11 yards into the end zone, increasing the Sabers’ advantage to 22. Before the half closed, Souhegan added two more scores — a Ryan Hauser 11-yard pass from Jain and a Riley Lawhorn 12-yard scamper.
“I’m proud in how our kids executed,” said Bowkett. “We were opportunistic on offense and our defense did a great job playing assignment football.”
With running time taking over the second half, there was no scoring in the third quarter. But with just 4:31 remaining, and the bench emptied for the Sabers, running back Maverick Derushia bolted around right end for a 29 yard score to close things out.