THE VALLEY DISPATCH, Last weekend was a banner occasion for the Pelham/Windham Razorback Pop Warner teams, as three finalists notched Division I state titles.
The Junior Pee Wees, Junior Midgets and Midgets all claimed crowns and won the right to play in the Regional Championships this weekend.
JUNIOR PEE WEES
Salem Rams 0
Both teams played hard all year to make it to the Division I Junior Pee Wee championship game, but in the end, it was the Razorbacks tough defense that secured the victory at Nashua’s Stellos Stadium.
A stellar goal-line stand preseved the Pelham victory — the Razorbacks third shutout of the season.
Clinging to a 6-0 lead, the Razorbacks were forced to punt from their 15 yard line. The Salem Rams managed to block the punt and recover inside the Razorbacks 5. Hard-hitting efforts by Damion Cadoret, Devin Decarteret, Leo Moro, Joe Lorenz, Nick Fasset, Cam Keiser, Ben Petron, Kevin Cheam and Kevin Cooney enabled the defense to keep Salem out of the end zone.
The Razorbacks offense had a tough time sustaining long drives against a strong Rams defense, but was able to move the ball just enough to post a win. Opening the holes for the state champs were Andrew Koch, Zach Rainer, Joe Brown, Dan Cannone, Mike Barnnabe, Mike Coupa and Ryan Wilson.
Joshua Medeiros ran hard all day from start to finish and scored the game’s only touchdown. The state shamps earned the right to play the host this weekend in the Regional championship game Nov. 20 at Stellos Stadium.
Keene Knights 6
The Razorbacks, the defending state champs, repeated that feat with last weekend’s win over the Keene Knights at Nashua’s Stellos Stadium.
Jake Zahareas, Tim Schaffer and Stephen Spiro led he winners ground attack. Dylan Smith fired touchdown passes to Jake Zahareas and Cam Walsh in the first half.
Stephen Spiro rusherd for the other touchdown in the fourth quarter. Mike Lombard, Corey Peterson and Joey Scire all played well offensively, while Nick Harbilas, TJ Lee, DJ OBrien and Trevor Downs contributed some crunching blocks.
Also playing well for the Razorbacks were Chip Hastings, Jaylen Collins, Zach Tracy, CJ Alberico, and Wolf Steele. Congratulations to the Junior Midget team and also the Keene Knights for a great show of sportsmanship.
The Junior Midgets will continue to the New England Regionals next week against the Hartford Wildcats.
Bedford Jaguars 8
The Midget Razorback squad captured the Division 1 state title for the second season in a row with an impressive performance Nov. 13 at Nashua’s Stellos Stadium.
The Razorbacks defense once again stepped up to the challenge and virtually shut down the Jaguars offense.
Playing outstanding games fon defense for the Razorbacks were Elias Kassis, Kevin Patenaude, Sean Sweeney, Conor McColgan, Justin Shepley and Jake Matthews.
The offense was the big story of the game, scoring early and often by taking advantage of the speedy Pro Turf field. Danny Lamont rushed for more than 100 years and had three rushing touchdowns. Joey DeAngelo rushed for one touchdown and threw a 44-yard touchdown strike to Josh Luciano, who ran a perfect pattern.
The offensive linemen were the real stars of the game by protecting the quarterback and creating large holes for the running backs. Linemen Anthony Bernabei, Greg Coleman, Josh Tremblay, Stephen Jean, Tony Travaglini, and Alex Maal also stood out. Other offensive standouts included Aaron Brubaker, Cam Robidoux and Josh Tremblay.
The Razorbacks play this weekend in the New England Regionals against the New Britain Raiders.