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NHIAA Football: Bedford shuts down Londonderry


LONDONDERRY — The Bedford High School football team may be best known for its skill-position players on offense, but the Bulldogs can play some pretty good defense too.

That stingy defense was on display Friday night, when Bedford blanked Londonderry 19-0.

It was Bedford’s second shutout in as many games. The Bulldogs beat Manchester West 61-0 last weekend. Bedford has allowed 12 points in its three Division I games, all victories.

“They have some tough, fast athletic kids, and all 11 of them fly to the football,” Londonderry coach John Rich said. “And they don’t miss many tackles. That makes for a pretty good defense.”

Londonderry played some good defense Friday as well. The Lancers trailed 7-0 with less than seven minutes to play.

“The defense did a great job,” Bedford coach Kurt Hines said. “They’re a good football team with some good athletes. We were tested tonight.”

Bedford, which was tied with Concord for the No. 2 spot in this week’s Union Leader/WGIR/WMUR Power Poll, grabbed a 13-0 lead when Mike Vailas scored on a 3-yard run with 6:29 to play.

The TD run came on a fourth-and-goal play.

The Bulldogs made it 19-0 when quarterback Dan Colella scored on a 14-yard run with 2:51 remaining.

Londonderry, No. 9 in the Power Poll, suffered its first loss in three games.

“We were able to move the ball at times, but not consistently enough,” Rich said. “We had our chances and our shots, but we weren’t able to execute when we did have those. That hurt in the end.”

Bedford led 7-0 at halftime. After a scoreless first quarter, Mike Vailas scored on a 27-yard pass from Colella with 10:37 left in the half.

Junior running back Dennis Bishop led the Londonderry running game with 65 yards on eight carries. The Lancers were held to 25 yards passing on seven completions. Bedford had one interception.

“I think our defensive line did an excellent job tonight,” Hines said. “Londonderry’s (single wing) offense is tough to prepare for because you don’t see it much.

“We’re proud of the guys, but we have a lot of work to do. It was a good win — a tough win.”

rbrown@unionleader.com

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