NHIAA Div. III: (Brandon) Bell tolls for Stevens in win
On a day when the Epping-Newmarket football team bottled up Stevens of Claremont running back Donald Pellerin, Bell gained 118 yards on 13 carries to help the second-seeded Cardinals defeat the third-seeded Blue Devils 13-0 in the Division III semifinals.
"They had the best (defensive) game plan we've seen all year," Stevens coach Paul Silva said. "They took away the outside, so we kept giving it to Brandon. He had a 100-yard game against Farmington, but he had a 70-yard run that day. He earned it in this one with a lot of 7-yard runs and 8-yard runs. He was just outstanding for us."
Stevens (8-2) will face top-seeded Bow (9-1) in Saturday's Division III championship game. Bow moved on by beating fourth-seeded Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough of Meredith, 42-0.
"I wasn't happy with our lack of physicality in that game," Silva said. "From that point on they stepped up."
Epping-Newmarket completed its season with a 5-5 record.
"Ross (Epping-Newmarket coach Ross Salovitch) has done a great job with that program," Silva said. "They're a much better team than people give them credit for."