Running back Matt Ehrenberg turns a corner against Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough during Bow's 42-0 victory last Saturday in the Division III semifinals. Ehrenberg is the first Bow player to rush for more than 1,000 yards. (HARRY KOZLOWSKI)
Div. III: Bow back rises to occasion
"That would be fantastic," Ehrenberg, a junior, said of Reitze, a senior. "That's what we are all trying to do."
"He's been our go-to guy on the offense since Week 3," said Bow coach Paul Cohen. "Matt is a potent force, someone the other team has to stop.
Ehrenberg, has gained 1,382 yards this year, becoming the first Bow player to surpass 1,000. He's also scored 22 touchdowns, including six in a 43-23 victory over Bishop Brady of Concord and four last week in a 42-0 semifinal rout of Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough, a cooperative team of players from two Lakes Region schools.
Ehrenberg started the season as the Falcons' No. 2 back, behind Reitze, but when the senior was felled by illness — coincidentally in that Week 3 victory over Stevens — the junior stepped in and stepped up his game.
Cohen didn't know what he had in Ehrenberg when the season began, the coach said. As a sophomore, Ehrenberg has spent most of his time at defensive back.
Ehrenberg has been so potent on offense, his contributions at safety and on special teams sometimes get overlooked.
"Matt is our field general on defense, commanding everyone in front of him," Cohen said. "We adjusted our defense to facilitate Matt's role."
The adjustment has worked. Bow's average of 8.4 points allowed per game is the best in the entire state, and the Falcons have recorded four shutouts, including two in the last three games.
Cohen expects Stevens to focus on stopping Ehrenberg, but Ehrenberg said such a strategy would only lead to someone else producing for the Falcons.
Bow certainly did that in its first meeting with Stevens, but, said Cohen, "Both teams have improved greatly since we played last."
Before last Saturday's 13-0 shutout of the Epping/Newmarket cooperative team in the semifinals, Stevens had allowed just six points in each of its previous four games.