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NHIAA Football: Plymouth beats Bow in Div. II showdown

Special to the Union Leader

September 24. 2017 3:01AM

PLYMOUTH - Plymouth needed two possessions and 25 seconds to put 15 points on the board against Bow on Saturday. The early momentum carried the Bobcats to a 42-26 win in rematch of last year's Division II state championship won by Plymouth.

The Bobcats improved to 4-0, while the Falcons, who had outscored their first three foes by a 125-0 margin, dropped to 3-1.

"This game was all about execution," said Bow head coach Paul Cohen. "Plymouth did a great job using every player on the field, and they had a couple of big plays that we couldn't respond to."

Plymouth, which has used the pass early this season, gained 70 yards through the air. The Bobcats had 168 rushing yards from Owen Brickley, Garrett Macomber, and Nolan Farina, and received a 95-yard touchdown return from Jordan Docen.

Plymouth stopped Bow on its first possession before taking over on its own 17 yard line. After a short gain on the first play, Farina took the ball 82 yards on a sweep, and a 2-point conversion gave Plymouth the early lead.

Bow responded in what looked like its best drive of the game. Quarterback Matt Harkins went 4-for-5 in a 16-play drive, capping it off with a four-yard completion to Tanner Cammett. The 2-point conversion failed.

Then Docen happened. On the ensuing kickoff, the senior found a gap and returned it 95 yards; his first of three TDs in the half.

Owen Brickley's 33-yard run set up Garrett Macomber, and his 1-yard TD ended an 11-play drive that took nearly five minutes of the second quarter.

Docen pulled in his first touchdown reception in the Bobcats' fourth drive of the game. After a Falcon fumble just one play into their fourth series, Plymouth went 18 yards on the ground before Ben Olmstead tossed a jump ball into the corner of the end zone that Docen reeled in.

Macomber scored another TD with just under two minutes left in the first half, and after receiving the ball to start the second, he scored again just two plays into the third quarter.

Olmstead's 45-yard connection to Docen gave the Bobcats a 36-point advantage, forcing running time.

Bow's offense put 20 points on the board in the second half. Harkins completed 10 of 21 passes, including a 44-yard touchdown to Thomas Rolla in the fourth quarter. Matt Nichols and Cammett each scored in the second half.

"A lot of people were asking me about Bow before the season started, but we just took things day-to-day," said Plymouth coach Chris Sanborn. "We needed to beat Kennett and Laconia before even thinking about today, and we were prepared. (Bow) has a great team, and I have a feeling we might see them again."

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