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John Stark gets by Bow

Special to the Sunday News

October 22. 2017 2:03AM
Bow's Jack Corriveau tries to fight off John Stark's Aaron Bergeron during Saturday's Division II football game in Bow. The Generals' defense held Bow in check in a 7-6 win. (Photo by Joe Marchilena)

BOW - Jack Baumann's only thought was to get into the end zone.

After catching a pass from Parker McQuarrie, Baumann beat his defender to the inside and raced from one side of the field to the other, going untouched for a 23-yard touchdown reception.

That gave the John Stark Regional High School football team a one-point lead over Bow midway through the third quarter Saturday, and the Generals were able to hang on for a 7-6 road victory.

Baumann also had a key interception late in the first half to keep it a 6-0 game in favor of the Falcons at halftime, and John Stark (6-1 in Division II) got just enough offense to use up enough of the clock in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, the defense was able to keep the Falcons in check for most of the afternoon, bending but not breaking, and winning the turnover battle.

"They've kept us in every game all season," John Stark coach Rod McQuarrie said of his defense. "The size of our line, they're big, physical and they're fast. Those guys can move. They're strong.

"Baumann has been huge for us all season. We had him a couple of times (open on offense) and we missed him, and then he almost had that big interception at the end. He's that type of player for us, a playmaker."

Baumann finished with three catches for 80 yards and a score, while Jacob Cole rushed for 72 yards and McQuarrie was just 5 of 18 for 97 yards through the air.

John Stark's Parker McQuarrie gets rid of the ball as Bow's Matthew Nicholls closes in during Saturday's Division II football game in Bow. John Stark won, 7-6. (Photo by Joe Marchilena)

Ben Kimball led the Bow offense with 79 total yards while Tanner Cammett's 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the only scoring for the Falcons, who missed the extra point.

"I said I hope that doesn't hurt us later in the game, and literally that was the difference," Bow coach Paul Cohen said. "Having said that, we had multiple opportunities. Our defense did a great job and we were able to move things along, but we were way too inconsistent."

Everything started clicking for the Generals after Baumann's interception. John Stark moved into Bow territory but ran out of time at the end of the half, and the defense forced a three-and-out to open the third quarter. 

Although the Generals were forced to punt, they kept field position in their favor and a big punt return by Cole set them up at Bow's 35 to start the touchdown drive. 

Cole ran twice for 12 yards to set up Baumann's catch-and-run for the touchdown.

"I just ran a simple slant route and I got a pick on one of the corner backs," he said. "I broke open and it seemed to work out. That's all I had in my mind, that I need to score this right now."

John Stark put together a long drive in the fourth quarter, but Bow forced the ball over on downs, getting one more chance at the Falcons' 21 with 3:46 to play.

Bow converted two fourth downs on the drive, but on fourth-and-8 at the Generals' 26, Matt Harkins pass to Jack Corriveau fell incomplete and John Stark ran out the clock.

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