Souhegan football attack too much for Sanborn

AMHERST – Junior quarterback Michael Mancini threw two touchdown passes in the first half to help the Souhegan High School football team beat visiting Sanborn Regional, 29-14, Friday night.

Mancini connected with junior Zachary Bossi from 25 yards out on the final play of the first half to put the Sabers (3-2) up for good.

“He’s been doing a great job for us all season,” Sabers head coach Mike Lochman said. “We don’t get to showcase him as much as we would like because we have a pretty good running game and we have a bunch of backs, but (Michael) can get the job done for us if people don’t pay attention to what we can do in the passing game. We can be dangerous there so I’m very proud of him, he has put in a lot of hard work.”

Junior Shawn Gowans would put Sanborn on the board first with a 1-yard run on a fourth-and-goal play. Sophomore Hunter Jenkins connected with senior Cam MacNeil for the 2-point conversion to give Sanborn an 8-0 lead with 8:33 left in the opening quarter.

With 11:54 remaining in the second quarter, the Sabers would reel off a nine play drive that would cover 90 yards. Mancini would find senior Trevor Barrett with a 7-yard touchdown completion and junior Cameron Kinney would run in the 2-point conversion to even the score at 8-8 with 8:42 left in the half.

Mancini would then find Bossi for the touchdown right before half, which came on fourth-and-21. Senior kicker Alex Bedard would add the PAT to send the Sabers into the break up 15-8.

Barrett would get the Sabers started on the right page in the second half as he returned the opening kick 61 yards to the Sanborn 25-yard line. Bossi would finish the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-goal play and Bedard would add the PAT to make the score 22-8.

Sanborn would answer back when sophomore running back Michael D’Amelio would reel off a 95-yard run to make the score 22-14 in favor of Souhegan with 9:20 remaining in the game.

Souhegan would finish the scoring when Kinney would find the back of the end zone from 11 yards out and Bedard’s PAT would give the Sabers the 29-14 advantage with 7:59 left in the contest.

“We’re very lucky to have that kind of balance,” said Lochman, referring to his offense. “Some of it isn’t luck; it is that these guys work hard in practice. They work at the things that we ask them to work at because we know that we can’t be one dimensional, we’re in too good of a conference so that’s going to help us down the road I think.”