Bulldogs, Toscano handle North, 31-7

Staff photo by TOM KING Nashua North's Curtis Harris gets wrapped up by Bedford's Solomon Sanchez (6) during Friday night's season opener at Stellos Stadium.

NASHUA – The bad news for the Nashua High School North football team was its 31-7 loss at the hands of Bedford Friday night at Stellos Stadium.

The good news? The Titans have eight weeks to turn things around.

“Hopefully we’ll be better next week (at Goffstown) then we were tonight,” Titans coach Dante Laurendi said. “That’s what we have to work towards.”

They also won’t see Bulldog senior back Ryan Toscano, who was a beast on both sides of the ball. His 104Dante Laurendi said. “That’s what we have to work towards.”

They also won’t see Bulldog senior back Ryan Toscano, who was a beast on both sides of the ball. His 104 first-half rushing yards set the tone in a 17-0 Bulldog lead at intermission and his 55-yard scoop-and-score with 6:20 put a signature on the game with 6:20 to play.

“He’s a good football player for us,” Bedford coach Derek Stank said of Toscano, who finished with 112 yards on . “We’re happy to have him. We all made our mistakes, but he did a good job for us.”

The Titans were hoping to get game like that from all-purpose back Curtis Harris, but he was held to just 61 yards on the ground, often playing quarterback.

Still, when he scored on a 7-yard run with 4:11 left in the third quarter it was a 17-7 lead.

But the ‘Dogs barked back a bit later, with quarterback Thomas Morgan running it in from 4 yards out with 9:08 to play, and then Toscano enjoyed his long defensive TD off a Harris fumble, North’s It was North’s fourth turnover.

“This is an experienced playoff team, recently (two years ago) state champs,” Laurendi said. “They don’t need your help.”

What also hurt North was the fact tit got inside the Bulldog 10-yarde line twice in the first half and came up empty both times.

Meanwhile, Bedford took just seven plays to score on its first possession, as Harrison LeGoullion zipped in from 6 yards out with 6:04 left in the first quarter. The key play was a 43-yard jaunt by Toscano.

Bedford’s Madison Lucotoni added a 31-yard field goal with 27.3 seconds left in the opening quarter to make it 10-0.

Bedford’s third interception of the first half with 1:38 left proved costly.

North starting QB Mike Loveless’ pass picked off by Lucien Mumpini at the Bulldog 26 set up the final score of the half. A 41-yard pass to Mumpini plus a penalty set up Toscano’s 2 yard run with 26.3 ticks left in the half. A back-breaker, but Laurendi lamented those early mistakes.

“You open up, we have a couple of good drives, and we don’t finish,” Laurendi said. “It changes the game, it changes momentum against a very good football team.”

Which the Titans hope people will be calling them some eight weeks from now.