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HS Football Notebook: Merrimack-Keene resume today

By Tom King - Staff Writer | Sep 11, 2023

Souhegan's J.J. Bright looks to make a move as Milford's Kaleb Fancoeur tries to make a tackle during Saturday night's Division II contest in Milford. (Photo by Joe Marchilena/nhhighschoolsports.com)

A wild weekend has been extended into today.

Why not, right? If you attended a high school football game this past weekend, odds are it was (A)Interrupted or delayed by weather; (B)Called after the interruptions as a final score; or (C)rescheduled for today.

Merrimack vs. Keene fit the latter, as they are slated to resume Friday night’s game at Merrimack’s Student Memorial Field at 4 p.m. today with Keene up 6-0 late in the second quarter.

But one game that almost got rescheduled/resumed, earmarked for today, ended up in categor B. Bihsop Guertin and Scarborough, Me. High had thoughts of having the Cards head back up to Maine today with them leading 13-10 at the half thanks in part to two Michael MacDonough TD tosses.

But on Sunday afternoon, Guertin coach Anthony Nalen texted nashuatelegraph.com a statement saying the schools agreed to call the game as a final.

“After a mutual agreement between Bishop Guertin and Scarborough, the game will end at the half BG 13, SHS 10,” Nalen said. “BG moves to 1-1 and will have its home opener this Saturday against Nashua North.”

A North team, by the way, that waited out its delay with no score at the interruption toward the end of the first quarter, and eventually lost 30-7.

“Tough loss,” Zibolis said. “Lot of adversity we didn’t overcome.”

No game could have been more bizarre than Souhegan’s 39-0 win over Milford, called in the third quarter after not one but two lightning delays and then the stadium lights went out.

And that’s after the bus didn’t show to take Souhegan to the game Friday night in Milford. So the game was called as enough was enough.

“I’m super proud of our team,” Souhegan coach Robin Bowkett said. “Between the debacle (Friday) and everything today, our guys were ready to go.”

Especially back J.J. Bright who had a 71-yard TD run and had two catches for 93 yards.

“I didn’t think he could run any faster after last year,” Bowkett said. “He’s going to outrun every team.”

Milford coach Keith Jones opted to look ahead, not behind as his team is now 0-2.

“Not to sound like (Patriots coach Bill) Belichick but we’re on to Hanover,” he said. “We’ve got seven games left and we’ve just got to keep playing.”

Nashua South coach Scott Knight felt that his team needed to stop playing for the weekend, opting to agree to call his game a final with 3:25 left in the the first half and his team down 21-0 to Bedford.

“It’s a process and we didn’t want to disrupt that process,” he said, noting it wouldn’t be prudent for either team to have to reschedule busses, officials, etc. for a half.

So that was the weekend. Oh, and the weather for Merrimack-Keene today?


(Telegraph sports correspondent Jack Belanger contributed to this report.)


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