Alvirne Can’t Hang on in N.H. Div. 2 Final
DURHAM, N.H. -- Alvirne High played well in the first half but could not contain the Plymouth running game in the second half, falling to the Bobcats 29-18 in the New Hampshire Division 2 championship football game on the UNH campus Saturday.
The loss brought to an end the best season in Broncos history.
Plymouth fumbled the opening kickoff and it was recovered by Alvirne’s Andrew Porter. After four running plays, quarterback Kyle Gora connected with Jack Regan deep in the left hand corner of the end zone for the Broncos’ first touchdown.
Plymouth responded with an 11-play 71-yard drive capped off with an Owen Brickley 9-yard run.
On the ensuing drive, aided by big runs from James Bertrand (47 yards) and Alexander Giuffrida (22 yards), Gora went in from 5 yards out on a fourth-down play for Alvirne’s second score.
The Bobcats again responded with a long drive capped off with a Patrick Malm 6-yard rushing touchdown.
Alvirne closed out the first-half scoring with an option pass from Jack Regan to Kyle Gora from 6 yards out, leaving the Broncos’ with an 18-15 lead at halftime.
In the first half Tyler Clegg, Alec Prescott, Grady Hudson and Mitchell Dobek were each in on six tackles on defense. Thomas Keegan and Gregory Ellis each had a sack.
Alvirne received the second half kick and things went south quickly. An incomplete pass and two penalties left the Broncos in a punting situation. Plymouth blocked the punt, recovering the ball on the Alvirne 6-yard line where Kyle Clark scored, giving the Bobcats their first lead of the game.
After trading punts, Alvirne moved the ball nicely as the third quarter ended with the Broncos on the Bobcat 28 yard line trailing 22-18. The drive stalled on the Bobcat 22.
Plymouth methodically answered with a nine-minute, 16-play drive culminating with a Cody Bannon touchdown run, essentially sealing the Bobcat victory.
The inability of Alvirne to convert on third down (3 of 12) was critical in the game as the Broncos finished their excellent season with a 9-3 overall record.