---- — DERRY — The Derry Demons introduced flag football along with about a dozen other towns throughout the state this year. The flag program was started to give children too young for tackle programs an introduction to the game.
During the inaugural season, the Demons are fielding two flag football teams for girls and boys ages 5, 6 and 7. The teams are playing an eight game schedule from late August through late October.
The Derry Demons’ Red flag football team played its fourth game of the season against Bedford Green Sunday in Hudson.
Bedford Green started the game with possession of the football and rattled off four unanswered touchdowns in the first half. Despite the Derry Red team playing with incredible heart and motivation, they were unable to provide an offensive answer to speed and experience of the Bedford team.
Running backs Jimmy Erickson, Drew Overy and Jacob Dearth were held in check at every turn. There were several solo tackles in the first half, highlighted by defensive end Matt Rowe chasing down a Bedford running back at the 1-yard line after having run the flag football equivalent of 80 yards. However, three plays later, Bedford was able to cap off the drive with a passing touchdown to end the half.
The second half started with inspired play from the Derry Red team. Quarterback Curtis Michaud completed a 5-yard pass to Matt Rowe, who then ran for an other 10 yards. This was followed by two running plays of 10 yards each by running back Landon Stoddard taking Derry down the length of the field to the 5-yard line.
Two plays later, quarterback Curtis Michaud was able to punch the ball across the goal line for Derry’s only score of the day, cutting Bedford’s lead to three. Bedford went on to score one more touchdown in the second to win the game, 5-1.
The Derry Red team defense played strong in the second half, holding Bedford to several four and out drives. There were numerous key solo tackles made by Ricky Wong, Cody Dumont, Cole Summers, Ben Crane, Luke Briand and others, which prevented Bedford from scoring again.
The Derry Red team will take the field again Sunday at home against Goffstown at 8 a.m at Humphrey Park.