DERRY — The third-grade-and-under team lost another close game this week to Keene to even their record to 3-3 on the season. The Demons took the lead at halftime, but Keene rallied and took the lead back in the second half.
The Demons squandered opportunities by turning the ball over on offense. The Demon defense fought hard to keep the team in the game. Evan Hansen saved a long touchdown run with pure hustle. Dominic Tritto played his usual outstanding game at corner back,
Matthew Sigman had a breakthrough game on the defensive line, Brandon Ross Thompson, Elias Grinnell and Nick Lampro all played well on the line. Offensively, Brady Day got in the end zone with a kick off and rush touchdown. Jordan Tunstall contributed in the rushing attach and Evan Hansen converted an extra point in addition to his fierce open field blocking.
Fourth grade battles Bedford
The fourth-grade Derry Demons squeaked by the Bedford Jaguars Sunday, 14-12, at Humphrey Field. Robbie Fahey, Camdyn Macro and Aidan Conroy led the defense, assisted by great tackles by Hunter Daniels, Jake Saccreccio, Hunter Ickes and Ty Belville. Chad Teresky escaped a 10-yard sack in the second quarter to score the first touchdown of the game for the Demons.
In the third quarter, Seth Williams scored the second and final touchdown to ensure the Demons' victory. The Demons ate up the clock in the fourth quarter with a 7¬ minute drive, led by great running by Robbie Fahey. That didn't result in a touchdown, but gave Bedford the ball with 2:40 left and 90 yards to go. With no time left on the clock, the game concluded with a game-saving tackle by Jacob Ridenour.
The sixth-graders game against the Bedford Jaguars started with an onside kick by Demons. A great kick by Kyle Fortier was recovered by Evan Rodgers. Nico Buccieri scored a 55-yard touchdown run two plays later.
The Demons kicked the ball deep, but Nathan Barnhart was able to recover the kick on the sideline. Nico Buccieri had a 48-yard run to the 3-yard line. Sam Goudreault was able to cross the goal line untouched on a counter.
The Demons defense, led by Gary Frost, Jake Weishaar, Bishoy Abdelmalek and Aiden O'Donahue, caused headaches for Bedford. Adam Morin and Deane Hill each had a fumble recovery. Nico Buccieri made an incredible run, breaking three tackles in the backfield in route to a 51-yard touchdown.
Derry led, 18-0, at halftime. They started the second half with a 63-yard touchdown run by Nico Buccieri. The extra point was a pass to Deane Hill in the flat. A 55-yard touchdown run by Evan Rodgers on the next possession sealed the game.
Jeff Cole, Mitchell Gagnon, Derek St. Pierre and Damian Flannery made touchdown-saving tackles in the second half. Nathan O'Brien made an interception in the end zone to keep the shutout complete. Sam Goudreault had a 42-yard run on a 3rd and 8 late in the fourth quarter. The Demons beat Bedford, 32-0.
Middle school improves to 4-2
The Demons Middle School team beat the Keene Knights Saturday, 12-6.
The Derry defense kept the Demons in the game during a sluggish offensive first half. Trailing 6-0, Tyler Gendron put the Demons on the scoreboard with an 11-yard touchdown run with 3:17 left in the third quarter. On the kickoff, Caleb Godin pounced on a loose ball to give the Demons the ball again.
Derry put together a long touchdown drive, capped by a 2-yard score by Mike Curley early in the fourth quarter. Godin then recovered his second fumble of the day two minutes later, setting up a game-ending drive. Avery Littlefield and Joey Lydick provided some great blocking up front to help Derry's running game while Nick Hamilton had a solid defensive game.