WINDHAM — Windham has been in “playoff-mode” for the past month, and that didn’t change in Friday’s season finale.
The stakes were pretty simple: A win would mean the Jaguars had a chance to make the playoffs.
Facing a struggling Portsmouth-Oyster River team — in a game that was rescheduled to avoid Saturday’s inclement weather — Windham finished its season strong, winning 41-14. Cody Stevens was the man for Windham yet again as he piled up 136 all-purpose yards and three total touchdown on offense while coming up with an interception, forced fumble and a sack on defense.
For Windham, it was a complete effort.
Senior quarterback Cody Potter threw for 151 yards and three touchdowns, Ryan Marotta broke off a 66-yard run for a score and senior stalwart Tommy Emrick had a 34-yard TD run. Defensively, both Stevens and Bobby Dicicco had interceptions.
Unfortunately for the Jaguars (6-3), they will be the odd team out of the postseason. Both Pinkerton (7-2) and Salem (7-2) won Friday night and clinched the two wild card spots in the Division 1 South/East bracket.
Lancers roll into playoffs
It was another big day for Londonderry’s dynamic duo of Evan Cormier and Jeff Wiedenfeld, as each accounted for a pair of touchdowns in the Lancers’ 28-7 win over Exeter.
With the win, Londonderry (8-1) clinched first in the Division I South Conference and top seed in the South/East bracket.
Cormier connected with Alex Tsetsilas for 10 yards for Londonderry’s first score and with Tyler Kayo for 13 yards in the fourth. He finished 10 of 13 passing for 162 yards. Wiedenfeld scored on runs of 2 and 7 yards, gaining 69 yards on 20 carries.
Pinkerton goes Fast
HAMPTON — Gannon Fast rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns and even threw for a TD as Pinkerton punched its ticket to the Division 1 playoffs with a 40-14 romp over Winnacunnet.
The Astros (7-3) led 19-14 at the half and pulled away with a 21-0 second half. The Astros will be at Londonderry in the first round of the playoffs.
Archrivals Pinkerton and Londonderry will meet again, this time in the playoffs.
The Lancers earned the No. 1 seed in the South/East bracket, and will host the Astros on Saturday at 2 p.m. The winner will play the winner of Salem vs. Winnacunnet in the Division 1 state semifinal.
During the regular season, Pinkerton beat Londonderry 34-14. It is the Lancers’ only loss of the season.