On most Mondays at 6 pm the Bedford TV News runs on Comcast Channel 8 and Verizon Channel 38. The broadcast features news from The Bedford Citizen, event announcements, guest interviews, weather forecasts, and musical performances. The broadcast also has a weekly sports report about Bedford high school and youth sports and commentary on the broader sports world. The Citizen has asked to publish the script of the Sports Report, so enjoy reading it… but better yet, tune in on Mondays to watch the show live.
By Dan Brosgol
History was made on Saturday afternoon in the far-flung reaches of northeast Massachusetts as the 8th seeded 4-3 Bedford Bucs football team traveled to Pentucket Regional to take on the #1 seeded, 7-0 Sachems, in the Division 4 North playoffs.
With a combination of stout defense, creative play calling, special teams excellence, and perhaps some Halloween black magic, the Bucs dominated play from start to finish and came back home with a 21-6 win and the first ever victory by a #8 seed over a #1 seed in MIAA football playoff history. Ironically, a little later on in the day, but up in Division 1, Everett high upended perennial powerhouse St John’s Prep to also pull of an 8 seed/1 seed upset. Spooky stuff, indeed.
The Bucs went to the half up 7-0, and in the third quarter used a play right out of the Patriots’ playbook when quarterback Thomas Greaney lateraled to Matt Timperio, who instead of running a sweep threw a pass to a wide-open Cameron Shelmire for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead. You might remember a similar play from the AFC Divisional Round last year involving a Brady-to-Edelman lateral and then an Edelman-to-Amendola touchdown that brought the house down at Gillette.
With the win, Bedford moves on to the D4 North semifinals and will travel to Stoneham High School to take on the Spartans at 6:30 pm on Friday evening. The winner of Friday’s game will advance to the D4 north finals to play the winner of North Reading & Watertown.
In other BHS news the boys soccer team ended the regular season with a 1:1 draw at home against Snowden with the lone goal coming from Justin Hafer. The Bucs finished at 6-5-5 and with their #8 seed will host the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science on Thursday at Sabourin. The winner will move on to face top-seeded Wayland in Round 2.
Girls volleyball also got to kick back and relax for a short time while the numbers were crunched for the postseason bracket and seedings. The lady Bucs ended up at 11-8 after their loss to Tewksbury last Monday and will be looking to make a deep run into the playoffs, which begin with this week. The Lady Bucs grabbed a #13 seed and will travel to East Boston High on Friday to take on the #4 seeded Jets.
At the boys’ DCL Cross-Country Championships at Franklin Park last Friday, Thomas Kimmel came in 10th place with a 5K time of 17:01, and the team came in 9th place out of the 11 teams competing. At the girls meet, Sabine Galvis came in 15th place with a time of 20:19, and the team finished in 10th place. Both Kimmel and Galvis received medals for their excellent times.
BAYS soccer concluded Week 8 of play on Saturday and Bedford teams continue to play excellent soccer. Girls U12 Wanderers improved to 6-0-2 with a 6-1 win over A-B, Girls U9 Renegades remain undefeated as well with a 7-0-0 record, Boys U9 Patriots are now at 7-0-1, and Boys U14 XPlosion grabbed a 3:0 win at Newton to go to 8-0-0 and are now in possession of an incredible 23-2 goal differential.
Finally, in a bittersweet moment, the lights at Page Field were dimmed last night at 5:30 as the final game of baseball in Bedford in 2015 was played in a clocks-back-early-sunset special, with the fall majors team playing Lexington in a game that ended long after sunset. The majors team came up just short, losing 4-3, but on Page 2 right before that game, the Bedford minors team came through with a dramatic walk-off win against previously-undefeated Lexington that sent the 8- and 9-year olds into joyous celebration. It’s hard to believe that baseball is finally over after a full 6 months of play, and after 89 games between my two boys, I’m ready for a break.
Outside of Bedford a few quick highlights.
Despite an incredible bicycle kick GOLASO from Juan Agudelo the Revolution crashed out of the MLS playoffs with a 2-1 loss at DC United last Thursday.
The Bruins seemingly can’t win at home, but can’t lose on the road, and improbably have a 6-3-1 record, in third place in the Atlantic Division. The Canadiens, though, look ferocious at 11-2-0 and already sit 9 points ahead of the B’s in first place.
The Celtics preseason hype machine was in full effect last week, but perhaps we should temper our enthusiasm after a somewhat lackluster 1-2 start. They may have a deep bench, but without a true superstar I can’t see more than 45 wins out of this team and a first-round playoff loss.
But the same cannot be said for the Patriots, who again silenced their haters and everyone who picked the Dolphins last Thursday night, cruising to a 36-7 victory and a 7-0 record. Go ahead and mark 8-0 on your scoresheets, though, as the hapless Redskins come to town as the next victim to be sacrificed at the altar of the undefeated season. And Vegas certainly agrees with that sentiment as the line is wavering around 13.5 or 14 points. And I’d still take the Pats… for recreational purposes only, though.
And, lastly, a shout out and a mazal tov to Bedford’s Eric Dahlberg, who ran the NYC marathon in 3:45:48 yesterday. As you may recall, we was running to support Children’s Hospital, and that time is absolutely commendable. Nice job, Eric.
This is Dan Brosgol, that was the sports report, I’ll see you next time.