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By Dan Brosgol
Well, in Bedford this past week, it was the best of times, and it was the worst of times.
Last Monday we were talking about big upsets and playoff seedings, and a little over a week later, not a single Bedford High School team remains alive in the postseason.
After their inspiring first-round upset of Pentucket, who we heard all kinds of cool facts about last week, the football team ventured to the inland hamlet of Stoneham, Massachusetts, home of former Olympian…. anyone…. Nancy Kerrigan… for their second round matchup against the Spartans.
Despite entering the half with a 13-6 lead, the Bucs’ postseason train came to a screeching halt, surrendering three touchdowns in the second half and losing 27-13. But every cloud has a silver lining, or in this case a home game, as the 5-4 Bucs will host 7-2 North Reading this Friday instead of playing another playoff game on the road. 6:30 pm under the lights. See you there.
Any guesses on the North Reading mascot?
The boys’ soccer team blew right through O’Bryant last Thursday at home in opening round playoff action, winning 6-0, but then traveled to Wayland on Saturday afternoon to face the #1 seeded Warriors. The Bucs played them tight for the first 60 minutes, only conceding one goal, but in the end Wayland proved to be the better team and netted two late goals to win 3:0 and eliminate Bedford.
And finally, the volleyball team and their #13 seed went to East Boston High School last Friday, and in the shadow of Lieutenant General Edward Lawrence Logan Airport defeated their hosts, the #4 seeded Jets, 3:0. The girls advanced to round 2 and but came up short against Melrose, playing a tough match but losing 3:0. Please see the Citizen’s coverage of the end of the season here.
BAYS soccer has one week to go, and with over 24 Bedford teams finishing up the fall season allow me to congratulate all of the players and thank all of the coaches for not only their completion of not only their ten-game schedules, but the other 20 or so practices they had over the course of the season. With one game to go another here’s another shout out to the Boys U14 XPlosion, who moved to 9-0-0 on Saturday in a 3:0 win versus Natick to increase their goal differential to 26-2 and look to close out a perfect 10-0-0 season on the road at Wellesley this weekend.
Travel basketball rosters have been announced, and we’re less than four weeks away from the opening weekend of both Bauman League Rec basketball and the MetroWest travel leagues on the weekend of December 5 and 6. Until then, enjoy the few weeks of free weekends once soccer ends.
And, finally, as I promised you last week, the Patriots continued their winning ways with a workmanlike 27-10 win over the Washington Redskins yesterday in Foxboro. The visitors foolishly gave the ball to the Patriots to start the game, and within minutes had immediately fallen into a 14-0 hole when the Pats surprised everyone with an onside kick in the first quarter after their opening touchdown and promptly scored when they recovered it. It was a shrewd play call, but not everyone enjoyed it…. In the words of national football writer Bill Barnwell, “the Patriots pulling out the unexpected onside kick on Washington just seems like swatting a fly with, I dunno, a cruise missile.”
Well, Bill, sorry we took the kid gloves off. The 8-0 Patriots are now one of three 8-0 teams left, as the Panthers beat the Packers to remain undefeated, the Bengals rolled over the Browns to also keep their perfect record, and in the schadenfreude department I’m sure most of New England rejoiced as the Broncos and Payton Manning lost at Indy thanks to dumb penalties, a handful of interceptions, and a couple of precious Manning faces.
Next up for the Pats is a dangerous trip to the swamplands of Northern Jersey to take on the Giants, and hopefully their Brady-and-Belichick kryptonite supply has finally run out. Gametime is 4:25 pm Sunday, and somewhat surprisingly the Pats are 8-point favorites. I guess we’ll see how that goes. I’ll take the Pats to win, but I won’t be surprised if the Giants cover.