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Speedy sophomore Eric Miles scored three touchdowns and ran for 161 yards to lead the 2-0 Bedford High School Buccaneers to a 35-19 victory over Cambridge Rindge & Latin Friday afternoon at Sabourin Field.
Miles scored twice in the first quarter on runs of 37 and seven yards. Early in the third period, he put Bedford ahead 27-7 as he broke through a hole on the left side of the line and outran the defense for 87 yards.
Zackery Poor and Jake Morrison also scored touchdowns for Bedford, and Nick Tatarczuk kicked five extra points.
The Buccaneer defense had its hands full with the Falcons’ senior quarterback, Ashur Carraha. He threw 38 passed and completed 20 for 241 yards and two touchdowns, and scrambled for another 59 yards. The rest of the Cambridge ground game totaled 27 yards.
Bedford featured a balanced attack. Poor, the only senior in the backfield, carried 18 times for 66 yards. Morrison, the junior quarterback, connected on 10 of 12 throws to six different receivers for 109 yards and no interceptions. He also ran for 74 yards, beginning with 22 on the first play of the game. Two plays later, Miles exploded into the open field for a 37-yard touchdown, and Bedford led 7-0 after 79 seconds.
The Bucs seemed to be cruising with a 21-0 lead and 2:18 to play in the first half after Poor’s three-yard TD culminated an 86-yard scoring drive.
But for the second straight week, the Bucs gave up a score in the waning seconds of the period. Carraha shredded the defense with runs of 22 and 16 yards and three completions for 28 before running it into the endzone from the three with 15 seconds remaining.
The Falcons opened the second half with a mini-drive that was stalled by a 15-yard dead-ball penalty following an eight-yard completion on first down. After a punt, Bedford took over on its 13, setting the stage for the long Miles score.
Cambridge battled back with two consecutive touchdowns. But the point-after attempt was blocked on the first, and the Bucs stopped the rush for the points on the second, giving Bedford a two-possession lead with 11 minutes remaining.
But it didn’t matter as the Bucs engineered a 13-play scoring drive to ice the outcome with a four-yard Morrison run to the endzone at the 4:23 mark of the fourth quarter.
Mike Rosenberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 781-983-1763