Eric Miles scored three touchdowns and Jake Morrison completed nine passes to five receivers for 124 yards, as Bedford High School stormed to a 42-14 football victory over Shawsheen Technical Friday night to open the 2021 fall season at Armand Sabourin Field.
Miles, a junior two-year starter in the offensive backfield, reached the endzone on runs of 10, four, and 30 yards. He ran for 102 yards on 12 carries and caught three swing passes from Morrison for 55 before Coach Tom Tone gave him the rest of the night off early in the third quarter. Junior Nick Tatarczuk was six-for-six on extra points.
The Bucs blasted to a 21-0 lead two-and-a-half minutes into the second period. When Morrison crossed the goal line from the one-yard line. A Charlie Naylor interception set up the first scoring drive at the Shawsheen 30, and Bedford’s second touchdown—a 28-yard Morrison pass to Richie Fedele outrunning the coverage—capped a 62-yard drive.
The Bucs took a 28-7 lead to the locker room after a Miles touchdown near the end of the half. Then the offensive line and the backfield completely took over in the third quarter, putting together two touchdowns (scored by Miles and junior Aaron Kreiter) in just seven plays.
Head Coach Tom Tone’s up-tempo offense is hard to defend. “I was happy we had a little advantage with the pace,” he said after the game. “I think we wore them down.”
Tone pointed out the quality tackling by his defense. Shawsheen never got anything going except for a 65-yard second-quarter scoring drive abetted by 20 yards in Bedford penalties, and a fourth-quarter score against the junior varsity defenders.
Morrison rushed for 63 yards and Kreiter added 16 in his single series that resulted in his first varsity TD. Senior Mike Delia set the tone for the night with a 53-yard return of the opening kickoff.
Hundreds of fans swarmed the bleachers and open spaces around Sabourin Field. “It was a lot of fun, a great atmosphere,” the coach commented, noting that this was the first warm-weather night game since 2018. Last fall there was no high school football, and in 2019 every game before the frost ended by dusk to avoid mosquitoes who might be carrying Eastern equine encephalitis.
Bedford entertains Newburyport High School next Friday at 7.
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