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Cougars’ D stifles Sanborn

  • ConVal’s Zach Obuchowski sacks Sanborn quarterback Brian McGough in the first quarter of Friday’s game, forcing a fumble which was recovered by Ian Labelle and then punched in by running back Scott Stanley. Staff photoS by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal football team hosted Sanborn for homecoming on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Sanborn for homecoming on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Sanborn for homecoming on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal nose tackle Dan Curran sacks the Sanborn QB for a big loss. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal football team hosted Sanborn for homecoming on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Scott Stanley stiff-arms a Sanborn defender on his way to a big gain on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal football team hosted Sanborn for homecoming on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, September 25, 2017

Next fall, Dan Curran and his ConVal teammates might as well attend Sanborn’s homecoming — after all, the Cougars were right at home in the Indians’ backfield all Friday night as ConVal cruised to a 35-14 win thanks to their intimidating defense. Now, ConVal is 4-0 for the first time in school history.

“Right now we're in the best position we could be,” said ConVal head coach Paul Landau. “It's cool to see the transformation this team has made over the last four years. To be 4-0 and to be able to do that at home is pretty special.”

Sanborn quarterback Brian McGough fumbled five snaps from center during the game.

“I'd call that the Dan Curran effect,” said Landau. “If you're a center trying to block him, that's a lot. I think he's the best nose tackle in the state, period, end of sentence. He causes a lot of problems and if you're worried about trying to block him, it makes it hard to snap.”

Curran finished with 13 tackles (6 for loss), one sack and a fumble recovery.

It was junior linebacker Zach Obuchowski who sparked the Cougars right off the bat, breaking through Sanborn’s line for a sack/fumble which ConVal’s Ian Labelle recovered on the two. Scott Stanley (98 yards, two TDs) punched it in on two carries to give ConVal a lead they wouldn’t surrender.

Later in the game, Obuchowski (60 rush yards, 1 TD, 21 receiving yards) busted out wide for a big 46-yard touchdown run to put a cap on the ConVal scoring.

“He's been playing well on both sides of the ball,” Landau said. “It was a big play for us and a really nice cut for him.”

For the second straight week, the ConVal offensive line held the defense sackless, allowing quarterback Dan Spezzaferri (8-18, 173 yards, 2 TDs) to bust out two beautiful bombs to Makeen Wilson (3 catches, 105 yards) for touchdowns. The line, consisting of Curran, Labelle, Andrew Stockwell, Jake Phillips and Nick Bernier has helped drive the ConVal offense thus far. Bernier, in for the injured Justin Clark, was a standout on Friday.

“I saw him pick up two blitzes on both long touchdowns where he was really able to give Spezz that time,” Landau said, “so he's been huge.”

ConVal, 4-0, heads into the bye week before hosting rival Hollis-Brookline on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

Notes

ConVal’s defense — and lacrosse team — took a hit Friday, as linebacker and springtime goalie Pat Laroche went down with what appeared to be a torn ACL after a punt block attempt.