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ConVal football stifled by Sanborn

  • The ConVal football team hosted Sanborn in the season finale Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Sanborn in the season finale Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Sanborn in the season finale Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Sanborn in the season finale Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Sanborn in the season finale Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Sanborn in the season finale Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Sanborn in the season finale Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Sanborn in the season finale Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Sanborn in the season finale Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, October 29, 2018 2:11PM

The loudest cheer of Friday night wasn’t for a ConVal touchdown or a big hit by a Cougar defender. Those moments got a rise from the crowd, but nothing compared to the roar that swelled from the ConVal huddle after the game while being addressed by head coach Steve Bartsch.

“I told them what I told them when I took this over five weeks ago: ‘Guys, we may not be winning any football games, but I am going to teach you how to love ConVal football again,’ Bartsch said. “And they were all teary-eyed and nodding their heads. I think we accomplished what we set out to do.”

Bartsch returned to his old head coaching job after Ray Puglisi was dismissed following the Cougars’ homecoming game against Alvirne.

The Cougars had hoped to contend against two-win Sanborn Friday, but it was 30-0 before ConVal scored on a quarterback sneak by Tristan Hutchinson with about a minute remaining. Austin Davis, who had a big night on both sides of the ball, had a 40-yard touchdown run called back due to a referee’s inadvertent whistle.

The final score was 30-6. The Cougars finished the year at 1-8.

ConVal returns nine out of 11 starters on both offense and defense next season.