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Playoff update: Football Eagles earn playoff spot with 47-9 rout of Kingswood

Eagles take Carroll County Championship in the final game on Kingswood's field

Kennett captains (l to r) Ryan Hughes, Max Brennick and Scott Saunders and coach Ken Sciacca show off the Carroll County Championship trophy after beating Kingswood Friday, Oct. 30, in Wolfeboro. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 29, 2009
WOLFEBORO — The annual Carroll County Championship game had a little extra meaning this year, as the team that took home the win also picked up a playoff spot in the Division IV tournament.

In the final game on Kingswood's field, the Eagles of Kennett were the stronger team, scoring off of two Kingswood turnovers in the first quarter to jump out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back, claiming a 47-9 victory and earning a shot at defending champion Plymouth in the Division IV playoffs.

The Eagles would pull the lead all the way out to 40-0 at halftime. Kingswood scored its lone touchdown late in the third quarter and Kennett added another score midway through the final quarter. A Kingswood field goal accounted for the final points of the game.

Kennett will be the fourth seed in the playoffs, and will head to the Land of Lenahan on Saturday, Nov. 7, for the first round of the Division IV playoffs. The Eagles and the Plymouth Bobcats will kick off at 1 p.m.

For a full recap and tons of photos from the Carroll County Championship, see this week's print editions of the Granite State News and Carroll County Independent.


The Kennett High volleyball team, making its first postseason appearance in program history, dropped a 3-0 decision to third-seeded Oyster River in the opening round of the Division II playoffs on Thursday, Oct. 29, in Durham.

The Knights hung around early in the first game with the Bobcats, but the hosts turned it on and won 25-13 in the second and easily claimed a 25-7 win in the second game. The third game was a bit closer, but Oyster River still took the 25-15 win and the 3-0 victory to advance to the second round of the tournament.

Look for more on this game in next week's Carroll County Independent.

Field hockey

The Class I field hockey semifinals was a meeting of a pair of Cinderella stories, and the glass slipper was made for only one foot.

Unfortunately for the Kingswood Knights, that foot was not theirs, as the 14th-seeded Oyster River Bobcats ended the Knights' Cinderella run and will continue their own Cinderella run to the state championship game.

The two teams took to the field at Exeter High School on Tuesday, Oct. 27, with a spot in the title game on the line and both teams seemed eager to prove their mettle to earn that spot. The squads battled to a scoreless tie through the first 30 minutes and for more than 10 minutes in the second half the score remained tied at zero.

Finally, with 18:15 to play in the second half, the Bobcats converted on a penalty corner, slipping a ball past Kingswood keeper Renee Bernier to take a 1-0 lead.

The Bobcat defense then held up its end of the bargain and kept the Knights from tying the contest. Kingswood did have a couple of penalty corner chances in the final minute of play, but the Oyster River defense kept the shots at bay and the Bobcats earned the 1-0 win and the right to play in the title tilt on Nov. 1.

Look for more info on the first two rounds of the playoffs in the Oct. 29 editions of The Granite State News, Carroll County Independent and Baysider and check out the Nov. 5 editions for the complete story on the semifinal battle.

Matin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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