The Stevens Cardinals football team accomplished a lot this season but this past Saturday fell short of winning the D III State Championship at Bow.
Playing before a huge crowd of Cardinal supporters, the team was hoping to reward their season long support by winning the first State Championship for Stevens in football since 1968, and the school’s first State Championship since 1989. It was not meant to be, however, as the Falcons of Bow took the title with a 20-6 victory.
Bow got on the board quickly, taking advantage of a short field after a stop and 19 yard return of a Stevens punt into a stiff breeze and scored to make it 7-0. While the Cardinals had some success moving the ball against the top ranked Bow defense, they could not dent the scoreboard in the first half. The Falcons added to their lead with a short touchdown run in the second quarter and as they did in their first meeting took a 14-0 lead into the half.
Stevens would play Bow even in the second half but couldn’t overcome the first half deficit and fell behind 20-0 after the Falcons scored on the opening drive of the second half but had the point after try blocked by Collin Belt. The Cardinals would get on the board at the start of the 4th quarter, following impressive runs from Richard Bell and Pellerin, capping the drive on a 4 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tanguay to Brandon Bell. The drive started after a Robbie Knight tackle caused a Bow fumble which Donald Pellerin pounced on. The conversion failed and that was it for the scoring, accounting for the 20-6 final.
Donald Pellerin turns the corner in the D III State Championship game en route to his 132 yards rushing on the day.
Pellerin rushed for 132 yards against a Bow defense that two weeks earlier had held an 8-0 Pelham team to 56 rushing yards as a team! Pellerin finished his senior season with 1531 yards rushing on 274 carries. Tanguay completed 9 of 19 passes for 51 yards and the touchdown, while Brandon Bell finished with 3 receptions for 34 yards.
The last time a Stevens football team totaled 7 wins in a row was 51 years ago. The seniors won 23 games in their 4 years with the program and the last time that happened was 1943 through 1946, so despite the set back, the team has much to be proud of.
The team would like to thank the school administration, the community, their parents, and ALL who supported them during this season.
All photos courtesy of
Rich Miyara, SHS ‘78
NH Sports Photography
Thank you Rich!!