The Bow Falcons are coming off a bye week and are hoping that getting back to the basics will score them a win against Kennett in Week 6 of high school football.
Coach Paul Cohen said the team has been focusing on blocking, running, tackling, passing and catching after losing to last year's Division II champs Plymouth in Week 4.
"After our first loss against Plymouth, we had a week off which helped with healing and adolescent ego-wise," Cohen said. "If you want to win, you go back to the basics. You have to be sound in all aspects of the game."
Cohen said the loss to Plymouth could be a benefit to the team in the long run.
"If history is any indicator, in 2013 we were state champs and only had one loss," he said. "In 2004, we won our first state championship. The team was at a crossroads at this point in the season. During that season, I told them, 'You are going to rise or fall,' and they responded."
Cohen said the Falcons cannot take any opponent lightly though.
"Kennett is very big and has some explosive capabilities," he said.
The Eagles are coming off a 42-0 win against Lebanon in Week 5 and are 2-2 for the season so far.
Coach Vaughn Beckwith said he feels like Bow and Kennett are very identical teams.
"Bow has a lot of big and physical players and likes to run the ball," Beckwith said. He said the Eagles also have good-sized offensive and defensive lines, but that some of the Falcons' backs are a little bigger.
"We feel like a couple of our guys have more elusive qualities though," he said.
According to Beckwith, all the team can do is "execute and do our jobs." He said he expects a tough game that will go down to the wire.
One aspect that may give an advantage to Bow is that they get to play at home, rather than having to drive two hours.
The game kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday.
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Here's the lineup for the rest of the season:
FRIDAY 10/13, 7PM – INTERLAKES / MOULTONBORO AT STEVENS
FRIDAY 10/20, 7PM – NASHUA NORTH AT SALEM
FRIDAY 10/27, 7PM – PORTSMOUTH AT DOVER
Week 1's game — SPAULDING (ROCHESTER) AT PORTSMOUTH — can be watched in its entirety here.
Week 2's game — BISHOP GUERTIN AT MERRIMACK — can be watched in its entirety here.
Week 3’s game — EPPING/NEWMARKET AT SOMERSWORTH — can be watched in its entirety here.
Week 4's game — LONDONDERRY AT PINKERTON — can be watched in its entirety here.
Week 4's game — BOW AT PLYMOUTH — can be watched in its entirety here.
Week 5's game — EXETER AT BEDFORD — can be watched in its entirety here.