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High School Football: Concord Prospers Without Star RB Bahuma



Sep. 23—MANCHESTER — Jim Corkum is hoping for the best but preparing the Concord High School football team as if star running back Eli Bahuma will not return to the backfield.

With Bahuma on the sideline in crutches, Concord adapted to his absence in its 34-12 NHIAA Division I triumph over Manchester Central on Friday night at Gill Stadium.

The Crimson Tide offense implemented new blocking schemes, spread the ball around more and opened up the passing game, producing three touchdowns in the process. Concord (2-2) also scored on Levi Madison’s 37-yard pick-six and Oscar Humelsine Perez’s 40-yard fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown.

Bahuma, a senior who rushed for 1,610 yards and 22 touchdowns last fall, sustained a left-knee injury in Concord’s Week 3 loss to Salem. He has an MRI scheduled for this week, Corkum said.

“Have to learn to live without him, as sad as that is,” Corkum said of Bahuma. “Just waiting for guys to step up and hoping that guys will step up and make plays in his absence.”

Senior Jackson Borkush, filling in for Bahuma as Concord’s starting running back, scored on a 12-yard run and a 10-yard reception from quarterback Colby Nyhan in the second quarter. Junior rusher Sawyer McCready (seven carries, 27 yards) capped Concord’s scoring in the third quarter on a 5-yard run.

Borkush, who also nabbed an interception at defensive back, started slow in the run game, logging 4 yards over his first three carries. His fourth tote tied his longest of the day (12 yards) and finished in the end zone, tying the game at 6-6 in the second quarter before Nyhan’s point-after kick put Concord ahead for good.

Nyhan, a junior, ran 10 times for a game-high 85 yards. He also went 5 of 13 passing for 59 yards.

Junior quarterback Caydin Salvi recorded both Central touchdowns. He found classmate Wyatt Fougere for a 16-yard, second-quarter TD pass to open the game’s scoring and capped the game’s scoring with 1:05 remaining on a 6-yard run.

Salvi completed seven of his 18 passing attempts for 123 yards and threw three interceptions. Trevor Wong rushed for 69 yards on five carries for Central (1-3). Fougere had three catches for 44 yards.

“(Bahuma) is a great player,” Central coach Ryan Ray said, “however, they’re a really, really good football team and they’re coached very, very well.”

Source : Yahoo Sports

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