FARMINGTON — The Epping-Newmarket High School football team turned Friday night lights into Friday night lights out for Farmington-Nute.
The Blue Devils went on an early scoring binge to spoil the Tigers’ homecoming game, fueled by quarterback Jake Bisaillon, who threw four of his six touchdown passes in the first quarter to provide the impetus for Epping-Newmarket’s 60-14 win in Division III.
The Blue Devils scored on their first four possessions to lead 24-0 after one quarter. After the Tigers scored twice in the second in an effort get back in the game, the visitors responded with three more TDs to extend the margin to 46-14 at the half.
Epping-Newmarket improved to 2-3 entering its bye week while Farmington-Nute fell to 0-5.
“This is one of those games where all three phases were running – offense, defense, special teams,” said E-N coach Chuck Fitzmaurice. “Most of the season we’ve had two of the three running, but this is the first game we’ve had all three running. It was a good game. It was a nice confidence-builder for us.”
Bisaillon went 8 for 12 in the first half for 222 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for a TD in the game, rushed for a 2-point conversion and passed for another.
Noah Armstrong caught three TD passes of 24 and 38 yards in the first quarter and 29 yards in the third. Armstrong also scored on a 48-yard run that put Epping-Newmarket up 30-14 midway through the second quarter.
“That really set the tone,” said F-N coach Andy Gray. “Letting up 20 points in a quarter is tough to come back from. We’re a young team. Some of these kids have never played football before. That’s part of the learning process. We’re trying to get these kids to stay mentally in the game from the first play to the last play.”
Bisaillon tossed a pair of TD passes to Matt Lockard of 19 and 85 yards. The long one down the left sideline came with 1:31 left in the first half and one play after the Blue Devils recovered a fumble at their 15 to thwart an F-N drive.
“Jake was our starter last year,” Fitzmaurice said. “We know he can do this. Not that he’s been playing bad this year because he hasn’t at all. In two of our three losses he had over 300 yards. Things weren’t getting done on the other end. We made some minor adjustments this week and they responded.”
John Morrissey caught a TD pass of 29 yards for E-N and Josh Manninen ran for an 8-yard score midway through the fourth.
Quarterback Krys Demers figured in both Farmington-Nute touchdowns in the second quarter. He threw a 14-yard TD pass to Noah van der Voet and ran for another from 1 yard out.
“I think at the beginning of the game some of our kids were too amped up,” Gray said. "We had to settle down.”
After F-N’s second touchdown Demers completed a 2-point conversion pass to van der Voet to make it 24-14 with 7:09 left in the first half. Isaiah Williams set up the TD with an interception he returned to the E-N 30.
The Tigers scored three plays later with van der Voet’s 20-yard run to the E-N 1 setting up the touchdown. The Blue Devils scored on their next three possessions to dash F-N’s comeback hopes.
“The game plan was to do what we do on offense and stay there,” Fitzmaurice said, “and be a little more aggressive on defense than we have in the past. It paid dividends.”
Epping-Newmarket scored twice in less than two minutes in the second quarter to open up a 38-14 cushion on a 48-yard run by Armstrong and a 3-yard keeper by Bisaillon two plays after Farmington-Nute punter Chase Hughes recovered a bad snap at the Tigers’ 1.
The Blue Devils lost 2 yards on first down.
A turnover that ended F-N’s ensuing possession led to a one-play drive in which Bisaillon hit Lockard in stride down the left sideline for an 85-yard touchdown and a 46-14 advantage.
“They throw the ball pretty well and they like to blitz a lot,” Gray said. “They play hard and fast. They’ve got some good athletes. They’re not a big team, but they play bigger than what they are.”