October 13, 2015

North, Kearsarge, Merrimack continue to climb



1. Nashua North
The Titans continued to build momentum with a come-from-behind victory over Concord on Friday night. North (4-2) has won four of its last five games, and can grab sole possession of first place in Division I West by beating Bishop Guertin on Friday.

2. Kearsarge
The Cougars stretched their winning streak to three games by beating Monadnock 38-26 last weekend. Kearsarge (4-1) has scored at least 33 points in each of its five games.
3. Merrimack
The Tomahawks (4-2) have feasted on teams in the lower tier of Division I (Portsmouth, Spaulding, Dover and Londonderry), but may have earned some respect with how easily they dispatched of the Lancers last weekend (41-7).


1. Trinity
One week after beating Plymouth on a trick play in the final seconds, the Pioneers (3-2) took it on the chin against Milford (46-12) last weekend. Trinity's three victories came come against teams that have a combined one win against New Hampshire competition.

2. Pinkerton
New Hampshire high school football fans hold Pinkerton to a higher standard than anyone else in the state, so even one loss -- like Friday night's 17-7 setback against Winnacunnet -- will create a buzz. Winnacunnet's victory ended Pinkerton's 17-game winning streak and dropped the Astros (5-1) from first to third (tie) in the Power Poll.

3. Plymouth
Perhaps no team has had a more frustrating season than the Bobcats, who lost to Laconia last weekend on a blocked extra point. A week earlier Trinity beat Plymouth (2-4) with a reverse pass in the final seconds. The Bobcats have lost three in a row, and four of their last five.

Nashua North, BG will battle for top spot

Memorial (0-6) at Alvirne (0-6)
Dover (1-5) at Exeter (6-0)
Nashua South (2-4) at Keene (2-4)
Lodonderry (2-4) at Spaulding (0-6)
Merrimack (4-2) at Salem (4-2)
Timberlane (4-2) at Pinkerton (5-1)
Portsmouth (1-5) at Winnacunnet (3-3)
Nashua North (4-2) at Bishop Guertin (4-2)
Bedford (5-1) at Concord (3-3)
Goffstown (6-0) at Central (4-2)
Hollis/Brookline (2-4) at ConVal (1-4)
Plymouth (1-4) at Kearsarge (4-1)
Lebanon (4-1) at Kennett (4-1)
St. Thomas (6-0) at Kingswood (2-3)
Merrimack Valley (2-3) at Laconia (3-2)
Trinity (3-2) at Souhegan (4-1)
Windham (5-0) at Pelham (0-5)
West (0-6) at John Stark (3-3)
Monadnock (3-2) at Sanborn (1-4)
Hanover (1-4) at Pembroke (1-5)
Somersworth (2-3) at Bishop Brady (4-1)
Raymond (1-4) at Bow (5-0
Epping-Newmarket (2-3) at Winnisquam (5-0)
Newfound (0-5) at Fall Mountain (0-5)
Farmington/Nute (1-4) at Campbell (1-4)
Mascoma Valley (2-3) at Franklin (3-2)
Gilford (1-4) at Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough (4-1)
Stevens (4-1) at Newport (5-0)

Power Poll: Goffstown reaches new heights

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1. Goffstown (6-0)
Grizzlies have climbed to the top of the hill.

2. Exeter (6-0)
Exeter and Goffstown are the only unbeatens remaining in Division I.

3. (tie) Bedford (5-1)
Bulldogs remain at No. 3, despite 27-21 loss at Goffstown.

3. (tie) Pinkerton (5-1)
Winnacunnet ended Pinkerton's 17-game winning streak Friday night, causing the Astros to fall from the No. 1 spot.

5. Salem (4-2)
The Blue Devils had a tougher time with Spaulding than many expected.

6. Timberlane (4-2)
The Owls will try to hand Pinkerton its second loss in as many games Friday night.

7. Winnacunnet (3-3)
The Warriors jumped up from No. 10 spot following upset victory at Pinkerton. Winnacunnet will still need some help to earn a playoff spot.

8. St. Thomas (6-0)
The Saints have met little resistance in Division II this season.

9. Windham (5-0)
Pinkerton's loss left Windham with the state's longest winning streak (16 games).

10. Bishop Guertin (4-2) 
The Cardinals have a matchup with Nashua North on Friday that could determine which team finishes first in Division I West.
Also receiving votes: Merrimack (4-2); Nashua North ((4-2).

October 12, 2015

Want to make the playoffs? Here's how ...

Roger Brown

Outlined below are the changes made to how NHIAA football teams will be selected for postseason play following the regular season. The playoff structure for each of the three divisions was changed this year as well.

Division I: 
1.The team in each conference with the best overall win/loss regular-season record will be the conference champion. The conference champions will host first-round games regardless of record. 
2. The remaining four tournament teams will be selected by the two best win/loss records of non-conference champions in the North/West scheduling cluster, and the two best from the South/East scheduling cluster. (8 teams; 4 teams in each of two 2 brackets).
3. The conference champions will be seeded first or second according to win/loss record against common opponents.* The remaining teams will be seeded third or fourth according to win/loss record against common opponents.* (Ex.: in North/West 1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3; South/East 1 vs. 4, 2 vs, 3) The semifinal round is played versus common opponents. * Winner of N/W 1 vs, 4 plays winner of N/W 2 vs. 3; winner of S/E 1 vs 4 plays winner of S/E 2 vs 3. 

*Common opponents for the 2015 season are: North/West conferences and South/East conferences. 

The Football Point Rating System will be utilized to seed the two final teams in Division I based on their record through the semifinal round. 

Division II
1. The team in each of the four conferences with the best Football Point Rating for the regular season will be the conference champion.
2. The next four teams with the best Football Point Rating in the Division will be selected to compete in the quarterfinals.
3. Teams 1-8 will be seeded based on Football Point Rating. (8 teams; all in one bracket).

Division III: 
1. Top four in each conference (A & B) will be seeded based on the Football Point Rating System.
 2. The team in each conference with the best Football Point Rating for the regular season will be the conference champions. 
3. A1 vs. B4; A2 vs. B3; A3 vs. B2; A4 vs. B1 (Point Rating will determine higher seeded team) (8 teams; 4 teams in each of two brackets).

Dartmouth sweeps Ivy awards

HANOVER -- Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams earned the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honor from the Ivy League for his performance against Penn on Saturday, and Dartmouth free safety David Caldwell was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his contribution in the Big Green's 35-3 victory over the previously unbeaten Bulldogs.

Williams, a senior from Corinth, Texas, set the school record for yards passing in a game (435). He  completed 29 of 53 throws and passed for four touchdowns for the second straight week and the fourth time in his career. His career total of 6,088 passing yards also boosted him into second place ahead of Brian Mann and 597 yards shy of Fiedler.

In addition, Williams did not throw an interception, extending his streak of attempts without one to 234.

Caldwell, meanwhile, wreaked havoc on the Yale passing game, picking off two passes and breaking up three others while tying for the team lead with seven tackles. Two of his three breakups came in the second half, and his two interceptions -- the first Big Green player with two in a game in two years -- both came in the red zone (at the 10- and 2-yard lines) to keep the Bulldogs out of the end zone.

Leonard carried Nashua North past Concord


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Kyle Chiasson (Laconia)
Running back ran for 290 yards and two touchdowns in Laconia's 27-26 victory over Plymouth. Chiasson also caught two passes for 86 yards.

Tyler DeNeill (Merrimack)
Caught 10 passes for 125 yards and a TD in Merrimack's 41-7 triumph over Londonderry.

Kyle Faucher (Timberlane)
Fullback ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns in Timberlane's 41-7 victory over Dover.

Justin Grassini (Merrimack)
Quarterback completed 19 of 35 passes for 284 yards and a touchdown to help the Tomahawks defeat Londonderry.

Jordan Hiscoe (Bishop Guertin)
Quarterback completed 10 of 13 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-14 victory against Manchester Memorial.

Sean Holland (Nashua South)
Passed for four touchdowns in Nashua South's 53-22 victory over Alvirne.

Devin Leonard (Nashua North)
Running back gained 179 yards on 25 carries, scored four touchdowns and added a two-point conversion in a 28-21 victory over Concord. Leonard's 5-yard TD run and conversion rush capped the scoring.

Mike Lewis (Winnacunnet)
Halfback ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries to help Winnacunnet upset Pinkerton, 17-7. The victory ended Pinkerton's 17-game winning streak.

Dom Linehan (Hanover)
Running back/safety played with a broken hand and rushed for 103 yards on 17 carries in a 28-6 loss to Lebanon. Linehan also broke up two passes and recorded eight tackles.

Mark Madigan (Milford)
Running back/defensive back gained gained 103 yards on 11 carries, scored three touchdowns and intercepted a pass in a 46-12 victory over Trinity. One of his TDs came on an 85-yard kickoff return.

Alex Matarozzo (Kingswood)
Scored the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard run to help Kingswood defeat ConVal 41-35. Matarozzo rushed for 228 yards and three TDs.

Ryan Milliken (Lebanon)
Rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in a 28-6 victory over Hanover. Also had two receptions for 14 yards.

Brenden Mooney (Laconia)
Had nine receptions for 136 yards and three TDs in Laconia's victory over Plymouth.

Justin Norris (Kearsarge)
Rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, and also caught two passes for 147 yards and two TDs to help the Cougars beat Monadnock 38-26.

Offensive line (Souhegan)
Sabers had more than 500 yards of offense in a 26-7 triumph over Sanborn. Tackle Aaron Stonebraker, guard Blake Karavas, center Evan Dodge, guard Nick Truchon, tackle Luuc Grondstra and tight end Matt Blood paved the way so three Souhegan running back could each rush for more than 100 yards.

Keith Schultz (Laconia)
Middle linebacker recorded 13 tackles, caught a pair of two-point-conversion passes and blocked a PAT with 1:50 to play to preserve Laconia's 27-26 lead against Plymouth.
Coaches who would like to submit candidates for Helmet Stickers can do so by emailing the player's name, position and statistics from the most recent game to rbrown@nhfootballreport.com. The information must be received no later than 9 a.m. on the Monday following the game.

Defense pushes New Hampton past Proctor

Roger Brown

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New Hampton raised its record to 3-0 by posting a 32-3 victory at Proctor Academy on Saturday.

Nick Spaulding, Paul Corapi and Matt Narewski were part of a defense that forced three fumbles and intercepted two passes. New Hampton scored 19 points in the first quarter and led 25-3 at halftime.

Anthony Gaines ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass for the Huskes, who also received TD runs from Christian Everett, Nick Heras and Chad Kidd.

The loss dropped Proctor's record to 2-1.

New Hampton will face St. Thomas More on Saturday (3:30 p.m) at Kennedy Field.

New Hampton 32, Proctor 3
Roxbury Latin 18, St. Paul's 9
Portsmouth Abbey 48, Tilton 23
Pingree 61, Holderness 48
Loomis Chaffee 46, Phillips Exeter 21

October 10, 2015

Williams, Dartmouth derail Yale


Dartmouth 35, Yale 3

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Quarterback Dalyn Williams set a school record by passing for 435 yards to help Dartmouth raise its record to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League. 

Williams completed 29 of 53 passes, the threw for four touchdowns. He became the first Dartmouth quarterback to pass for at least 300 yards in three consecutive games.

Dartmouth's top receivers were Ryan McManus (six receptions for 116 yards), Jon Marc Carrier (six for 103) and Victor Williams (five for 91). David Caldwell led the Dartmouth defense with seven tackles and two interceptions.

The loss dropped Yale to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League. 

Bentley 19, Saint Anselm 14

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Running back George Craan capped a six-play, 91-yard drive by scoring on a 2-yard run with 44 seconds to play to give Bentley (3-3) the come-from-behind victory.

Saint Anselm (2-4) took a 14-13 lead when it blocked a punt and Issa Conteh Jr. recovered the ball in the end zone. Running back Elad Covaliu scored Saint Anselm's other TD on a 3-yard run. Covaliu gained 115 yards and 21 carries.

Saint Anselm quarterback Eric Fairweather ran for 81 yards on 13 carries, but was held to 45 yards passing. He completed 10 of 18 pass attempts.

Franklin Pierce 18, Navy 16

Franklin Pierce intercepted seven passes, blocked a punt and blocked a field goal and ended Navy's 11-game winning streak Friday night. Brandon Knight had four of Franklin Pierce's seven interceptions.

Franklin Pierce (2-2) scored on D.J. MacDonald's 1-yard run; and Derek Reddy's 24-yard pass for Michael Holdridge; and Kyle Salucco's 46-yard field goal. Jack Mahoney also scored on a two-point-conversion attempt.

Navy fell to 3-1.

Goffstown gets the best of Bedford

Timberlane 41, Dover 7
Central 45, Keene 28
Merrimack 41, Londonderry 7
Bishop Guertin 50, Memorial 14
Nashua South 53, Alvirne 22
Winnacunet 17, Pinkerton 7
Exeter 43, Portsmouth 14
Salem 27, Spaulding 20
Goffstown 27, Bedford 21
Nashua North 28, Concord 21
Lebanon 28, Hanover 6
Kearsarge 38, Monadnock 26
Kingswood 41, ConVal 35 (OT)
Milford 46, Trinity 12
Hollis/Brookline 16, Pelham 6
John Stark 35, Pembroke 0
Laconia 27, Plymouth 26
St. Thomas 38, West 0
Souhegan 26, Sanborn 7

Lewis, Winnacunnet stun Pinkerton

Roger Brown

Senior running back Mike Lewis ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries to help Winnacunnet knock off Pinkerton Academy 17-7 Friday night in Derry.

Winnacunnet, which improved its record to 3-3, led 14-0 at halftime and 14-7 entering the fourth quarter. Anthony Primavera's 20-yard field goal capped the scoring with 3:53 to play.

Pinkerton, which entered the game as the No. 1 team in the Union Leader/WMUR/ESPN New Hampshire Power Poll, received 131 yards rushing on 18 carries from Brett Dattilo. The loss ended Pinkerton's 17-game winning streak.

"We're not the biggest school and I'm pretty sure Pinkerton is the biggest school in the state, but we put that past us," Lewis said. "We're all high school kids. It comes down to heart and effort."

Lewis scored first-half touchdowns on runs of 1 and 2 yards. Pinkerton's TD came on a 4-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Albrecht  to split end Kayden Baillargeon with 10:27 left in the third quarter.

The Astros dropped to 5-1. Before Friday, Pinkerton's last loss came against Concord in the 2013 Division I championship game.

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