June 30, 2015

Saint Anselm Shootout rescheduled

The Saint Anselm Shootout 7-on-7 tournament that was postponed by rain Sunday has been rescheduled for July 12. Twenty-eight teams registered for the event, which will be held at Saint Anselm's Grappone Stadium.

Limited space available for Granite State Lineman Challenge

Two team spots are still available for the 2015 Granite State Lineman Challenge, which will be held July 11 at Manchester Memorial High High School. Twelve teams competed in the event last year, and 16 teams have registered this year.

The cost is $175 for the first five-player team, and an additional $25 for each participant over the first five players. Lunch and t-shirts will be provided. Events will be similar to last year with the exception of the tire pull.

Dover, Londonderry, Pelham, Manchester Memorial, Manchester Central, Epping-Newmarket, Milford, Nashua North, Merrimack, Merrimack Valley, Pelham, John Stark, Hanover and Portsmouth are the teams that are currently registered (Some schools have entered two teams). Teams that register can pay at a later date.

Check-in for players will begin at 9 a.m. and there will be a brief meeting for coaches at 9:30 a.m. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Those with questions can contact Ray Connolly at rconnolly@mansd.org.

Memorial coaches offering skills camp

There will be a skills-and-conditioning camp at Manchester Memorial's Chabot/McDonough Field on July 27-30, from 5 to 8 p.m. each night.

The camp will be run by Manchester Memorial head coach Peter Colcord and his staff. The camp is open to any player age 8 through those entering their senior year in high school. The cost is $50 for all four sessions.

For more information or to register, contact Colcord at coachcolcord@yahoo.com or by calling 867-0757.

June 29, 2015

NHFR Top 50 Watch List (updated)


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This is a preliminary list, and includes NHIAA football players only (no prep school players). The NHFR TOP 50, which represents the top 50 high school players in the state, is currently being finalized and will be released this week.

Note: Players in bold are recent additions to the list.

Watch List: Jackson Allen (DB) Exeter; Cooper Anibal (PK) Bedford; Riley Antle (RB) Kearsarge; Joey Auger (SE/DB) Portsmouth; Matt Ayotte (DB) Salem; Saikou Bah (RB) Trinity; Kyle Ball (QB/DB) Exeter; Blake Barbin (RB) Spaulding; Johnny Bartose (RB) Salem; Cam Bond (LB/DB) Goffstown; Connor Bourque (RB) Goffstown; Nick Brothers (RB/DB) Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough; Danny Brown (QB) Alvirne; Kyle Cantalupo (PK) Pinkerton; Kyle Chiasson (RB/DB) Laconia; Derek Clough (OG) Winnacunnet; Tim Comeau (OT/DE) Goffstown; Zach Comeau (DB) Goffstown; Sam Cooper (OL) Keene; Brendan Corrigan (OL) Keene; Brendan Cray (DB) Souhegan; Mike Curley (LB) Pinkerton; Schuyler Cyrus (OT/NT) Hanover; Tyler DeNeill (DB) Merrimack; Nehemyah Dion (DT) Londonderry; Max Fay (RB) Nashua North; Jacob Filgate (DB) Laconia; Danny Flynn (RB/LB) Bedford; Matt Fogarty (OL/DL) Bishop Brady; Noah Fogg (OL/DL/LB) Newfound; Tristan Fownes (TE/DE) Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough; Tyler Furey (RB) Timberlane; Conor Ganon (LB/RB) Campbell; Casey Gervais (QB) Goffstown; Alex Gladu (DL) Portsmouth; Joe Goudey (DL) Bishop Guertin; Nate Hall (RB/LB) Manchester Memorial; Thomas Hart (LB) Bishop Guertin; Bobby Heald (OL/DL) Bedford; Stephen Hedberg (QB) St. Thomas; Jordan Hiscoe (QB) Bishop Guertin; Austin Hogancamp (G) Kearsarge; Jackson Housman (RB/DB) Bishop Guertin; Chase Hughes (LB) Bishop Guertin; Jason Hughes (QB) Timberlane; Tom Joyce (G/DT) Manchester Memorial; Brad Kamal (RB/LB) Alvirne; Patrick Kaplan (OL/DL) Franklin; Mac Kimball (PK) Bow; Cam Kinney (LB) Souhegan; Shane Lafond (RB/DB) Windham; Josh Lapointe (DB) Spaulding; Clay LeGault (OT/DE) Memorial; Steve Lambert (TE/DE) Nashua North; C.J. Lawrence (RB/LB) Newport; Christian Lawrence (OL/DL) Newport; Mike Lewis (RB) Winnacunnet; Hunter Long (TE) Exeter; Lucas Lower (DB) Keene; Joey Lydick (G) Pinkerton; Mark Madigan (RB/DB) Milford; Tyler Maheu (SE/DB) Newport; Doug Maroun (LB) Salem; Evan Martin (SB/DB) Merrimack Valley; Trevor Martin (DB) St. Thomas; Drew McDonald (SE) Kennett; Danny McKillop (LB) Merrimack; Drew McQuarrie (QB/DB) John Stark; Carter Mercer (QB) Gilford; Liam Middleton (SE) St. Thomas; Ryan Milliken (RB) Lebanon; Colin Morrow (WR) Nashua South; Mike Muchmore (DL) Nashua North; Jason Murray (DT) Plymouth; Sean Nartiff (OT) Salem; D.J. O'Donnell (DL) Exeter; Kody Palladino (C/DT) Milford; Bennett Parkinson (OL) Alvirne; Gabe Paster (OT) Winnacunnet; Christian Peete (WR) Portsmouth; Victor Pizzotti (DE) Windham; Will Pollard (QB) Kennett; Jacob Post (WR) Timberlane; Tom Regan (OT/DT) Manchester Central; Gary Richard (LB) Londonderry; Chris Robbins (RB/OLB) Bow; Theo Scarlett (DE) Kennett; Keith Schultz (LB) Laconia; Matt Shea (DB) Windham; Charles Sibanda (RB) Salem; Jackson Spooner (RB/LB) Gilford; Greg Stanton (LB) Nashua North; Hayden Sturdevant (OT) Pinkerton; Leo Sudieh (RB/DB) Concord; Matt Theriault (WR) Bishop Guertin; Chris Thurber (TB/LB) Bishop Brady; Walker Tuttle (LB/RB) Lebanon; T.J. Urbanik (RB/DB) Pinkerton; Harrison Vedrani (OL/DL) Campbell; Noah Wade (RB/DB) Newport; Bryce Walker (RB/DB) Milford; Mason Wallace (RB/LB) Exeter; Cameron Webster (TE) Kearsarge; Keegan Williams (G) Trinity; David Wiedenfeld (DB) Londonderry; Pat Witt (OT) Winnacunnet.
Players were selected for the NHFR Top 50 Watch List based on on-field performance. Players were either seen live or on film (or both). In some cases input from high school and college coaches was also used in a player's evaluation.

June 28, 2015

Showcase moved to New Hampshire SportsPlex

Because of wet conditions, today's New Hampshire Football Showcase has been moved from Bedford High School to the following location:

New Hampshire SportsPlex
68 Technology Drive
Bedford, N.H.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are a limited number of spots still available for walk-up registration, which will begin at 8.

June 27, 2015

Strong second half carries East to victory

Roger Brown

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Eric Fairweather played out of position Saturday night, but you wouldn't have known it by just watching him.

Fairweather, who earned the state's Gatorade Player of the Year Award as a quarterback at Londonderry High School, spent much of this year's CHaD New Hampshire East-West All-Star Game at tailback and scored three touchdowns to help the East rally for a 29-15 victory at St. Anselm's Grappone Stadium.

Fairweather scored the game's final three TDs: a 14-yard run with 8:47 left in the third quarter; a 1-yard run with 2:46 left in the third quarter; and a 33-yard run with 7:47 to play. He also tossed a two-point conversion pass to Windham's Joey Frake following his first touchdown. That made it a 15-15 game.

Fairweather carried the ball 17 times for 108 yards and three touchdowns. He also completed an 11-yard pass to Spaulding's Brendon Mathias. It was the only pass the East completed in the game.

"He's the best player in New Hampshire," East coach Craig Kozens said. 

The East turned the ball over five times in the first half and six times in the game. The West scored 15 points in the first quarter and led 15-0 entering the third.

"We knew if we came out and played our game (in the second half) it was our game to win," Fairweather said.

It was the first East victory in the game, which began in 2012. The West won 44-12 in 2012, 13-7 in 2013, and 24-7 in 2014.

Windham quarterback Brendan McInnis scored the other East touchdown on a 1-yard run with 11;01 left in the second half. Spaulding's Mitchell Cyr, a late addition to the East roster, made each of his three PAT kicks.

Bedford's Michael Vailas scored on a hook-and-lateral play for the West, which also scored on a 23-yard pass from Concord quarterback Robbie Law to Concord wide receiver Jacob Szulc.

The East had a 397-273 edge in total offense.

"Our worst fear came true, which was they wore us down up front and they just started to take it to us," West coach Keith Jones said. "Hats off to them. They just pounded us in the second half. They just wore us out."

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RUSHING -- East: Eric Fairweather 17-108 (3 TDs); Kevin Moreau 5-61; Kurtis Jolicoeur 12-58, Joey Frake 1-44, Nate Arnold 7-39, Jack Mahoney 11-35, Mike Ryan 1-16, Brendon Mathias 5-16, Brendan McInnis 3-9 (1 TD). West: Ivan Niyomugabo 11-41; Robbie Law 8-22; Josh Perry 5-15; Jack Cavallaro 2-10; Matt Ehrenberg 1-9; Michael Vailas 2-8; Ryan Barry 1-6; Kris Skinner 2-4; Kyle Cushion 1-4; Kelvin Rivera 2-2; Christian Marquis 1-(-3); Justin Robinson 4-(-6); Drew Sanborn 1-(-8).

PASSING -- East: Eric Fairweather (1-5-1, 11 yards, 1 INT); Brendan McInnis (0-2-0, 0 yards). West: Robbie Law (8-15-0, 125 yards, 1 TD); Ivan Niyomugabo (2-13-0, 44 yards).

RECEIVING -- East: Brendon Mathias 1-11. West: Jacob Szulc 5-99 (1 TD), Michael Vailas 2-45, Christian Marquis 1-11, Paul Teixeira 1-7, Taylor Larson 1-4, Ryan Barry 0-3.

Saint Anselm Shootout postponed

Sunday's Saint Anselm Shootout 7-on-7 tournament has been postponed because of field and weather issues. No make-up date has been announced.

Athletes who were planning to attend the Shootout can still register for Sunday's New Hampshire Football Showcase, which has been moved to the New Hampshire SportsPlex in Bedford (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

Showcase moved to New Hampshire SportsPlex

Because heavy rain and strong wind is in the forecast, Sunday's New Hampshire Football Showcase has been moved from Bedford High School to the following location:

New Hampshire SportsPlex
68 Technology Drive
Bedford, N.H.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are a limited number of spots still available for walk-up registration.

June 26, 2015

New Hampshire Showcase will be held rain or shine

Sunday's New Hampshire Football Showcase will be held at Bedford High School (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) rain or shine. If the forecast calls for rain, players should be prepared to perform in wet conditions.

CHaD Game: East seeking first victory

CHaD New Hampshire All-Star Game

East vs. West

When and where: Saturday (7 p.m.) at St. Anselm's Grappone Stadium.
Team records: The West leads the series 3-0.

Head coaches: Laconia's Craig Kozens is coaching the East. Milford's Keith Jones is guiding the West.
2014 result: The West won 24-7 in overtime.
Tickets: Tickets will be available at the gate, which opens at 6 p.m.
Noteworthy: Jones, who steered the West to a 44-12 victory in the inaugural CHaD game, will be trying make it four victories in four tries for the West. The West also prevailed 13-7 in overtime in the 2013 game. ... St. Anselm-bound quarterback Eric Fairweather (Londonderry) will lead the East. Fairweather was selected as New Hampshire's Gatorade Player of the Year following his senior season, when he rushed for 1,245 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also completed 62 of 133 passes for 1,225 yards and 11 TDs as a senior. Fairweather will share time at QB with Brendan McInnis, who led Windham to last year's Division II title. Fairweather, McInnins, Kevin Moreau (Campbell), Noah Robison (Pinkerton) and Neil Vorster (Exeter) were selected as the East captains. Sam Gilot (Memorial), Josh Perry (Nashua South), Paul Teixeira (Goffstown) and Jack Cavallaro (Hanover) are the West captains. ... Concord's Robbie Law and Merrimack Valley's Ivan Niyomugabo are the West QBs. As a junior Law set Concord records for passing yards in a season (1,623) and passes completed in a game (21). Niyomugabo has signed to play at the University of New Hampshire.  
... This will be the second time the game has been played at St. Anselm College's Grappone Stadium. The first two games were held at UNH. It will also be the first time the games has been played at night. ... Players from last year's three state championship teams -- Pinkerton (Division I), Windham (Division II) and Campbell (Division III) -- are playing for the East. ... The East has two Division I  (FCS) players on its offensive line: Vorster (Holy Cross) and Robison (Coastal Carolina). ... Niyomugabo, Concord wide receiver Jacob Szulc and Bedford split end Mike Vailas each had their senior season cut short by injury. ... The game will feature 15-minute quarters. 

Prediction: East 26, West 21.

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