July 23, 2014

Shrine stars are ready to shine

Roger Brown

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Practice for next month's Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl begins Saturday at Castleton (Vt.) State College.

This year's game will be played Aug. 2 at Dartmouth's Memorial Field (5:30 p.m.). New Hampshire won last year's matchup with Vermont 43-0 and leads the series 45-13-2.

Here's what New Hampshire coach Dave Jackson had to say about his roster:

"Our skill kids are off the chart," Jackson said. "I can't remember UNH being interested in this many New Hampshire kids (at least four NH players will play for UNH). It's not like they waste roster space and lockers on kids just because they're local. We're gonna be all set at the skill positions. 

"I'd say the secondary could be the strength of our defense, just because of our athleticism. We don't want to play kids both ways, so we tried to split our superheros, our eye-popping film guys, on both sides of the ball. I think the physicality of some of the kids who played in the CHaD Game like Kyle Reisert and Marc Gaudet is another strong area.
We have a rare combination of character and characters."

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New Hampshire Roster
Dwight AlfordOL/LBBow
Cody AlwardWR/DBCampbell
Jack AthanasQB/DBGilford
Alec BoucherWR/DBWinnacunnet
Shawn CavallaroSlot/DBHanover
David CrichtonOL/DLWindham
Dean DustinOL/OLBPembroke
Trent FortuneOL/DLBedford
Marc GaudetRB/OLBConcord
Jake GeppertWR/DBSt. Thomas
Patrick GlynnOL/DLPortsmouth
Ryan HeadTE/DLMerrimack Valley
Colin HealeyOL/DL Merrimack
Kai KleyensteuberOL/DLStevens
Trevor KnightQB/DBNashua South
Jared KuehlRB/LBPlymouth
Peter LalimeOL/DLExeter
Cole MartinWR/KR/DBMerrimack Valley
Jason MartinezRB/DBSalem
Christian McKennaQB/DBCampbell
Hayden MiddletonPK/PSt. Thomas
Alex ParenteauTE/DE/LBKeene
Drake ParkerOL/DLGilford
Donald PellerinWR/DBStevens
Drew PrescottRB/DBSouhegan
Kyle ReisertTE/DE Plymouth
Brad RhoadesRB/DBTrinity
Colin RichardsonOL/DLExeter
Matt TetuWR/DBBishop Brady
Tristan TherouxTE/DLTrinity
Nick VailasWR/DBBedford
Jacob ValinskiLB/DLEpping/Newmarket
Dakota VanTasselOLWinnisquam
Eric WaddingtonRB/LBDover
Ryan PinardOL/LBGoffstown
Joseph LeclercWR/DBEpping/Newmarket

UNH's Steriti, Harris named to CAA All-Conference Team


Quarterback John Robertson Junior 6-1 215 Villanova 

Defensive Line Mike Reilly Senior 6-4 265 William and Mary 

Quarterback John Robertson Junior 6-1 215 Villanova 
Running Back Omar Osbourne Senior 6-1 195 UAlbany 
Running Back Nico Steriti Senior 5-11 224 New Hampshire 
Fullback Emmanuel Holder Junior 5-11 255 Towson 
Wide Receiver Stephen Barnette Senior 6-3 190 Richmond 
Wide Receiver R.J. Harris Senior 6-0 203 New Hampshire 
Wide Receiver Tre McBride Senior 6-2 205 William and Mary 
Tight End Nick Boyle Senior 6-4 265 Delaware 
Offensive Line Austin Gund Senior 6-3 305 Richmond 
Offensive Line Ross Hall Senior 6-4 300 Villanova 
Offensive Line Bruce Johnson Junior 6-3 285 Maine 
Offensive Line Andrew Jones Junior 6-1 280 William and Mary 
Offensive Line Vince Kowalski Senior 6-4 305 Villanova 

Defensive Line Trevor Bates Junior 6-2 245 Maine 
Defensive Line Ryan Delaire Senior 6-4 250 Towson 
Defensive Line Evan Kelly Junior 6-2 285 Richmond 
Defensive Line Mike Reilly Senior 6-4 265 William and Mary 
Linebacker Andrew Bose Senior 6-2 232 Rhode Island 
Linebacker Airek Green Senior 6-0 225 William and Mary 
Linebacker Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga Sophomore 6-1 235 Maine 
Linebacker Luke Rhodes Junior 6-2 242 William and Mary 
Safety Christian Carpenter Junior 6-2 185 Towson 
Safety Dean Marlowe Senior 6-2 205 James Madison 
Cornerback DeAndre Houston-Carson Junior 6-1 205 William and Mary 
Cornerback Tye Smith Senior 6-0 170 Towson 

Return Specialist Tre McBride Senior 6-2 205 William and Mary 
Placekicker Sean Decloux Junior 6-2 184 Maine 
Punter Eric Enderson Sophomore 6-1 210 Delaware

UNH tops CAA preseason poll

(first-place votes) 
1. New Hampshire (15) 
2. Villanova (2) 
3. Richmond (3) 
4. William and Mary (3) 
5. Towson 
6. Delaware 
7. Maine 
8. James Madison (1) 
9. Stony Brook 
10. UAlbany 
11. Rhode Island 
12. Elon

July 22, 2014

QB camp coming to Windham

Complete QB logo.pngLooking to sharpen your skills as a quarterback before the 2014 season? If so, the Complete QB Quarterback Development Camp may be for you.

The Complete QB camp will be held at Windham High School on Aug. 2-3, and is open to those entering grades 4-12. A Complete QB t-shirt, a camp manual and a Hudl account are included as part of the $250 registration cost. 

Walk-in registrations will be accepted on the first day of camp for an additional fee of $50.

For more information on the camp or to register, visit www.completeqb.com.

Five UNH games will be televised

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CAA Football announced Tuesday that the University of New Hampshire football team will have a total of five televised games during the 2014 regular season, and that includes four by the conference's broadcast partners.


UNH's five televised games include two home games - vs. Lehigh (Sept. 13; American Sports Network) and William & Mary (Oct. 11; NBC Sports Network) - and road games against Toledo (Aug. 30; ESPN3), Richmond (Sept. 20; Comcast SportsNet) and Maine (Nov. 22; NBCSN).


CAA football begins its third year of a five-year broadcast agreement with NBC Sports Network, which is available in more than 85 million households. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream each of the four CAA games, including the Wildcats' battles against William & Mary and Maine, on NBCSN.


The conference's 2014 television package kicks off Sept. 13 when New Hampshire plays host to Lehigh University at Cowell Stadium on ASN.


Here is UNH's CAA football TV schedule:

Date                Opponent                        Time                        Network

Aug. 30            at Toledo                       7:00pm            ESPN3

Sept. 13           Lehigh                        3:30pm            American Sports Network

Sept. 20           at Richmond                 4:00pm            Comcast SportsNet

Oct. 11            William & Mary            3:30pm            NBC Sports Network

Nov. 22            at Maine                        3:30pm            NBC Sports Network

BOLD - Home game

UNH opens the season at Toledo on Aug. 30. Kickoff at Glass Bowl is scheduled for 7 p.m. on ESPN3. The Wildcats' home opener is Sept. 13. vs. Lehigh at Cowell Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on American Sports Network.

Clarifying Concord's situation

Roger Brown

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The Concord High School football team did not advance out of pool play at Saturday's Under Armour 7-on-7 Northeast Regional, as was originally announced at the event (and reported).

There was confusion when Concord, Lebanon and St. Johnsbury (Vt.) each finished with a 2-2 record in pool play. Two teams from each pool advanced to the single-elimination portion of the tournament.

Concord, Lebanon and St. Johnsbury each went 1-1 in head-to-head competition. The second tiebreaker, points scored, eliminated Lebanon. Concord and St. Johnsbury scored the same number of points, but St. Johnsbury advanced because it beat Concord head to head.

"If Concord had scored one more point they would have moved on," tournament director Steve Dembowski said. 

After pool play it was announced that Concord had advanced, but was replaced by St. Johnsbury because Concord had left Exeter High School -- the tournament's site -- thinking (correctly) that it had lost the tiebreaker.

As it turned out, St. Johnsbury advanced out of pool play via the second tiebreaker, not because Concord had left early.

Media Blitz: McCarty excited about first season with UNH

College: Wildcats welcome new defensive line coach >> Bangor Daily News

July 21, 2014

Sanbornton's Preston named preseason All-American

Lake Forest College's John Preston, a Sanbornton resident, has been named to the USA Network's USA College Football 2014 Preseason All-America Team. Lake Forest is a Division III school located in Lake Forest, Ill.

Preston, a senior linebacker, was a First Team All-Midwest Conference selection in 2013 after leading Lake Forest with 72 tackles. He also recorded a team-high four interceptions, forced a fumble and had one fumble recovery. He recorded at least four tackles in each of Lake Forest's 10 games and had at least eight tackles in seven of those games.

Despite moving from fullback to linebacker during his freshman season, Preston has made 193 tackles in his career, including 15 tackles for loss and three sacks. He was named MWC Defensive Performer of the Week as a freshman and earned D3football.com Team of the Week honors last season.

Lake Forest is coming off back-to-back 8-2 seasons and has won 15 of 18 league games during that span.

Preston was an all-state player at Bishop Brady High School before he transferred to Tabor Academy.

July 19, 2014

St. John's Prep wins UA North Regional at Exeter

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St. John's Prep of Danvers, Mass., topped a field of 40 teams to win the Under Armour 7-on-7 tournament's North Regional at Exeter High School on Saturday.

St. John's Prep beat Tewksbury, Mass., 16-8 in the championship game. Boston College-bound tight end Jake Burt caught a TD pass for St. John's Prep in that victory.

York, Maine, and Winthrop, Mass., were the other teams that reached the semifinals.

Four New Hampshire teams -- Kennett, Timberlane, Windham and Merrimack Valley -- advanced out of pool play and into the Round of 16. 

Kennett and Windham each reached the quarterfinals. Winthrop, Mass., beat Kennett, and Tewksbury eliminated Windham. Kennett and Windham each went 4-0 in pool play.

Exeter, Goffstown, West, Pembroke, Portsmouth, Lebanon, Dover, Memorial, St. Thomas, Londonderry, Winnacunnet and John Stark are the other New Hampshire teams that competed in the event.

By reaching the North Regional championship game, St. John's Prep and Tewksbury each advanced to the New England championship, which will be held at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, Mass., on July 30. The finalists from each of three regionals, plus four wildcard teams will fill the New England championship's 10-team field.
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July 16, 2014

Media Blitz: Replay will be part of CAA this season

College: Top CAA storylines in 2014 >> Richmond Times-Dispatch

High School:
No NH teams in New England Top 10 >> nationalhsfootball.com