August 4, 2015

NHIAA Top 10: Astros start where they left off


1. Pinkerton
Last year's Division I champion remains the team to beat. Pinkerton returns a veteran backfield, including halfback T.J. Urbanik,

2. Goffstown 
This should be the best Goffstown team we've seen in a long time.  Returnees include running back Connor Bourque, quarterback Casey Gervais and tight end/defensive end Tim Comeau.

3. Salem
The Blue Devils should be a playoff team this season. Running back Johnny Bartose, linebacker Doug Maroun, offensive lineman/defensive end Sean Nartiff and running back Charles Sibanda all made the NHFR Top 50.

4. Exeter
Unlike many Division I teams, Exeter will enter the season with an experienced starting quarterback (Kyle Ball). 

5. Londonderry
Eric Fairweather has moved on, but the Lancers turned the corner last year and will field another strong team this season.

6. Bedford
The Bulldogs promoted from within (Derek Stank) after Kurt Hines resigned, so don't expect much to change at Bedford.

7. St. Thomas

When you talk about the top teams in Division II, the conversation has to start with the Saints.

8. Bishop Guertin

The Cardinals were the best team in Nashua last season. That may be the case again. 

9. Windham

Last year's Division II champion graduated a lot, but expect the Jaguars to be in the hunt for another title this season.

10. Portsmouth

The Clippers have been one the state's most consistent programs in the last decade. There's still plenty of skill. The questions are up front.

Media Blitz: NHIAA makes changes to postseason

High School: NHIAA changes football selection process >> Union Leader

High School:
Trick play fueled New Hampshire's fire >> Union Leader

Scrimmage schedules ...

The following is a list of preseason scrimmages and jamborees. Information to update this list can be sent to Please include the teams, location, time and date.

AUG. 18
Epping/Newmarket at West2 p.m.

AUG. 20
Spaulding at Epping/Newmarket2 p.m.

AUG. 22
Upper Valley Jamboree*11 a.m.
*at Hanover High School

AUG. 27
Seacoast Jamboree*5 p.m.
*at Somersworth High School

AUG. 28
Queen City Jamboree*3:30 p.m.
*at Gill Stadium/Manchester

AUG. 29
Kennett, Newfound at Epping/Newmarket11 a.m.
Somersworth at Stevens11 a.m.

August 3, 2015

NFT offering QB skills camp in Epping

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August 2, 2015

Upper Valley Jamboree will be held in Hanover

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Media Blitz: New Hampshire extends streak

High School: New Hampshire rules again >> Valley News

High School: New Hampshire rallies to victory >> Burlington Free Press

High School: Trick play helps New Hampshire >> Concord Monitor

August 1, 2015

Fourth-quarter propels New Hampshire to victory

Roger Brown

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Entering the fourth quarter of the 62nd Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl it remained either team's game. New Hampshire asserted itself over the final 12 minutes, however.

Vermont had a five-point lead after three quarters, but New Hampshire scored 20 fourth-quarter points Saturday and posted a 27-12 victory at Castleton University.

Gilford wide receiver Kyle Gaudet hauled in three touchdown passes, and all three were thrown by Bishop Brady quarterback Brendan Johnson. Guadet was also involved in the game's key play -- a 40-yard hook and ladder that resulted in a New Hampshire touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.

After Johnson hooked up with Nashua South's Andrew DeCarteret for the two-point conversion, New Hampshire had a 15-12 lead it would not relinquish.

The hook-and-ladder play began with Johnson completing a pass to Gaudet, who tossed the ball to Londonderry's Dennis Bishop. The momentum swung in New Hampshire's favor after Bishop entered the end zone.

Gaudet caught a 17-yard TD pass from Johnson with 8:53 to play, and a 57-yard TD pass from Johnson with 3:37 left. Gaudet's second touchdown catch was set up by Max Troiano's 32-yard punt return that gave New Hampshire possession on the Vermont 10-yard line. Troiano also played at Gilford.

It was the 15th consecutive victory for New Hampshire, which leads the series 47-13-2.

Gaudet also opened the scoring when he caught a 90-yard TD pass from Portsmouth's Connor DiCesare with 11:10 left in the first half. Kingswood's Jeff Madden made the point-after kick.

DiCesare's 90-yard TD pass was the longest pass play in Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl history. It came on a third-and-26 play.

Vermont quarterback Austin Robinson (Middlebury) scored on a 1-yard run with 38.2 seconds left in the first half, but the PAT failed. It was an eight-play drive (all running plays) and covered 40 yards.

Vermont took a 12-7 lead when Robinson hooked up with Rice's Anthony Phillip  for a 34-yard TD pass with 3:06 left in the third. It was Robinson's only completion in 13 pass attempts.

New Hampshire had a 322-194 edge in total offense, but finished the game with minus 3 yards rushing.


July 31, 2015

Shrine teams will use different tactics

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Photo credit: Marilou Childs

62nd Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl

New Hampshire vs. Vermont

When and where: Saturday (5:30 p.m.) at Castleton State College.
Team records: New Hampshire leads the series 46-13-2.

Head coaches: Campbell coach Greg Gush is New Hampshire's head coach. Middlebury's Dennis Smith is guiding Vermont.
2014 result: New Hampshire won, 42-6.
Last Vermont victory: 2000 game (47-40).
Tickets: Tickets are $15 and will be available at the gate.
Noteworthy: New Hampshire fans who attend Saturday's game may leave Castleton State College thinking left is right and right is left. New Hampshire will enter the contest with a 14-game winning streak and its offense of choice for most of those wins has been a power running game. Nevertheless, earlier this week Gush said he planned on throwing the football at least 30 times Saturday. The Vermont offense usually tries to do its damage through the air, but for the second time in as many years Vermont will use the triple-option as its base offense.  ... From a competitive standpoint, the numbers are ugly. New Hampshire has outscored Vermont 518-151 during its 14-game winning streak. New Hampshire has won 24 of the last 26 games. ...  This is the first year players who participated in the New Hampshire CHaD All-Star Game were not allowed to play in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. "We're the underdog this year," Gush said. "Or at least that's what a lot of people seem to think. People are calling us New Hampshire's 'C' team, but I couldn't be happier with the guys I brought here." ...  New Hampshire will run a spread offense, and Bishop Brady's Brendan Johnson, Pinkerton's Jack Hanaway and Portsmouth's Connor DiCesare are all expected to see significant time at quarterback. Johnson set the state's single-season record for touchdown passes last season (31), but that record was broken by 
St. Thomas quarterback Stephen Hedberg in last season's Division II championship game. ... Vermont will likely need a big game from quarterback Austin Robinson, who was selected as the state's Gatorade Player of the Year last season. Robinson has helped Middlebury win the last two Division I championships and win 22-consecutive games. ... Vermont has failed to score more than seven points in eight of the last 14 meetings. ... New Hampshire has 57 varsity programs. Vermont has 33.

Prediction: New Hampshire 28, Vermont 20.

Media Blitz: Vermont looking to end losing streak

High School: New Hampshire is ready >> Union Leader

High School: New Hampshire will play at a fast pace >> Concord Monitor

High School: Vermont's Cummings follows in father's footsteps >> Burlington Free Press

QB camp offered in Windham this weekend

Complete QB logo.pngLooking to sharpen your skills as a quarterback before the 2015 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 Saturday and Sunday, 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
Joe Yukica Football Foundation