New Hampshire Football Report

CHaD Practice: Day 2

Notes from the second day of practice for this year’s CHaD New Hampshire East/West All-Star Game, which will be played Saturday (5:30 p.m. kickoff) at Saint Anselm College:


East head coach Craig Kozens said much of the first two days have been used to evaluate players with respect to which side of the ball they will play on. “Some kids like offense more than defense and for others it’s the other way around,” Kozens said. “We try to put the kids where they want to be, but we told a few of them they’ll have to do what’s best for the team. Most of the kids are playing where they’re most comfortable.” … Timberlane’s Jason Hughes, who is expected to be the East’s starting quarterback, missed the first day of practice Saturday because of a death in his family, but was on the field at West High School on Sunday. Hughes, who will walk-on at the University of New Hampshire, will also likely handle the punting and placekicking duties. … Exeter’s Mason Wallace is among the players who will be used on offense (running back) and defense (linebacker). … Kozens has moved Laconia’s Keith Schultz from linebacker to defensive end. Kozens coached Schultz at Laconia. … Kozens said Laconia’s Kyle Chiasson has been cleared to play after suffering a concussion during the lacrosse season, but will likely have a very limited role. … Winnisquam’s Christian Serrano will be used at both quarterback and tailback. He played running back as a junior, and quarterback last season. … Kozens said he expects to have his entire offense installed by the end of Tuesday’s practice. “That probably means 15-12 total plays,” he said. “Probably 10 or 11 under center and five or six in the shotgun.” … Each team is allowed to use four offensive formations. The East will run I-Pro, I-Wing, Spread (2×2) and Spread (3×1). … Kozens coached the East to a 29-15 victory in last year’s game. The West won each of the first three game. … “We have depth everywhere,” Kozens said. “We picked the team pretty good and haven’t had to replace many kids. In a lot of places we’re a lot more athletic than we were a year ago.” … The East is scheduled to practice from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at West on Monday.


Paul Lavigne is serving as the West’s head coach for the second time. He coached the West to a 24-7 victory in the 2014 game. … The West was without three offensive linemen Sunday: Bedford’s Nolan Lacombe (ankle), Monadnock’s Keegan Phippard (ankle) and Bedford’s Bobby Heald (fever). “Offensive line is our biggest problem right now, and it didn’t start that way,” Lavigne said. … Nashua North head coach Dante Laurendi is running the West’s spread offense. Lavigne said Goffstown running back Connor Bourque will likely be in the game when Goffstown quarterback Casey Gervais is in the game, and Bishop Guertin running back Jackson Housman will likely play when BG quarterback J.T. Hiscoe is taking snaps. “Gervais can probably run as well as any quarterback in the state, and Hiscoe can throw it as well as anybody in the state,” Lavigne said. “…  The West added Nashua South wide receiver Zavier Williams and Manchester Central linebacker Israel Karasi to the roster Friday. Central’s Nick Tyler was selected to play in the game, but has a broken collarbone. … Lavigne said he’ll have 20 players on his 40-player roster focus on offense and 20 focus on defense, with a few who will be prepared to go both ways. … Both teams will use a 40 defense. “Defensively we know about their four formations and the base fundamentals of how to stop them,” Lavigne said. “That hardest part of the offense is terminology. We could take the field on offense and defense tomorrow. We haven’t worked on special teams yet.” … The West is scheduled to practice from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Manchester Memorial on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


More information on this year’s game, including how to donate to the cause or purchase tickets, can be found on the CHaD East-West All-Star Game web site.

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