New Hampshire Football Report

CHaD Practice: Day 4

Notes from the fourth 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:


The East devoted chunks of Tuesday’s practice to some full-contact drills and plays. “We banged a lot today and nothing bothered us,” East head coach Craig Kozens said. “We got through the day healthy, which is obviously the No. 1 goal. Now I think we’ll cut back the contact. We know who can hit. We have a good feeling for who can bang. Now it’s all  about cleaning stuff up.” … Kozens said the team’s next two practices will have a heavier focus on special teams. … Timberlane running back Tyler Furey was dressed, but did not practice Tuesday (hamstring). Furey said he expects to be ready by the end of the week. … Kozens said most people are viewing the East as the underdog in this year’s game. “They’re working hard and I think they’re sick of hearing the other team is so much better than us,” he said. “I think that’s kind of a motivator.” … East tight end Hunter Long did not participate in Tuesday’s practice because he attended camp at the University of Connecticut, where he landed his sixth scholarship offer. Long also has offers from Fordham, UNH, UMass, Holy Cross and Boston College. … The East will announce its captains on Thursday.


While the East is expected to use Timberlane quarterback Jason Hughes behind center for the majority of the snaps, but West will have to find a way to find time for Bishop Guertin quarterback J.T. Hiscoe and Goffstown QB Casey Gervais. “It’s a good problem to have when you have two smart, athletic kids pulling the trigger back there and making decisions,” said Nashua North head coach Dante Laurendi, who is serving as the West’s offensive coordinator. “We probably won’t go quarterly. That’s too long to keep one of the guys on the bench. It’ll probably be a series or a couple series and see how that goes. Pretty comfortable with either one of those guys in there. Both can make plays. The fun part of this game is you have a lot of athletes to play with. The downside is you have to find a way to get everybody involved.” … West head coach Paul Lavigne said he suffered a dislocated shoulder teaching a drill at practice earlier this week. … Keene’s Hunter Massucco is one of the few West players who is practicing on both sides of the ball. Masscucco was Keene’s quarterback last season, but is playing receiver and defensive back for the West.


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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