New Hampshire Football Report

Shrine Camp: Day 2

ShrinelogoNew Hampshire’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl practice was a hit Monday, when the Granite Staters spent one of their three workouts in full pads with live contact at the line of scrimmage.

“The defense was fast and aggressive,” New Hampshire coach Justin Leonard said. “The defense was ahead of the offense, which it should be at this point.”

Leonard said Winnisquam wide receiver Tim Harmon and Franklin defensive tackle Patrick Kaplan were among the players who stood out during Monday’s practice sessions. “Harmon looked exceptionally good,” Leonard said. ” He had some outstanding catches. Kaplan is going to be very difficult to block.

“The other thing we learned is Bryce Walker (Milford) is a cornerback, and he is a very physical cornerback.”

This year’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl will be played Saturday (5:30 p.m.) at Castleton University. New Hampshire, which will be trying to extend its winning streak to 16 games, leads the series 47-13-2. Saturday’s game will feature 12-minute quarters.

Sanborn’s Christian Ehlers will handle the punting and placekicking duties for New Hampshire, and Spaulding’s Blake Barbin has been shifted from running back to slot receiver. Leonard said Kearsarge’s Riley Antle, Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough’s Nick Brothers and Exeter’s Sam Kalish will be the team’s primary running backs.

Stephen Hedberg (St. Thomas) has been taking most of the reps at quarterback, but Leonard said Merrimack Valley’s Ian Curtain will play QB as well.

The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl media day will take place Tuesday. New Hampshire is also expected to name its captains Tuesday.

Leonard said New Hampshire will have an intra-squad scrimmage on Wednesday.

“It’ll be one half with a running clock,” he explained. “Offense versus defense.”


Shrine fact: Former Hanover standout Dan Gorman holds the record for extra points made in a Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. Gorman made eight PATs in the 2012 game.



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