New Hampshire Football Report

Team previews: Londonderry

2017 TEAM PREVIEWS
LONDONDERRY

Coach: Jimmy Lauzon (fourth season).
Division/Conference: Division I South
2016 Record: 2-7 (failed to make playoffs).
Returning Starters on Defense: (5)
Returning Starters on Offense: (3)
Key Returnees: Connor Dubois SB, Jake Holland SB, Adam Wilkinson WR, Ben Johnson DB, Adam Wilkinson DB, Jack Connors DE, Jake Mullin DT ad Pat Hagearty DT.
Season Opener: Sept. 2 at Bishop Guertin (Stellos Stadium).
Coach’s Comment: “It won’t be an easy task starting off the season having to stop one of the best players in the state (BG QB Sam Raitt). Their coaches do a great job with scheme and preparing their team each week. Their offense is fast-paced and tough to stop. We learned last season how much of an impact the first game can have on a season so we know how important this one could be.

“We should be a more balanced team again this season. Last year we were very one-dimensional on offense, we didn’t have much of a run game and it hurt us all season. This year we hope to get back to being able run and pass well. I’d say our defensive staff is a strength of ours, I have a lot of faith in our defensive coaches, they do a great job keeping us in games and giving us a chance every week, unfortunately last year we turned the ball over so much that it put the defense in a bind a lot of the time. We need to clean things up this season. Like every other team I think health will play a big factor.

“We don’t know what our weaknesses are quite yet. I am sure we will find out once we get out there. Things always seem promising in the summer and then you find out where you misjudged certain ideas or certain players. We will need some young guys to fill crucial spots for us. We will need to coach our guys better than we have the last couple seasons. We have lost a lot of close games and I’ll take the blame for that. We need to be better in at the end of close games.

“I think every team in our conference is a tough game. Salem is probably the team to beat, Pinkerton will be back to their normal form. As long as Merrimack has (Joe) Eichman and Timberlane has (Jacob) Post they’re going to be tough to beat because they’re the type of players that can take over games. To me this is the toughest conference in the state. but that’s how I like it. I want to go up against the best every year.”

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