New Hampshire Football Report

Shrine Camp: Day 3

Rob Cathcart, New Hampshire’s coach for this year’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, announced the team captains following his team’s final practice Tuesday. This year’s captains are defensive lineman Noah Fioravante (Sanborn), defensive end Brennan French (Windham), running back defensive back Richard Bell (Stevens) and tight end Liam Flanagan (Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton).

“It was a team vote,” Cathcart said. “I want to mention that Fioravante was selected because he raised the most money of anyone on our team. He tried to step aside as a captain, but the guys didn’t let him do that. They told him he raised all that money he deserved to be a captain.

“He’s the type of guy I would have picked anyway. He’s a great lead-by-example guy.”

New Hampshire is scheduled to meet Vermont on Saturday (5:30 p.m.) at Castleton (Vt.) University. Vermont ended a 15-game losing streak when it beat New Hampshire 50-2 in the 2016 game. New Hampshire enters this year’s contest with a 47-14-2 edge in the series.

Tuesday was also media day at Castleton, and the players from each team had an opportunity to meet three patients from the Shriners’ Hospital in Springfield, Mass.

New Hampshire went full contact for a portion of its practices Tuesday. Cathcart said he has decided on about 70 percent of his starters. “There are still some positions on the offensive line being fought for a little bit,” he said. “We’ll do some more hitting (Wednesday). We want to take a look at offensive line and linebacker to see if we can separate things there.”

Cathcart said he plans to use four running backs: Bell and Kingswood’s Alex Matarozzo (Kingswood) at fullback; and Tylor Chase (Nashua North) and Sheldon Farnsworth (Mascoma) at halfback.

“We also have a do-everything guy in Evan Martin (Merrimack Valley),” Cathcart said. “We’ve been very impressed with him and we’ll use him in a lot of different roles.”

There is no true place-kicker on the New Hampshire roster, but Cathcart said there are four players who are battling for that position. He also said there’s still an open competition to be the team’s punter.”


Tickets for Saturday’s game are $12 if purchased in advance, and $15 on game day. Tickets are available through the Shrine football office by calling (603) 448-1042, and online at

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