New Hampshire Football Report

Shrine Camp: Day 4

There was plenty of contact during New Hampshire fourth day of practice for this year’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.

“We scrimmaged,” New Hampshire coach Rob Cathcart said. “We put the pads on and lathered it up a bit. We got to see how things looked on the perimeter in all of our 7-on-7 stuff. We were looking at the tackle box on both sides of the ball (during the scrimmage).”

Cathcart said linebacker Trevor Guilmette (Timberlane), offensive linemen Chad Merrill (Plymouth), defensive lineman Brennan French (Windham), defensive lineman Noah Fioravante, offensive lineman Joe Early (Exeter), offensive lineman Chris Komst (Londonderry) and H-Back Zach O’Brien (Stevens) were among the players who stood out in the scrimmage.”

“They kind of separated themselves with the contact,” Cathcart said. “We have O’Brien doing a little bit of everything. He’s kind of a throwback kid.”

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 last year’s game. It was the largest margin of victory in the game’s history.

New Hampshire will carry a 47-14-2 edge in the series into Saturday’s contest.

Cathcart said he plans to use three quarterbacks in Saturday’s game: Merrimack Valley’s Evan Martin, Nashua North’s Jeff Baldassari and Bishop Brady’s Joe Bernard.

“Without naming names, we have one who throws the ball better than the others, one who runs the ball better and one who does both,” Cathcart said. “They all have their strengths.”

Catchcart said special teams will be a priority during Thursday’s practices.



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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