New Hampshire Football Report

Shrine Practice: Day 1

New Hampshire held two on-field practice sessions Sunday in preparation for Saturday’s 65th Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, which will be played at Castleton (Vt.) University (5:30 p.m.). Players from New Hampshire and Vermont both reported Sunday morning.

“We definitely had a productive day,” New Hampshire coach Pat Riberdy said. “We put our base offense in already. Started to establish where kids belong, and got started on special teams. There’s a lot of smart kids out here. A lot of high-end talent.”

Riberdy said New Hampshire will use eight-to-10 passing plays, and another eight-to-1o run plays. “Then you turn that around left and right and you double that,” he said. “Plus we’ll run then out of different formations. I don’t need an extensive package. It’s like my wife once told me, ‘Perfection before progression.'”

Monadnock’s Eli Clark, Epping/Newmarket’s Noah Armstrong and Nashua South’s Tony Agor were selected to the New Hampshire roster, but all three have left the team. Bow’s Ben Kimball replaced Clark and Newport’s Kyle Rossiter replaced Armstrong, but Agor’s report date for military service was recently moved up and he left the team after the time a replacement could be added to the roster. New Hampshire has a 35-player roster.

Riberdy said he plans to play two quarterbacks: Londonderry’s Mike McAlister and Bow’s Matt Harkins. “Mike and Matt are both getting more comfortable with each other and with the offense,” Riberdy said. “Honestly, I haven’t decided how I’m going to use them yet. I have to see how the flow of the game goes. It will probably be quarter by quarter so they can get into a rhythm. Then if you get a hot hand you go with it.”

New Hampshire is scheduled to practice three times today. The morning practice will be in full pads. The two other workouts will be in uppers.


Tickets for Saturday’s game are $12 if purchased in advance, and $15 on game day. Tickets are available through the Shrine Football Office, P.O. Box 820,
Lebanon, N.H., 03766 or by calling (603) 448-1042. Tickets can also be purchased online at and selecting the “Game Ticket” heading or at the various outlets listed on the website.

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