New Hampshire Football Report

Vermont looks to extend streak

New Hampshire vs. Vermont

When and where: Saturday (5;30 p.m.) at Castleton (Vt.) University.
Coaches: Greg Balch (Windsor) is Vermont’s head coach. Pat Riberdy (Winnisquam) is coaching New Hampshire.
2017 Result: Vermont won, 19-0
Series: New Hampshire leads 47-15-2.
Noteworthy: New Hampshire will be looking to end a two-game losing streak Saturday. Vermont’s 50-2 victory in 2016 ended New Hampshire’s 15-game winning streak and was also the largest margin of victory by either team in the game’s history. New Hampshire hasn’t scored a touchdown since the 2015 game. “We’ve mentioned that to the team quite a few times,” Riberdy said. “It’s a fans’ game, so we want to put up some points and entertain the crowd.” … Quarterback Seth Balch (Windsor), running back Shane Clark (Bellows Falls), wide receiver Will Fischer (Mount Anthony) and wide receiver Trent Cross (Milton) are among the Vermont players to watch.  “We expect them to be in a double-wing set with a lot of motion — a lot of moving pieces,” Riberdy said. “They’ll be in shotgun, so they’ll throw it quite a bit.” … Londonderry’s Mike McAlister and Bow’s Matt Harkins are expected to share time behind center for New Hampshire. … Bob Rossiter holds the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl record for the longest kickoff return for a touchdown (95 yards in 1967). His grandson, Kyle Rossiter, played at Newport and is on the New Hampshire roster this year. …  Hollis/Brookline wide receiver Matt Simco, Milford H-Back Owen Clary, Dover tight end Erik Stephens, Hollis/Brookline offensive lineman Garrett Moloney, and Winnacunnet middle linebacker Cory Markland are New Hampshire’s captains for the game, which raises money to support Shriners Hospitals for Children. … Riberdy said Hanover defensive end Michael Staiger is the player who stood out the most during practice this week. “He’s lived up to expectations,” Riberdy said. “He’s mean, fast and hard to block. If there’s one guy I had to choose who’s been a nuisance to our offense this week it’d be him.” … Rod McQuarrie (John Stark), Angelo Glover (Winnisquam), Zach Hamilton (John Stark), Austin Hunt (Winnisquam), Derek Hunt (Winnisquam), William Patten (Winnisquam) and Tim Snow (Winnisquam). are the New Hampshire assistant coaches. … A free internet audio stream of the game can be accessed at Bob Lipman, the voice of UNH football, and Jack Healey will handle the broadcast.

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