New Hampshire Football Report

Vermont wins again

The Vermont offense did what it wanted to in the second half of Saturday’s 65th Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.

Trailing by a point at halftime, Vermont scored on each of its three second-half drives and extended its winning streak to three games with a 24-13 triumph at Castleton (Vt.) University.

Vermont’s second-half TD drives covered 58 yards in 13 plays; 73 yards in 14 plays; and 81 yards in nine plays. Quarterback Seth Balch ran for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Hollis/Brookline wide receiver Matt Simco caught two touchdown passes for New Hampshire. Bow quarterback Matt Harkins was on the other end of each scoring pass.

Simco hauled in a 29-yard TD pass with 9:47 left in the opening quarter to help New Hampshire take a 7-0 lead, and caught a 34-yard TD pass that pulled New Hampshire within five points, 18-13, with 4:54 to play.

Balch capped the scoring on a 6-yard TD run with 1:14 to play. Vermont also scored on Jay McCoy’s 33-yard interception return in the first quarter, and on McCoy’s 10-yard run in the third quarter.

Vermont’s second TD was set up by Tyler Hamilton’s interception on the Vermont 42-yard line. It was one of three passes Vermont intercepted in the game.

Hamilton, Vermont’s Gatorade Player of the Year, played quarterback at Hartford High School, but started in the defensive backfield Saturday. He was also used at running back in the second half and led Vermont in rushing with 67 yards on 15 carries.

Vermont completed two passes in the game, but had a 266-209 edge in total offense. Vermont picked up 215 yards on the ground and 51 through the air. Nashua North’s R.J. Jenkins led New Hampshire with 57 yards rushing.

New Hampshire leads the series 47-16-2.

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