New Hampshire Football Report

Rothe named Shrine coach

Alvirne High School football coach Tarek Rothe has already made plans for his next wedding anniversary. Rothe will be at Castleton (Vt.) State University putting the finishing touches on his game plan for the 67th Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.

Rothe, who has been Alvirne’s head coach for the last three years, has been named New Hampshire’s coach for the 2020 Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, an all-star game between high school players from Vermont and New Hampshire that will be played Aug. 1 — one day after Rothe’s anniversary. Kristi Morris, the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl’s general chairman, made the announcement during Thursday’s Jeff Francoeur Huddle at Saint Anselm College.

“Of course I had to talk it over with my wife, but she understood,” Rothe said. “She told me I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to coach in the game. She’s a football wife.

“I’m excited. It’ll give me a chance to coach some of my guys one more time. I was the freshman coach for this group of seniors.” 

Alvirne has an 18-14 record since Rothe became the program’s varsity head coach. After finishing 2-7 in Division I during the 2017 season, Rothe guided the Broncos to the Division II playoffs in each of the last two years. Alvirne lost to Plymouth in the 2018 Division II championship game, and lost to Plymouth again in this year’s Division II semifinals.

New Hampshire ended a three-game losing streak by beating Vermont 21-9 in last year’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. That victory gave New Hampshire a 48-16-2 advantage in the series.

“I know what the Shrine Game is all about,” Rothe said. “I’m looking forward to representing New Hampshire in the right way, meeting a lot of new kids and hopefully bringing home a win.”

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