New Hampshire Football Report

Top 10 games from 2019: No. 1

No. 1: Spaulding 24, Dover 21 (3 OT)

It’s hard to beat a game featuring one of the state’s best rivalries that’s extended to three overtimes. That’s what those in attendance at Dover’s Dunaway Field witnessed.

The Red Raiders trailed by seven points, but scored on a fourth-and-15 play in the second overtime and then took the lead for good on Ryan Bernier’s 26-yard field goal in the third OT. The game ended when Maximus Frost intercepted a Darian Lopez-Sullivan pass on third down on Spaulding’s possession in the third OT.

It was a 14-14 game at the end of regulation, and neither team scored in the first overtime. Dover took a seven-point lead when Lopez-Sullivan tossed a 10-yard TD pass to Conner Sheehan on first down and Max Casey made the point-after kick in the second overtime.

Spaulding faced fourth down on the 15-yard line on its possession in the second OT and, desperate for a TD, tried the hook and ladder. Quarterback Logan Gadbois completed a pass to Garrett Langis just inside the 10-yard line. Gadbois then pitched the ball to Ryan Lane, who raced into the end zone untouched to cut Dover’s lead to 21-20. Bernier’s PAT forced the third overtime.

Spaulding was held to a yard on its first three plays on its final possession, and opted to try a field goal on fourth down. Bernier’s kick put the Red Raiders in front 24-21.

Dover came up empty on its offensive series. Lopez-Sullivan threw two incomplete passes before Frost picked off the third-down pass near the 5.

Spaulding led 7-0 at halftime thanks to a 34-yard TD pass from Gadbois to Langis at 7:06 of the first quarter. Dover tied it the game on a 17-yard TD pass from Lopez-Sullivan to Fin Wingren and Casey’s PAT with 6:51 left in the third.

The Red Raiders responded with a 12-play, 70-yard scoring drive, capped by a Langis 7-yard TD run with 7.1 seconds to go in the third. Dover tied the game with 5:32 left in the fourth on a 1-yard plunge by Dom Sprague and Casey’s PAT, which made it 14-14.

The fans didn’t know it at the time, but the best was yet to come.

No. 2: Nashua North 31, Exeter 28

No. 3: Goffstown 29, Salem 28

No. 4: Trinity 31, Campbell 24

No. 5: Plymouth 14, Pelham 12

No. 6: Milford 14, Pelham 13

No. 7: Milford 28, Alvirne 27

No. 8: Pelham 21, Souhegan 20

No. 9: Alvirne 23, Souhegan 22

No. 10: Windham 28, Central 21

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