New Hampshire Football Report

Yukica Profile: Riley Mulvey

NOTE: The 2020 Joe Yukica New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar/Athlete banquet was cancelled this year because of COVID-19. Each Scholar/Athlete will be recognized with a commemorative program, a plaque and a personal profile that will appear in the program, on the New Hampshire Football Report, the Joe Yukica/New Hampshire Chapter web site ( and the Joe Yukica/New Hampshire Chapter Facebook page. This is one in a series of 39 profiles. Once published, each profile can be accessed by clicking on the athlete’s name at the bottom of the page.

Salem High School

Riley Mulvey’s best attribute as a football player may be his versatility, and that versatility was on display during Salem High School’s 41-0 victory over Manchester Center during the opening weekend of the 2019 season.

Mulvey, a running back/outside linebacker, returned the game’s opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, returned an interception 35 yards for a TD on Central’s opening possession and then added a 6-yard TD run late in the first half.

Mulvey, who was also the team’s emergency quarterback, will continue his football career at Western New England College next season.

“The biggest thing is his speed,” said former Salem coach Rob Pike, who is now the head coach at Lowell (Mass.) High School.” He’s really fast. Any time he had the ball in his hands he was a threat to go score. He catches the ball really well. In fact I think that’s one of the things that impressed Western New England because I think they plan to use him as a slot receiver. He can run, catch and throw.”

Because he can also get things done in the classroom, Mulvey was among those selected to receive the Scholar/Athlete Award from the Joe Yukica New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Mulvey, a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society, completed his senior season with 809 yards rushing and six touchdowns. In addition, he caught seven passes for 153 yards and two TDs. He scored a total of 11 touchdowns.

Mulvey was also an impact player on defense. He made the Division I South All-Conference Team on that side of the ball.

Also a member of Salem’s track and field team, Mulvey was selected to represent the East in this summer’s CHaD New Hampshire East/West All-Star Game.

Mulvey was a two-year starter for Salem, which reached the Division I semifinals in each of the last two seasons. Pike described Muley as someone who excelled in each part of being a student/athlete. 

“He takes his school work very seriously,” Pike said. “He cares about that and does a great job there. Fun-loving kid. Fun to talk to, but really focused on details. He questions everything, whether it’s an assignment in class or a job on the football field. He wants to know why. Why are we doing it this way? Why do you want me to step with this foot? It’s part of his detail-oriented mindset. It’s fun to coach somebody like that because he cares very much about doing things the right way.

“Any way we could get the ball in his hands he was dynamite once he got it. I think he was one of the best backs in the state.”

Q and A with Riley Mulvey

Q: Please describe the most memorable moment of your high school football career. 

A: The most memorable moment of my high school football career was during senior year, the first game of the season against Central, when I scored a touchdown in all three phases of the game. I returned the opening kick off for a touchdown, and then intercepted the first play and returned it for a touchdown. Later in the game I ran the ball in from 7 yards for a rushing touchdown. 

Q: Tell us about someone who has had a significant influence on your life.

A: My dad introduced me to football at an early age. We always watch football together, and he helped coach me from fourth grade through eighth grade. The commitment to football is very time consuming so my dad also made sure I stayed on top of academics as well because academics is what would help me get into college. 

Q: What is your favorite subject in school and why?

A: My favorite subject in school is math because I like the critical thinking skills that are required. I also really enjoy problem solving, and math has a lot of that. 

Q: What life lessons have you learned from football?

A: Football has taught me how to persevere through challenges and how to work together as a team to obtain one common goal. It also taught me to work really hard. Through hard work you can accomplish anything. 

Q: What is your dream job?

A: My dream job is to become a civil engineer.


2020 Scholar/Athletes: Keith Albergo (Winnacunnet), Thatcher Allen (Exeter), Cole Ames (Lebanon)Mason Belsky (Windham), Patrick Brust (Bishop Brady)Jaedon Cliche (Exeter), Riley Desmarais (Windham), Bobby DiCicco (Windham), Jared Dyer (Merrimack), Casey Gladu (Portsmouth), Owen Gormley (Salem), Jack Grogan (Bedford), Steven Guerette (Bow)Evan Haskins (Pelham), Samson Hodges (Milford), Ethan Holt (Bishop Guertin), Jack Jones (Bedford), Charlie Kneissl-Williams (Bedford), Hunter Lassard (St. Thomas), Joseph Lupo (Bishop Guertin), Jake MacInnis (Pinkerton)Braden McDonnell (Nashua South), Will MacLean (St. Thomas), Hayden Moses (Bishop Guertin), Riley Mulvey (Salem), Kyle O’Connor (Nashua South), Nolan Pafford (Portsmouth), Wade Rainey (Lebanon), Ismael Rivera (Bishop Brady)Oceanne Skoog (Newfound), Caleb Smith (Lebanon), Rolando Sylvain-Stott (Newfound), John Thibault (Trinity), Zach Twardosky (Merrimack), Gavin Urda (Milford), Carter Vedrani (Campbell), Jacob Wenger (Trinity), Jon Willeman (Lebanon) and Devin Wood (Merrimack).

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