New Hampshire Football Report

Yukica Profile: Hayden Moses

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.

Bishop Guertin High School

Don’t tell Bishop Guertin quarterback Hayden Moses that scrimmages don’t mean anything. If not for BG’s preseason scrimmage against Alvirne last year, Moses might not have received the opportunity to play in this summer’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, an annual high school all-star game between New Hampshire and Vermont.

Alvirne coach Tarek Rothe will coach New Hampshire in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. It’s a particularly meaningful game for Moses, who missed almost all of his senior season after he tore his ACL during the Queen City Jamboree. Moses’ season was limited to one play in BG’s final game, when he was cleared to enter the game wearing a brace and took a knee to run out the clock.

“Hayden played really well in the scrimmage,” BG coach John Trisciani said. “I think Coach Rothe saw enough to know Hayden could come in and help him with the offense he plans on running in the Shrine Game.

“I think (the knee injury) was really emotional for a lot of people. He didn’t miss a workout in the weight room from January to the start of the season in August, so the kids knew how hard he had worked for that senior year. And then to not be able to play … I think his friends were pretty shaken up by it. So it was tough. It’s tough for any kid.”

Despite his injury, Moses is one of 39 NHIAA football players chosen to receive the Scholar/Athlete Award from the Joe Yukica New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. 

Moses, a starter during his junior season, also earned BG’s Green and Gold Academic Honor Award, which recognizes students for consecutive semesters on the Honor Roll. He participated in student government for three years and served as a senior class officer.

Trisciani said Moses continued to attend practice following his injury, and helped the BG program by taking on something similar to a coaching role. 

“He helped in any way that he could,” Trisciani said. “He was usually right with me on the sideline during games. At practice he coached our QBs and ran them through drills by the end of the year. From an offensive standpoint, he was by far our smartest football player.” 

Moses will play football for Bridgton (Maine) Academy next season. Before that he will represent BG in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, which is scheduled to be played Aug. 1 at Castleton (Vt.) University.

“Hayden embodies what it means to be a leader and a true student-athlete,” Trisciani said. “He was happy and a little emotional about the thought of being able to put on the BG helmet one more time.”

Q and A with Hayden Moses

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 the last time I took the field. I was not able to play during my senior year due to a knee injury, but on the last play of our very last game, I was able to take the field with my teammates and take a knee to finish the season. 

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

A: One person who has had a significant influence on my life was my youth football coach, Jason Turley. Coach Turley not only helped me lead our team to an undefeated, state championship season, but he also helped to inspire me to continue to play football during a time where I wanted to quit. Without him, my football career would have been completely different.

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

A: My favorite subject in school is social studies, or more specifically, government and politics. I am fascinated with learning about the ins and out of how our government works and the various social issues that are highly debated.

Q: What life lessons have you learned from football? 

A: I have learned so many life lessons from football, including but not limited to, leadership, teamwork, humility, toughness, work ethic, hustle, perseverance, effort, pride, brotherhood, putting other people before yourself, and never giving up.

Q: What is your dream job? 

A: My dream job is to either become an NFL coach or to become a businessman who owns many different successful companies. 


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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