New Hampshire Football Report

COVID-19 claims Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl

Less than a week after the CHaD New Hampshire East/West All-Star Game was cancelled, the plug has been pulled on this year’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.

The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl’s board of directors voted Tuesday night to cancel the annual all-star football game, citing heath and safety concerns related to COVID-19. The 67th edition of the game was scheduled to be played Aug. 1 at Castleton (Vt.) University.

Alvirne’s Tarik Rothe would have coached the New Hampshire team in this year’s event. St. Johnsbury Academy’s Rich Alercio was named Vermont’s head coach.

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.

The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl benefits the Shriners Hospitals for Children. In its first 66 years the game has raised more than $5 million. For information on how to support the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl and its cause, visit


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