New Hampshire Football Report

NHIAA Previews: Division I

2020 Preview

Teams in the division:

North: Bedford, Concord, Goffstown, Manchester Central and Manchester Memorial.
South: Londonderry, Pinkerton Academy, Salem, Alvirne and Windham.
East: Dover, Exeter, Portsmouth/Oyster River, Spaulding, Winnacunnet.
West: Bishop Guertin, Keene, Merrimack, Nashua North, Nashua South.

2019 champion: Londonderry. The Lancers capped a 12-0 season by beating Exeter 21-10 in the Division I championship game. It was the program’s first championship since 1998.

Top storyline: Can anyone beat Nashua North? The Titans return a strong senior class and appear to be the most talented team in the state.

Players to Watch: Max Ackerman, DL (Nashua North), Sr.; Tommy Ahlers, RB/DB (Salem), Jr.; Matthew Alkire, LB (Winnacunnet), Jr.; Tyler Armeen, RB/DB (Nashua South), Sr.; Nathan Belanger, OL/DT (Goffstown), Sr.; Max Berube, OL (Dover), Sr.; Riley Boles, RB/LB (Londonderry), Jr.; Devin Bracetty, LB (Nashua North), Sr.; Jake Brady, RB/LB (Salem), Sr.; Pauly Buckles, DL (Concord), Sr.; Brendan Callahan, WR/DB (Bishop Guertin), Sr.; Spencer Clark, RB/ DB (Exeter), Sr.; James Comeau, OL/DL (Windham), Jr.; Jason Compoh, LB (Nashua South), Sr.; Josh Compoh, RB (Nashua South), Jr.; Lucas Cunningham, PK/LB (Nashua North), Sr.; Matt Dalton, OL/DL (Goffstown), Sr.; Joey DaSilva, QB/WR/DB (Windham), Sr.; Lincoln Davis, OL/DL (Keene), Sr.; E.J. Donovan, OL/DL (Londonderry), Sr.; Raheen Dukes DL (Central), Sr.; Brady Durrazano, OL/DL (Pinkerton), Sr.; Ryan Eaton, RB (Winnacunnet), Sr.; Justin Edwards, LB (Nashua North), Sr.; Ulysses Ellis, RB/DL (Exeter), Sr.; Jayden Espinal, QB/DB (Nashua North), Sr.; Hayden Fielder, OL/DL (Londonderry), Sr.; Jonas French, RB/DB (Keene), Jr.; Luke Geppert, WR/DB (Dover), Sr.; Joey Gobbi, DL (Portsmouth), Sr.; Andrew Goldstein, OL (Spaulding), Sr.; Kyle Gora, QB/LB (Alvirne), Sr.; Dominic Gould, QB/DB (Winnacunnet), Jr.; Anthony Greene, RB (Nashua North), Sr.; Curtis Harris-Lopez, QB/DB (Nashua North), Sr.; Jarrett Henault, QB/LB (Goffstown), Sr.;  Josh Jerome, LB (Central), Sr.;  Zach Jones, TE (Pelham), Sr.; Antonio Kapos, OL/DL (Goffstown), Jr.; Hunter Kaarto, TE (Dover), Jr.; Chris Keefe, ATH (Nashua South), Sr.; Cody Keefe, OL/LB (Merrimack), Sr.; Matthew Koener, WR/DB (Portsmouth), Sr.; Michael Kubicki, OL/DL (Bedford), Sr.; Jonah Lopez, WR/DB (Goffstown), Jr.; Darian Lopez-Sullivan, QB/DB (Dover), Jr.;  Cam MacDonald, OL/LB (Winnacunnet), Sr.; Steven Mague, RB/LB (Windham), Sr.; Thomas McDonald, OL/DL (Pinkerton), Sr.; Kevin McDonough, LB/TE (Concord), Sr.; Shawn McGarvey, WR/FS (Central), Sr.; Joseph Mikol, QB/K (Bedford), Jr.; Beau Normandeau, LB (Dover), Sr.; Robert Olson, WR (Timberlane), Sr.; Caden Perry, WR (Goffstown), Jr.; Cole Peterson, DB (Windham), Jr.; Zach Picard, RB/LB (Goffstown), Sr;  Noah Poulin, OT/LB (Salem), Sr.; Eric Raza, WR/DB (Londonderry), Sr.; Wil Reyes, LB (Londonderry), Sr.; Stefan Robert, RB/CB (Windham), Sr.; Soloman Sanchez, WR/DB (Bedford), Sr.; Dylan Santosuosso, QB (Bishop Guertin), Sr.; Peter Sargent,, DL (Concord), Sr.; Lucas Seaman, SE/DB (Londonderry), Sr.; Aaron Skaling, WR (Bedford), Sr.; Cole Spires, DL (Portsmouth), Jr.; Peyton Strickland, WR/LB (Goffstown), Jr.; Aiden Szewczyk, OL/DL (Bishop Guertin), Sr.; Jonathan Teixeira, WR/DB (Goffstown), Sr.; Augustine Twite, DL (Concord), Sr.; Ian Ward, OL/LB (Londonderry), Sr.; Spencer Whiting, G/LB (Nashua North), Sr.; Jack Wilber, DL (Winnacunnet), Sr.; Evan Wilson, RB/LB (Pinkerton), Sr.; Ethan Yu, Slot/DB (Portsmouth), Jr.; Alex Zwikau, WR/LB (Bedford), Sr.

Key game: Londonderry at Nashua North (Oct. 23). These are two of the top teams in the state, and something is sure to be at stake when the Lancers and Titans meet on the regular season’s final weekend.

Noteworthy: Timberlane has dropped from Division I to Division II and Alvirne has replaced Timberlane in Division I South. The Broncos were a Division II program for each of the past two seasons. . … Because of travel restrictions, Keene doesn’t have a Division I opponent on its schedule. … All 20 teams will qualify for the Division I playoffs. There will likely be play-in games before the quarterfinal round. The North/East champion will face the South/West champion in the championship game. … Steve Abraham (Salem) and Nick Hammond (Goffstown) are the first-year head coaches in Division I. … Nashua North running back/quarterback/defensive back Curtis Harris-Lopez has six Division I offers: (UNH, Sacred Heart, Central Connecticut, Merrimack, Fordham and Holy Cross). … Quarterback/Linebacker Jonathan Bunnell has transferred from St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Mass., to Exeter. Bunnell is a Kensington resident who helped St. John’s Prep win the Division I Super Bowl last season. … Week 1 games: Goffstown at Bedford, Pinkerton at Londonderry, Central at Memorial, Bishop Guertin at Merrimack, Nashua North at Nashua South, Alvirne at Salem, Concord at Trinity and Exeter at Winnacunnet.


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