New Hampshire Football Report

Top Games from 2020: No. 1

No. 1: Memorial 21, Central 20

The Crusaders and Little Green packed a season’s worth of excitement — and drama — into the final 63 seconds of this city rivalry.

Memorial took its first lead with 1:03 remaining, when junior running back Kai Colson raced into the end zone from 81 yards away. Will Clark provided the point-after kick, which finalized the Memorial scoring and proved to be the difference.

Things were far from settled, however. Central took possession on its own 29-yard line with 58.3 seconds remaining and the Little Green put together an eight-play scoring drive. Sophomore quarterback Jayden Hann capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Shawn McGarvey with less than a second to play.

It appeared the game was headed to overtime until Jacob Calabro prevented the Little Green from tying the score by blocking Ben Mikus’ PAT attempt with o.2 on the clock. That sealed Memorial’s one-point victory in the opener for each team at Chabot-McDonough Field.

The Little Green led 14-7 after three quarters behind two first-quarter touchdowns, but Memorial pulled even on the second play of the fourth quarter. Matteo Jiminez scored from 3 yards away, and Clark made the ensuing PAT to cap a five-play, 71-yard drive.

Central scored on each of its first two drives to build a 14-0 lead.

Josh Jerome’s 3-yard run opened the scoring with 4:07 left in the first quarter. On Central’s second possession, Hann hit senior tight end Kellen Jameson for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 56.7 seconds left in the first quarter to finish off a four-play, 31-yard drive. Mikus made both PATs.

A Calabro interception set up Memorial’s first TD. Calabro returned the INT 34 yards to the Central 1, and Colson’s 1-yard TD run trimmped Central’s lead to 14-7 with 10:34 left in the first half.

Memorial quarterback Jeffrey Josefik completed 8 of 18 passes for 68 yards. Four of his completions were to Sawyer Bergeron for 43 yards. Hann went 8 of 18 passing for 106 yards and two TDs.

Anyone who left the game early missed what may have been best minute of NHIAA football during the 2020 season.

No. 10: Pelham 14, Monadnock 10
No. 9: Goffstown 26, Bedford 21
No. 8: Dover 7, Exeter 6
No. 7: Plymouth 16, Timberlane 14
No. 6: Plymouth 21, Kennett 20
No. 5: Lebanon 7, Newport 6
No. 4: Salem 21, Londonderry 13
No. 3: Nashua North 33, Salem 28
No. 2: Souhegan 26, Plymouth 21


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