New Hampshire Football Report

Shrine Camp: Day 4

69th Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl

Although Vermont will run the Wishbone offense in this year’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, New Hampshire coach Chris Childs said defending the pass is among his chief concerns entering Saturday’s matchup, which will be played at Castleton (Vt.) University. The opening kickoff is scheduled for noon. “Yeah, concerned about the secondary a little bit,” Childs said. “Vermont has that Gatorade Player of the Year from Rutland (receiver Slade Postemski). They’re going to try and get him the ball at some point, so he’s a concern. He’s a big, strong kid (6-foot-2, 190 pounds). I just want to make sure we have the right personnel in there.” … Childs said Vermont’s John “Henry” Beling, a 5-foot-11, 225-pound fullback from U-32 High School, suffered a concussion Wednesday and may not play Saturday.” …  New Hampshire’s morning practice Thursday was scheduled to begin an hour earlier than normal because of the heat. There was no afternoon practice, just a workout scheduled for Thursday night.”I feel like we’ve been able to get everything in,” Childs said. “I don’t think we’re squeezed for time. We’re at that stage where I’m trying to get their legs back now. Get them through the soreness stage and make sure they’re fresh on Saturday.” … New Hampshire will be the home team Saturday.  … Preparing to defend the wishbone has been difficult, Childs said, primarily because almost no one on the New Hampshire roster has played against that offense during their high school career. “In this type of game it’s also difficult to prepare for it because you don’t really want to have kids whacking each other all day trying to duplicate it,” he said. “I’m sure they’re trying to keep the game close and win it at the end.” … Tickets for Saturday’s game can be ordered online at


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