New Hampshire Football Report

CHaD Game: Scouting Report


When and Where: Friday (6 p.m.) at Saint Anselm College’s Grappone Stadium. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting the CHaD web site.

The Format: The game will have 15-minute quarters. Each team can use five offensive formations and must declare its defensive front. There is no blitzing, and a defense can rush no more than four players on any play.

Head Coaches: Londonderry’s Jimmy Lauzon is the East’s head coach. Merrimack’s Kip Jackson is coaching the West.

Rosters: Team East | Team West

Assistant Coaches: (East) Steve Abraham, Bill Clement, Jimmy Curro, Russ Greenwood, Steve Magri, Sr., Roger Sampson, Jimmy Vailas, Sam Carey, Eric Cumba, Ryan Francouer, David Lopez, Andy Vailas and Zach Ziemba. (West) Joe Battista, Carl Bunis, Justin Hufft, Branden Lilly, Pat O’Neil, Rick Urda, Robin Bowkett, Nick Hammond, Keith Jones, Jordan Miranda, and Andrew Provencher

The Teams: The East can select players from Alvirne, Campbell, Dover, Epping-Newmarket, Exeter, Gilford, Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough, Kennett, Kingswood, Laconia, Londonderry, Pelham, Pembroke, Portsmouth, Pinkerton Academy, Raymond, Salem, Sanborn, Somersworth, Spaulding, St. Thomas, Timberlane, Winnacunnet, Windham, and Winnisquam.

The West draws players from Bishop Brady, Bishop Guertin, Bedford, Bow, Concord, Con-Val, Goffstown, Fall Mountain, Franklin, Hanover, Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton, Hollis-Brookline, John Stark, Kearsarge, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester Central, Manchester Memorial, Manchester West, Mascoma, Milford, Merrimack, Merrimack Valley, Monadnock, Nashua North, Nashua South, Newfound Regional, Newport, Plymouth, Souhegan, Stevens, and Trinity.

NOTEWORTHY: The path to victory for the East starts with an improved effort on offense. The East has scored a total of six points in the last two games — both losses — and was held to 43 rushing yards on 29 attempts in the 2021 game. Dover head coach Eric Cumba is the East’s offensive coordinator. “I know that is a talking point, but it’s a year-to-year thing so it’s not like we struggle versus this defense,” East head coach Jimmy Lauzon said. “It’s a different staff, different scheme. It’s a matter of dialing up the right play at the right time and executing. I feel like in this game the defenses are way ahead of the offenses. I do know Cumba is pretty creative, innovative. He’s come up with some fun stuff. It’s just a matter of if we can execute it and if we have the right guy at the right time to make a play.” … Chuck Urda (Milford) and Matt Santosuosso (Bishop Guertin) are the primary quarterbacks on the West roster. Dom Coppeta (Timberlane) and Drew Heenan (Londonderry) are expected to take most of the snaps for the East. Heenan, who will play at Springfield College, guided Londonderry to the Division I championship game in each of the last two seasons. … “This team is different from the teams of the last two years,” said West coach Kip Jackson, who was an assistant for the West in 2021 and 2022. “This team is solid across the board, but no one really stands out. The prior two years I could have pointed to different kids going into the game and know that they were going to perform well. It’s just a really solid team and hopefully we play consistently as well.” … Defense appears to be each team’s No. 1 strength. Lauzon said linebacker is his team’s deepest positional group. The West defensive line features Bedford’s Cal McAuliffe (Bentley), Nashua North’s Toby Brown (Bryant), Merrimack’s Ryan Turley (Central Connecticut State) and Bishop Guertin’s Jakob Baker, New Hampshire Football Report’s 2022 Defensive Player of the Year. “We faced them all (during the regular season), but not all at the same time,” Lauzon said. “It definitely changes things when you can focus on one guy. We know speed on the defensive line is probably a strength of theirs.” … Turley, Brown, Baker and Reimello Hyde (Merrimack) and will serve as captains for the West. The East captains are Heenan, Jake Fredericks (Winnacunnet), Evan Koroski (Kennett) and Michael Sampson   (Londonderry). Hyde, a 5-foot-10, 206-pound running back, rushed for 1,501 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior. … Running back/receiver Brett Davis (Dover) and receiver Jaden Mwangi (Timberlane) are among the other skill-position players on the East to keep an eye on. “Davis has been the most involved because he knows the system so well,” Lauzon said. “Mwangi is an explosive, really good ball player. ” … Colby Snow (Bedford), K’din Preston (Manchester Central) and Charlie Bellevance (Bishop Guertin) are among the other big-play offensive threats on the West roster. … Each team has an excellent kicker. Ethan Moss (Exeter) will kick for the East, and Chris Messmore will kick for the West. 

The Series: The West leads the series 7-3.

Prediction: East 17, West 16.


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