New Hampshire Football Report

Practice Report: East/West All-Star Game

Notes following the second day of practice for this year’s New Hampshire East/West All-Star Game, which will be played June 28 (6 p.m. kickoff) at Saint Anselm College’s Grappone Stadium:


Team East and Team West each practiced inside Wednesday and Thursday because of the heat and humidity. The East will practice at the Seacoast United complex in Epping on Friday, but The West will be outside at the Trinity High School field.  …  Team East coach Eric Cumba said at this point every player is penciled in with an offensive position and a defensive position. “As of right now everyone is learning two spots,” he said. “We’re going to decide over the weekend if we can go split squad, based on how things shake out.” …  Cumba said the team’s strength is in the offensive and defensive lines. Londonderry’s Ty Miles, Pinkerton’s Joe Packowski and Pelham’s Memphis Patterson are among the players the East will use up front. “I also think we’re very solid in the defensive backfield,” Cumba said. …  Team West coach Keith Jones said for him the offensive line and the quarterback-center exchange are the top priorities when practicing for an all-star game. “That’s where the most mistakes happen in these games,” Jones said. “Then it’s keeping things simple. If you have too many plays then you do nothing well. … Jones coached the West to victory in the inaugural game, and was also the West’s head coach in 2015, when the East prevailed 29-15. … The West leads the series, 8-3. … Jones said skill positions are the team’s strength. “Very happy with how things have gone so far,” he said. “The kids who are there have been working hard. I feel like we’re right where we should be. The shortened practices have thrown us a little bit of a curveball being inside at the Bedford SportsPlex and only getting two hours has been a little difficult, but Friday we’ll be back at Trinity from 5 to 7:30. That’s a big deal because of special teams and extra team time to polish everything. You only get so many minutes and you don’t want to slight either side of the ball.” … Cumba said Spaulding’s Zach Lynch will not play in this year’s game because he is not fully recovered from a knee injury sustained last fall. … The East will begin practicing at Exeter High School on Saturday morning. … More information on this year’s game, including how to donate to the cause or purchase tickets, can be found on the East/West All-Star Game web site.


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