October 1, 2014

Elon running back won't play against UNH

UNH logo.jpgElon will be without running back B.J. Bennett for Saturday's Colonial Athletic Association game against the University of New Hampshire.

Bennett, a sophomore, suffered a broken hand during last weekend's loss to Coastal Carolina and will miss the remainder of the season. Elon (1-3) has one other scholarship running back on its roster.

Bennett has run for a team-high 292 yards and a touchdown on 59 carries this season. He has led the team in rushing in its of its four games.

September 30, 2014

NHFR Power Index released

NEW HAMPSHIRE FOOTBALL REPORT
POWER INDEX
DIVISION I
BEDFORD41.25
PINKERTON38.5
SALEM26.25
CONCORD26
LONDONDERRY23.75
EXETER16.8
GOFFSTOWN12.25
PORTSMOUTH12
ALVIRNE9.75
MEMORIAL6.5
MERRIMACK6.25
WINNACUNNET4.75
NASHUA SOUTH4
BISHOP GUERTIN-2.25
SPAULDING-7.75
TIMBERLANE-7.75
NASHUA NORTH-7.75
CENTRAL-13.5
KEENE-27
DOVER-36.75
DIVISION II
WINDHAM55
ST. THOMAS46.75
KENNETT32.5
LACONIA27
LEBANON24.25
MONADNOCK22.67
MILFORD18.5
MERRIMACK VALLEY13.5
SOUHEGAN12.6
TRINITY12.6
PELHAM9
KEARSARGE3.5
HANOVER-4.34
KINGSWOOD-7.36
HOLLIS/BROOKLINE-12.25
PLYMOUTH-17.34
JOHN STARK-17.5
SANBORN-23.34
CONVAL-25.67
PEMBROKE-36.25
WEST-39.34
DIVISION III
BOW53.34
WINNISQUAM23.34
NEWPORT16.34
EPPING/NEWMARKET16.34
SOMERSWORTH15.34
GILFORD14.67
INTER-LAKES/MOULTONBOROUGH14.67
STEVENS2.34
FRANKLIN1.34
RAYMOND1
FARMINGTON/NUTE-6
CAMPBELL-7.34
BISHOP BRADY-8.67
MASCOMA-8.67
FALL MOUNTAIN-16.67
NEWFOUND-21.33

NOTE: The New Hampshire Football Report Power Index shows the relative strength of each team within its division. A 12.67 rating in Division I may not equal a 12.67 rating in Division II or Division III. A team's won/loss record, strength of schedule and margin of victory are factors used to arrive at a team's Power Index.

September 29, 2014

Vailas named CAA Offensive Player of the Week

Vailas.jpgUNH logo.jpgUniversity of New Hampshire quarterback Andy Vailas (pictured) was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for his performance in Saturday night's 52-19 victory over Dartmouth.

Vailas, who made his first start of the season, rushed for a career-high 112 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. He also completed 17 of 26 passes for 219 yards and two TDs.

Vailas, a Bedford resident who played at Bishop Guertin High School, replaced Sean Goldrich as UNH's starting QB. Goldrich suffered a sprained knee during a victory over Richmond earlier this month.


Defensive stand helps New Hampton improve to 3-0

Roger Brown
nhfootballreport.com

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A goal-line stand as time expired helped the New Hampton School football team defeat the Hyde School (Connecticut) 17-12 Saturday.

New Hampton did all of its scoring in the second quarter. The Huskies received two touchdown runs from Isaiah White and a two-point conversion catch from Jordan Collier. New Hampton also scored when Carter Dillon returned a fumble 97 yards on a play that followed a Hyde touchdown.

Derek Borghi, Robby Donnelly and Seamus Tully spearheaded a New Hampton defense that kept Hyde off the scoreboard in the second half.

The victory raised New Hampton's record to 3-0. Hyde dropped to 1-1.

New Hampton will attempt to go 4-0 when it plays the Hyde School (Maine) on Friday night at Kennedy Field.

Scores from other prep school games involving New Hampshire teams last weekend:

Pingree 45, Tilton 19
St. Paul's 40, Middlesex 14
Proctor 33, Hyde (Maine) 20
Kingswood-Oxford 28, Holderness 22
Choate Rosemary Hall 49, Phillips Exeter 0

Power Poll: Bedford moves up to No. 2

UNION LEADER/WGIR/WMUR POWER POLL

1. Pinkerton (4-0)
Remained in the top spot after knocking off rival Londonderry.

2. Bedford (4-0)
Bulldogs moved up a spot to No. 2; Bedford will play a big one Saturday night at Exeter.

3. Concord (4-0)
Survived another close call, this time against Central.

4. Salem (3-1)
Had its hands full with Timberlane. Salem-Londonderry matchup might as well be a playoff game.

5. Londonderry (3-1)
As the Lancers found out, you can't make a bunch of mistakes and expect to beat Pinkerton.

6. Windham (4-0)
The Jaguars are the highest-ranked team outside of Division I.

7. Exeter (3-1)
Defense has carried the Blue Hawks, who haven't scored more than 17 points in a game this season.

8. Portsmouth (3-1)
The Clippers are proving that enrollment doesn't mean everything.

9. St. Thomas (4-0)
Saints have allowed 28 points in their four games.

10. Kennett (4-0)
Moved into the poll after a convincing win against Pembroke.

Also receiving votes:  Nashua South, 2-2 (3), Alvirne, 3-1 (2), Bow, 3-0 (2), Goffstown (1).

September 28, 2014

Bedford will tangle with Exeter on Saturday night

NHIAA WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
THURSDAY
DIVISION I
MERRIMACK AT NASHUA NORTH
FRIDAY
DIVISION I
SALEM AT ALVIRNE
CONCORD AT MEMORIAL
NASHUA SOUTH AT TIMBERLANE
KEENE AT LONDONDERRY
PORTSMOUTH AT CENTRAL
DOVER AT SPAULDING
DIVISION II
ST. THOMAS AT ALVIRNE
SOMERSWORTH AT RAYMOND
HANOVER AT KENNETT
LEBANON AT MILFORD
WINDHAM AT SOUHEGAN
MERRIMACK VALLEY AT KINGSWOOD
WEST AT PEMBROKE
SATURDAY
DIVISION I
PINKERTON AT BISHOP GUERTIN
BEDFORD AT EXETER
WINNACUNNET AT GOFFSTOWN
DIVISION II
ABINGTON, MASS. AT KEARSARGE
MONADNOCK AT PELHAM
TRINITY AT PLYMOUTH
HOLLIS/BROOKLINE AT JOHN STARK
CONVAL AT SANBORN
DIVISION III
FARMINGTON/NUTE AT BISHOP BRADY
BOW AT EPPING/NEWMARKET
STEVENS AT FRANKLIN
WINNISQUAM AT CAMPBELL
IL/MOULTONBOROUGH AT NEWPORT
NEWFOUND AT MASCOMA
GILFORD AT FALL MOUNTAIN

Dejoie carried Somersworth to victory

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HELMET STICKERS
WEEK 4

Jack Mahoney (Alvirne)
Rushed for 157 yards on 33 carries in a 13-7 triumph over Merrimack.

Kyle Cushion (Bishop Guertin)
Ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns to help BG defeat Keene 28-7.

Daquan Henclewood (Memorial)
Gained 149 yards and ran for three TDs in a 42-21 victory over Dover.

Bryce Walker (Milford)
Scored four touchdowns -- all in the second quarter -- to help Milford beat Pelham 34-24.

T.J. Urbanik (Pinkerton)
Rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-21 victory over previously unbeaten Londonderry.

Keith Schulz (Laconia)
Recorded 12 tackles in a 35-14 victory over Hanover.

Lucas Gagne (Franklin)
Scored two rushing touchdowns to help Franklin end a 10-game losing streak by beating Fall Mountain 34-8.

Elyjah Dejoie (Somersworth)
Gained 228 yards on 36 rushing attempts and scored all 20 points (three TDs and a two-point conversion) in Somersworth's 20-13 triumph over Campbell.

Alex Toribio (Epping)
Ran for 217 yards and three touchdowns during a 28-14 victory against Raymond.

Christian Serrano (Winnisquam)
Gained 238 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns to highlight Winnisquam's 35-26 win against Farmington-Nute.

Evan Martin (Merrimack Valley)
Had 244 all-purpose yards in a 42-37 victory over Kearsarge. Returned and punt and an interception for a touchdown.

September 27, 2014

UNH extends streak against Dartmouth

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DURHAM - The fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire football team got night football in Cowell Stadium off to a strong start with a 52-19 triumph over Dartmouth College on Saturday in front of 8,753 fans on State of New Hampshire Day. 

Senior quarterback Andy Vailas passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more and seniors Jimmy Owens and R.J. Harris  each scored twice for the Wildcats, who beat the Big Green for the 13th straight time. The Wildcats are undefeated in their last 20 games against Dartmouth at 18-0-2.

UNH won its third straight game and improved to 3-1 on the season. The Wildcats are 1-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association and play league newcomer Elon next Saturday on the road.

Vailas replaced the injured Sean Goldrich in the starting lineup and rushed eight times for a career-high 112 yards. He and Owens (15 carries, 81 yards) matched career highs with their two scores. 

Harris (eight receptions, 113 yards) has had more than 100 receiving yards in each of UNH's four games. He has five touchdown catches this season. 

The UNH defense held Dartmouth, which had 391 yards of total offense in a season-opening win over Central Connecticut State last week, to 262 yards. UNH had a well-balanced 531 yards of offense with 267 rushing and 264 passing.

Junior linebacker Akil Anderson had nine tackles to lead the Wildcats and senior linebacker Shane McNeely had the only turnover for UNH with an interception.

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Saint Anselm remains on a roll

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MANCHESTER - Sophomore quarterback Yianni Gavalas completed 28 of 34 passes for 415 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 26 yards and two more scores on five carries to lead the Saint Anselm College football team to a 52-26 Homecoming victory against Pace University on Saturday in front of 3,011 fans at Grappone Stadium.

The Hawks improved to 4-0 (3-0 NE-10) for the first time in school history, while the Setters sink to 0-4, 0-3 NE-10.

Gavalas completed 12 of his passes to senior wide receiver Justin Bernard, who racked up 196 receiving yards and a touchdown as he moved to within just two catches of the NCAA Division II all-time record for receptions. Junior running back Elad Covaliu ran for 70 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, in addition to catching two passes for 52 yards. Sophomore running back Joe Hayman contributed 53 yards and a pair of scores on 11 rushes.

The offense, as a whole, was in sync, as it amassed 672 yards of total offense - the second most in program history - en route to putting up 38 first-half points, which erased the previous record of 35 that was set last Nov. 9 at Pace. The 415 yards through the air is the fifth best performance in school history, while the 257 yards on the ground rank eighth.

Senior wide receiver Brandon Gomes made five catches for 72 yards, and senior wide receiver Ahkeen Williams had four grabs for 61 yards. Freshman running back Isaiah Douglas racked up 48 yards on nine carries and freshman quarterback Matt Phelan ate up 34 yards on the ground with just three rushes.      

Senior defensive lineman Justin Waltzer made a team-high seven tackles, including 2.5 for a loss and a sack. Junior defensive back Carroll Bailey tallied six tackles and a sack, and senior defensive lineman Josh Cheever recorded five tackles and a sack.

Box Score


UMass-Dartmouth gets the best of Plymouth State

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PLYMOUTH - Junior Preston Cooper and senior Abiola Aborishade combined for 300 yards of offense Saturday afternoon to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 20-5 victory over Plymouth State University in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) football contest at Currier Field.

Cooper rushed 24 times for 155 yards and two scores, and also caught two passes for 13 yards.  Aborishade caught 13 passes for 132 yards from sophomore quarterback Cory Burnham, who completed 26-of-41 passes for 268 yards.

The Corsairs evened their record at 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the MASCAC while the Panthers drop to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

After recording a safety, the Panthers pulled to within a point, 6-5, on a 34-yard field goal by senior Rob Giles midway through the second quarter.  UMD had nine-play and 10-play drives stalled when PSU stopped the Corsairs on fourth down, so the visitors held a 6-5 lead at halftime.

Both teams had multiple possessions in the third quarter, with UMD putting up the only points on a 10-yard scoring run by Burham. The TD came two plays after freshman Diego Hebra (Concord) recovered a Panther fumble at the PSU 5-yard line. Burnham connected with senior Jake Scott on a two-point conversion to give UMD a 14-5 lead.

UMD rounded out the scoring in the fourth quarter on Cooper's one-yard run with 6:33 to play, culminating a nine-play, 66-yard drive. Cooper's extra point rushing attempt failed.

Senior Zack Wilkins led the PSU defense with nine tackles (seven solo). SophomoreJoe Walsh forced a fumble and finished with eight stops, including two for lost yardage and one sack.