November 26, 2014

Holy Toledo! Lawrence runs past Salem

LAWRENCE, Mass. -- Jacob Toledo ran for 212 yards and three touchdowns to lead Lawrence, Mass., to a 26-14 victory over Salem on Wednesday night on a snow-covered field in Lawrence.

Toledo's TDs came on runs of 2, 92 and 12 yards. Lawrence also received a 1-yard TD run from Kenny Richards.

John Cerretani tossed two touchdown passes for Salem, which completed its season with a 7-3 record. Cerretani hooked up with Nick Shumski for a 72-yard TD pass in the third quarter, and connected with Kenny Calabrese for a 77-yard TD pass in the fourth. Chris Sheikabdou made both of his PAT kicks.

Calabrese's TD catch helped Salem make it a 19-14 game with 3:59 to play, but Lawrence sealed the victory when Toledo scored his third TD with 29 seconds left.

Lawrence improved its record to 5-6.

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Division I South All-Conference Team announced

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
DIVISION I SOUTH
OFFENSE
SR/QBERIC FAIRWEATHERLONDONDERRY
SR/QBJACK HANAWAYPINKERTON
JR/RBT.J. URBANIKPINKERTON
JR/RBJOHNNY BARTOSESALEM
SR/RECRYAN BARRYMERRIMACK
SR/RECAUSTIN HOMSEYSALEM
SR/TEAUSTIN WHITEHEADPINKERTON
SR/TNOAH ROBISONPINKERTON
JR/TSEAN NARDIFFSALEM
SR/GJUSTIN POITRASPINKERTON
SR/GCASEY BRACKETTLONDONDERRY
SR/CMATT FREDALONDONDERRY
JR/KKYLE CANTALUPOPINKERTON
DEFENSE
SR/DLBRYSON PACOCHAPINKERTON
SR/DLMARKAVEUS BARNESPINKERTON
SR/DLBRIAN LONERGANTIMBERLANE
SR/LBPETER CYRPINKERTON
JR/LBMIKE CURLEYPINKERTON
SR/LBSTEPHEN GAGEMERRIMACK
JR/LBDOUG MAROUNSALEM
SR/DBMIKE RYANLONDONDERRY
JR/DBDAVID WIEDENFELDLONDONDERRY
SR/DBKENNY CALABRESESALEM
SR/DBISAIAH BACKLESPINKERTON
SOPH/DBTYLER DENEILLMERRIMACK
JR/PJASON HUGHESTIMBERLANE
HONORABLE MENTION
OFFENSE
JR/RBTYLER FUREYTIMBERLANE
JR/RBCHARLES SIBANDASALEM
SR/RBDENNIS BISHOPLONDONDERRY
SR/RECANDREW DIGREGORIOMERRIMACK
FR/RECJACOB POSTTIMBERLANE
SR/TECALEB SHARPTIMBERLANE
SR/TPAUL LINDLONDONDERRY
JR/TNEHEYMAH DIONLONDONDERRY
JR/THAYDEN STURDEVANTPINKERTON
JR/GJOEY LYDICKPINKERTON
SR/GT.J. BAJEKLONDONDERRY
DEFENSE
SR/DLJUSTIN DVANNAMERRIMACK
SR/DLKYLE DIBURROTIMBERLANE
SR/DLCONNER MULLINSSALEM
SR/LBJOE GIAMPIETROMERRIMACK
SOPH/LBDENNY MCKILLOPMERRIMACK
JR/LBGARY RICHARDLONDONDERRY
SR/LBKYLE BIRDLONDONDERRY
SR/DBRILEY CAHILLPINKERTON
SR/DBCHRIS LEONDIRESTIMBERLANE
JR/DBMATT AYOTTESALEM

NHIAA All-Conference teams can be sent to rbrown@nhfootballreport.com. Errors and/or omissions can be sent to the same address. All-Conference teams will be posted ASAP after they are received.

Division II South All-Conference Team released

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
DIVISION II SOUTH
OFFENSE
QBBRENDAN MCINNISWINDHAM
RBSAIKOU BAHTRINITY
RBTYLER HOWARDSOUHEGAN
RBKELLEN BAILWINDHAM
TERYAN BOLDWINTRINITY
SEANTHONY GALLOWINDHAM
OLGEORGE LEPAGESOUHEGAN
OLKEEGAN WILLIAMSTRINITY
OLROBERT RYANPELHAM
OLKEVIN ANDERSONWINDHAM
CKODY PALLADINOMILFORD
DEFENSE
DEVICTOR PIZZOTTIWINDHAM
DENICK SKINNERMILFORD
DTTRAVIS HUGHESMILFORD
DTPAT HUMEWINDHAM
LBCAM KINNEYSOUHEGAN
LBKURTIS JOLICOEURWINDHAM
LBNICK PURDUETRINITY
SEJOE FRAKEWINDHAM
SEWILL SHEPPARDTRINITY
CBBRENDAN CRAYSOUHEGAN
CBMATT SHEAWINDHAM
KRTREVOR BARRETTSOUHEGAN
PMAX URDAMILFORD


NHIAA All-Conference teams can be sent to rbrown@nhfootballreport.com. Errors and/or omissions can be sent to the same address. All-Conference teams will be posted ASAP after they are received.

Media Blitz: Salem's Hughes draws strength from father

High School: Football steered Hughes in the right direction >> Lawrence Eagle Tribune

November 25, 2014

Division II East All-Conference Team announced

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
DIVISION II EAST
OFFENSE
JR/QBSTEVE HEDBERGST. THOMAS
SR/RBTUCKER BURTMERRIMACK VALLEY
SR/OLMIKE PATNODEPEMBROKE
SR/OLSTEVE HOLMESMERRIMACK VALLEY
SR/CJON PLANTEMERRIMACK VALLEY
SR/OLMATT GILESMANCHESTER WEST
SR/OLZACH MASONKINGSWOOD
SR/TEKEVIN GOULDST. THOMAS
JR/SELIAM MIDDLETONST. THOMAS
SR/RB/SLOTCHARLIE POLLOCKST. THOMAS
JR/RB/SLOTNATE GRUNBECKST. THOMAS
SOPH/ATHEVAN MARTINMERRIMACK VALLEY
SR/ATHJEFF MADDENKINGSWOOD
DEFENSE
SR/DEJESSE QUINTEROST. THOMAS
SR/DEBRIAN MAKINMANCHESTER WEST
SR/DTJOHN LEMAYKINGSWOOD
SR/DTJOSH CARLISLEST. THOMAS
SR/LBMIKE MURRAYST. THOMAS
SR/LBDEVON MCGRATHMERRIMACK VALLEY
SR/LBVINNY DUSTINPEMBROKE
JR/DBTREVOR MARTINST. THOMAS
SR/DBERIC LESCARTEMANCHESTER WEST
SR/DBKEVIN KANEBST. THOMAS
SR/DBJONESTON GONCALVESMANCHESTER WEST


NHIAA All-Conference teams can be sent to rbrown@nhfootballreport.com. Errors and/or omissions can be sent to the same address. All-Conference teams will be posted ASAP after they are received.

Division I East All-Conference Team released

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
DIVISION I EAST
OFFENSE
SR/RBMARK CICCHINIEXETER
SR/CNEIL VORSTEREXETER
SR/OTDAVE HARVEYEXETER
JR/TEHUNTER LONGEXETER
SR/QBCONNOR DICESAREPORTSMOUTH
SR/OTQUINTIN DESJARDINSPORTSMOUTH
SR/WRLODEN FORMICHELLIPORTSMOUTH
SR/PKISABELLE PAFFORDPORTSMOUTH
SR/RBBRENDON MATHIASSPAULDING
JR/RBMIKE LEWISWINNACUNNET
JR/OGDEREK CLOUGHWINNACUNNET
DEFENSE
JR/DLD.J. O'DONNELLEXETER
SR/LBCHRIS HENRYEXETER
JR/DBJACKSON ALLENEXETER
JR/DBJOEY AUGERPORTSMOUTH
SR/DLJUSTIN MATTIS-CLARKPORTSMOUTH
SR/DLNATE BURKESPAULDING
SR/LBCASEY CRAIGSPAULDING
SR/LBANTHONY DIPRIZIOSPAULDING
SR/DLCONNOR ROBINSONSPAULDING
SR/DBCHRISTIAN LAROSAWINNACUNNET
SR/PKSEAN COTTERWINNACUNNET
HONORABLE MENTION
OFFENSE
SR/RBNICK FLODSTROMEXETER
SR/OTBRENDAN WHITEEXETER
SR/RBSHANE QUIMBYEXETER
SR/PKMITCHELL CYRSPAULDING
JR/RBBLAKE BARBINSPAULDING
SR/CEVAN JONESPORTSMOUTH
SOPH/WRCHRISTIAN PEETEPORTSMOUTH
SR/CJAKE MANNWINNACUNNET
JR/OTPAT WITTWINNACUNNET
JR/OTGABE PASTERWINNACUNNET
HONORABLE MENTION
DEFENSE
SR/LBMITCH HARRINGTONEXETER
SOPH/DBKYLE BALLEXETER
SR/PGRANT LABUTTEEXETER
SR/DLJAKE MAGGYSPAULDING
SR/LBJAKE LIFFSPAULDING
SR/DLCHRISTIAN DREIBELBISSPAULDING
JR/DBJOSH LAPOINTESPAULDING
SOPH/DLALEX GLADUPORTSMOUTH
SR/LBTRISTAN MELYNCHUCKPORTSMOUTH

NHIAA All-Conference teams can be sent to rbrown@nhfootballreport.com.

November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving offers more than turkey ...

THANKSGIVING MENU
WEDNESDAY
SALEM AT LAWRENCE, MASS. 6 P.M.
THURSDAY
NASHUA NORTH VS. NASHUA SOUTH10 A.M.
CENTRAL VS. MEMORIAL (GILL STADIUM)10:15 A.M.

UNH rewarded with No. 1 seed

Allen Lessels
UNH Insider

No suspense this time around.

Early on in the NCAA Selection Show for the FCS tournament on Sunday morning, the name of the No. 1 seed for the event - New Hampshire - popped up on the large television screen in the UNH football locker room.

The Wildcat players and coaches and assorted supporters of the program jumped to their feet and roared in approval.

Such is the reward for putting together a 10-1 season with a 10-game winning streak and a perfect 8-0 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. There was no nervous waiting around to see if your season was deemed playoff-worthy by a Selection Committee.

There was no doubt the Wildcats were headed to the playoffs for the 11th straight season, the longest such streak in the nation.  

"It feels good," said senior wide receiver R.J. Harris. "It was definitely a different experience this year than last year. Last year we were kind of on edge, this year we knew what was coming. We saw our name up there and everyone was hyped."

The only questions remaining for the Wildcats before Sunday morning's show were pretty much these: One, would they be the No. 1 seed or would it be North Dakota State, which has won the last three FCS national championships; and two, who would be coming to Durham for a second-round game on Dec. 6.

The Wildcats had their first answer early and didn't have to wait much longer for their second.

UNH was installed as the No. 1 seed and North Dakota State as the No. 2. Last year, UNH's season ended with a loss to the Bison in Fargo in a semifinal matchup a few days before Christmas. This year, the only way the teams can meet in the tournament is if both advance all the way to the championship game.

There's lots of football to be played before that.

UNH was one of eight teams receiving byes for the first round of the 24-team tournament.

For the Wildcats, the playoffs start on Dec. 6 with a 1 p.m. game in Cowell Stadium against either Fordham or Sacred Heart. Those teams play on Saturday in a rematch of a first-round game last year, which was won by Fordham.

The Wildcats - who retained the historical Brice-Cowell Musket and won their first outright league title since 1994 by stopping Maine, 20-12, on Saturday - will practice on Tuesday and then get time off to go home for Thanksgiving before they return to prepare for a stretch run.

"We set our goals before the season starts and the first one was getting the CAA championship," said senior defensive end and captain Cody Muller. "We got that. We beat Maine, which was huge, last night. To be recognized nationally, to be the No. 1, is tremendous. Tremendous. We've just got to keep rolling. We can't worry about all that now. It's just on to the next one."

And hopefully a few more next ones in Cowell Stadium, the place that's come to be known as the Dungeon.

"It's awesome," Muller said. "Our fan base is great. They travel well. Being at home now, to be able to be in the Dungeon and having the road go through the Dungeon, it's going to be awesome."

Pinkerton leaves no doubt: Astros are No. 1

UNION LEADER/WGIR/WMUR POWER POLL

1. Pinkerton (12-0)
Completed unbeaten season by beating Bedford to win Division I championship.

2. Bedford (11-1)
Bulldogs were second best in Division I. Bedford is still seeking program's first state title.

3. Londonderry (8-2)
Lancers went 8-0 against teams not named Pinkerton.

4. Salem (7-2)
Blue Devils will wrap up their season Wednesday night against Lawrence, Mass.

5. Exeter (8-3)
Blue Hawks had their season end in the semifinals.

6. Windham (11-0)
The only two unbeaten teams in the state are neighboring schools. It would have been a perfect Thanksgiving matchup.

7. St. Thomas (9-2)

Saints seemed to expend all of their energy overcoming a 21-point deficit against Windham.

8. Concord (6-4)

Crimson Tide went 1-3 against playoff teams. 

9. Kennett (9-1)

Eagles were unbeaten during the regular season but couldn't get past Concord in the Division II semifinals.

10. Portsmouth (6-4)

Wonder where the Clippers would have finished in Division II had they not been forced to move up a division.

Also receiving votes: Campbell (9-2) and Newport (9-1).






November 22, 2014

UNH tops Maine, awaits tournament seeding

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ORONO, Maine -- The top-ranked University of New Hampshire football team won the CAA conference title outright, retained the Brice-Cowell Musket and extended its win streak to a school-record 10 games by defeating the University of Maine, 20-12, Saturday at Alfond Stadium.

UNH, which has won five straight and 12 of 13 in the series against Maine, improved to 10-1 overall and 8-0 in the CAA. The Wildcats became the second team to complete the conference season undefeated since the CAA took the league banner in 2007. New Hampshire now awaits the NCAA FCS Championship tournament bracket announcement Sunday at 11 a.m. The bracket will be televised on ESPNU. 

Maine ended its season 5-6, 4-4.

Casey DeAndrade and Cody Muller led UNH's stifling defense, which allowed season lows in first downs (12), passing yards (92) and total yards (179) in addition to recording five sacks and three turnovers. DeAndrade recovered two fumbles, whereas Muller tallied a team-high nine tackles, including two sacks. Brian Ciccone also had two sacks, and Robbie Zauck had four tackles, including a sack, and a forced fumble. 

Maine's defense held the Wildcats' explosive offense, which was averaging 38.7 points per game, to season lows in passing yards (169) and total yards (287). The Black Bears also recorded three sacks six turnovers with three fumble recoveries and three interceptions.

UNH quarterback Sean Goldrich completed 14 of 31 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown, as well as a career-high three interceptions. He also had 12 carries for 26 yards and a TD. Jimmy Owens was UNH's leading rusher with 12 carries for 46 yards. R.J. Harris was the top receiver with five catches for 62 yards. 

Maine's Drew Belcher finished 11 of 25 for 92 yards and one interception, and he had a game-high 20 rushes for 14 yards and a TD. Jerickson Fedrick was the team's top ground gainer with 42 yards on six carries. Jordan Dunn finished with four catches for 29 yards.