September 16, 2014

Nashua's McRae helps Merrimack run past Pace

McRae.jpgFormer Nashua South standout Armond McRae (pictured) rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries to help the Merrimack College football team defeat Pace 75-2 Saturday.

McRae, a junior running back, ran for a career-high 135 yards in a victory over Pace last season. He ran for 77 yards and a touchdown in a season-opening loss to Division I Bryant.

McRae played in 10 games as a sophomore. He finished the season with 447 yards rushing and two touchdowns.  

Salem will meet Pinkerton in battle of unbeatens

NHIAA WEEK 3 SCHEDULE
FRIDAY
DIVISION I
CONCORD AT DOVER
PORTSMOUTH AT MEMORIAL
CENTRAL AT SPAULDING
WINNACUNNET AT BEDFORD
LONDONDERRY AT NASHUA NORTH
BISHOP GUERTIN AT TIMBERLANE
KEENE AT ALVIRNE
DIVISION II
PEMBROKE AT KINGSWOOD
MANCHESTER WEST AT LACONIA
HANOVER AT KEARSARGE
PLYMOUTH AT KENNETT
MILFORD AT SOUHEGAN
PELHAM AT TRINITY
MONADNOCK AT CONVAL
DIVISION III
FRANKLIN AT RAYMOND
BOW AT STEVENS
SATURDAY
DIVISION I
EXETER AT GOFFSTOWN
MERRIMACK AT NASHUA SOUTH
SALEM AT PINKERTON
DIVISION II
ST. THOMAS AT MERRIMACK VALLEY
WINDHAM AT JOHN STARK
HOLLIS/BROOKLINE AT SANBORN
DIVISION III
WINNISQUAM AT INTER-LAKES/MOUTONBOROUGH
SOMERSWORTH AT GILFORD
EPPING-NEWMARKET AT MASCOMA
NEWFOUND AT BISHOP BRADY
NEWPORT AT CAMPBELL
FALL MOUNTAIN AT FARMINGTON-NUTE

Fairweather highlights Week 2 top performances

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HELMET STICKERS
WEEK 2

Charles Sibanda (Salem)
Carried the ball 12 times for 145 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-0 victory over Keene.

Eric Fairweather (Londonderry)
Ran for 70 yards and four touchdowns and completed 6-of-10 pass attempts for 201 yards and another TD in a 35-14 triumph over Timberlane.

Leo Sudieh (Concord)
Rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-21 victory over Winnacunnet. Also caught three passes for 66 yards.

Robbie Law (Concord)
Completed 10 of 16 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the win against Winnacunnet.

Christian Peete (Portsmouth)
Had two interceptions in a 37-7 loss to Bedford.

Steve Hedberg (St. Thomas)
Completed each of his 11 pass attempts for 134 yards and three TDs in a 55-0 victory over Pembroke Academy.

Mike Vailas (Bedford)
Accounted for four touchdowns -- two rushing, one passing and one interception return --- in a 37-7 triumph over Portsmouth. Rushed for 129 yards on 16 carries in the game.

Isaac Velez (Memorial)
Ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in his first varsity game as quarterback. Also completed 3-of-4 passes for 60 yards and a TD.

Moises Celaya (Hanover)
Freshman kicked a 24-yard field goal in overtime to give Hanover a 10-7 victory over Kingswood..

Matt Ferenczhalmy(Hollis/Brookline)
Running back picked up 157 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries during a 13-7 triumph over Milford.

Kellin Bail (Windham)
Ran for 186 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries to help the Jaguars beat Trinity 41-12. Also made a 3-yard TD catch in the victory.

Danny Brown (Alvirne)
Quarterback completed 14 of 20 pass attempts for 234 yards and three TDs in a 24-0 victory against Nashua North.

T.J. Urbanik (Pinkerton)
Running back rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 12 attempts in a 29-7 win against Nashua South.

Brendan Johnson (Bishop Brady)
Quarterback passed for 201 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-34 victory over Epping-Newmarket.

Drew McQuarrie (John Stark)
Completed 14 of 24 pass attempts for 159 yards and a touchdown in a 28-17 come-from-behind victory over ConVal.

Elyjah Dejoie (Somersworth)
Ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a 34-6 triumph over Farmington-Nute.
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September 15, 2014

Tully, New Hampton overpower Kents Hill

New Hampton logo.jpgLinebacker Seamus Tully spearheaded a dominating defensive performance to help the New Hampton School football team open its season with a 55-6 triumph at Kents Hill on Saturday

Quarterback Adam Enxing passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in the victory. Jordan Collier caught each of Enxing's TD passes.

Running back Isaiah White rushed for 2-4 yards and three touchdowns, which included a 94-yard TD run. White averaged 29 yards per carry. New Hampton also received a TD run from Ian Gobbi.

New Hampton's Jake Cohen scored a TD, made seven point-after kicks and recovered a fumble.

New Hampton will play at Proctor Academy on Friday night (6:30).

Hebron Academy 26
Tilton 18

Quarterback Jake Froehlich ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, but Tilton dropped its opener at Hebron (Maine) Academy on Saturday. Froehlich's second TD run pulled Tilton within two points, 20-18, but Hebron responded with a touchdown that sealed the victory.

Power Poll: New teams enter top 10

UNION LEADER/WGIR/WMUR POWER POLL

1. Pinkerton (2-0)
Astros had little trouble with Nashua South.

2. Concord (2-0)
Another fourth-quarter comeback allowed the Tide to move to 2-0.

3. Bedford (2-0)
Two games. Two lopsided victories.

4. Exeter (2-0)
Defense still hasn't allowed a point.

5. Salem (2-0)
Blue Devils will get a stiff test from Pinkerton.

6. Londonderry (2-0)
Lancers appear to be legit.

7. Windham (2-0)
Jaguars have scored 105 points in two games.

8. Merrimack (2-0)
Tomahawks will be facing a desperate South (0-2) team this weekend.

9. Winnacunnet (1-1)
Warriors were supposed to be good in 2015. They appear to have arrived earlier than expected.

10. (tie) Goffstown (1-1)
Interesting matchup between the Goffstown offense and Exeter defense this weekend.

10. (tie) St. Thomas (2-0)
Saints have outscored their two opponents 103-0.

Also receiving votes:
  Kennett, 2-0 (4), Lebanon, 2-0 (3), Portsmouth, 1-1 (3), Bow, 1-0 (1). 

September 13, 2014

Lebanon knocks off Plymouth, moves to 2-0

NHIAA FOOTBALL WEEK 2 SCHEDULE
FRIDAY
DIVISION I
EXETER 14, SPAULDING 7
BEDFORD 37, PORTSMOUTH 7
CONCORD 33, WINNACUNNET 21
MEMORIAL 34, CENTRAL 8
LONDONDERRY 35, TIMBERLANE 14
PINKERTON 29, NASHUA SOUTH 7
SALEM 40, KEENE 0
DIVISION II
HANOVER 10, KINGSWOOD 7
MERRIMACK VALLEY 42, WEST 0
KENNETT 38, KEARSARGE 21
HOLLIS/BROOKLINE 13, MILFORD 7
JOHN STARK 28, CONVAL 17
SATURDAY
DIVISION I
GOFFSTOWN 52, DOVER 13
MERRIMACK 16, BISHOP GUERTIN 13
ALVIRNE 27, NASHUA NORTH 0
DIVISION II
ST. THOMAS 55, PEMBROKE 0
LEBANON 14, PLYMOUTH 7
WINDHAM 49, TRINITY 12
DIVISION III
INTER-LAKES/MOULTONBOROUGH 35, FALL MOUNTAIN 20
GILFORD 12, FRANKLIN 0
NEWPORT 47, MASCOMA 0
STEVENS 32, NEWFOUND 0
BISHOP BRADY 35, EPPING-NEWMARKET 34
BOW 35, CAMPBELL 7
WINNISQUAM 27, RAYMOND 12
SUNDAY
DIVISION III
SOMERSWORTH 34, FARMINGTON-NUTE 6

UNH lights up scoreboard

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DURHAM - Junior quarterback Sean Goldrich (West Haven, Conn.) matched a career high with four touchdown passes and eclipsed his career high in passing yards with 422 to lead No. 7/9 University of New Hampshire to a 45-27 win over Lehigh on Saturday at Cowell Stadium.

The Wildcats dominated in the first half and held on in the second in front of a crowd of 9,358 in the first game played under the lights at Cowell Stadium. The game started at 3:30 p.m., and the lights were needed when it ended in the rain just before 7 p.m.

UNH improved to 1-1 on the season and Lehigh of the Patriot League fell to 0-2. UNH plays its first Colonial Athletic Association game next Saturday at Richmond.

Wide receiver R.J. Harris (Odenton, Md.) caught six passes for 109 yards and a pair of scores and also ran for a touchdown. Tight end Harold Spears (Perkasie, Pa.) had career highs in catches (seven) and yards (138) and had a touchdown reception.

Safety Hayden Knudson (Alexandria, Va.), who missed UNH's season-opening loss to Toledo as he recovered from a broken jaw, led the defense with 11 tackles and had a fumble recovery.

Linebacker DeVaughn Chollette (Scranton, Pa.) registered seven tackles, an interception with return for 33 yards and tallied one of UNH's four quarterback sacks.Daniel Rowe (Orange, N.J.) chipped in with seven tackles.  

The UNH defense held Lehigh to 314 total yards and just 88 in the first half. The 'Cats offense piled up 646 total yards, 422 through the air.

The Wildcats rolled in the first half. They collected 401 yards of offense in the first 30 minutes and raced to a 29-0 lead.

UNH's first possession ended when Lehigh picked off a Goldrich pass. The defense answered with a turnover of its own as well and UNH was on its way.

Lehigh quarterback Nick Shafnisky (15-for-28, 106 yards, TD, INT) completed a pass to Josh Parris (5 catches, 37 yards), but Knudson stripped the ball from the receiver and defensive end Cody Muller (Telford, Pa./three tackles) recovered the fumble.

Goldrich and the Wildcats took advantage and marched 71 yards in 12 plays to their first score, a 2-yard run by Jimmy Owens (West Deptford, N.J./12 rushes, 70 yards, TD).Andy Vailas (Bedford, N.H./six rushes, 44 yards) rushed for the 2-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.

The defense held and forced a Lehigh punt. It took UNH just four plays to cover 74 yards and score again. Goldrich hit Spears in stride for a 53-yard scoring pass with 1:22 left in the period.

The Wildcats ran their lead to 23-0 midway through the second period with an 11-play, 84-yard drive. Harris took a direct snap and covered the last 15 yards for the TD.

UNH struck once more before the halftime. Goldrich connected with Jimmy Giansante (Jefferson Hills, Pa./five catches, 73 yards, TD) on a pretty throw and catch to finish off a nine-play, 90-yard march. Giansante went up for the ball over a defender for the 31-yard touchdown and 29-0 lead.

Lehigh got on the board on a 32-yard run by Brandon Yosha with just under two minutes gone in the third quarter.

Goldrich responded with a pair of touchdown passes to Harris to extend UNH's lead to 42-7 just past the halfway point of the third period. Harris caught the first pass just behind the line of scrimmage and raced 52 yards down the left sideline for the score. The second pass play covered 35 yards.

Lehigh scored a pair of touchdowns to cut the lead to 42-21. Shafnisky scored the first on a 7-yard run with 4:36 left in the third period and connected with Troy Pelletier for a 6-yard TD pass with 12:08 remaining in the fourth.

Kicker Christian Breda (Needham, Mass.) booted a 23-yard field goal with 8:57 left in the game to run UNH's lead to 45-21.

Pelletier scored on an 18-yard pass from Matt McHale with 1:52 remaining to close out the scoring.

Saint Anselm posts second victory

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior wide receiver Ahkeen Williams caught eight passes for 161 yards and a touchdown and junior running back Elad Covaliu scored the game-winning touchdown to lead the Saint Anselm College football team to a 23-20 overtime victory against Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday in both teams' Northeast-10 opener at Jess Dow Field.


The Hawks (1-0 NE-10) begin the season with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2004 and have won back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 11-18 of that year. The Owls drop to 0-2, 0-1 NE-10.


"The guys we have here care," Saint Anselm coach Patrick Murphy said. "They have heart and they're playing for each other - and any time you have a team playing for each other, anything is possible."


Southern Connecticut took a three-point lead in overtime on a 19-yard field goal by Jeff Groth that made it 20-17.

Saint Anselm did nothing through the first three plays and needed to convert a fourth-and-15 from the 30-yard line to keep its hopes alive. It did just that when sophomore quarterback Yianni Gavalas found Williams on the right sideline for a 21-yard completion to the 9-yard line. Covaliu plowed in from 9 yards out to lift Saint Anselm to victory in its first overtime game since Sept. 5, 2009, when the Hawks  defeated Plymouth State, 41-35, in five overtimes.


Gavalas completed 23 of 31 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted three times.


Late TD lifts Plymouth State

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PLYMOUTH -- Senior running back Mark Hennessy ran for his second touchdown of the game with 23 seconds to play to break a tie score and give Plymouth State at 30-24 non-conference victory over Mount Ida College on Saturday at Currier Field

Hennessy's TD came three playes after Plymouth State's RJ Kasper recovered a fumbled punt on the Mount Ida 5-yard line.

The victory evened Plymouth State's record at 1-1. Mount Ida fell to 0-2.

Mount Ida trailed 24-10 with 10 minutes to play, but pulled even on two TD passes by senior quarterback Jawad Yatim, the second of which came with 3:30 to play.

Plymouth State grabbed a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard run by QB Ryan Perron. The lead grew to 10-0 on a 20-yard field goal by Rob Giles with 4:37 left in the second quarter. The Panthers led 10-3 at halftime.

Hennessy's first TD came on a 16-yard run in the third quarter and extended Plymouth State's lead to 17-3 entering the final 15 minutes.

The teams each scored in the first five minutes of the final quarter. Yatim scored on a 1-yard run on the first play of the quarter, and Plymouth State answered with a 14-yard TD run by sophomore DJ Williams.

Hennessy finished the game with 89 yards rushing. Perron completed 8-of-13 passes for 95 yards.

Senior Kyle Wilson (Dover) led the Plymouth State defense with eight unassisted tackles, including two sacks.


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