October 21, 2014

Some teams have no room for error

NHIAA WEEK 8 SCHEDULE
FRIDAY
DIVISION I
MEMORIAL AT EXETER
NASHUA SOUTH AT LONDONDERRY
SALEM AT NASHUA NORTH
GOFFSTOWN AT SPAULDING
PORTSMOUTH AT CONCORD
KEENE AT PINKERTON
MERRIMACK AT TIMBERLANE
BEDFORD AT DOVER
CENTRAL AT WINNACUNNET
DIVISION II
LEBANON AT KEARSARGE
CONVAL AT SOUHEGAN
LACONIA AT KENNETT
PLYMOUTH AT MERRIMACK VALLEY
TRINITY AT HANOVER
WEST AT KINGSWOOD
WINDHAM AT MILFORD
DIVISION III
STEVENS AT FALL MOUNTAIN
BISHOP BRADY AT CAMPBELL
EPPING-NEWMARKET AT SOMERSWORTH
SATURDAY
DIVISION I
ALVIRNE AT BISHOP BRADY
DIVISION II
PELHAM AT SANBORN
MONADNOCK AT HOLLIS/BROOKLINE
DIVISION III
FRANKLIN AT NEWPORT
RAYMOND AT FARMINGTON-NUTE
NEWFOUND AT GIILFORD
MASCOMA AT IL/MOULTONBOROUGH
BOW AT WINNISQUAM

October 20, 2014

UNH remains at No. 3

The Sports Network FCS Top 25
College Football Poll
 
Team (First-place votes)2014 RecordPointsPrevious Rank
1.North Dakota State Bison (152)7-038481
2.Eastern Washington Eagles (2)7-136762
3.New Hampshire Wildcats5-134023
4.Coastal Carolina Chanticleers7-033534
5.Villanova Wildcats6-133045
6.Jacksonville State Gamecocks5-129966
7.Montana Grizzlies5-229417
8.Southeastern Louisiana Lions6-226838
9.Illinois State Redbirds6-0244810
10.Montana State Bobcats6-224329
11.McNeese State Cowboys4-2218111
12.Fordham Rams6-1212912
13.South Dakota State Jackrabbits5-2175918
14.Bethune-Cookman Wildcats6-1173316
15.Chattanooga Mocs4-3158417
16.Richmond Spiders5-2155819
17.Youngstown State Penguins5-2149221
18.William & Mary Tribe4-3119115
19.Eastern Kentucky Colonels6-1109713
20.Southern Illinois Salukis5-3101414
21.Harvard Crimson5-071125
22.Indiana State Sycamores4-356322
23.Northern Iowa Panthers3-440220
24.Sacred Heart Pioneers6-1390NR
25.Albany Great Danes5-2221NR
Others receiving votes: Bryant 119, Charleston Southern 114, Liberty 113, Missouri State 87, Western Carolina 56, Sam Houston State 40, Northwestern State 40, Grambling State 37, Dartmouth 30, James Madison 29, Wofford 22, Alcorn State 22, Delaware 21, Central Arkansas 21, Bucknell 21, North Carolina A&T 21, Jacksonville 20, Stephen F. Austin 14, Tennessee State 14, Western Illinois 13, Presbyterian 13, Northern Arizona 12, Cal Poly 11, Yale 10, Southeast Missouri State 10, Furman 9, South Carolina State 8, Samford 7, Idaho State 3, Monmouth 3, Duquesne 1, Lamar 1.

DiCesare powered Portsmouth past Winnacunnet

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HELMET STICKERS
WEEK 7

Charles Sibanda (Salem)
Ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns on 18 caries in a 28-0 victory over Merrimack. Gained 128 yards and scored all three TDs in the first half.

Connor DiCesare (Portsmouth)
Quarterback completed 18 of 38 passes for 469 yards and five TDs in a 50-36 triumph over Winnacunnet.

Loden Formichelli (Portsmouth)
Caught nine passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over Winnacunnet.

Christian Serrano (Winnisquam)
Rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns and returned a kickoff 68 yards for a TD to help the Bears beat Epping-Newmarket 43-12.

Saikou Bah (Trinity)
Gained 172 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 28-24 triumph over Souhegan. Also had an interception that set up his game-winning TD midway through the fourth quarter.

Kurtis Jolicoeur (Windham)
Ran for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in a 28-14 victory against Pelham.

Stephen Hedberg (St. Thomas)
Completed 11 of 16 passes for 205 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Saints past Kingswood 48-15.

Elyjah Dejoie (Somersworth)
Running back rushed for 354 yards and four TDs during a 39-22 victory against Bishop Brady.

Eli McGuire (Fall Mountain)
Ran for three touchdowns to help Fall Mountain end an 11-game losing streak by beating Newfound 56-12.

Will Pollard (Kennett)
QB Completed 7 of 12 passes for 176 yards and two TDs in a 42-8 victory over Lebanon.
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Power Poll: Familiar faces in the same places

UNION LEADER/WGIR/WMUR POWER POLL

1. Pinkerton (7-0)
Astros awaiting the winner of next week's Londonderry/Salem game.

2. Bedford (7-0)
Bulldogs are battle-tested. Won their third straight close game Friday night..

3. Salem (6-1)
Blue Devils will start the playoffs a week early.

4. Londonderry (6-1)
Regardless of what happens Friday night against Nashua South, Lancers must beat Salem to extend their season.

5. Concord  (5-2)
If the playoffs started today Concord wouldn't be involved.

6. Exeter (5-2)
Blue Hawks are getting better. Will be dangerous in November.

7. Windham  (7-0)

Jaguars beat Pelham 28-14 last weekend, which is a close game by their standards.

8. Portsmouth (5-2)

Clippers have a scary offense. On the right day, there's no one out there they can't beat.

9. Kennett  (6-0)

Eagles can secure home-field advantage for Division II North championship game by beating Lacona on Friday.

10. Memorial (5-2)
Memorial has the same record as Concord, beat Concord and is ahead of Concord in the Division I North standings, but ranked five spots below the Crimson Tide in the poll. Hmmm.

Also receiving votes: Alvirne (4-3) and Bow (6-0).

October 19, 2014

New Hampton dominates Pingree

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In may have been New Hampton's best performance of the season.

The Huskies caused six turnovers and recorded three sacks, and the team's offense gained 622 total yards (421 on the ground) during a 69-21 victory over Pingree on Saturday,

New Hampton led 14-7 after one quarter, 42-14 at halftime and 63-21 entering the fourth.

Chuk Ezeli had a sack and five tackles, with three occuring behind the line of scrimmage. Carter Dillon had five tackles (two for loss) and an interception, and Jordan Collier led the team in tackles with six (one for loss). Nick Spaulding had two sacks.

Adam Enxing, Mike Donnelly, and Isaiah White each had an interception as well. White picked off a bubble screen and took it 57 yards for a touchdown. It was one of five trips to the end zone for White, who rushed for 245 yards and four TDs on 14 carries. Donnelly gained 74 yards on four carries, and Enxing  finished with 69 yards on 10 carries and one TD.

Additionally, Enxing accounted for 201 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Dillon was the leading receiver with two catches -- both for touchdowns -- for 101 yards. Anthony Gaines had four receptions for 97 yards and one TD.

Gaines also recovered an onside kick early in the second quarter off the foot of Jacob Cohen, who went nine for nine on extra points and found the end zone late in the fourth.

The Huskes have a bye this weekend, and will play at Dexter in two weeks.

Others scores from games involving New Hampshire prep school teams that were played last weekend:

Phillips Exeter 25, Deerfield 20
Milton 43, St. Paul's 12
Proctor 48, Tilton 19
Hyde (Conn.) 58, Holderness 38

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Reddy carries Franklin Pierce to victory

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MANSFIELD, Pa. - Senior quarterback Derek Reddy rushed for 128 yards and three scores and added another 60 yards through the air on Saturday afternoon, to lead the Franklin Pierce University sprint football team in a 36-15 win over Mansfield in Collegiate Sprint Football League play at Karl Van Norman Field.

Senior quarterback Mike Maniscalco went 26-for-48 for 357 yards and two touchdowns in defeat for Mansfield.

Franklin Pierce improved to 2-3. Mansfield fell to 0-5 and has lost 11 straight since winning its 2013 season opener against Princeton.

Reddy was Franklin Pierce's most significant offensive threat on the day, highlighted by his 128 rushing yards on 19 carries, as he averaged 6.7 yards per rush. Mansfield was credited with just 27 rushes, and six of those were sacks of Maniscalco, as the Mountaineers never got anything going on the ground.

Reddy attempted just 12 passes, completing six of them, and threw one interception. The six completions went for 60 yards and he was sacked once. Maniscalco, on the other hand, went 

Defensively, Franklin Pierce sophomore linebacker James Willette led all players with 11 tackles (nine solo). He added 1.5 tackles for loss, including one sack, and forced a fumble along the way. Sophomore Josh Castro (Nashua) added 10 tackles (nine solo), three tackles for loss and one sack, while forcing a fumble as well.

Plymouth State comes up empty

PSU logo.jpgBRIDGEWATER, Mass. - The Bridgewater State University football team celebrated Homecoming Saturday afternoon with a 24-0 shutout victory over visiting Plymouth State University in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action at Swenson Field.

            Bridgewater, which ended a three-game losing streak, improved to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the MASCAC. The win marked the Bears' first shutout since 2011 and first home victory over the Panthers since 1979.  Plymouth slipped to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in conference play.

            The Bears racked up 455 yards of total offense including 250 on the ground.  The BSU defense limited the Panthers to 121 total yards (84 passing, 37 rushing).

            Junior receiver RJ Kasper led the way offensively for the Panthers with seven catches for 71 yards.

            Junior safety Sam Bellamy paced the Plymouth State defense with nine tackles including eight solo stops.  Senior defensive end Kyle Wilson added five solo tackles with two going for loss.

            BSU freshman back Alex McLaughlin rushed for a career high 103 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore quarterback Danny Higgins completed16 of 21 pass attempts for 167 yards.

                       

October 18, 2014

Central knocks off Goffstown

NHIAA WEEK 7
FRIDAY
DIVISION I
LONDONDERRY 41, ALVIRNE 15
NASHUA SOUTH 52, KEENE 27
PINKERTON 42, TIMBERLANE 7
BEDFORD 24, CONCORD 16
SALEM 28, MERRIMACK 0
PORTSMOUTH 50, WINNACUNNET 36
EXETER 42, DOVER 12
MEMORIAL 19, SPAULDING 18
DIVISION II
CONVAL 35, HOLLIS/BROOKLINE 21
SANBORN 12, MONADNOCK 6
KENNETT 42, LEBANON 8
MERRIMACK VALLEY 20, LACONIA 17
TRINITY 28, SOUHEGAN 24
DIVISION III
NEWPORT 34, STEVENS 0
BOW 55, RAYMOND 6
SOMERSWORTH 39, BISHOP BRADY 22
SATURDAY
DIVISION I
CENTRAL 17, GOFFSTOWN 16
BISHOP GUERTIN 22, NASHUA NORTH 0
DIVISION II
PLYMOUTH 21, KEARSARGE 7
PEMBROKE 41, HANOVER 13
ST. THOMAS 48, KINGSWOOD 15
WEST 27, JOHN STARK 20
WINDHAM 28, PELHAM 14
DIVISION III
CAMPBELL 21, FARMINGTON-NUTE 0
MASCOMA 38, FRANKLIN 18
WINNISQUAM 43, EPPING-NEWMARKET 12
GILFORD 33, IL/MOULTONBOROUGH 7
FALL MOUNTAIN 56, NEWFOUND 12

Dartmouth stretches winning streak

Dartmouth logo.jpgHANOVER -- Quarterback Dalyn Williams passed for 156 yards and two touchdowns to highlight Dartmouth's 24-21 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday.

Dartmouth's Kyle Bramble ran for 113 yards, and Ryan McManus caught eight passes for 88 yards and touchdown. The Big Green never trailed in the contest.

Dartmouth extended its winning streak to three games, and improved its record to 4-1. Holy Cross lost for the fourth time in as many games and fell to 2-6. It was the third-straight three-point loss for Holy Cross.


Dartmouth scored 21 straight points, including Williams' touchdown passes to McManus and Bramble, in the second quarter.

Holy Cross made a run late in the fourth, scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run by Shane Taylor and 6-yard pass from Peter Pujals to Tyler Artim. The Crusaders attempted an onside kick, but it was recovered by the Big Green.

Pujals led Holy Cross with 208 yards passing and 82 yards rushing, but was intercepted twice.

Box Score: Dartmouth 24, Holy Cross 21