December 19, 2014

Media Blitz: Wildcats have 'elements' for success

College: Trick plays are elemental for UNH >> Union Leader

College: Wildcats tackling major challenge >> Fosters.com

College: Linebackers grow with ISU defense >> Pantagraph.com

College: DeAndrade helps UNH reach semis >> Brockton Enterprise


High School: Cote, BG go separate ways >> Union Leader

December 18, 2014

Cote won't be back as BG's head coach

Roger Brown
rbrown@nhfootballreport.com

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Travis Cote won't return for a fifth season as Bishop Guertin High School's football coach.

BG athletic director Peter Paladino confirmed Thursday night that BG and Cote have parted ways, but declined to say whether Cote resigned or was forced out of his position.

"All I can really say is that we'll be positing the position tomorrow (Friday)," Paladino said.

Cote had no comment when he was reached by phone Thursday afternoon.

Cote guided BG to three playoff appearances in his four seasons as the program's head coach. The Cardinals won the Division II championship in 2011, Cote's first season at BG. 

Cote, a Milford resident, had a 25-17 record in his four seasons with BG.

Paladino said he hopes to have a new head coach in place by February.





December 17, 2014

Hanover's Ivanoski steps down

Roger Brown
rbrown@nhfootballreport.com

Mike Ivanoski has resigned as Hanover High School's varsity football coach. Ivanoski confirmed his resignation in a text to the New Hampshire Football Report on Wednesday.

"I am grateful for the 20 years I have been head coach in Hanover," Ivanoski said. "I am proud to have been a part of the Hanover football community, from the players to the families and friends, to all of the Hanover High School and youth coaches."

UNH looking to take next step

FCS Semifinal Playoff Preview
(L-R) Tre Roberson and Marshaun CoprichIllinois State has a superb 1-2 offensive combination in quarterback
Tre Roberson, left, and running back Marshaun Coprich.
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Illinois State finally gets to play the No. 1 team in the country ... and it's not North Dakota State. 

The Redbirds had been working to come out of the shadow of North Dakota State, the three-time defending FCS national champion, after they didn't face each other in the regular season while both earned a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title. 

New Hampshire replaced NDSU as the No. 1-ranked team late in the regular season and then earned the top seed for the 24-team national playoffs. With the field dwindled to four, Illinois State, the fifth seed, will take on the Wildcats in a semifinal Saturday, with the winner advancing to the FCS championship game on Jan. 10 in Frisco, Texas. 

Despite playing on the road, Illinois State (12-1) might even be considered the favorite against CAA Football champion New Hampshire (12-1) as the programs meet for the first time. The Redbirds are big, strong and fast, and are coming off a highly impressive, 59-46 win at Eastern Washington in the quarterfinals. 

"Some of the matchups weren't good for us. They were even better in person," Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin said. 

In the other semifinal Friday night, second-seeded North Dakota State (13-1) will try to become the third program to reach the FCS championship game in four straight seasons, joining Eastern Kentucky (1979-82) and Youngstown State (1991-94). 

The Bison will host a familiar foe in unseeded Sam Houston State (11-4), whom they defeated in both the 2011 and '12 national championship games.

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UNH relishes underdog role

Allen Lessels
UNH Insider

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The Sports Network, the organization that covers FCS football better than anyone and coordinates the Eddie Robinson Award and other FCS honors, is picking Illinois State to win Saturday's tournament semifinal matchup against UNH at Cowell Stadium.

That's fine with the folks in the Wildcat locker room.

"We embrace that," said senior All American wide receiver R.J. Harris. "Thank you. Thank you, Sports Network for that. Thank you everyone who's out there doubting us."

Harris and senior center Mike Coccia were named Associated Press All Americans on Wendesday. Harris was a first-team pick and Coccia a second-team choice.

Awards keep rolling in as part of the recognition for UNH's impressive season, but it's business as usual in the football offices.

There's a big football game to be played on Saturday at 2 p.m. between the Wildcats and Redbirds. Both teams are 12-1.

The winner advances to the FCS championship game on Jan. 10 in Frisco, Texas, and will play either Sam Houston State or No. Dakota State. Sam Houston is at No. Dakota State on Friday night in the other semifinal contest.

The Sports Network analyzed the UNH-Illinois State game and talked about Redbird running back Marshaun Coprich and Tre Roberson, the transfer quarterback from Indiana. It mentioned UNH quarterback Sean Goldrich and Harris, touched on each team's defense, the Wildcats' 11-year run in the FCS tournament and other factors.

And it came up with this: "Prediction: New Hampshire doesn't often play teams with a better offense. This is one of those times, though. Illinois State, 38-28." 

No problem.

"That's OK with us," Harris said. "In the Selection Show, there was nothing for New Hampshire. Nothing. No. 1 team in the playoffs, nothing. That's the way we like it. That's fine. We'll fly under the radar. We're going to play our game. We're going to practice the way we practice. We're not taking anything easy. We're not changing anything up. We're going to go out there and play our game and if you doubt us, that's on you. We're not getting arrogant, we're not getting cocky, we're just going out there and playing our game. . . . We've always had a chip on our shoulder since day one and we're going to continue to."

December 16, 2014

St. Anselm program looking to add interns

St. Anselm logo.gifSaint Anselm College, a Division II program located in Manchester, is seeking volunteer offensive and defensive quality control interns. No stipend or benefits are available.

Applicants from the New Hampshire, or Boston area are strongly encouraged to apply. Interns will be involved in all aspects of the program including coaching, field set up, video editing, data entry, recruiting, and opponent/self-scouting. Possible coaching a position or assisting a position coach on the field based off of experience.

Please email Yon Boone with resume and references to yboone@anselm.edu.

December 15, 2014

UNH's McDonnell named national coach of the year

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PHILADELPHIA - University of New Hampshire football head coach Sean McDonnell was named recipient of the 2014 Eddie Robinson Award on Monday afternoon as the Football Championship Subdivision national coach of the year. The accolade will formally be presented Monday night at The Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel.

 

McDonnell, who was also feted in 2005, is just the third two-time recipient of the Eddie Robinson Award since its inception in 1987. Craig Bohl (North Dakota State University) was selected in 2012 and 2013, and Mickey Matthews (James Madison University) was tabbed in '99 and '08.

 

The 2014 Eddie Robinson Award was presented to McDonnell by Doug Williams, a pupil of the namesake who went on to win a Super Bowl MVP with the NFL's Washington Redskins and become a two-time Grambling State head coach. Robinson retired in 1997 as college football's winningest coach with a record of 408-164-15 in 57 years at Grambling. He passed away in 2007.

 

It is the fourth coach of the year accolade bestowed McDonnell this season. He was previously honored as CAA Coach of the Year, Jack Grinold Division I New England Coach of the Year (by the New England Football Writers Association) and American Football Coaches Association Region 1 Coach of the Year.

 

McDonnell guided UNH to a No. 1 national ranking and top seed of the FCS tournament with a 10-1 regular-season record that included 8-0 as CAA conference champions.

 

The Wildcats extended their school-record win streak to 12 and broke the program record for wins in a single season (12) with postseason victories against No. 9 Fordham University, 44-19, in the second round and a 35-30 quarterfinal win vs. No. 8 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

 

UNH has also set the benchmark for consecutive home wins (14) and is 5-0 against nationally-ranked teams, including three victories against teams in the Top 10.

 

Including this year's four accolades, coach McDonnell has received a total of 16 Coach of the Year awards and that includes both the 2005 and 2014 Eddie Robinson Award.

UNH's Harris selected to AFCA All-America Team

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WACO, Texas - University of New Hampshire wide receiver R.J. Harris was named to the American Football Coaches' Association Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team on Monday.

 

Earlier this month, Harris was named to the New England Football Writers' Association All-New England Team and CAA All-Conference First Team - both for the third time.

 

Harris, a senior, has a school single-season record 94 catches for 1,483 yards and 15 receiving touchdowns in 13 games to average 114.1 yards per game and 15.8 yards per catch; he also has nine rushes for 65 yards and two TDs. Harris will tie the UNH single-season receiving yards benchmark with 68 more; the record of 1,551 was established by David Ballin 2005.

 

With those stats, Harris leads the nation in both receiving yards and receiving yards per game; he also ranks ninth in receptions per game (7.2) and fifth in receiving TDs (15). He leads the CAA in receiving yards, receiving yards/game, receptions per game and receiving TDs; furthermore, he is second in scoring (8.3 points/game), third in yards per catch and fourth in all-purpose yards/game (120.69).

 

Harris has eclipsed 100 receiving yards in 10 of 13 games and also has a receiving touchdown in 10 contests, including five with two TDs. He has excelled against elite competition with 38 catches for 595 yards and five touchdowns in five games against nationally-ranked teams; that calculates to 119.0 yards/game and 15.7 yards/catch.

 

Harris' 2014 highlights include 11 catches for a career-high 210 yards and two touchdowns at the University of Rhode Island (Nov. 8). He broke UNH's single-season receptions record during a seven-catch, 172-yard, two-TD effort in the Dec. 12 NCAA quarterfinal win against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

 

 

Division II All-State team released

NHIAA ALL-STATE TEAMS
DIVISION II
FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE
SR/QBBRENDAN MCINNISWINDHAM
JR/RBSAIKOU BAHTRINITY
SR/RBJUSTIN ROBINSONPLYMOUTH
SR/RBKELLIN BAILWINDHAM
SR/TEKEVIN GOULDST. THOMAS
JR/SELIAM MIDDLETONST. THOMAS
SR/CSEAN CASHMANLACONIA
SR/GJACOB CAMERONKENNETT
JR/GAUSTIN HOGANCAMPKEARSARGE
SR/TEMIKE PATNODEPEMBROKE
SR/TEMITCHELL BAILEYLACONIA
SR/K-PCOLE OWENSHOLLIS/BROOKLINE
JR/RETKYLE CHIASSONLACONIA
FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE
SR/DEJESSE QUINTEROST. THOMAS
SOPH/DEVICTOR PIZZOTTIWINDHAM
SR/DTTRAVIS HUGHESMILFORD
JR/DTJASON MURRAYPLYMOUTH
SR/LBJACK CAVALLAROHANOVER
SR/LBMICHAEL MURRAYST. THOMAS
SR/LBKURTIS JOLICOEURWINDHAM
SR/SJOE FRAKEWINDHAM
SR/SNICK GRAZIANOKENNETT
JR/DBMATT SHEAWINDHAM
SOPH/DBJACOB FILGATELACONIA
SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE
JR/QBSTEPHEN HEDBERGST. THOMAS
SR/RBCHARLES POLLOCKST. THOMAS
SOPH/RBRYAN MILLIKENLEBANON
JR/RBRILEY ANTLEKEARSARGE
JR/TECAMERON WEBSTERKEARSARGE
JR/SEDREW MCDONALDKENNETT
SR/CJON PLANTEMERRIMACK VALLEY
SR/GGEORGE LEPAGESOUHEGAN
JR/GKEEGAN WILLIAMSTRINITY
SR/TCHRIS GUNDERMANHANOVER
SR/TZACH MASONKINGSWOOD
SR/K-PJEFF MADDENKINGSWOOD
SOPH/RETEVAN MARTINMERIMACK VALLEY
SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE
SR/DENICK SHERWOODKENNETT
SR/DEJAMES WIELICZKOPLYMOUTH
SR/DTJOHN LEMAYKINGSWOOD
SR/DTJOSH CARLISLEST. THOMAS
SR/LBZACH MATTHEWSSANBORN
JR/LBKEITH SCHULTZLACONIA
JR/LBCAM KINNEYSOUHEGAN
JR/STREVOR MARTINST. THOMAS
SR/SERIC LESCARTEMANCHESTER WEST
JR/DBBRENDAN CRAYSOUHEGAN
SR/DBKEVIN KANEBST. THOMAS
COACH OF THE YEAR
BILL RAYCRAFTWINDHAM

December 13, 2014

FCS field of four is set

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