November 26, 2014
|DIVISION I SOUTH|
|DIVISION II SOUTH|
November 25, 2014
|DIVISION II EAST|
|JR/QB||STEVE HEDBERG||ST. THOMAS|
|SR/RB||TUCKER BURT||MERRIMACK VALLEY|
|SR/OL||STEVE HOLMES||MERRIMACK VALLEY|
|SR/C||JON PLANTE||MERRIMACK VALLEY|
|SR/OL||MATT GILES||MANCHESTER WEST|
|SR/TE||KEVIN GOULD||ST. THOMAS|
|JR/SE||LIAM MIDDLETON||ST. THOMAS|
|SR/RB/SLOT||CHARLIE POLLOCK||ST. THOMAS|
|JR/RB/SLOT||NATE GRUNBECK||ST. THOMAS|
|SOPH/ATH||EVAN MARTIN||MERRIMACK VALLEY|
|SR/DE||JESSE QUINTERO||ST. THOMAS|
|SR/DE||BRIAN MAKIN||MANCHESTER WEST|
|SR/DT||JOSH CARLISLE||ST. THOMAS|
|SR/LB||MIKE MURRAY||ST. THOMAS|
|SR/LB||DEVON MCGRATH||MERRIMACK VALLEY|
|JR/DB||TREVOR MARTIN||ST. THOMAS|
|SR/DB||ERIC LESCARTE||MANCHESTER WEST|
|SR/DB||KEVIN KANEB||ST. THOMAS|
|SR/DB||JONESTON GONCALVES||MANCHESTER WEST|
|DIVISION I EAST|
November 24, 2014
|SALEM AT LAWRENCE, MASS.||6 P.M.|
|NASHUA NORTH VS. NASHUA SOUTH||10 A.M.|
|CENTRAL VS. MEMORIAL (GILL STADIUM)||10:15 A.M.|
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."
UNION LEADER/WGIR/WMUR POWER POLL
7. St. Thomas (9-2)
Saints seemed to expend all of their energy overcoming a 21-point deficit against Windham.
Crimson Tide went 1-3 against playoff teams.
Eagles were unbeaten during the regular season but couldn't get past Concord in the Division II semifinals.
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
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.