East-West practice: Day 1
This is the first of the daily practice reports leading up to the inaugural New Hampshire East-West All-Star Game, which will benefit Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD). The game will be played June 23 at the University of New Hampshire's Cowell Stadium (1 p.m.).
The East team practiced in uppers Wednesday night at Exeter High School, but East coach Bill Raycraft (Windham) said the team will practice in full pads Thursday. The only players on the roster who weren't at practice were the three players from Dover -- Eric Miller, Chris Maglaras and Tyler Zabkar -- who were graduating. "We accomplished what we wanted to, which was get an introduction to the offense and the defense, and get to know each other a little bit," Raycraft said. "They're focused and ready to go." ... Raycraft said the plan is to have 100 percent of the defensive package installed by Sunday, and to have the entire offense in by Tuesday. "We'll start our specials on Saturday, and have them in by Sunday," Raycraft said. "By next Wednesday we should know what we've got." ... Raycraft said although every player on the roster will have an offensive and a defensive position, the team will begin using a two-platoon system next week." ... Each team is limited to four offensive formations, and must declare it's defensive alignment. Both teams declared an odd front.
West coach Keith Jones (Milford) said 34 of the 37 players on the West roster attended the team's first practice at Manchester Memorial High School. The three players who missed practice did so because of high school graduation. "I don't think we'll have our full team together until Sunday because of all the graduations," Jones said. "For the first day it was fantastic. I felt we accomplished a ton of things. We got a lot in on offense and defense. I think we're ahead of the game." ... Jones said. split end Dan Gorman (Hanover) and lineman Nick Dragon (Monadnock) were among the players who stood out. "Gorman -- what a pair of hands," Jones said. "It was also a lot of fun watching Jared Chandler (Manchester Central) and Andrew Lauderdale (Trinity) run around." ... Lauderdale has committed to play football at the University of New Hampshire. ... Jones said every player on the West roster has an offensive and a defensive position. "That's the case as of today," he said. "Whether or not everybody will play offense and defense is something we'll have to see. A lot of it will be determined by necessity."
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