East-West practice: Day 4
New Hampshire Football Report will provide 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 twice Saturday, and East coach Bill Raycraft said so far his staff has spent an equal amount of time on offense and defense. "We had a good morning session and an even better afternoon session," Raycraft said. "We went Team O vs. Team D in both sessions, and although we told them to take it easy at times there were some running backs who hit the ground hard. It's tough to reel them in. They're ready to play." ... Raycraft said either Ryan Morris (Sanborn) or Evan Bidgood (Timberlane) will see the majority of playing time at quarterback. Dover's Tyler Zabkar has had limited practice time because of high school graduation and a test related to an EMT course. "Those are good reasons to miss practice," Raycraft said. "We'll find a place to use his athletic ability." ... Raycraft said he will likely inform his players who will start in Saturday's game on Thursday. He said captains will likely be announced that day as well. ... Pinkerton's Emmitt Smith and Salem's Jerickson Fedrick were both used in the defensive backfield Saturday. "I know they [the West] has some serious size, and they have some athletic guys on the perimeter," Raycraft said. ... The West is scheduled to practice at Exeter High School from 10 a.m. to noon, and 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. Sunday. ... "The guys are starting to come tegether as a team," Raycraft said. "I can't say enough about what good kids these guys are. They all checked their egos at the door. Their coming together for a good cause."
The West did not practice Saturday. West coach Keith Jones said his team is scheduled to practice at Manchester Memorial twice Sunday The first session will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and the second from 1:30 to 4 p.m..
Tickets for this year's game can be purchased at the gate on game day or by visiting www.chadallstarfootball.com