East-West practice: Day 5
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 used Saturday's two practice sessions to install the final pieces of itd defense and special teams. "It was a real warm day," East coach Bill Raycraft said. "It was a good test for the guys with the warm weather coming up." ... Inter-Lakes linebacker Connor Donovan will do the punting and handle the place-kicking for the East. Raycraft said Donovan has been putting his kickoffs into the end zone on a regular basis. "He's as advertised as a kicker," Raycraft said. "It's always a plus when you can do that in a linebacker's body. He's certainly a weapon." ... Pinkerton Academy's Kevin Davies, who was a standout at linebacker and fullback for the Astros, will likely get most of his playing time on offense, Raycraft said. "Part of it was where he wanted to be," Raycraft said. "He does like offense. The other part was we have some good linebackers." ... The East will practice at Exeter High School from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.
The West practices without the players from the Nashua public schools Sunday. The Nashua players attended high school graduation in the afternoon. ... West coach Keith Jones said the entire offense has been installed, but hasn't finalized starters at any position. "I feel good," Jones said. "I think we're right on the money. Monday and Tuesday will be huge days in terms of clarity." ... Manchester Central's Steve Grzywacz will handle the punting duties for the West, and Manchester Memorial's Cody Dalton will serve as a the team's punter. ... Jones said Junior Brown (Central), Jared Chandler (Central), Andrew Lauderdale (Trinity) and Jackson King (Merrimack) are among the players who could go both ways for the West. "They all have the potential to do a lot of things," Jones said. ... Jones has clearly taken a liking to Monadnock's Nick Dragon, a 300-pound defensive lineman. "Nick Dragon has a bumper sticker that says, "I beat anorexia," Jones said. "That's one of the funniest things I've seen." ... The West is scheduled to practice at Manchester Memorial from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday.
Tickets for this year's game can be purchased at the gate on game day or by visiting www.chadallstarfootball.com