East-West practice: Day 7
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 Saturday at the University of New Hampshire's Cowell Stadium (1 p.m.).
East coach Bill Raycraft said his staff finalized its depth charts by position Tuesday, but the starters won't be announced until Thursday. He said there are no more than three players on both the first offense and first defense. "Now we just have to decide if a kid's starting on offense, do we still want to start him on defense," Raycraft said. "Today was just about reviewing, and we put a couple special plays in that we think Keith [West coach Keith Jones] will like." ... The East is scheduled to begin practice at Exeter High School at 6 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday. Friday's practice will be from 2 to 4 p.m. ... Somersworth's Mike Estes will not play Saturday because of a concussion. Estes was penciled in on the East's offensive line. The East also practiced without Spaulding lineman Dillon Couture on Tuesday. Couture is nursing a knee injury. ... How big is Saturday's game? East assistant coach Jack Byrne will coach in the game even though he's getting married Saturday. Byrne said he plans to coach during the first half, and then leave for his afternoon wedding in Derry.
Injuries are starting to pile up for the West, which lost Newfound running back Shannon Tucker to a knee injury over the weekend, and may have lost Milford guard Jordan Gaudette to a knee injury Tuesday. Gaudette left practice on crutches. "We don't know his status yet," Milford coach Keith Jones said. "A couple guys fell on the back of his leg. And Kearsarge's Parker Hansen has been nursing a hamstring since Day 1." ...Harris Jones, Keith's son, will handle the coin toss for Saturday's game. Harris nearly lost one of his legs after a freak accident involving a snowmobile and was treated at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (ChaD). Harris has had more than 35 procedures since the accident in 2009. "He's doing good," Keith said. "He's looking forward to a nice, normal summer for a 6-year old." ... Jones said he will be changing personnel a lot when the West has the ball. "We have no real starters, other than the five offensive linemen," he said. "We have groups of kids for all our offensive packages. We also have kids who will just play defense." ... When asked if anybody on his roster has been better than expected, Jones made the following comments: "Dan Gorman (Hanover) is pretty good. He catches everything thrown to him. The two Plymouth kids [Nick Reisert and Cole Brooker] are special."
Tickets for this year's game can be purchased at the gate on game day or by visiting www.chadallstarfootball.com