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New England Roundup: New Hampshire

November, 10, 2011
11/10/11
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In his 41st year at the helm of Plymouth Regional's storied football program – a span that's produced a state-record 334 wins and 18 championships – Chuck Lenahan has surely experienced it all.

New HampshireYet it was the manner in which the Bobcats won their most recent matchup that had the gruff-voiced grid coach admitting, “I'm kind of numb.”

It's understandable. Lenahan approved the call for a fourth-quarter fake punt that produced the game-winning touchdown. Plymouth celebrated a 21-14 Division IV semifinal win Nov. 5 against longtime rival Laconia High.

The scenario: Plymouth was forced to punt from its 32-yard line in a 14-all game. The game clock showed less than nine minutes remained in regulation.

Special teams coach Chris Sanborn persuaded Lenahan to fake the punt. The Bobcats desperately needed a spark. Their rushing attack, which generated two lengthy first-half scoring drives capped by Cole Brooker touchdown runs, was stifled after halftime.

Standout senior Taylor Newberry (37 carries for 205 yards) was asked to fake the punt for the first time in his career. It worked out better than even Lenahan could have expected.

Newberry gained the three yards necessary to extend the drive. He also picked up 65 more yards, cutting left-to-right across the field, dodging would-be tacklers, and ultimately celebrating a 68-yard TD run.

“We actually just set that up (in the week leading up to the semifinal). We were 50-50 on it,” Newberry said. “I guess it worked.”

Plymouth – a year removed from missing the playoffs on a three-team tiebreaker – actually plays the role of underdog in the Nov. 12 final.

The second-seeded Bobcats (9-1) travel to Manchester's Gill Stadium for a showdown with No. 1 seed Trinity High (10-0). The Bobcats were stunned at home in Week 4 by the Pioneers, allowing a pair of late-game touchdown passes in a 12-7 loss.

It snapped Plymouth's 40-game home win streak.

“Another week,” Lenahan said. “The kids wanted it bad. What the heck. We might as well take a trip to Manchester.”

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Revolution announces 2011-12 youth squads

August, 9, 2011
8/09/11
3:12
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The New England Revolution has announced the rosters for the 2011-12 Under-18 and Under-16 youth teams, as selected by the youth development coaching staff during a series of invitational and open tryouts in June and July.

Here are the rosters:

2011-12 NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION UNDER-18 ROSTER
No. Name POS HT Birthdate Hometown Former Club
37 Matthew Bitchell* F 5-11 03/15/1994 Byfield, Mass. FC Bolts
11 Andrew Burnham D 6-1 07/08/1994 Rockport, Mass. FC Bolts
37 Chandler Burnham M 6-1 07/08/1994 Rockport, Mass. FC Bolts
16 Daniel Chmura*^ D 6-0 02/03/1993 Wilbraham, Mass. Western FC
18 Devin Devoy*** F 5-8 10/10/1994 North Attleborough, Mass. FC Bolts
10 Diego Fagundez** M 5-6 02/14/1995 Leominster, Mass. FC United
2 Willis Griffith* D 6-0 08/09/1994 Amherst, N.H. Seacoast United
34 Jack Hilger** M 5-9 05/15/1994 Hopkinton, Mass. FC Puma
28 Nicholas Hoffman M 5-8 06/22/1994 Southborough, Mass. NEFC
15 Valdair Lopes D 5-6 03/25/1994 Providence, R.I. Bruno United
36 Dominik Machado** M 5-7 12/01/1994 Attleborough, Mass. Explosion FC
38 Peguy Ngatcha* F 6-1 02/28/1994 Manchester, N.H. NH Classics
8 Ramiro Osario M 6-0 10/12/1994 Hooksett, N.H. Seacoast United
30 Colin Patch M 6-3 09/26/1993 Providence, R.I. FC Bolts
20 Rainer Randell M 5-7 1/26/1994 Cranston, R.I. Blackwatch Premier
31 Forest Sisk*** D 5-10 04/09/1994 Sudbury, Mass. FC Bolts
35 Colin Sweeney* D 5-6 02/10/1994 Northborough, Mass. FC Blazers
42 Mitchell Taintor** D 6-2 09/11/1994 Storrs, Conn. Northeast United FC
1 Tyler Zon*^ GK 6-2 12/14/1993 Wellesley, Mass. FC United

2011-12 NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION UNDER-16 ROSTER
No. Name POS HT Birthdate Hometown Former Club
21 Luke Albertini M 5-10 04/021996 North Attleborough, Mass FC Bolts
14 Daniel Apajee* M 5-9 03/28/1996 Cranston, R.I. Blackwatch Premier
12 Austin Aviza GK 6-1 02/17/1997 Medway, Mass. NEFC
20 Derek Blanchette* D 5-2 02/03/1997 Hope, RI Blackwatch Premier
19 Dan Casey D 6-1 01/09/1996 Westborough, Mass. FC Bolts
3 Matthew Cooper D 5-11 05/08/1995 Londonderry, N.H. Seacoast United
25 Federico Ferre* D 5-6 03/10/1995 Waltham, Mass. MPS
44 Gregory Forgue D 5-7 10/23/1995 Lincoln, R.I. FC Bolts
7 Mawolo Gissie F 6-0 11/23/1996 Worcester, Mass. NEFC
40 David Hepp* GK 5-9 02/27/1995 Natick, Mass. MPS
23 Zachery Herivaux M 5-10 02/01/1996 Brookline, Mass. Shalrie Joseph
29 Kevin Herrera* F 5-7 07/10/1996 Lynn, Mass. FC Bolts
6 Guyllain Kabala D/M 5-8 10/14/1996 Manchester, N.H. Seacoast United
17 Ryan Kingsley* M 5-8 02/28/1995 North Attleborough, Mass. Blackwatch Premier
9 Amadu Kunateh F 5-7 01/24/1997 Lynn, Mass. North Shore United
26 Erik Martel M 5-8 04/18/1995 Bedford, N.H. NH Classics
24 Declan McCabe* M 5-8 01/12/1996 Weston, Mass. MPS
43 Matthew Mozynski* GK 6-2 05/10/1995 Bellingham, Mass. MPS
41 Christian Sady** D 5-8 01/05/1995 North Andover, Mass. NE Aztecs
22 Casey Schehl D/M 5-8 01/15/1995 Bedford, Mass. Seacoast United
4 Will Szostkiewicz* D 5-10 03/11/1995 Longmeadow, Mass. MPS

Director of Youth Development and Head Coach, Under-16s: Bryan Scales
Revolution Academy Director and Assistant Coach, Under-18s: Deven Apajee
Head Coach, Under-18s: John Frederick
Assistant Coach, Under-16s: Gary Hall
Goalkeepers Coach: Karl Spratt

* - Denotes number of seasons played previously with Revolution Under-16 squad
^ - Denotes number of seasons played previously with Revolution Under-18 squad

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