Boston High School: Fair Haven (Vt.)

N.H. extends Shrine Bowl win streak to 12

August, 5, 2012
HANOVER, N.H. -– If you were rooting for Vermont, the Dartmouth College scoreboard wasn't a pretty sight following Saturday's 59th annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.

New Hampshire scored eight touchdowns -– five on offense, two on defense and one on special teams –- and kicked two field goals en route to a 62-24 victory.

New Hampshire set a Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl record for points scored in a game. The 2000 Vermont team held the previous record (47).

“People will look at the score, but this was a football game for three quarters,” New Hampshire coach Mike Beliveau (Souhegan) said. “We played everybody a lot, and maybe that wore them down.”

New Hampshire's Chris Chininis (Souhegan) got New Hampshire on the scoreboard when he returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown one minute into the game. Mike Leonard (Trinity) helped double New Hampshire's lead when he returned a fumble 28 yards for a TD on Vermont's next possession.

“They fought back and made it game toward the end, but we had 14 points before the offense even stepped on the field and I think that was a huge part of the game,” Chininis said. “It wasn't just the offense. We won all three phases of the game.”

New Hampshire led 17-7 after one quarter, 34-21 at halftime and 41-24 entering the fourth.

“We were in a hole 14-0,” Vermont coach Mike Norman said. “The kids could have definitely rolled over and given up. They didn't. We made some plays and had some of the emotion. They had two or three kids who made some big-time plays.”

The victory stretched New Hampshire winning streak to 12 games. Vermont has been outscored 433-145 during that streak.
New Hampshire leads the series 44-13-2.

“Everybody will look a the score and say, 'They defense must have lousy on defense,'” Norman said. “No. The defense was on the field too much.”

Salem running back Jerickson Fedrick led the New Hampshire offense by rushing for a game-high 140 yards on 18 carries. Fedrick, who moved from Chelsea, Mass., to Salem when he was in middle school, also ran for three touchdowns.

Fedrick ran for 1,801 yards and 27 touchdowns last season, and rushed for 4,568 yards during his high school career.

New Hampshire also received two TD catches from Manchester Central's Junior Brown.

Timberlane's Evan Bidgood was the most effective of New Hampshire's three quarterbacks. He completed 16 of 21 pass attempts for 186 yards and a TD.

Vermont quarterback Robert Coloutti (Fair Haven) completed 18 of 41 passes for 289 yards and three TDs. Levi Ellis (Fair Haven), Marshall Hastings (Middlebury) and Kyle Kelly (Rutland) each caught a TD pass.

Kelly led Vermont in receptions (seven) and Ellis led Vermont in receiving yardage (126).

When halftime arrived, a lightning storm came with it. As a precaution, the stands were cleared of spectators. The third quarter began after a 90-minute delay.

The delay didn't seem to bother Vermont, which forced turnovers on two of New Hampshire's first three second-half possessions. It was a 10-point game (34-24) after Jakob Oliver (Burr and Burton) kicked a 22-yard field goal with 11:06 left in the third quarter.

New Hampshire scored the game's final four TDs, one of which came when Codey Dalton (Manchester Memorial) returned an interceptions 37 yards.

“We were down 10 points, we needed to convert on a third down and we didn't,” Vermont coach Mike Norman said. “We punted, they scored and then we had to start throwing it around. They beat us, but we didn't help ourselves.”

New Hampshire received two field goals (38 and 22 yards) from Conor Donovan (Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough). Donovan also averaged 45.5 yards on four punts.

New Hampshire's Dan Gorman made each of his eight point-after kicks.

David Orr, the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl media director, said this was the first year of a three-year contract with Dartmouth, which means the 2013 and 2014 games will also be played in Hanover, N.H.

New Hampshire 17 17 7 21 — 62
Vermont 7 14 3 0 — 24

First Quarter
NH—Chris Chininis 61-yard punt return (Dan Gorman kick), 14:00.
NH—Mike Leonard 28-yard fumble return (Gorman kick), 12:14.
NH—FG Conor Donovan 38, 5:31.
VT—Levi Ellis 79 pass from Robert Coloutti (Jakob Oliver kick), 4:58.

Second Quarter
NH—Jerickson Fedrick 1 run (Gorman kick), 12:15.
NH—Junior Brown 3 pass from Evan Bidgood (Gorman kick), 4:25.
VT—Marshall Hastings 32 pass from Coloutti (Oliver kick), 2:18.
VT—Coloutti 3 pass to Kyle Kelly (Oliver kick), :36.
NH—FG Donovan 22, 0:00.

Third Quarter
VT—FG Oliver 22, 11:06.
NH—Fedrick 37 run (Gorman kick), 4:47.

Fourth Quarter
NH—Brown 10-yard pass from Codey Dalton (Gorman kick), 14:10.
NH—Dalton 37 interception return (Gorman kick), 13:22.
NH—Fedrick 8 run (Gorman kick), 3:12.

Beliveau, Vermont hope to snap losing skid at Shrine Bowl

August, 3, 2012
MERIDEN, N.H. -– When Souhegan High School's Mike Beliveau coached the 2000 New Hampshire Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl team, his offense turned in a record-setting performance.

New Hampshire had 533 yards of offense in that contest, a record that was tied by last year's New Hampshire team.

Unfortunately for Beliveau, the 2000 Vermont offense turned in a record-setting performance as well. Vermont established records for yards passing (352), pass attempts (49), pass completions (30) and touchdown passes in its 47-40 victory.

“Defensively, we didn't prepare enough for the pass combinations and formations that Vermont threw at us,” said Beliveau, who will get a second crack at Vermont as New Hampshire's head coach this year. “Defensive linemen on a hot, 85-degree day get gassed pretty fast. We can't let that happen again. We had no pass rush in the second half. The kids [Vermont quarterback Michael Keenan] just carved us.
“It was a helluva game, it just didn't go in our favor at the end. We put on a good show.”

Vermont will be looking for a similar outcome when it faces New Hampshire in the 59th annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl on Saturday at Dartmouth College (2:30 p.m.). Vermont hasn't posted a victory since that 2000 game and trails the series 43-13-2.

Rutland's Mike Norman is Vermont's head coach. Norman, who graduated from Boston College High School, also coached the Vermont Shrine team in 1998 and 2002. Vermont won 21-13 in 1998 and New Hampshire prevailed 37-20 in 2002.

New Hampshire has 57 high schools that offer varsity football. Vermont has 34.

“For every athlete we have, they probably have one-and-a-half or two,” Norman said. “We just want to play hard, be solid and compete.
“My biggest concern is that when the game begins we have a serious case of stage fright, and find ourselves down by two or three touchdowns before we realize we can play with them. We need to be able to compete right from the get-go, and the longer we can stay in the game and try to get ahead the better off we'll be.

“I think we're gonna have to play real well and they're gonna have to make some mistakes to allow us to keep it close.”

Beliveau has named Timberlane's Evan Bidgood as New Hampshire's starting quarterback, but the team's big-play threat is Salem tailback Jerickson Fedrick, who rushed for 4,568 yards and 75 touchdowns during his high school career.

Norman (Rutland) said Fair Haven's Robert Coloutti will be his starting QB. Coloutti completed 110 of 187 passes for 2,215 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, when he led Fair Haven to the Division II championship. He also rushed for 875 yards and 11 TDs.

Vermont has nine players (25 percent of its roster) from Hartford High School, which has won the last two Division I championships. Seven of those nine players will start on defense.

The game returned to Dartmouth this year after it was played in Windsor, Vt., in each of the last three years.

Proceeds from the game will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children, and general admission tickets will be available at the gate for $10.

“We have to compete from the get-go,” Norman said. “We don't want to be looking around and down two or three touchdowns before we realize we can play with this team.”

New Hampshire Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl roster
Dylan Spence (Sanborn), Dan Gorman (Hanover), Rob McCormick (Souhegan), Evan Bidgood (Timberlane), Mike Leonard (Trinity), Aaron Martin (Manchester West), Codey Dalton (Manchester Memorial), Junior Brown (Manchester Central), Chris Chininis (Souhegan), Cam Blewitt (Stevens), Dustin Jarosz (Epping-Newmarket), Colin Pellerin (Hollis-Brookline), Cole Brooker (Plymouth), Jerickson Fedrick (Salem), Nick Reisert (Plymouth), Brian Pickowicz (Franklin), Jordan Garron (Bedford), Josh Hughes (Trinity), Tom Cifrino (St. Thomas), Conor Donovan (Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough), Kevin Davies (Pinkerton), Andrew Lauderdale (Trinity), Zach Migneault (Hollis-Brookline), Jordan Gaudette (Milford), Brad Tiernan (Exeter), Raige Hollis (Laconia), Billy Mahoney (Laconia), Dillon Couture (Spaulding), Matt Myers (Winnacunnet), Alexander Morrill (Lebanon), Nathan Harrington (Bedford), Eric Miller (Dover), Sam Prive (Merrimack), Adam Morin (Exeter), Nick Dragon (Monadnock), Tim Beliveau (Souhegan).

Vermont Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl roster
Tucker Stone (Hartford), Kyle Kelly (Rutland), Levi Ellis (Fair Haven), Marshall Hastings (Middlebury), Sam Kelly (Oxbow), Zach Devoid (Bellows Free Academy), Jayson Collette (Milton), Jakob Oliver (Burr and Burton), Rob Coloutti (Fair Haven), Dillon Robinson (Middlebury), Owen Newton (Hartford), Soren Pelz-Walsh (Brattleboro), Alec Kozlowski (Colchester), Matt Rafus (Windsor), Mike Schreiner (Bellows Free Academy), Travis Wilson (Hartford), William Thompson (South Burlington), Ryan Fleming (Champlain Valley), Alex Cross (Mount Anthony), Troy Bell (Hartford), Miles Latham (Hartford), Taylor Raftery (Bellows Free Academy), Dylan Raymond (Champlain Valley Union), Robert Murray (Hartford), Mack Shea (Rutland), Cody Collins (North Country), Steven Ladka (Hartford), Bobby Annis (Hartford), Neal Hier (Fair Haven), Austin Quesnel (Middlebury), Joseph Johnson (Hartford), Mathew Keir (Mount Anthony), Parker Lamoureux (Fair Haven), Jamie Holbrook (Milton), Ben Thieken (Bellows Free Academy), Ryan Ragosta (Rutland).