Thursday, July 23, 2009

NH Mr. Football - 2009 Candidates

(Last updated 11/22/09)
Let the debates begin for the 2009 New Hampshire Mr. Football Award! Clearly, there are a number of players who had big seasons and can make a case for winning it. Last year it was no contest, with South's David Zocco taking home the hardware. This year it is definitely more wide open.

To win this award I think a player has to be of great value to his team. He doesn't necessarily have to be on a team that won a championship, but that certainly helps. I also think the more ways the player helps their team the better. Two-way-players have an advantage in my mind, and especially plays who play offense, defense AND special teams. I think consistency is important, as well as performing well in big games. Having good statistics certainly helps, but stats don't always tell the whole story. They don't show how good of a leader a quarterback is, or how good of a blocker a half back is in pass protection, for example. Stats also don't account for differences in divisions. Rushing for 200 yards against a weak D-V defense is very different than rushing for 200 yards against a strong D-I or D-II defense.

Below I breakdown the field, and rank the candidates for this year's Mr. Football Award.

1. Steve Jellison - Souhegan...You could make a very strong argument that Jellison is the best offensive player in NH as well as the best defensive player in NH. That alone makes him one of the top contenders for this honor. He led his team to a state title, and came up big in his team’s two biggest games. Those would be the two playoff games, against Milford and Portsmouth, respectively. He had 198 yards and 3 TD’s vs. Milford, and 236 yards and 4 TD’s against Portsmouth. Wow! Can a D-III player really win the award, though?

2. Mike Kelly - Bishop Guertin...What can you say about this kid? He lines up in the backfield and runs the ball. He lines up in the backfield and takes a pitch. He lines up in the backfield and catches the ball. He lines up as a receiver and catches the ball. He returns kicks and punts. He does all of those things for BIG yardage, and is a threat to score ever time he touches the rock. Plus he’s also an excellent defensive back. He plays for the best team in the state. He game up big in the big games and against good defenses. In the Exeter game, he took the opening kickoff for a TD only to have it called back. Then took the pitch, bounced it to the outside, and ran it 91 yards for the TD. In the title game against a good Winnacunnet defense, he had a rushing TD, a receiving TD, and a punt return for a TD. All of that, he was playing with a sore ankle! What more do you want?

3. Max Jacques - Salem...Jacques had an unbelievable year for Salem. Not only is he the best player on the team that won the Division I title, but he is also a two-way player. He is very good DB, as well as a running back for the Blue Devils. He had some monster games of 200 yards or more, including an amazing 331 yards and 4 TD’s against South. He also had an interception on defense in that game. He also scored a rushing TD in his team’s biggest game, a win over Nashua North in the championship game. He also returned kicks and punts for Salem.

4. Andre Williams - Nashua North...One advantage that Williams, as well as Cavanaugh have over the other players is that they are without a doubt the best players on their teams. With teams like Salem, BG and Souhegan, they all have two or three candidates. The players on those teams will steal votes away from each other. After all, how can a player be Mr. Football if the argument could be made that he isn’t even the best player on his own team? As for Williams specifically, he was very consistent all year long, and he was at his best in big games like against Central, South and Pinkerton in the regular season, and against Central and Salem in the playoffs. He also is a good defensive player for the Titans.

5. Mike Cavanaugh - Manchester Central…Like Williams, Cavanaugh also has the advantage of being his team’s unquestioned top player. Cavanaugh did it all for the little Green. Not only was he one of the state’s top rushers, but he also returned kicks, played defense, and he is the second best pass-catching half back in the state after Kelley. Central was an inconsistent team, was Cavanaugh was not. He was the one constant. The one guy Coach Ray knew he could count on.

6. Adam Hall - Bishop Guertin...He was consistent all year long, but was especially strong in big games, and against strong defenses. He had a huge game running the ball against Exeter and he had 141 yards and a touchdown in the title game against Winnacunnet. He might be even higher up the list if he did more than just run the ball up the middle. The backs ahead of him also play defense, catch passes or play special teams.

7. Jerickson Fedrick - Salem...Only a sophomore, but he has the size, speed and strength of a senior. He was overshadowed by Jacques for most of the year. But he was solid all year long, and was probably a more effective back than Jacques in Salem’s two playoff wins. Like Jacques, Fedrick also was a good defensive player, and helped the Blue Devils win the D-I title.

8. Mike Montville - Portsmouth...He was the top wide receiver in the state, bar none. He had a quarterback who hadn’t started a varsity game before this year, and every game he was double or triple covered. All of that, and he still managed to put up huge numbers all year long. Against Milford week 10 he had 7 catches for 139 yards and 3 TD’s, plus an interception on defense. And in the Clipper’s title game loss vs. Souhegan he had 12 catches for 205 yards. He was also a safety on defense, and was one of the state’s hardest hitters. Plus he was valuable on special teams as well, as one of the top punters around.

9. DJ Petropulos - Souhegan...He was the state’s best quarterback this season. He had over a 60% completion percentage, over 22 TD’s and only 1 interception. He led his team to a state title. He will clearly lose votes to Jellison, who was Souhegan’s best player in their two playoff victories.

10. Zach Kelleher - Exeter...Very good two-way player. All-state talent at RB as well as DB. And did it for a team that was in the top 10 all year long. He had over 6 interceptions on defense, and well over 6 touchdowns on offense. Plus he returned kicks and punts for the Blue Hawks. He wasn’t known for catching passes, but he did have a HUGE 87 yard TD catch in Exeter’s semi-final loss to Winnacunnet.

11. Kyle McAuliffe - Plymouth...A monster season rushing the ball for McAuliffe. Plymouth has a storied history, and this year he broke the school's single-season rushing record. Also played defense for the Bobcats, and was dominant in their title game blowout over Laconia. Had numerous games with 200 rushing yards and multiple TD’s for Plymouth. He also was a starter on defense.

12. Connor Lyons - Trinity...One of the state's fastest players, he was consistent, and led Trinity to an undefeated season. Put up some outstanding rushing numbers, albeit in Division-V. Pelham's Bruce Veira was one of last year's five Mr. Football finalists, can Lyons make it two years in a row for a D-V player? Like Kelly, Lyons is also a threat to go for a TD each time he touches the ball, and not only runs the ball but also returns kicks for the Pioneers, often times for big yardage. He's also a key defensive play for Trinity.

13. Matt Cannone - Salem...Cannone was one of the state’s top five QB’s all year long, and came up even bigger for Salem in their title game win over North. He threw the game winning 46 yard TD pass with under two minutes left to give the Blue Devils the championship. Most of the season it was Jacques and Fedrick who carried the team, but in the playoffs Cannone showed he can shoulder the load as well.

14. Brian Bozek - Laconia...The case for him is that he was dominant not only running the ball, but also on defense. The case against him is that in Laconia’s two biggest games (vs. Plymouth) he had tough a tough time producing. Still, no one would argue that he is one of the state’s best defensive players. And for the most part he was a prolific running back as well.

15. Eric Guinto - Pinkerton...An electric player, he’s fast and he’s a playmaker for the Astros. He returns kicks and also catches passes out of the backfield, in addition to running the ball. However, he just hasn’t been able to stay healthy for long enough periods of time over the last couple years to reach his full potential. He suffered a concussion, and was forced to sit out Pinkerton’s last two regular season games. Still, he did play in his team’s semi-final game against Salem. And even though they didn’t win, Guinto had 116 yards on just 14 carries and 3touchdowns.

16. Steve Cuipa - Bishop Guertin...He was the starting QB for the best team in the state. Sure, he had A LOT of talent around him, but his decision making was exceptional, and he ran the option nearly flawlessly all season. He showed a rocket arm and good speed when running the ball.

17. Derek Furey - Timberlane...Furey was the best player in the state who’s team did not make the playoffs. I can’t see a player from a non-playoff team making the list of five finalists for this award, but Furey deserves the recognition nonetheless. He didn’t have as good of a year as he did last year, but still had some huge games, including a monster performance vs. Merrimack. It was a very tough way to end his season, and career by having to sit out the Alvirne game with an injury. It was the last week of the regular season, and the winner of that game got the 4th playoff spot in D-II. But unfortunately for the Owls, Furey couldn’t play. Still, when this kid is healthy and playing well, he’s as good as any back in NH.

18. Steve Cronan - Winnacunnet...Similar player to Cuipa, in his ability to run the option, good running speed and good arm. Cronan is even bigger and stronger than Cuipa, and you could argue he has the better arm. Cronan’s only weakness is turnovers. He threw two interceptions vs. both Alvirne and Exeter, and had a crucial fumble in the D-II title game against BG. Still, this kid is a great athlete who made plays all year long with his arm and with his legs.

19. Ryan Simpson - Pinkerton...One of the few QB’s this season who also played on the defensive side of the ball. Simpson wasn’t asked to do much passing most of the year, but when Guinto got hurt he got a chance to show off his strong, accurate arm. A very tough player, he managed to stay in the lineup all year despite Pinkerton playing the state’s most difficult schedule.

20. Nate Jones - Portsmouth...He had never started a varsity game at QB before this year, but Jones still had a huge year, both throwing the ball and running it. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have the state’s best WR in Montville, and the speedy Billy Lane to throw to. The senior signal caller also had big games against good teams, especially the win over Milford and the loss to Souhegan in the D-III championship game.

21. Keith Farkas - Nashua South...Farkas was by far the best quarterback whose team missed the playoffs. He did everything he could for South, however. He was not only the team’s QB, but he also played DB on defense. He put up some huge passing numbers. The kid is an amazing athlete, and has a great arm. He just didn’t win enough ballgames, and at times his decision making could have been better. Keep your eye on him, though. I’ve got a feeling he’ll be a lot higher on this list next season.

22. Alex Lambert - Londonderry…Sure, he played for a non-playoff team, but he still had a huge season. He ran the ball, caught passes out of the backfield, and returned kicks for the Lancers. Lambert lacks size, and he was forced to carry the ball a lot more than expected due to Joey McLaughlin’s injury. But he overcame these things to emerge as one of the state’s best backs.

23. Colin Hay - Plymouth...Along with McAuliffe, Hay carried the load offensively for Plymouth. Some games Hay was even the better player. And like McAuliffe, he was also one of the Bobcats better defenders.

24. Joe D'Angelo - Pelham...Following the graduation of Veira, it was up to D’Angelo to step up and take control of the Pelham offense. He did just that, and showed a strong, accurate arm all year while putting up some mammoth passing numbers. He did however, struggle against good teams like Bow, Trinity and in the Python’s semi-final loss to Bishop Brady.

So, there you have it! 24 excellent players who all had great years. But only 5 of them will be finalists, and only 1 will take home the trophy and be named the 2009 New Hampshire Mr. Football...let the debate commence!

158 comments:

  1. Solid list Jeremy, the only thing haunting Jellison is the fact that he played DIII and not once faced a top-notch defense.

    Just a note to you Jeremy, Mike Kelly's name only has one "e". I know the Telegraph spells it with two, but I assure you it is correctly spelled "Kelly". I've been going to school with him since 1st grade.

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  2. Thanks, 5:35. I just corrected it. Not sure why I keep spelling it like that, it's spelled, "Kelly" on the BG roster.

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  3. Montville needs some serious consideration even if playing in DIII. Figures from NH Football Report and Seacoast Papers.

    Offense: 60 catches for 1,180 yards and 16TD, as noted with 2/3 defensive players and two games without starting QB.


    Defense (FS): 77 tackles (not counting Championship game, guess about 8/10) and 4 INT's (none in champ game)

    Special Teams: Best punter in NH, would bet on it.

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  4. Good points about Montville. You could definitely argue he should be higher on my list.

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  5. Steve Jellison is a very very good player but I am not sold on him being the best defensive player in the state. Why was it he did not play defense most of the second half in the championship game. It wasn't that he was hurt because he ran real well in the second half.

    If I was the coach I would want my best defensive player on the field in a 3 point championship game.

    It can't be because he was tired, both sides had a lot of tired players on the field that never left the field.

    Great offensive player, very good defensive player but the best on defense? Open for a strong debate.

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  6. The best punter in the state is Nick Pyzocha.

    http://www.prokicker.com/rankings/region/northeast/bystate/1/5#40

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  7. UNH made Jellison a scholarship offer, and they wanted him to play linebacker for them.

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  8. No, I think Montville is the state's best punter. If he was interested in playing football over baseball he would be kicking at a high-level D1 school.

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  9. Best punter - ha ha, look below, its based on going to their camp!!!

    Note: rankings are calculated from a proprietary weighted average that combines distance, hangtime, and accuracy for everyone attending this camp. ProKicker.com reserves all rights to make adjustments to ensure accuracy.

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  10. Montville has received permission from Maryland baseball coach to walk on to try and win the Terps punter position for next football season.

    Info came from Portsmouth coach

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  11. No doubt Jellison could be standout defensive player in college. He has great size and when he gets going he is quick for such a big man.

    My comment was based on this year not next year after he graduates.

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  12. This list is incomplete since it's missing Dylan Brodeur. Brodeur had a fantastic year offensively and defensively for Nashua North. He was a key part of North's turnaround and to keep him out of the discussion is a disservice to Brodeur and what he helped his team accomplish this year.

    I would add that he did it in an unselfish manner, sharing one of the hardest positions in sports with another athlete. He's a 1st-team **Division 1** all state QB.

    Jeremy, you really should revise your list and include Brodeur, and he's got be to somewhere in the top 15.

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  13. Jeremy, Walter Kell is by far the best defensive player in the state not Jellison.
    I dont think any BG player should win it because they all were key to a great team and you cant even say any were definately the best player on their team let alone the state. So they pretty much are the only things keeping each other from winning
    Kelly has it in the bag next year

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  14. It'd be interesting to see Shrine Bowl Predictions

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  15. Jellison is the best offensive player in the state, but defense? Not so much. He's not the best DE on his team (that goes to Comstock), let alone the best defender. However, he's good enough on defense and superb on offense to the point where I sill think he should win it this year. Jacques showed me nothing in the championship game to change my mind. Under 100 yards with a bunch of carries and 2 fumbles lost.

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  16. QBs should have to be double deminsional like CUIPA
    Passed for 759
    Rushed for 471
    And consistant all year long

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  17. I think when you take a hard look at this list, you have to look at the players that delivered in the big games. Playoff games. Big time players make big time plays. Jellison and Jacques are shoe ins. for the last 3 spots I think you have to look at either hall or kelley, cannone or williams. the argument could be made that all 4 shouldn;t be there but those are the players that should be at the ceremony of mr. football. Williams- 3 td's in ship his toughness is unreal for a high school athlete
    cannone- led team through the air in the semis and state.. the throw he made to win it was a throw that not many jr or sr qbs could make
    hall- all year the talk about how he should be the top back in the state, well heres his chance, get the the ceremony adn anything can happen
    kelley- does he remind you of wes welker too? a kid who have the chance to play at the next level and he is only a jr... scary

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  18. Kelly has the build of Welker, and runs the 40 in .2 less than Welker did at the NFL Combine. The sky is the limit, Mike.

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  19. Some good comments being made here. I like the mention of Brodeur, an "outside the box pick."

    And I didn't say Jellison was the best defensive player in the state. Just saying that the argument could be made that he's the best offenive player and best defensive player in NH. And that makes him one of the top contenders for the award.

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  20. Vieira of pelham was a two time Mr. football finalist his Jr and Sr year

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  21. Cronan finished the season with 1,000 rushing, 1,000 passing.

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  22. Mike Kelly is a better offensive player than Steve Jellison. On defense Jellison is not even the best player on his own team. Nate Jones started at QB last year in a few games.

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  23. Connor Lyons, Trinity H.S.

    On offense was an outstanding runner,receiver and blocker. Rushed for close to a 1,000 yards as one of 7 first unit backs that rushed for over 3,700 yards as a team.

    On defense was an outstanding tackler and pass coverage player. Lyons was very good at defeating blocks and making the big hit in the run game.

    On Special teams he had the ability to kick off into the end zone. He had a 42 yard field goal in the Championship game with range up to 50. An electrifying return man on kick off and punt returns. Lyons had football speed as fast as anyone in N.H.

    Any team in any league. This kid can flat out play.

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  24. I would like to nominate Sam Carney Hanover - nobody can throw a ball like he can - and if you throw at him he will pick it and go !! I know its hard for you people to nomintae someone north of Concord but we have some pretty good football players up this way !! B. Lebanon

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  25. Why would it matter in which division you play? Every year there are plenty of quality players coming from lower divisions. Depth is the difference and the number of quality players. I think Mike Boyle had a pretty good career at UNH.

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  26. 2:45
    theres two people from plymouth on that list and another from laconia. what do you mean hard to nominate someone north of concord?

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  27. Thought the list offered a pretty good cross section of the state like 5:17 said. And 4:41 is absolutely correct as Mike Boyle won this award I believe, and then went on to be a Capt for the Wildcats as holds the current rushing record for the shrine game...again as a "northerner".

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  28. Boyle is now an assistant coach at Plymouth. Nice to see him giving back.

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  29. Mike Kelly of BG has got to be favored. He plays everything. Running Back, Wide Receiver,
    Defensive Back, Special Teams. And has produced incredible results in every one of these positions. His performance in the Championship game was remarkable even if you didn't consider that he was nursing a sprained ankle.....

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  30. just my opinion..."Mr. Football" should be awarded to a football player who would achieve their accomplishments in any division. I have seen quite a few players in my time that could have starred at any high school in the state.

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  31. Kelly will have his time. just not this year.
    wasnt even mvp for his team
    next year will be the kelly and cuipa show and kelly will run away with mr football

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  32. agreed 7:15. While they may not face the "best" defenses in the state, they also don't run/throw/etc. behind the best o-lines. A kid who dominates a lower division would probably have comparable stats in a higher division.

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  33. exactly 7:55, about the o-lines

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  34. nomination for the 2 salem guys the QB and RB Cannone and Jaxques, they won salem a state championship

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  35. 9:01
    Who are you to call a kid terrible? What are you watching for a game Cannone takes a five step drop and is one of the most accurate long passers in the State. QB's commonly take 3 step and 5 step drops. Watch the State Championship.

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  36. not one lineman in the top 24? Interesting

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  37. Poor linemen, all guts, no glory.

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  38. yeah. watch the state championship. kid drops back 20 yards for every pass. the pases are long cause he doubles them with his drop back. thank god his line's decent.

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  39. Jeremy Baker of Alvirne takes Division 2 Allstate defensive tackle....Wooo Hooo

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  40. The top lineman in the state are the two Souhegan kids Cray and Cultrera, Dylan Ryan from Exeter, Brett Kana, Kevin Rosenberg, and Ben Proulx from the large amount of football I saw this season. Any or all of those kids could go at least D2 and possibly higher for a few.

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  41. did spinney win this or just the Gatorade thing?
    either way prime example of a lineman actually getting the spotlight that many of them deserve

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  42. It Doesnt matter what divison u play in to make the final 5 for example bruce vieira of pelham made it two years in a row as a jr and as sr

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  43. C'mon Proulx is the best defensive playr in the state... He bleeds pigskin. Get him on there.

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  44. Proulx is good but Walter Kell is best defensive player in the state

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  45. Kell is probably best this year. Besides these two who are some of the other ones?

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  46. Solano and Flynn from BG decimated offensive lines all year long, their names have to be mentioned.

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  47. It doesn't really matter who gets it because these awards mean nothing. What can a bunch of reporters and spectators say about who has the most heart on the field? Why even argue with these people? Stats aren't everything. Why don't you ask the return specialists from Catholic Memorial, Aliverne, Exeter, and Winnacunnet how hard Tony Travaglini from BG hits. He's taken out several of them and stands out on BG's DLine, but his name hasn't been mentioned at ALL. Love ya buddy

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  48. Tony Trav for NH Mr. Football

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  49. Good looks 5:35, Trav is the one to whom people are probably referring when they admire BG's speed off the line. Kid is an absolute monster.

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  50. how about Carver who he split time with. played really well at the beggining of the year and did alot of damage on defense. Any special teams play Trav didnt make Carver did. it was a shame to see him go down with the ACL tear, but he was a warrior with it and stuck with the team and even tried to play with it in the championship. Him and Trav should have been co- All state Dline. Love this kid and he worked for every second he got out there real shame to see a player like that get hurt

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  51. Carver was an all-star considering that before this year, he didn't get much playing time at all. The fact that he shared time with Trav and still made the plays that he did, says something about the kid's hard work and determination. Love ya too buddy.

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  52. I see this has turned into a BG lovefest.

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  53. Oh my God BG, get over yourselves.

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  54. DJ Petropulos from Souhegan - QB for back to back sate champs - I don't think he threw a interception all season could be wrong on that but if right he should win the award simply on the strength of that stat.

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  55. obviously meant "state champs" in the above post

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  56. Petropulos threw one INT in the title game vs. Portsmouth from what I read. Still, he deserves a lot of credit and is a legit candidate.

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  57. How about we take a step back for a moment and think about what it means to be Mr. Football. Its not just about the best player on teh field, but somebody who can do it all. Football wise and in the classroom. Dylan Ryan of Exeter is probably the most qualified candidate. He has been a stud on the Offensive line for the Blue Hawks this year as well as on D, Not to mention he is also near the top of his class with regards to grades. I think we should stop salivating over BG and the like and think about who really deserves this award

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  58. Threw another today as Souhegan just coasted through the game.

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  59. Dylan Ryan? Who? In my mind, Mr. Football is somebody who people actually know.

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  60. I'd have to say if you don't know who Dylan Ryan is you aren't much of a NH high school football fan. If he's not the best defensive player in the state he's certainly in the top three.

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  61. What did he do against Guertin? I didn't hear his name called

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  62. I meeeaaann, BG > Exeter. Just sayin'...

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  63. Dylan Ryan got injured in the Dover game. They didn't know if he was going to even play against BG. He is a dominant player on both the o-line and d-line. He was able to play against BG, but since he was coming back from the injury he only played on the d-line, and did not play on offense. Clearly, with the lack of success Exeter had running the football in that game, they could have used him on the o-line.

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  64. haha everyone starts crying after a few BG comments.
    they beat you all and are by far the best team in the state THIS YEAR. Get over it and come out and beat them next year. They are losing 34 seniors so if you guys cant beat them next year you have no excuse even though there should already be no excuses for losing games

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  65. clearly he was a dominant force on the d-line. i mean BG only ran for what like 400 yards? wow talk about an all star

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  66. lets just say there was not a single Exeter player that the BG coaches felt the need to gameplan for individually. and i'd have to say it looks like it worked out ok

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  67. if it is footballwise and in the classroom how about Solano of BG. 14 sacks each of the past two seasons and like a 4.5 GPA at a very challenging school. I completely understand if he doesnt get a legit look in this list because no individual BG player should get it i think

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  68. Kana was the WMUR Hometown Hero tonight on their newscast. They said he has a 3.6 GPA, and will be playing football next season for Dartmouth.

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  69. Any big kid with good grades can play for Dartmouth. I'm so tired of hearing about it, they're (Dartmouth) that bad nowadays that it's come to that. Not to say Kana isn't good, but people keep mentioning the Dartmouth think like it makes him God's gift to NH football. Any big kid with good grades, it's the sad sad truth

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  70. Where are you playing, 12:28?

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  71. Hey I hate BG as much as the next guy but to say any big kid with good grades can play there is crazy.

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  72. Just an FYI, folks. The WGAM Friday Night Lights Mr. Football 2009 Award will be presented to the winner at a banquet on December 9.

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  73. Will you be reporting live, Jeremy?

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  74. i wouldnt say any big kid with good grades at all they are still a D1AA program. He was also getting recruited by Brown, UNH, and Yale (where his brother player)

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  75. can anyone here even give a legitimate reason for hateing BG? i mean besides some rediculous excuse for why theyr the best in the state

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  76. Dylan Ryan at his best was not in the top 10 defensive players. Walter Kell of BG was the best. Then Prolx from Pinkerton. Also props to Baldwin from Alvirne very good defensive player. Offense not so much

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  77. We'll be doing a live show the night of December 9 on WGAM from the Banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manchester. The way it usually works is the 5 finalists and their coaches are interviewed on the air, and then the winner is announced. I'll be there, but I won't be on the broadcast.

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  78. I played for Dover and have to agree. i dont get why so many people hate BG so much. they beat us bad but i can get over it. They played cleanly and were very tough. Their speed was outrageous. They obviously dont recruit or they would have even more of the dominant players out of Nashua. like they were good i didnt like losing, but they did it fair and square. man up and get over it talk about other teams now

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  79. Looking at the above posts i have to agree. I played for Memorial (hold your applause) and Carver was every bit as good as Travaglini. I got totally wrecked in the backfield on a number of occasions by each of them. Both are very tough kids i had respect for

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  80. When do the candidates come out Jeremy? and will all of these 24 kids be in attendance anyway?

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  81. The five finalists for the award will be announced probably sometime in the next week or two. The list I have posted here is not the preliminary list. They are just the top 24 in my opinion. In attendance at the banquet will be the five finalists and their head coaches, family, friends and media.

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  82. Jeremy, How about All Star team 11 on offense and 11 on defense? With maybe two alternates on each. You have seen more than anyone. It is nice to recognize everyone on all state but it is a little ridiculous how many they choose. 90 players in D2 are all state? Assuming other divisions are the same that is over 500 "all state" players in NH. That is Crazy!

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  83. Yeah, I agree it is too many all-state players. 11 on offense and 11 on defense sounds better.

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  84. Jeremy,

    I think he is asking you to make an offensive and defensive all star team.

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  85. Again, if you're an objective football fan and you don't think Dylan Ryan is among the top defensive players in the state, then you don't know what you're talking about. I'm not a BG hater, but thecomments from BG supporters on this subject are turning me into one. Like someone else has pointed out, it seems like BG still hasn't learned how to win with class and that's a shame.

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  86. Lower division players to condider since most of us know the DI-DII stars:

    MacAullife...Plymouth
    Hay...Plymouth
    Bozek...Laconia
    Carney...Hanover
    Lyons...Trinity
    Canada...Campbell
    Montville...Portsmouth
    Buyak...Portsmouth
    Jellison...Souhegan
    Petropulos...Souhegan
    Cultera...Souhegan
    Cray...Souhegan
    Ibarra...Milford

    These players are in no particular order, but are the best I saw in the lower divisions this year and deserve consideration for any All-State teams.

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  87. How can you put Petropolus ahead of Nate Jones? In the D-III championship game, Jones outplayed Petropolus in every aspect......he's just a better athlete. And Petropolus as a Mr. Football Candidate? He only plays one way! Shouldn't even be in the top 25...

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  88. Jones threw 3 INT's in that game and fumbled twice!!!!!!!!!!!!! All he had in that game on Petropulos was the fact that he threw the ball 46 times. He's a little tiny elf in the pocket that just hucks it up to Montville every play. Kid threw more 10 INT's and less TD's than Petropulos, and was under 50% passing on the season. Petropulos was over 60%, 26 TD's, 2 INT's, and close to 2000 yards. There's no comparison. Two thirds of Jones' yards were to Montville for god's sake. The kid's a baseball player, and a darn good one at that, but he's no star QB. Any QB could look good in that system. Just hurl it to Montville and Lane. Not that hard.

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  89. anyone change their opinion of portsmouth players after losing to a under .500 team in dover on thanksgiving?

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  90. I don't put too much stock in Thanksfiving games. Unless it's a game that involves two teams that didn't make playoffs, especially if it is a rivalry game. Because then both teams are actually playing to win. For example the Spaulding/Somersworth game.

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  91. I agree with 4:46. Saw Ryan play twice this year and he stood out, which is often hard to do as a noseguard.
    6:04, I like to to name the top five defensive linemen in the state. Your opinion, of course.

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  92. Portsmouth vs Dover Thanksgiving Day game comments. Portsmouth did not come ready to play, less than 20 players practiced most of the week. Coaches played Seniors regardless if starter during regular season.

    Dover coach "quoted" they had 3 1/2 weeks to get ready and they were going to shut down Montville so he didn't burn them like last year.

    Dover had three men on Montville most of the game, one chucking at LOS, corner behind him and safety behind corner. Portsmouth only threw to him six times in game, 4 catches two off target but not for many yards. Other skill players didn't have their best game. Didn't seem to me most wanted to be there.

    Jones did not have a good day throwing, 14 of 38 with three INT. Part of it was pressure from Dover line but not all. He is an excellent QB but I think Petropolus is better.

    Montville had between 15-20 tackles, all you heard on the loudspear was Dube(running), Montville tackling. Bad sign when Free Safety is making all the tackles. That's how dominant Dover was at LOS. They beat up Portsmouth, especially in first half. Montville also had INT.

    Montville also punted six times for 48 yd average including 64 yd punt to pin Dover at own 14 (per Portsmouth Herald) - they still went down to score.

    My opinion Montville didn't do anything to change his status on Mr. Football list, unless it improves. Excellent day on defense and special teams (punting) and not much he could do on offense with coverage.

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  93. Nice way for Dube to end his career, with a 4 TD game.

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  94. NHSPORTSPAGE lists the players of the year:
    D1 JACQUES-SALEM
    D2 KELLY-BG
    D3 JELLISON-SOUHEGAN
    D4 BOZEK-LACONIA
    D5 LYONS-TRINITY
    D6 BRADY-INTER-LAKES

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  95. Harry Knowles for Mr. Football 2009

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  96. Bozek must have gotten NHSPORTSPAGE player of year in Div IV because he was a "lounge" player on that site. He didn't even make the D-IV all-state team as honorable mention on offense and Jeremy used his career tackles to justify his status on defense.

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  97. theres always one hater! Bozek is a 3 time defensive 1st team all-state!Dont be jealious!

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  98. yeah Bozek didn't make all-state offense because he was one of the best defenders in the state...weird.

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  99. I guess when you peel back all of the layers he wasn't as advertised...not a hater just an observer of the facts. Seems to me he would have been more marketable with an all state defense and offense credit in his corner. Actually I haven't seen the defensive prowess either in the games I've seen. Very average against better teams. Over pursues sometimes, gets caught up in the traffic others and is out of position many times when big plays are needed.

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  100. The top 12 on this list are the real legit candidates to be finalists anyways.

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  101. 9:27, nobody in the state made both offense and defense teams. If they did, half of BG, Souhegan, and Plymouth's starting lineups would have been two way All-State. Seriously, take a look for yourself on nhfootballreport.com.

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  102. 3 year All Stater,team captain, state title, proulx. all the more reason to remember the name.

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  103. Thank you for that, Mr. Proulx.

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  104. he won a state title his sophmore year. that was two years ago. we are talking about now

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  105. Bozek is 3 time all state becaue he plays in a JV league. he wouldnt make honorable mention in D1 or 2

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  106. 8:18, sorry but no great high school football player is created in the "now'... Think about it.

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  107. If you went and watche dthe BG and Exeter game you would have seen BG attacked the outside of the Exeter defense, as there wasn't much dive plays run from the option. Ryan was injured in the Dover game and returned for that game only to play defense. He was a two-time 1st Team All-State player, so obviously he i stalented and deserves sdome credit. I went to the Manchester Central game against Exeter and Ryan led the Exeter defense in tackles from the noseguard position, pretty effective in my opinion.

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  108. Not surprising if Central runs up the middle.

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  109. While Proulx, Ryan, Kana, and Rosenberg are without a doubt great players, I still say that two of the most effective linemen I saw this year were Souhegan's two two-time First Team All-State linemen, Cray and Cultrera. I only saw them play once or twice, but they were big going around 250 and 280, smart, athletic, strong, and mean. They had just as big of a part in Souhegan's success as Jellison and Petopulos, and Souhegan's only loss reflected their absense from the game. I know they played in DIII, but one of the times I saw them was in the Central scrimmage and I have no doubts they'd be just as effective in DI. I don't expect either one to get close to the award obviously, but just remember how lucky their Souhegan teammates were to have them if either one wins like they very well could.

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  110. by either one I meant Petropulos or Jellison at the end there

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  111. I'm curious who others think should be the five finalists for the Mr. Football Award...

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  112. Jeremy here's a stretch nomination...Captains Hay & McAuliffe from Plymouth as the best "tandem" of backs in the state. Almost 3000 yards, 37 td's, never lost a game in their high school careers, played both ways, had tons of tackles, interceptions etc. They led a team that, as of now,leads the country in consecutive wins at 55 games which certainly puts New Hampshire football on the map.

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  113. Not true, they lost as FR and JV's to Souhegan

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  114. not if you were on varsity as they were

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  115. Trouble with BG is that their team is so star-studded, that it's very tough for any one of them to legitimately stand out. What does it take for a team to so thoroughly dominate NH football? A team full of talent, speed, heart and toughness... and great coaching. What about Nick Phillips? Tony Travaglini? Elias Kassis? Nick Carluccio? Right along with all the names mentioned already, each of them would have been recognized superstars at any other program in the state.

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  116. this list could consist of the amherst kids and the salem kids.. The amherst QB and RB and the 2 salem rb and their QB all on the list they are all possible candidates..

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  117. I'd take Jellison, Kelly, Jacques, McAulliffe and Lyons. Very strong and impressive body of work and results for these 5.

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  118. Anonymous said...
    "Bozek is 3 time all state becaue he plays in a JV league. he wouldnt make honorable mention in D1 or 2"
    Tuesday, December 1, 2009 8:20:00 PM EST

    One of the Dumbest comments I ever heard. He'd be excellent in any Division. Give the kid some credit. He plays where he lives and has no control over not playing D-I or D-II. I'd say he was an outstanding NH player, regardless of Division.

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  119. In my eyes it should be Ryan, Jellison, Jacques, Kelly, and Williams

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  120. he has not control over that he isnt as good as the other players in D1 and 2 so should we just give it to him? Should we just give all the towns with 14 people more credit? We should just make every team in a bad division state champion because no matter what they "wont get enough credit". they dont get the credit because they dont deserve it. have fun in your league and stay out of the big boys way. cry about it

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  121. Souhegans linemen look good because all it takes is a wide body to block the athleticism on defense in D3. In d1 and 2 the d linemen are the same size and much faster. Bg's d line would run circles around them (just like they did all the D1 and 2 lines they played this year)

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  122. Ryan is overrated. BG did NOT run outside they did one big play and that was it. They ran lead series the entire game and the Exeter line and linebackers got dominated almost every play. Exeter is a physical team but BG really pounded them that day and Ryan didnt turn any heads on offense that day either as Exeter ran for like 40 yards on the day

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  123. 8:51, you have no idea what you're talking about. Souhegan has the most athletic line I've seen this year not counting BG's, but BG's is only more athletic because they're way smaller. Souhegan's got two 1AA/D2 recruits in Cray and Cultrera at C and OT, a Bates commit in Comstock at OT, a NESCAC recruit in Daigneau at guard, and their SS plays the other guard spot! Despite averaging what must be 250 across the front, Souhegan's line is extremely athletic. I can tell you never saw them play. You should have seen them running down Central DB's in the very first play (a 70 yard middle screen TD) of that scrimmage. To make blanket statements or stereotypes about entire divisions is just plain ignorant and foolish. 250 or more pounds coming at you with 5.1 speed ain't slow, and ain't pleasant.

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  124. 9:01, Ryan didn't play on offense in the BG game. He was coming off an injury so he only played on defense.

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  125. If anything, Ryan is underrated. I'm guessing 9:01 is a BG guy. Can't even give credit where it's due. They just don't get it.

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  126. Not only does no BG player have a chance to win Mr. Football. They won't have a player in the top five. D2 was the weakest it's been in years this season.

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  127. check the cross-over games, Keene over Londonderry, BG-Pinkerton, Exeter-Central, Timberlane-Salem/South, even North-Merrimack. If D2 was weak, D1 wasn't far behind. D2 and D1 were all class L schools who compete with each other in all other sports and are separated by enrollment in football, its all balanced sorry D1 but there is not much to argue with, the top teams in each division would be top teams in the other and the bad teams would be bad teams where ever they played. By the way Tony Trav was the best special teams player in the state, snapped on punts and extra points and was a demon on kickoff and punt coverage, he set the physical tone Bg finished up the year at. He's not Mr. Football but he's a special kid

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  128. how big of a factor can a kid be when the other team runs right up his alley the entire game for about 400 yards?
    Travaglini had a great season. At the end of the year he made all the special teams plays and played really well to the point where no one even noticed Carver's abscense
    He might not be the best individual special teamer. but over the first 8 games he and Carver were as good a duo of special teams playmakers you will see in NH and made the majority of the tackles really helping with the field position battle.
    Both were threats on defense also. The Pinkerton game both played well together and made tons of plays and all season they complimented each other beautifully along with the d line as a unit

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  129. i dont get where its coming from that BG isnt a class organization? i live nearby BG and as a school i would have loved to send my kids there. Name an instance of BG kids fighting or getting arrested for any reason. i cant think of any.
    Its not like they play dirty, they have a history of being fast and physical... no problems there.
    They as a school do more than their share of community outreach programs getting involved outside of sports and players of the various sports teams are among the leaders in these groups.
    They study hard and rarely is a kid in serious problems with grades.
    If BG has actually done anything bad to anyone then that is one thing. But to make such rediculous statements about the entire school based on completely biased and unsound opinions isnt fair.
    I have seen nothing but good things about these kids and wish everyone would just let them enjoy their success after all it is only high school.
    Had alot of fun watching Nashua football this year. hope for the same next year. These kids in all three schools really make me proud of my city

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  130. Cavanaugh is the 3rd all time rusher at Central and 3rd all time for touchdowns. He was the only reason central made a second half comeback. He needs to be in the top 5.

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  131. 1:58

    The fact that D1 was weak goes without saying. When Nashua South isn't even a playoff team and Pinkerton is your Number 4 seed that tells you all you need to know. D2 might have been the weakest it's been in 10-15 years. Exeter was down (by Exeter standards), Winnacunnet was a year away and everyone else was medicre at best.

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  132. New Hampshire Football Report has the five finalists. Cavanaugh is in there.

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  133. D1 was just about as weak as D2
    D2 was not weaker than past years. Exeter did not have a down year. They were undefeated going into the BG game and got pounded to the point where they couldnt beat Winny, who was a very good team this year. Alvirne was decent, Timberlane game Salem all they could handle. Even Merrimack the second worst team (spaulding is just awful) gave North a great game.
    oh yeah and Exeter beat Central.
    BG just made everyone look bad they were out of control this year

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  134. We all saw that. Undefeated in D-2. Beat Pinkerton who did not make the playoffs and beat CM who did not win one D1 game all year.
    Sounds like a real Juggernaut. They should play in Florida or Texas. Frankly, we all wish they did.

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  135. Good luck to all the players. Of the graduating class who for players do you expect to see playing/red shirting at the D1A-AA level? Surly some kid from Nh will go onto collegiate football?

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  136. Not sure what games you watched 4:18, but D2 was not only down, it was the weakest I've ever seen it. Exeter would not have been undefeated if the league wasn't so mediocre. The fact that Alvirne and Timberlane were fighting for a playoff spot says it all. Exeter would have lost to any other Exeter team from at least the last 10 years.

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  137. Some of those Pinkerton teams would have wiped the floor with this year's BG team. Enough talk about how great they were. Good team in a league that wasn't very good this season.

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  138. Dylan Ryan should have been a finalist for the award in my eyes.

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  139. you people are amazing to me. You seriously have not earned the right to even watch a football game. Fans like you are the reason NH football is a joke nationally. Finally a great team comes around. By far the best in the state and one of the best ever in the state. and you just refuse to give any credit no matter how bad they beat you. They represent the state of NH beautifully but no one can seem to get over their jealousy to give any credit.
    D2 worst you'v seen? you must not have watched any games. everyone is obsessed with woulda coulda shoulda. BG was lightyears ahead of any team in any division this year. Next year things will be different.
    You D1 kids call yourselves the big boys. you all sound like big babies to me. and judging from the interdivision games this year, you play like them too.
    All teams who played BG or scrimmaged them know how much better they were. YOu can come up with excuse after excuse or you can accept it and move on.
    by the way Pinkerton did make the d1 playoffs so that is just false way to know what youre talking about

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  140. you people are all mentally retarded. you cant get over losing to a D2 team so you make up excuses. GRow up
    hope some people see this before Jeremy takes it down, you guys deserve to see it
    Jealous BG dominated you and every other team this year?? not as jealous as your going to be when those kids are in college and your all pumping gas for a living

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  141. Did not even play the three best teams in the state this year and you want to be called one of the best ever?? This is why everyone hates BG!

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  142. I love how all the BG people are sooooo touchy, feely. You say D2 was down this year (a statement I agree with) and they take it as a slam at BG. Never seen a group of more insecure people in my life. BG had a super season. One of the best NH teams ever? Not even close.

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  143. If BG, Exeter, and Winnacunnet played in D1 this season they all would hav made the playoffs in my opinion.

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  144. I feel as if Salem did not get enough credit this year. Week after week they blew teams out. Ok they beat a timberlane team that came out with fire by 1. It wasnt timberlane. It was furey he rushed for almost 300. they contained everybody this year and their offense could not be stopped. the eagle tribune called salem the best team in the region, and they would win the MVC. now that's impressive. take a look at salem and bg.. the only 2 teams that could compete with other competition around new england.

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  145. BG WOULD KILL ANY TEAM IN THE STATE! IM SICK OF HEARING THIS CRAP. THEY SMOKED CM WHO LOST TO XAVERIAN BY 2 POINTS. XAVERIAN IS RANKED IN THE EASTERN REGION. CHECK ESPMN IF YOU DONT BELIEVE ME. BG IS ALSO RANKED BY ESPN IN THE EASTERN REGION. NO OTHER NH TEAM CAN SAY THAT. THANK YOU... STAY CLASSY... AND KNOW THAT BG WOULD WIPE THE FIELD ANY NH TEAM. ACCEPT IT. GREATNESS!PERFECTION!12-0! UNDEFEATED! 14 POINTS ALLOWED BY THE FIRST TEAM DEFENSE. YOU CANT WIN IF YOU CANT SCORE. THEEY ARE ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS NH HAS EVER SEEN BECAUSE THEY OUTWORK EVERYONE. IF YOU WANT TO BEAT THEM WORK HARDER THAN THEM. ENOUGH SAID.

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  146. i am in complete concurrence with the aforementioned comment. the author of this comment used seemless diction and syntax to relay his invaluable insight. bishop guertin high school produces fine young individuals whose talent and potential are limitless. they are spiritually, athletically, and academically superior to all other lay persons. The evident animosity towards these distinguished young gentlemen is purely despicable. The bg student-athletes play the game of football with an unmatched ardor and uncommon valor. they should be commended for their discipline and moral righteousness. with that in mind. thank you for the opportunity to express my ideals, and i wish all of the nh players the best of luck in future endeavors.

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  147. how did Salem not get enough credit?? they won the championship what more can you ask for?

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  148. timberlane really came out with fire against BG. they were picked to win by a paper and thought they could win. one kid had "under" and "dog" on his eye patches. the game was over at halftime. Furrey rushed for 19 yards.

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  149. BG had a very good team. I saw them a few times last year, and I was flat out amazed at how fast they were at all positions. I see people saying how they are one of the best teams the state has ever had. I would love to see them play against the likes Pinkerton of the early 90's with Matt Jordan and all those guys. The 96 or 98 Londonderry teams with Mike and Steve Bicchieri, Jason Ball, Rob Kane and Steve Miller. Or more recently, the Central teams with Philstin and Russet.

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  150. I 100% agree with you on that one. if you go back to the era of matt jordan or steve miller you really can not even compare teams today of those teams back then. those were 2 players that completely controlled a game. not to mention the size of there lines were averaging 270 lbs and both teams also had great backs other then the 2 of them. Also they never really had a chance to pad any stats because there teams were so good that they were always out of the game at halftime!! I would probably give the edge for pinkerton because they had a much better QB in bubba seally then londonderrys tommy hoffman. however i feel pinkertons defense could not stop londonderrys offense miller was just to elusive and bicchieri probably hit the hole the quickest. Who do you guys think was a better team??

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  151. Manchester Central in 2003 and 2004. They were on a completely different level. They weren't just big OR fast...they were big AND fast. I've never seen a team like them, and that includes Matt Jordan's PA teams in 93 and 94, and that Londonderry team in 96.

    BG had a great season last year, but they can't even be mentioned with those other teams.

    It's not even remotely close...

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  152. there is no way that the central team of 03-04 was bigger and faster then the londonderry team of 98. londonderry had a bigger line and better rbs and not to mention a defense that only gave up 21 points all year. position for position londonderry has the edge and to be honest with you i dont even think its close.

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