Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sports Radio WGAM “The Game” to Present Eighth Annual Mr. Football Award

12/4/09

AWARDS DINNER & CEREMONY AT MANCHESTER’S HILTON GARDEN INN


(December 2, 2009) – Absolute Broadcasting, LLC, owners of Sports Radio WGAM “The Game” AM-1250 in Manchester and AM-900 in Nashua, has announced that their eighth-annual Friday Night Lights “Mr. Football” award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 9th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manchester, NH at 5:00 pm.

Modeled after the High School Heisman Trophy, the Mr. Football Award recipient is determined by votes cast by WGAM’s Friday Night Light’s staff as well as by other members of the New Hampshire media. Past winners have been Jeff Farrington of Souhegan High School in 2002, Mike Boyle of Plymouth in 2003, Dave Philistin of Manchester Central in 2004, John Sughrue of Pinkerton Academy in 2005, Mark Spinney of Bishop Guertin in 2006, Londonderry’s Alex Theodhosi in 2007 and Nashua South’s David Zocco in 2008.

This year’s finalists will be featured on “The Home Team,” WGAM’s local afternoon talk show, which will be broadcast live from the Hilton Garden between 5-6pm on the December 9th. The 2009 finalists are:

• Mike Cavanaugh, Manchester Central (Sr.)
• Max Jacques, Salem (Jr.)
• Steven Jellison, Souhegan (Sr.)
• Kyle McAuliffe, Plymouth (Sr.)
• Andre Williams, Nashua North (Jr.)

WGAM’s Mr. Football Award winner and all finalists will once again be awarded beautiful trophies from Burque Jewelers in Nashua.

71 comments:

  1. I am disapointed in this list of nominees, I believe a more deserving list could have been reached.

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  2. Should call it "Mr. Running Back". Looks like most of the players are from Manchester/Nashua area, I include the Plymouth player who gets lots of publicity in the Manchester area.

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  3. 7:07 sorry to hear you are disappointed but more importantly, let's see your list of more deserving players.....

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  4. 10:23 Now there's an intelligent response.....it's so easy to take pot shots when someone stands up and declares 5 players who they think are capable of being Mr. Football in NH......I think this is an absolutely fine list of incredible young athletic football players. All 5 are deserving of the title "Mr. Football". Congrats to all 5 for being considered for this fine award.

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  5. Ryan and Kana, two lineman shoul have been finalist instead of Plymouth which plays in a terrible division and Cavanaugh.

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  6. I'm confused as to how four of the five are running backs, and Mike Kelly isn't on the list. Nonetheless, congrats to the nominees, and may the best man win.

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  7. I am also surprised Kelly didn't make the final five.

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  8. Mark Spinney won it, 3:33. He went on to play at BC.

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  9. Kelly wasn't even the best running back on his team.

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  10. You're correct, but he was the best receiver, punt/kick returner, and cornerback.

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  11. Good player. Not a Mr. Football finalist.

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  12. To be in the discussion for Mr. Football you should have to be either the best offensive player on your team or the best defensive player on your team. Kelly was neither.

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  13. No linemen or defensive players.......sorry, that's just not right. Don't call it the Mr. Football award, call it what it is ......NH Offensive Player of the Year. I'm not a BG fan but I saw the BG defense play this year and they just got after it. 4 or 5 of those kids could have been NH Defensive Player of the Year. Anybody got any nominees for NH Defensive Player of the Year? Bozek from Laconia? Philips or Kell from BG? Let's start a list and try and pick the top ten......

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  14. NH Defensive Player of the Year Nominees - List 1
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    Proulx (Pinkerton)
    Bozek (Laconia)
    Philips (BG)
    Kell (BG)
    Montville (Portsmouth)
    Other Nominees?

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  15. Ryan (Exeter)
    Travaglini (BG)
    Solano (BG)
    Souhegan's entire front 5, seriously.

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  16. Kelleher (Exeter)
    Brodeur (North)
    Gathright (North)
    Sweeney (Pelham)
    Kana (BG)

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  17. NH Defensive Player of the Year Nominees - List 2
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    Proulx (Pinkerton)
    Bozek (Laconia)
    Philips (BG)
    Kell (BG)
    Montville (Portsmouth)
    Ryan (Exeter)
    Travaglini (BG)
    Solano (BG)
    Kelleher (Exeter)
    Brodeur (North)
    Gathright (North)
    Sweeney (Pelham)
    Kana (BG)

    OK....that's 13......let's get 50 nominees and then sort 'em out.......talk to me....

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  18. Poitras (Bow)
    Cultera (Souhegan)
    Comstock (Souhegan)
    Jellison (Souhegan)
    Fatello (Winnacunnet
    Trainor (Winnacunnet)
    Baldwin (Alvirne)
    Luke Somers (Pinkerton)

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  19. McAuliffe (Plymouth)
    Hay (Plymouth)
    Mayhew (Plymouth)

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  20. NH Defensive Player of the Year Nominees - List 3
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    Proulx (Pinkerton)
    Bozek (Laconia)
    Philips (BG)
    Kell (BG)
    Montville (Portsmouth)
    Ryan (Exeter)
    Travaglini (BG)
    Solano (BG)
    Kelleher (Exeter)
    Brodeur (North)
    Gathright (North)
    Sweeney (Pelham)
    Kana (BG)
    Cray (Souhegan)
    Poitras (Bow)
    Cultera (Souhegan)
    Comstock (Souhegan)
    Jellison (Souhegan)
    Fatello (Winnacunnet
    Trainor (Winnacunnet)
    Baldwin (Alvirne)
    Luke Somers (Pinkerton)
    McAuliffe (Plymouth)
    Hay (Plymouth)
    Mayhew (Plymouth)
    Player Count: 25
    Keep 'em coming....

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  21. Maybe some more DBs, but those 25 are very solid, especially on the DL. A few real solid DT/NG types in Ryan, Cultera, Cray, Travaglini, and good DEs in Proulx and Solano. Bozek is solid at MLB as well as Montville at FS.

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  22. Kana wasn't really a defensive player, he was just put in to get a push in goal line situations. You can eliminate him.

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  23. sam carney -safety- hanover,I ve seen him play 7 times and he saves alot of touchdowns!

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  24. My starting 5-2 All-State team since most teams in NH run a 5-2:

    .....Proulx...Cray...Ryan...Cultera...Solano...

    CB???..........Bozek........Kell...........CB???

    .............SS???.........Montville............

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  25. First congratulations to the five finalists. I am sure they are very deserving.

    I am a Seacoast resident and Portsmouth fan so I declare that up front. I can understand why a kid like Montville doesn't win the award but not in the top 5? Speaking with coaches from Portsmouth, he had 60+ catches for 1,100 yds (they didn't run much) and 16 receiving TD's. He had 100+ tackles at FS (PHS defense was not great this year) with 6 INT's and he was the best punter in the state (will walk on for Maryland Punter from what I am told). I don't discount the fact that playing in higher division is worth more. To say Montville gets these number in D1 &D2 is stupid.

    Is this mostly an offense award as someone suggested - I did read on the blog the finalists also played defense and Special teams but was offense play considered more? What is the history of the finalists and winners, is is mostly a Manchester/Nashua area player because the voters see them more? What are guidelines for winning the award? As a voter how do you address the differences in divisional play and they are there despite what some might argue?

    How about lineman who play both ways, all the offensive players won't get as many stats unless they have a good line - many names mentioned here.

    For future years maybe they should do like college and give a few different awards to honor these players.

    This is a great honor for the winner but I think you see the best players when the Union Leader picks it All State team, I think its one per position?

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  26. union leader has 11 off. and 11 def. thats a good way to do it!they release it later this month.

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  27. 10:01- thats looks like a good start,probly the shrine team line-up. they all seniors?

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  28. 12:56, yes they're all SRs. Couldn't think of too many JRs that could match up at those positions, though as you can see I have gaps at the CB slots and SS slot. I feel pretty confident that that's the best front 7 the Shrine coaches could hope for, but I don't know how it will all work out numbers-wise for the team.

    Only so many roster spots, and I doubt they'll give four of them to Souhegan (Jellison, Petropulos, Cultera, Cray), so it's conceivable that one or both of the Souhegan kids I've got there won't make it unless there's an injury. I think BG will have 4 or 5, and Souhegan probably could make a case to have the 4 I mentioned, but I doubt they'll give that many to a DIII school. Thus, this is the best lineup in my mind, but it also might not happen which would be a shame for whoever is left out.

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  29. yeah Cray is probly the lesser known, I can see the other 3 making it,d3 was pretty watered down,montiville and those 3.

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  30. That about sums it up, but either way you've got to figure Jellison and Petropulos have it in the bag, so either Cultera or Cray could end up with no invite, which is a shame. Maybe Buyak could make it too for offense, but I don't see much more coming out of DIII this year for the Shrine game. Pretty weak DIII this year.

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  31. What about Lquan Desir on central

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  32. desir is a really solid defensive back and he would make a great shrine canidate, not quite mr. football. What about kelleher from exeter, their best offensive threat and arguably their best defensive player. If you could win all state both ways he would have been a shoe-in for defense, infortuanately he was only able to make it for offense. That being said the list is solid it is hard to narrow it down to five but I think the list is about as accurate as possible, ofcorse people from different towns will complain and most of them have decent arguments because there were a whole lot of great highschool football players this past fall.

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  33. Desir was a great player and a great shrine bowl canidate, however I do not think he would be the best canidate for mr. football. I think the list is solid it is extreemly hard to narrow down so many great players, so for what its worth I think that the list is fine. Obviosly people who cheered a whole year for a great player will be dissapointed if their player isnt on there.

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  34. Re: Shrine team.......no more than 2 players per team in initial selection. Can be 3 if initial selection chooses not to play or injury. Which two make it from BG into initial selection?

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  35. Hopefully not two from Mass.

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  36. 3:25 I can't see Cultera going ahead of Cray. Both are outstanding players but Cray is a little more athletic (6'3" 245 vs 6'0" 260) and was a more dominant force on defense....and Cray is Souhegan's spread snapper....

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  37. Either one, really. One's a run stuffer and the other is good in open space. However, I'd say Cray's closer to 6'1" rather than 6'3", and Cultera closer to 280. Depends what the Shrine coaches are looking for.

    If they're looking for a kid who eats up blocks in the run game while protecting his backers and getting knock back, the nod goes to Cultera. If they're looking for more athleticism for the perimeter plays and a very good spread center and line captain, the nod goes to Cray. Both are very very good, but also very different.

    It all depends what the coaches are looking for. I'd say they're just as good, but it really does depend on the coaching philosophy as they're so different. I will say though, while Cray had more of a perceived impact on defense, offenses quickly learned not to run Cultera's side as he ate up holes and left backers free to roam over there, leading to much more runs to Cray's side. Just a little thing I noticed watching a few of their games this season.

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  38. i dont care who goes as long as they win!lol

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  39. Okay, I just saw this and wanted to say please don't pit teammates against each other. I'd hate to see a me vs. Colin thread start up.

    -Sean Cultrera

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  40. NH Defensive Player of the Year Nominees - List 4
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    Proulx (Pinkerton)
    Bozek (Laconia)
    Philips (BG)
    Kell (BG)
    Montville (Portsmouth)
    Ryan (Exeter)
    Travaglini (BG)
    Solano (BG)
    Kelleher (Exeter)
    Brodeur (North)
    Gathright (North)
    Sweeney (Pelham)
    Kana (BG)
    Cray (Souhegan)
    Poitras (Bow)
    Cultera (Souhegan)
    Comstock (Souhegan)
    Jellison (Souhegan)
    Fatello (Winnacunnet
    Trainor (Winnacunnet)
    Baldwin (Alvirne)
    Luke Somers (Pinkerton)
    McAuliffe (Plymouth)
    Hay (Plymouth)
    Mayhew (Plymouth)
    Rosenberg (North)
    Player Count: 26
    Would like to hear from other Divisions....

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  41. who cares if plymouth is in divison iv. doesnt mean they are in a bad division. the Plymouth team is just good. Thats why they are 55-0 and have 5 straight championships and the longest winning streak IN THE NATION. McAuliffe is a great candidate and I also think Hay should have been final 5. Both average 10 yards a carry and probably 4 or 5 yards per carry AFTER contact. If you ever watched them play they play with heart, pride and determination. I do think that Steven Jellison is deserving of the award he has done alot. Though him going to Amherst div III when he has received div I scholarships is absurd though. Congrats to the finalists

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  42. 2 Plymouth kids in final 5 is a stretch.

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  43. product of the system! where are last years plymouth star running backs playing now?( farina and the barnes boys)

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  44. Hay and McAuliffe are better than farina and barnes from last year. Hay and McAuliffe can with stand a hard hit and give hard hits to defenders. Running backs from last year were fragile but quick. The numbers even show how much better the two backs his year are.

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  45. Never seen a team go 55-0 5 state championships and hold the longest winning streak in he nation and get no respect still

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  46. The top 5 are completely out of whack or atleast 3 of them. Jellison will win

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  47. 8:50.....Jellison should win.....great players make great plays in big games....."Jelly" scored 9 of 11 Souhegan TDs in its last two championship games. Not against weak DIII teams but in both games against outstanding Portsmouth teams.

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  48. 8;45 i ask where they were PLAYING?

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  49. No players from Plymouth on UNH Roster, just checked.

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  50. theres acouple, but not the ones he said.

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  51. Ya, Sean Sweeney is the 3rd or 4th RB and one of the Mayhews is a DB I believe.

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  52. Sweeney is a safety on defense.

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  53. why isntlquan desir on that defensive list? hes 1st team all state

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  54. Plymouth's Sweeney is #32 at UNH and a RB and scored for the wildcats this season.

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  55. i see like 10 division 1 players on the defense lists

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  56. Considering the weather, is the ceremony still on tonight?

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  57. Good for him! he seems like a really good kid.He deserved it.

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  58. He really is good kid, 7:17. Say what you want about him only playing in DIII, but you can't deny that he's a class individual and a great athlete. Good luck to Steven at Amherst next year!

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  59. Farina, Barnes and Barnes are red shirted. and Sweeney and Mayhew are on roster

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  60. yes Sweeney is 3rd running back and Mayhew is safety

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  61. Congrats to Jellison & the other nominees. Great careers by all.

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  62. Farina and the Barnes' are NOT playing for UNH, stop pretending

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  63. i cant find any info on them playing!Birts redshirt at u mass and hes on roster ,on website and in uniform on gameday.

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  64. Jellison won the award, congrats to all 5 of the finalists.

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