Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Football Preliminary Team Rankings - 2010

Alright folks, here they are. I've been bouncing around everywhere lately, covering some basketball, covering some baseball. But today it's back to football. In the past few weeks I've updated the football player rankings and now it's time for a new set of team rankings as we look to the 2010 season. I will update these team rankings as we get closer to the season and as I get a chance to talk with some coaches, see some scrimmages, etc. I will also have a season preview article right before the season starts. But this is how I see it right now. It's a set of preliminary rankings and an initial look at what teams and players you should expect to have an impact on the 2010 NH High School Football season.

Without any further ado, here are my Preliminary Power Rankings - 2010

1) Salem
2) Nashua North
3) Manchester Central
4) Bishop Guertin
5) Nashua South
6) Winnacunnet
7) Souhegan
8) Pinkerton
9) Exeter
10) Alvirne


Now, a brief look at each team

1) Salem - They are the defending champs in the highest division in the state...and they return the four best players on the team. They have arguably the two best halfbacks, the best quarterback and the best defensive player in the state. Granted that's only four players and you need more than that to win a title, but that's a pretty darn good start to a squad that Coach Gati has to work with.

Max Jacques will be a senior this year, after winning the Gatorade Player of the Year award last year as a junior. Both he and Jerickson Fedrick had some monster games running the football last fall. They compliment each other well. Jacques is a speedy runner, who thrives by bouncing it to the outside. If you let him get to the sideline more than likely he's taking it to the house. And Fedrick is the power back. He's built like a mack truck, can run through anybody and at the same time is blazing speed. They already were dominant last year, but this season they should both be even better. What we are likely to see out of Salem is the best 1-2 punch in the backfield a NH team has possesed in a long time.

And oh by the way, these guys have a QB and LB that are pretty good too. Matt Cannone played some outstanding football for this team last season. He wasn't asked to throw the ball a ton due to the team's running game. But when it really counted they needed him, and he came through. He had his biggest passing game of the year in the team's biggest game of the year - the D-I title game vs. North. The game concluded with Cannone throwing an absolute bomb towards the end zone to receiver Mike Lorenz for the winning score. And yes, Lorenz will also be back next season for Salem.

I mentioned the linebacker, it's Joe DiPalma. Possibly the best in NH at his position and an extremely hard hitter. The offense will be of course based around the running game once again, but with Cannone and Lorenz the Blue Devils will be able to beat you with the pass as well. And although they do lose some key players on their lines (like stud OL Dillon Cohen) Andrew Ivas returns as a senior and will anchor both the OL and DL for the team. Salem will also miss fullback Alex Sobrado and linebacker Darren Brown. But that doesn't change the fact that this team is stacked. They have to be considered the preseason #1 team.


2) Nashua North - Salem might get most of the preseason hype, but fans should definitely remember the Titans (of Nashua North that is!). Like pretty much every other team in the state, Coach Robie's team is losing some very valuable players to graduation. But at the same time, when it comes to returning talent few teams can match what North will have. What I like about their team is their balance. Look at the top returning players for each team around the state. For teams, they're mostly just skill position players, for some it's just on the line where they're strong. Some just on offense, some just on defense. But with North they have a very nice balance.

North will certainly miss players like Kevin Rosenberg, Dylan Brodeur and Trevor Rancourt. But there's plenty of talent returning for them to give Salem a run for their money. For the skill position guys you have QB Brandon Karkhanis, RB Andre Williams and RB/WR Jamar Gathright. Then even though they lose Rosenberg, they return what is probably the state's best group of linemenan with players like Zach Hunnewell, Joel Pacheco, Nick Cummings, Wilson Pena and Tim Coy. Plus Williams and Gathright both play in the team's defensive secondary in addition to the offensive backfield. Gathright especially, is a very good defensive back. Williams will be one of the top halfbacks in NH, no question about it. Last year Karkhanis shared QB duties with Brodeur, but this season the job is his alone. Look for him to have a big senior campaign. This team will be very good, on both sides of the football. The skill positions, and the lines. Watch out.


3) Manchester Central -
Mike Cavanaugh was the heart and soul of this team for the past couple of years. Now he is headed off to Norwich University. Two years ago the Little Green lose Seamus O'Neil and now Cavanaugh. They have lost numerous other talented players in the past couple years as well. The fact that they're ranked here is a credit to the depth of talent at Central High, as well as a credit to the coaching of Ryan Ray and his staff.

Central is also a team with a nice balance with their top returning players. You have skill position guys like QB Jared Chandler, WR Junior Brown, RB Khari Halliburton and RB/WR Sam Graham. Then there's also Addison Nye, a very good two-way player and defenders Tyler Nolet and Curtis Bayne. The question mark with Central will be their lines. Their skill position players will be good, their secondary and linebackers will be good. But they're losing a lot of talent to graduation on both the OL and DL.

Central improved from week 1 to the end of the season more than any team in NH last year. Chandler didn't start practicing with the first string offense until right before the season. And Brown missed the first few games of the year. Once those two both got on the same page they started to roll. Plus their lines started to play better. Now Chandler knows the offense, and he will be practicing with the first string all summer and so will Brown. They will be tough to stop right from the beginning of the season. But again, with the Little Green the only question will be the play of their lines.


4) Bishop Guertin -
I'm pretty sure that by now everybody knows about the 2009 Bishop Guertin football team. They were unstoppable. The best team in the state. They went undefeated, with their closest win being by four touchdowns. However, that team had over THIRTY seniors. The Cardinals are graduating more talent than any team in NH. Teams like BG had last fall don't come around often. Nobody is expecting them to repeat the kind of success they had in 09'.

That being said, Coach Tony Johnson's crew will still be very good. For one, they will have an easier schedule this time around. They're still in Division-II. Exeter is now in Division-I though, and Manchester West is moving down to D-II. You lose Exeter, you get West. Needless to say, D-II will be a weaker division this year, and D-I is getting a whole lot stronger.

This year's Guertin squad will be led by a pair of big-time playmakers, Mike Kelly and Steve Cuipa. Kelly is EXTREMELY fast, and can make plays either by running the ball, catching it, returning kicks or returning punts. Every time he touches the football he's a threat to score a TD. Cuipa is also an exceptional QB and runs the option very well. Add in returning lineman Nick Cooke and Kyle Karaska who will play a vital role on the defensive front seven and you have some guys to build around. Kicking is also one of the more underrated parts of the game and these guys will have the top place kicker (Ryan Card) and punter (Nick Pyzocha) in the state.

Yes, Coach Johnson graduates a ton of good players. But that's why they're not ranked in the top 3. I do think however, that based on the returning players they do have and the fact that other kids are ready to step into the shoes of the seniors graduating is why I still think they will be a top 4 team.


5) Nashua South -
Besides Salem, South should be the highest scoring team in the state. This will be a VERY explosive offense. QB Keith Farkas led Division-I in passing yards this past season, expect the same again in 2010. He's as talented at the position as there is in our state, and he has some very good weapons at his disposal. There's Derek Paradis and Armond McRae, two players who were among the most productive sophomores in NH last fall. Paradis is a tough halfback who had a couple of 100+ yard rushing performances in 2009. McRae is speedy, athletic and versatile. Coach Knight will use him rushing the ball as well as lining up at wideout and catching passes downfield. Then there's also WR Nilsson Basora. Basora has good size at 6'2" and is as athletic as anyone in the NHIAA (he also was THIS close to transferring to New Hampton prep school before changing his mind). This will be a very fun offense to watch. They are loaded with speed, and they're loaded with talent.

Just like last year, the question with South isn't whether they can score but whether they can stop people from scoring. Linemen Mike Brannen and John Bieren are a good start, but they will need some help from others on the defensive unit. If the Purple Panthers can improve the defense they can beat anyone.


6) Winnacunnet - Toughness. Grit. Fearless. Three words I would use to describe the 2009 Winnacunnet Warrior football team. The playoff win over Exeter was huge for the program, and they played BG tougher than anyone else did all year. They do graduate a considerable amount of talent off of that squad, including guys like Max Fatello and Harry Knowles. But they also bring back plenty of talent. Nobody returning to the team is more talented than QB Steve Cronan. Cronan is an explosive player. He can pass, he can run and he's a good leader. He does though, lose his top 2 receiving targets from last season in Knowles and Jesse Gould.

Elsewhere on the roster, Bret Taylor returns to the backfield. He shared carries last season with Jason Busfield but this year will likely be asked to shoulder the load. Mike Trainor will be one of the top defensive players in Division-II. He will be joined on the defensive side of the ball by fellow returning starters Spencer Cutting and Mike Sullivan. Another returning lineman for the Warriors is Mark Lariviere, who will once again make Cronan's job easier.

Winnacunnet will be good. The question is are they good enough to take down BG in D-II? Probably too early to tell right now. But I do know this for sure. The gap between the two teams is MUCH smaller than it was last year, no question about it.


7) Souhegan - Just like with Bishop Guertin, the season that Souhegan had in 2009 has also been talked about to death. But just like BG, Souhegan deserves credit for the team they had last year, especially with such a small enrollment. What do they have coming back this year though? Steven Jellison, the top halfback and one of the top linebackers in the state last year. Gone. DJ Petropulos, the state's top QB a season ago. Gone. Sean Cultera, Colin Cray, Stephen Daigneau, Tyler Wing and Matt Comstock. All gone. That's a lot of talent leaving Coach Beliveau's club.

Despite all of those losses, Souhegan will be the hands down favorite to once again win Division-III. Stepping in to replace Petropulos will be Michael Luks (the state's best backup QB in 2009). He will have the privilege of throwing the ball to stud receiver Brendan McKenna, and hand it off to the speedy Nick Calvetti. You have the big and powerful Wes Crowell on the lines. And with linebacker Colin Ginnard and safety Eric Dwinell, Souhegan will once again be a very balanced football team.

The 2010 Sabers won't be as good as they were in 2009. But there's no shame in that. Souhegan High has less than 1,000 kids. With an enrollment that low, the fact that they were as good as they were last year is astounding. For a school that size, seasons like that do NOT come around very often. So this year they won't be as good as they were in 2009. No shame in that. But they still should be good enough to win D-III for the third straight year.


8) Pinkerton - Another team that will be hit hard by graduation. DL Ben Proulx, OL Chris Trieb and QB Ryan Simpson. All scholarship players. All graduating. Not to mention star halfback Eric Guinto who is also graduating. And this a Pinkerton team that was only a .500 team in 2009. How are they even ranked this high you ask? Well believe it or not, they actually are returning more talent than the teams ranked below them. Londonderry, Exeter, Alvirne, Portsmouth, Laconia, Plymouth, Dover and Trinity. None of these teams is returning a whole heck of a lot of starters. Each of those teams has a few guys who they know what they're going to get from, but MANY question marks.

Pinkerton returns some pretty good players in Mike Mazzola, Zach Tulley, Luke Somers, Jesse Trottier and Emmitt Smith. These are all tough, hard hitting ballplayers who will keep the team competitive. One question I have is how will they use Somers? Before the 2008 season he was a sophomore and was competing with Simpson for the starting QB position. Simpson got the job, and last year Somers was a valuable player for the team both running the ball and catching passes from Simpson down field. Now that Simpson is graduating, does Somers play QB? Or does he continue to be a jack-of-all-trades by running, receiving and playing defense?

Pinkerton doesn't have a ton of returning talent, but they do have a few guys to build around. They have more returning than the other teams ranked behind them. And the factor I haven't mentioned yet is the fact that the Astros have the highest enrollment of any school in the NHIAA. More kids to choose from for the football team = better chance to replace graduating starters.


9) Exeter - The Blue Hawks don't have as high of an enrollment as Pinkerton does. But what they do have is a pipeline of talent that goes all the way down to the youth football program in the Exeter area, an offensive and defensive system in place that has proven to work for a number of years, and a coaching staff that is probably the best in the state. All of the above are reasons why no matter how much talent Exeter loses, I cannot envision a scenario when they are not at least a top 10 team in New Hampshire.

And that is good, because Bill Ball's squad does indeed lose a TON of talent to graduation. Virtually all of their starters, virtually all of their players who saw significant playing time in 2009 were seniors. Dylan Ryan, Zach Kelleher, Jason Monroe, Carson Cross, Ben Callahan, Tyler Mason, Colton Schricker, Fred Seeger, Donny Denmen, the list goes on. All were two-way players who started on both sides of the football last season, and they were all seniors.

The cupboard isn't completely bare though. The best returning player is lineman Brad Tiernan. Tiernan gave opposing QB's fits last season rushing the passer and he was also solid on the offensive line...and he was only a sophomore. Jamie Tymann started four games at QB during the season filling in for Cross who had mono. Tymann did a very solid job and that experience will certainly help him in 2010. Other than those two though, there isn't much for returning starters. Watch out for lineman Tim McCain and halfback/linebacker Jon Spivey to step into bigger roles and to produce for Exeter this season.

All of that being said, this will not be one of the best Exeter teams in recent memory. They won't be as good as they were last season, and that team was only the 3rd best team in D-II when it was all said and done. Now the Blue Hawks will be "Moving on Up" to D-I. I don't think Coach Ball minds the change. Afterall, there will be less of those 28-0 wins for his team so they will be challenged more. But with the team likely to be entering at least somewhat of a down year, I'm sure this is not the year Exeter would like to be moving to D-I. It just happened to work out that way.

10) Alvirne - Other candidates to get the nod for my #10 spot were Plymouth, Laconia, Londonderry, Dover, Portsmouth and Trinity. But those teams flat-out are NOT returning as much talent as Alvirne is. This is a credit to coach Nimblett, who has done a nice job of turning the program around. A few years ago I would get laughed at for saying the Broncos were a top 10 team. That's not the case anymore.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying these guys will win D-II. I'm not saying they're better than BG or Winnacunnet. But am I saying that they're currently my #3 ranked team in D-II for 2010? Absolutely. I think Plymouth and Londonderry especially are a couple teams who are losing a lot of talent, and not returning very much talent. At least not as much as Alvirne.

The boys from Hudson will be lead by QB/LB two-way stud Jonathan Baldwin and another two-way star, RB/DB Jesse Horn. Both players are tough, hard nosed kids. Horn especially impressed me in the team's playoff loss to Bishop Guertin. There's also Evan Anaya, who is a very fast, athletic player. Anaya is a talented receiving target and also a valuable special teams player. Add in another solid two-way player in Sean Sipsey, and some good size returning on both lines and you have the makings of a competitive football team.

One question is at QB. Does Baldwin play the position, or does Patrick Reidy? Baldwin was the starter all year long, but got injured later in the season. Reidy stepped in, and after a rough outing vs. BG, he rebounded with a nice performance. If you have Reidy at QB, you can either have Baldwin just play linebacker, or you can use Baldwin on offense, as an extra weapon. He could either play tight end, fullback, etc. and give opponents another player for the defense to worry about.

Favorite in D-IV is Plymouth...Right?
Mark my words. Allow me to be the first one to say it. Plymouth will NOT go undefeated in 2010. That's right, I said it. As a matter of fact, there are three other teams in D-IV that are just as good as Plymouth. Those three teams are Laconia, Trinity and Hanover. Plymouth will once again be a good team, don't get me wrong. They have AMAZING coaching, an excellent system and good pipeline of talent/youth program just like Exeter. But virtually their whole team last year was seniors. Their defense was tough, physical, fast and hard hitting. On offense they handed the ball off to Kyle McAuliffe and Colin Hay, the offensive line created massive wholes for them to run through, and they blew teams away. I don't see that happening this year, at least not against Trinity, Laconia or Hanover. McAuliffe and Hay are graduating. Star lineman Duncan Williams is graduating, as are most of the other lineman.

Laconia has just as much returning talent as Plymouth has. Trinity loses star back Connor Lyons, but they return some excellent lineman like Jeff Gratiano, Jared Barczak, Troy Butler, TE/DE Andrew Lauderdale. Plus returning linebackers Josh Hughes, Mike Leonard and Jared Butler. Hanover has QB Sam Carney, a third year starter who should be in for a huge senior season. He has some solid returning lineman to help him out.

It will be a four team race in D-IV, with NO clear cut favorite. Plymouth might still win the title, but they will NOT go undefeated. The streak WILL in in 2010. Either Trinity, Laconia or Hanover WILL beat them. Just watch.

322 comments:

  1. wouldn't be surprised if BG loses to Salem and winny, but that's all. They just losing too much talent. Exeter will do well in D1. South will be better than north and central is the most consistently overrated team uv ever seen over the past three years

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  2. Card isn't even the best kicker on BG no less the state. He made extra points for one of the highest scoring teams in state history, that is all. Pysocha their punter has been invited to a camp at LSU. Not sure what that entails or what it means but I'll tell when I do know. He never needed to punt last year, but he can send the ball a mile

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  3. jared and troy butler aren't playing for trinity this year, they appealed to the board and they said that they couldn't because they already played four years of high school football and stayed back a year one of the years

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  4. BG -salem week 1,then Jeremy can say "I was wrong,they are still unbelievable".Thanks for giving Johnson some bulliten board material.

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  5. Remember this is just one man's PRELIMINARY rankings. I am sure by week 1 that he will move BG to at least 2. He just doesn't have a clue what TOJO has ready to unleash.

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  6. Chris Sauliner kicking a football for the first time ever last year set school records for points. This year as a seasoned veteran, he will probably have an even better season.

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  7. Nice job Jeremy. I am looking forward to seeing what Salem can do this year. I'm looking at last years Div1 Championship T-Shirt. There are 46 names on it and 29 are returning. It should be fun.

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  8. good sstuff. simpson scholarship? you sure?

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  9. As far as I know he has a partial to Robert Morris.

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  10. Nice job Jeremy. I am looking forward to seeing what BG can do this year.I am looking at last years Div 2 Championship T-Shirt.There are 103 names on it and 66 are retuning.It should be fun.

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  11. hey Jeremy - those were the same comments about Plymouth 1 no 2 no 3 wait 4 holy cow 5 years ago since they have lost a game. Just kidding...this had to be said...you may be right this time.

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  12. i could be wrong but i think only the NLI's get any money. No big deal though. simpson will play great.

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  13. 10:42
    How can BG say it can't compete in Div1 with numbers like that?

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  14. 10:42
    I guess that would make BG the definite favorite on Friday Sept 3rd. Please post your name so that I can give you credit after the game. PS, that must have been one hella big shirt!!!

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  15. Here we go....A nice post that Jeremy puts out and it turns into all about BG...there are 50+ other teams in the state that play besides BG.

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  16. Salem watch out,Jeremy picked Merrimack number 1 in his hoops picks last season.The nh notebook jinx is for real

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  17. BG want to be a big fish in a small pond.

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  18. hehe, for most of the season I was looking pretty good for that pick! (not to mention they lost Watson right before the tournament)

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  19. you should do rankings for each divison, obviously not in one day, but over time..thanks

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  20. I was just teasing,you know your stuff.I do believe the most hyped game of last year was Pinkerton- BG, and I think this years Salem-BG will be must see.It is a shame it means nothing but bragging rights.Those are 2 teams that should be battling it out for the division 1 crown.Lots of firepower on both teams,on both sides of the ball.Great coaching on both teams.It will be a fun way to kick off the year.

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  21. Jeremy, everyone knows Merrimack would not happen but it is impossible not to pick Salem this year in football. I don't expect them to win it though. I'll be curious to see if they can stop anyone. Their two backs are great on offense but not the players on defense. If all their best players have to play both ways(again) it will wear them down too much. They did not have a lot of injuries last year but might be so lucky this year. BG has to be ranked higher they have great system in place. I don't see Central ranked as high as you do. It will be interesting to see how Exeter does when it has to play more than two tough games during the regular season. It should be a good year.!

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  22. BG has next to nothing coming back and I've also heard their dedication to off season conditioning leaves a little to be desired. Yes, they have firepower, but very little experience or size. Throw in the dedication question and you have the recipe for a severe drop off.

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  23. 144,you my friend are full of it,thier weight room is packed every day.What school do you like?

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  24. The big joke at BG last year was that their 2nd string was probably the 2nd best team in d2.They are loaded again.

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  25. 12:35, I like your idea...would be interesting to see how Jeremy would do with the rankings from division to division.Fun to follow his picks.

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  26. My favorite team hails from Wilton, NH. The WLC Warriors!

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  27. Alvirne number 10? That was the only pick a little suprising to me.

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  28. Simpson does not have a scholarship. You must sign an NLI to accept a scholarship. It requires you to attend that school (and lose a year of eligibility if you transfer) for one year (the NLI is a one year contract renewed annually), and requires the school to give you the specified scholarship amount no matter what, even if you're injured. The scholarship papers ARE the NLI. So if you didn't sign an NLI, you don't have an offer. The RMU website clearly states that Simpson is a non-NLI commitment. Therefore he's likely just a preferred walkon or even a walkon.

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  29. 2:05
    So let me get this straight, 35 seniors and not one of them was second string? The entire second string returns? Makes me wonder why BG fans/players are saying that they lost alot if the ENTIRE 2ND STRING is back. That would definitely make them the favorites. Seniors must have been 3rd and 4th string.

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  30. exactly,some of them were 5th sting.

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  31. Not the entire 2nd string,but alot.

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  32. BG is losing almost all starters, and tons of second stringers. They won't be that good next year. They should lose to Salem but that's all, Kelly and cuipa will carry them through D2. The weight room is never packed. Maybe 10 in there per day sone of them seniors

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  33. I expect Salem to slip up a game or two maybe even in the playoffs. Central and north to underachieve and miss the playoffs, and south and Pinkerton to return to powerhouse form. My 4 d1 playoff predictions are Salem Pinkerton south and Exeter in no particular order
    BG always has a good program so while I wouldn't be surprised if they got killed by Salem next year, I Aldo wouldn't be shocked if they ran the table. The are asking alot from a ton of undersized inexperienced kids. But that's the same scenario as two years ago when this years senior class ran the show as juniors so anything can happen.

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  34. Jeremy dont forget about sophmore Tackle Adam Morin for Exeter. He will do some serious damage on hte o-line

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  35. Let the focus be on Salem,not bg.Salem is loaded and bg is rebuilding.

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  36. 4:55
    Many of the starters went one way and a couple like Travelini and Carter rotated. . That's more like seventeen senior starters. Those one way starters were often the backup for the other team. Like Barille started on defense but was second string fullback. Also, dispite what another poster said, the top backups (like Kojawski, Kassis, Fitzpatrick, and Turner) were TALENTED seniors. Several other seniors would have started for most schools. Yes, they lose a ton of talent.

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  37. my top 10 salem,north,south,winnacunnet,pinkerton,plymouth,souhegan,dover,alvirne,central.

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  38. Why doesn't anybody talk about Merrimack football ?

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  39. Not sure what to believe from the BG posters anymore. Is the team losing alot or not????? From the outside looking in. I would say that losing all of the starting running backs is huge, especially if they need to play a tight 4 QTR game. It sounds like Mike Kelly is a great athelete, but replacing 4 starting backs is tough. If you use Kelly as a fulltime back, then he needs to be replaced at his other position.

    Salem, contrary to what was posted that they only had 2 backs last year, had Alex Sobrado. He too would have started on any other team just as he did for Salem. He was probably the fastest Fullback in the state. (no foundation for that claim) He was a very fast track kid in the offseason with times comparable to Jacques and Jerickson and he opened huge holes wtih his 6'3" frame. Salems lines will be fine. The only key replacements that they need to find are Linebacker Darren Brown and Fullback Alex Sobrado. I think that they might have those two covered. I envision Darren Brown being replaced by Evan Sharpe or/and Evan Breen and Alex Sobrado being replaced by Brady Alicea. These are 3 that could have been varsity starters even last year. Gati made all the right player choices last year in anticipation of this year. Starting those 3 in JV was the absolute correct choice for them. I can't wait to see a healthy Tom Donovan, a very large and fast tackle, play varsity this year. The little that he was able to play last year was extremely impressive. I had heard all season about BGs defensive team speed last year and it was justified as I went and watched a game. I can tell you that this year, Salem's Defense might top that team defensive speed. Ricky LaRhette, Mike Downing and Abner Rodriguez are three sophomores (juniors for this season) that can flat out fly and hit. Adding those guys to the mix with the previous 3 that I mentioned and the Existing Jacques,Fedrick, DePalma, Ivas(who by the way consistently runs side by side with our fastest players, he is a freak)and Lorenz is crazy. It is indeed going to be fun.

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  40. winnacunnet football still not on anyones radar. Divsion 2 state champs this year. Unbeleivable defense and the best QB in the state. wouldn't be suprised to see an undefeated season. They are bringing back a lot of talent and i got a feeling that when the go to state this year they will come home on top.

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  41. 12:28
    Jeremy ranked them, this means that they are on the radar. Concord is not on the Radar. When they win it all it will be a suprise to all. Winny is on the radar, if you read hard enough, Jeremy is giving them a shot at the title even.

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  42. winny over dover in the ship.mark it down

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  43. Salem will be the best team in NH history this season.

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  44. Jeez if all that is true about Salem they might as well give them the d1 ship right now.The bestqb,the best rbs,lbs,te.Holy cow, I wonder if anyone will score off them,it pretty much sounds like they will win every game 49-0.

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  45. No, 3:43, they will not. Early 2000's Central. Never been teams like them, never will be again. Men playing amongst boys. I'd love to see DePalma try tackling an 18 year old Dave Philistin (who played offense as well in high school). Those teams were probably tops in New England during their time. Schubert knew how to run a program, that's for damn sure.

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  46. Dover in the state championship?

    Come on now we all know Dover will be the three seed and lose to BG or Winny. All Dover has is those two lineman Morse and Wilson. Defensively they might be solid but still on offense they dont have much def not enough to get by BG thats for sure.

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  47. You're not sure what to believe from BG posters? Jeremy wrote, "The Cardinals are graduating more talent than any team in NH." Is he a one of these poster that you don't know whether to believe? I've read over two dozen sources say they're losing a lot and because one person says, "They are loaded again", all BG poster can't be trusted! Do you read the posts from other schools with the same critical eye.
    P.S. I think you did a nice job, Jeremy.

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  48. It's carver, not Carter. And they are why salems defense will not match bgs last year for speed. The d line was the separating factor from fast to exceptionally fast

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  49. Hey 3:43 - Plymouth may hold that distinction at a current 55-0 mark.

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  50. 5:10
    Have you ever seen Joey DiPalma play? Have you ever even actually seen him at all? I would venture to guess that he could tackle anyone at any level. Unless of course that Dave kid that you mentioned was never ever able to be tackled by anyone, then maybe.

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  51. 9:33
    Well, lets go with they lost alot. (Which is what I believe without actually knowing) I hope that they return enough to compete on Sept 3rd. I would love to see a game won on the last play, like last years Div I title game. I have heard some rumors about a possible Turkey Day game between them. A close game in week 1 would make that match up much more intriguing.

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  52. BG only play a Turkey Day if the other team's name starts with "Nashua", case closed.

    They are losing a ton, there returning players are "OK", but not great. Cuipa and Kelly are both extremely good but the drop off is significant after those two.

    As we all know, football is a game of numbers and chemistry. The weight room is not packed, although at BG most football players play other sports (mostly lax) which makes it more difficult to lift as a team.

    Their coaching staff is good, and there is enough talent to build around, but will this years seniors "step up" and do what it takes to win? I don't know, but we shall see against Salem.

    Best of luck to everyone preparing for next year. Remember, games are won and lost over the summer. Work hard.

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  53. BG talks about how bad it wants to play one of the Nashua schools on Turkey Day, but when they had the chance to play them both (by moving to D1) they turned and ran. There will never be another BG/Nashua Thanksgiving Day game.

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  54. Actually they didn't, Exeter was moved up due to their enrollment. But, why consider the facts?

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  55. Great post, however Jacques and Frederick are not better than the Dionne Furey combo 2 years ago at timberlane. I hate the owls with a passion but That was the best combo in D2 history

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  56. 12:34
    It was very well documented in the papers that the BG coach/AD refused to move up. Then after Exeter agreeed to move up, the coach said that he would but it was too late. Those are the facts.

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  57. BG is sandbagging you all.They are holding a full boat,and telling you it's duece seven off suit.

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  58. Never heard of Dionne Furey so edge to the new guys.

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  59. Phillistien/russett rb combo owns all

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  60. ^^^
    sanddbaggiinn brah

    ya bg kids are dedicated, they just have other things that they do besides 24/7 football, like lax and schoolwork.

    Im just saying no one should be saying BG is gonna be ok and no one should be saying their gonna be great.

    Just wait till the first game...

    p.s. , Tojo has got some cards up his sleave if you know what i mean. Seee you in the fall BIG BOYS

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  61. BG had every chance to move up and Exeter would haver remained in Division II had BG done so. BG even sent out a press release saying they didn't understand the NHIAA rules for moving up, then when they were given another chance ... nothing. Even BG people should be shaking their heads at this one.

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  62. Actually 12:34 you're wrong, but don't let the facts get in the way of you're argument. Must be a BG guy.

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  63. No, just a sports fan although I liked the way BG played last year and I tend to root for Catholic schools because I attended one out of state. Obviously papers don't always get it right. I asked a few questions from people who know the facts and formed my own opinion.

    Exeter wanted to stay in D2 due to the proximity of competition and natural rivals, which makes perfect sense. But, their growing enrollment was too high and they were forced to move up. Too bad BG didn't take the same approach to D1, if they looked passed their smaller enrollment and moved up they would play up to 7 regular season games at Stellos and never travel further than Concord for instate games. Sounds perfect to me, but what do I know?

    Personally, I wish BG was in D1 - they draw from a wide area and should strive to play the best and be the best. I'd rather see a good team be pushed week after week and finish with a few losses than simply overwhelm weaker competition and collect trophies.

    Regarding the upcoming season, we shall see. Winny has more coming back than BG while the rest of D2 is fairly weak (although Dover and Alvirne could surprise people).

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  64. st thomas will be on this by the end of the year, they will do what trinity did last year

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  65. Any team can have a breakout year. Look at Salem last year, they were not preseason ranked at all I don't think.

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  66. jeremy what are you predictions for the lower divisions of the state?

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  67. The only divisions I didn't talk about in the above post was D-V and D-VI. I'll be honest I didn't cover much of those divisions last couple years and when I did it was usually either Pelham, Trinity, Campbell or Franklin. And of all those teams they're either in a different division now or they've graduated their top players from when I saw them.

    In D-V last year it was all about Trinity. Now they're in D-IV. Bow, Bishop Brady and Pelham also had very good teams. Pelham is in D-III now, which leaves Bishop Brady and Bow. Both of those teams though are getting hit hard by graduation. For example you have guys like Poitras from Bow and Feehan from Bishop Brady graduating. So the division should be pretty wide open this year. I would look for St. Thomas, Bow and Bishop Brady to be the 3 favorites.

    I know even less about D-VI. Inter-Lakes was undefeated and won the title last year, but they'll lose their star RB Kevin Brady. The division's other outstanding performer, Kiel Canada of Campbell is also graduating. D-VI should also be very wide open.

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  68. BG is losing a ton. Next year will be a year building for next year.

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  69. St. Thomas might win whatever Division they are in 4 or 5? but regardless they should be judged on how they fare against better teams. The only way they should get on this list is if they dominate a scrimmage against a respectable higher division team. Dominating Division whatever proves nothin.

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  70. 4:54 your post shows just how insignifigant these smaller school teams are unless they dominate in another sport. Like every one knows trinity can play competitvly against bigger schools. Im not talking bout D3 im talking lower then that.

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  71. 4:54
    Dominate a scrimmage? Really? I know a very good team that won't play established players more than one series. It varies team by team. Scrimmage is meaningless. Teams start scrimmaging one - two weeks after practice begins. Generally a team with something to prove will win a scrimmage.

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  72. No one works harder in the state then the kids at Salem. I Have seen Fedrick and Jacques run track. People bring there kids to show them how fast and big and strong they are. Then you see Cannone who has blown up and showed his strenghth on the basketball court. Lorenz battled all year in hoop and has amazing hands.

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  73. Hey Jeremy,
    Your right about D-VI..yes Brady will be gone as well Canada. Other big lose for a team will be Winnisquam's Sanborn, a beast in his own right. Winnisquam went toe to toe in the championship game. I will say that the division is far from wide open. Campbell moved out and Epping drops in. Probably the most exciting to watch in two teams that i think will be in the title game this next season will be QB Josh Stout of Newport and HB Shannon Tucker out of Newfound. These two are going to be huge for their teams. Stout will be a senior and Tucker is going to be just a junior. Other 2 teams i think will be in the hunt, Gilford and 2nd year team of Raymond.

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  74. BG had nothing to prove in the Salem scrimmage. They were defending champs returning a ton of starters. Salem had something to prove, playing a powerhouse program when no one expected anything of Salem at that point

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  75. Apparently everyone on Salem is a god, yet they want to feel like underdogs or something so they say your not losing slot, we'r losing alot.

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  76. There is no Notebook Jinx he picked Milford this year for basketball. They won. No Jinx!

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  77. I'd be willing to bet that just about every program that won its division worked just as hard as Salem last year, and will this year. That's just so ignorant 6:56. I know of one team that I'm not going to mention as it's my team and I don't want to be tooting my own horn here, but we work extremely hard all offseason in the weight room. Kids also flood the track and lax teams and do speed training after school and during the summer. We work as hard as anyone in the state but don't go on blogs naming ourselves and saying how great we are. We just do it.

    And no I won't tell you who I am or where I'm from because I don't mean to be a glory hound like so many kids on these blogs.

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  78. Salem does not work offseason at all. Only individually. Salem is not a football town. The weight room has been closed lately after school even. Funny how little some people know about what they type. I can tell you that the kids that stand out do work, Cannone, Jacques, Fedrick,DiPalma, Ivas and Lorenz. But as a team, no, they do not. After Track and Baseball season is over, they will open the weight room again and there will be a handful of kids in there over the summer. If Salem wins, it will be because of the kids I just mentioned.

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  79. idk if STA will make the top 10 but they will definitely go undefeated

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  80. 6:25 apparently doesn't know anyone from Salem. True, they don't necessarily work out as a team, but almost every kid I know from Salem, and that is like 90% of my friends, is in a constant competition with the others for who can get the strongest fastest. They spend all their free time in PF and the Workout Club.

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  81. With Pelham and Trinity gone division five is wide open, not too many prime athletes this year either. Ian Rodden RB STA- and QB JacK macNevin STA - Stevens running backs zach ftzherbert and Cameron Blewitt could all have breakout seasons. STA is my early favorite.

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  82. ian rodden is transferring to bishop brady because he is playing junior hockey, but he won't be playing any sports for brady, but still saint thomas has a couple of strong backs, tovey might step it up and brett lago (transfer from winnacunnet) is playing for sta next year

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  83. Didn't Lago play for STA as a sophomore?

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  84. Federick ran a "blistering" 4.75 this weekend...

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  85. Fedrick Sighting

    http://www.nhfootballreport.com/2010/05/federick_shines_at_nike_combin.html#more

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  86. Oh, and whoever was saying he's 6'1 215 with a 4.4 forty was a liar. Try 5'10.5" 196 lbs with a terrible 4.75 forty.

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  87. You need to see him in person. He looks much bigger than the reported height/weight. I would guess that the NIKE people took proper measurements though. What is amazing is that even with the 'slow' 40, he was still the top recruit at the combine. He is a sophomore so I can see some higher level colleges contacting him after junior season. He has been getting faster every year. He just needs someone to teach him how to run a 40. He is 16, this report is impressive.

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  88. This is a massive shock to everyone who has been calling him the offspring of hercules and usain bolt all offseason.

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  89. Not sure how 'terrible' 4.75 is. That is Tim Tebow time. Fedrick had the fastest 40 at the combine. It is a matter of technique probably, that number will go down. Check out this article for some details. He was tops in 3 catergories.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/news/story?id=5215322

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  90. good for him, i am surprised at his forty time. he is a track guy as well so no excuse for time. he did seem bigger in pads and in person but actual numbers when timed at combine are usually slower than "supposed" times at ones own school.

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  91. Lets be fair to Federick. I'm assuming he wasn't the person posting he was 6'1 215 so lets not trash his performance. If we throw out all the BS posted on here, his combine report is rather impressive. His overall combine score did place him in the top 10%. He will most likely come close to equaling the 6'1 mark and pass the 215 lbs mark by the time he graduates. As someone who thought Federick may be a bit overrated, I do think his performance is commendable. With proper work, he could probably shave a good 1-1.5 seconds off that time. According to the Roger Brown article Federick thinks he can run a faster time, which isn't exactly crazy if you look at his track times. If he can shave 2 seconds off his 40 (not easy at all but doable with proper coaching/dedication) he could be a very decent recruit at safety, corner, and MAYBE RB or WR depending on his hands.
    The question is how does he respond to this combine. Does he realize he has a chance to work hard and play serious college ball, or does he think he's sured up a spot because of his SPARQ score? I hope he works hard and takes advantage of this performance. At the least his SPARQ score will get him a small blip on the college football map, especially locally. A small tip of the hat is certainly in order.

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  92. 1:28
    That was actually a nice post. We need more of those. He appears to be the real deal. And I think you mean 2/10ths of a second, not two seconds. If he were to run a 2.75 he would be all universe.

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  93. Salem no need to lie about heights,weights,and times.

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  94. lago played for STA as a sophomore then left for winnacunnet and played this year but now he is back at STA

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  95. 40 Times at these combines are probably dome using a laser and not a stop-watch by your own coach. A 16 year-old kid running a 4.75 - 40 is actually very good. Usain Bolt makes Randy Moss, Jacoby Ellsbury and Bo Jackson look slow, but he probably cannot play football or baseball.

    Sounds like the kid did great and got the top rating. A RB who runs a 4.75 and has a great shuttle time is probably an impressive recruit. Congrats kid and good luck in high school and College. Off to a great start.

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  96. 3:23
    It's not lying in sports. From day one when they are old enough to play, an inch or two and 10 extra pounds are added. It doesn't stop at the pro level either. It's just the way it is. All teams all levels. Any biased report you hear, subtract an inch on average and 5-10 lbs.

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  97. LOL, unfortunately for Fedrick fans, he is the only one that will be verified because no other kid in NH will be top 10% in the nation for NIKE SPARQ score. So now, the fans of the other top NH rushers can put out numbers higher than his.

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  98. heh... sure 2/10 would be nice but I still think he should shoot for shaving 2 seconds off

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  99. Ok Guys. I have had enough. Jerickson is one of my best friends. I know for a FACT he has never been on this site. He doesn't even know it exists. The kid is legit. Stop hating and let's hope that a kid like him will be the biggest and best thing outta NH. He's god's talent. Let it be.

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  100. He can clearly run a better 40 if he is the best 100m sprinter in the state. And who cares if he's only 5'10? Most runningbacks are between that and around 6'1. He will be a big name in college football one day. If he was a senior his stats would be impressive, but he's only 16.

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  101. Someone up there actually referred to Plymouth as the best team in NH history. Please end that win streak and shut them up, Trinity. Laconia has had it's chance.

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  102. he had a slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww 40! slowwwwww shuttle! lots of talented kids in NH.he's not heads above the rest!

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  103. No chance in France is this kid a big name in college football, none. NH should be ecstatis if any of these kids see the field D1a. Spinney will be the closest for a while, and philistin before him.
    These Salem kids are both overrated. Little one is a glorified guinto and the other one just runs in a straight line while the o line earns him an all state ballot

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  104. Wow. Top 10% recruiting number in the nation and still doubters. Some peeps just shouldn't type anything in here. He's a sophomore, what will the numbers look like senior year? Wow.

    Congrats Fedrick, make the state proud.

    Now I am really wanting to see him against BG game 1. Too bad the game is not at Stellos. This must be a confidence booster for him, as if he needed one.

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  105. Jaques is wicked talented. The other one is just big and lumbering, i thought pretty easy to take down.

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  106. He was .2 slower than scott sicko, someone with six years more experience that recently signed with the Cowboys.

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  107. Federick is that fastest kid in the state of Hampshire, with a 100m time that stacks up nationally. He can jump almost 4 feet vertically. He can run fast and hit hard, plays good defense, and was one of the top rushers in the top division as a sophomore. His 40 time was not slow, it was just accurate. Most NH kids claiming 4.5's and 4.6's have their quick fingered coaches on stop watches to thank. Plus, if you've ever seen him run track, and I was in his heat once, he tears it up. He is capable RIGHT NOW of around a 4.6 easy, and he is not even a junior yet. He was the top recruit at a clinic for NH and Mass, and he was one of the youngest ones there. Kids who already have scholarships to teams like BC finished below him. Read the article on espn if you think I am making this up.

    And his "slow" 40 was the fastest at the combine.

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  108. Ok, who was at the combine from NH that was worth anything besides Fedrick? Nobody. I'd love to see Kelly's forty time. I mean come on now! Jellison ran a 4.7 at 240 pounds according to the Telegraph last season! And you think this kid is the next best RB to come to NH and will be playing at BC some day? Fact is that no D1 school will recruit a 4.75 runningback that's under 200 lbs. Everybody that ever made an All-"division" team got at least one form letter from BC. Mean's nothing. And remember, Tebow was a 245 pound man-hammer at QB when he ran that time. This kid is 196 pounds! 4.75 isn't anything. That time being the fastest at the combine is just attributed to the weakness of northern New England football, and the fact that many studs didn't show.

    I was at a Rivals combine where about 150 kids from all over New England and New York were invited and another couple hundred allowed to join at the door. There were kids running 4.3s and one was that Alli kid from NH that's now at UF! Heck I even saw a 300 pounder run a legit 4.6 there. If Fedrick fans think the kid is really that special, they should look around a bit first. Clearly he's not "capable RIGHT NOW of around a 4.6 easy," 9:20. There are kids like Kelly in NH that are faster in the forty.

    Let me finish by saying I don't mean to insult the kid himself. From all reports he's a great hardworking kid that isn't full of himself or anything. But you Salem kids are getting almost as bad as the BG ones last year in how you overestimate yourselves. I give Fedrick a nice preferred walkon spot at UNH, and maybe a partial offer, but no full rides to UF anytime soon.

    And one more little fact:

    Sicko is a 250 lbs TE. Fedrick is a 196 lbs RB. A good TE time is 4.7. A good RB time is 4.5. Don't expect a 4.5 any time soon. Good luck in the NFL.

    "A RB who runs a 4.75 and has a great shuttle time is probably an impressive recruit."

    ^Not really, and his shuttle wasn't that good. Do me a favor and check Rivals. How many D1 RB's don't have a 4.5 or at the very very least a 4.6? None.

    Less than 1% of the high school football playing population earns a football scholarship. Fedrick is just in the top 10%. Then you figure inside that fraction of 1%, there's a fraction of that fraction of a percent that ends up with D1 offers. Good luck to him, but I'm not holding my breat for Coach Spaz's call to him..

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  109. 10:42
    He is a SOPHOMORE... what part of he is getting bigger and faster every year don't you understand? He is not going to college until 2012.

    PS. You are making up riduculous 40 times for HS kids. Here are the RB 40 times for the 2010 NFL combine. These college kids are much slower than the HS kids that you went to the combine with... LOL.

    And take note that Jerickson as a 16 yr old, would have had tied best vertical at the NFL combine for RBs. Make up all the stories that you want to try and put the kid down, but he is legit.

    And these NFL combine numbers that you see are the lucky few RBs that were invited, all of the no invites we probably much slower.

    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2010-nfl-combine-results-running-backs/

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  110. FYI Salem,not every school lies about players stats.

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  111. I am not sure that some posters realize here that the difference from 4.75 and 4.55 is very small. Take 1 second and chop it up into 10 pieces. 2 of those pieces, that is the difference. 2 tenths of a second. Now the reason that all of the hand timed 40s are quicker (by right they should be slower) is that the human reaction time is not quickenough to capture these tenths. You line two guys up side by side and have them run. If one runs a 4.75 and the other a 4.55, they are still within a body of each other. This isn't NASCAR. You can't create that much seperation with .2 of a second. 4.75 computer timed in HS is very very good.

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  112. 3:36
    I am not Salem, but. It is just human nature. Women subtract years. Men subtact pounds and add height. Boys and girls tell the truth. Coaches and Parents add Ht,Wt and speed. It's just the way it is. Find last years roster for your team and look at it closely. If you know the real numbers, you will be surprised. If your son is 6'3" 240 there is a good chance that his will be accurate. If he is 5'4 chances are it will say 5'6.

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  113. Ok, ok, ok...time for a little bit of unbiased common sense.

    First, regardless of his 4.75, is was still the fastest time at the combine. And his 10.7 100M time shows that he's obviously no slow-poke.

    Now to clear up some things:

    @8:57 - Philistine was legit in both high school and in college (and to anyone who didn't see him carry the ball at Central - the kid was a beast. End of story). Spinney hasn't even earned a starting spot yet, so to say that he'll be the "closest for a while" is incorrect. Rich Lapham from Souhegan has been a starter at BC for a couple years now, and will probably get a good shot in the NFL. Kendell Reyes from Nashua North has been in the DL rotation/starting at UCONN for the past 2 seasons, and was just named as a Captain - AS A JUNIOR. He's another one who will probably earn some money in the NFL. So those are two players who have done more in college than Spinney.

    @10:42 - You said you'd love to have seen Kelly's 40 time? Well, unfortunately we don't have that. What do do have is his 100M time, which was 11.00 (or, 0.3 seconds SLOWER than Federick). So based on the recorded info we have, he appears to be slower than Federick.

    And to this - "Fact is that no D1 school will recruit a 4.75 runningback that's under 200 lbs."

    ^^Really, that's a "fact"? You seem to like Rivals, so what about this kid:

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Allan-Wasonga-84981?colleges=show#college_choices

    All his numbers are similar to Federick's (faster 40 time, lower vert) and he's got plenty of Div 1 offers. It took me two seconds to find that one, so I'm sure there are others. And Federick still has 2 years to get that 40 time down, and get bigger and stronger.

    And his Sparq rating of 97.35 can also be compared to some other Div 1 prospects:

    Tevin Mitchell - 98.97 - check out his offers - http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Tevin-Mitchel-111004?colleges=show#college_choices

    Keith Marshall - 90.48 - http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Keith-Marshall-104798?colleges=show#college_choices

    Ralph Cooper - 96.72 - http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Ralph-Cooper-105569?colleges=show#college_choices

    Brian Riggins - 84.84 - http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Brian-Riggins-97311?colleges=show#college_choices

    So @10:42 - Federick's numbers are comparable to some current Div 1 prospects, and the kid's only going into his JUNIOR year. The only thing that will hold him back is the fact that NH football is pretty weak. So schools will have to take that into consideration. But if he goes to more combines, and shows he can hang with some of the best kids from other areas, there's a good chance he'll end up being more than just a "preferred walk-on" at UNH.

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  114. Very Good 11:14. I agree. Hopefully that ends it. Good luck to the Kid. Sounds legit to me. He'll be playing somewhere in 2 years for sure.

    Quest..... What is the real deal about Manchester's 4 Teams all playing on Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving eve? Sounds good, but I have not heard the details.

    Can someone chime in on that one?

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  115. much like salem's chance of repeating,not happening.GO NORTH.

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  116. THERES A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 4.55 AND 4.75! ESPECIALLY IF THE LINEBACKER IS RUNNING THE 4.55!!!!!!

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  117. does anyone know how they measured the vert. at the combine sun.? if they used the pad the measures how long you feet are in the air its very easy to cheat!

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  118. college and nfl time the 40 by hand, so must be the best way.

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  119. This blog is really getting out of hand. Do people from BG talk a lot? Yes. Are people from Salem talking a lot now? I guess. If you can't read through this blog without reading through the BS that gets posted (probably not by football kids) and feel the need to rip down talented (Whatever level of talent you think they are) kids thats on you. If you take anyone anonymous post as fact, then you're just stupid. If you think that most people on here don't realize the BS posts, you're stupid. If you can't look past them and still have to post about how 4.75 isn't as good as 4.5 so I told you Fedrick wasn't that good, well then you're just stupid and wasting time.
    I'd bet 95% of posting on this blog come from non current high school players. Some of you guys (although I do think the most of the negative "player X won't get recruited" comes from the same poster, someone who either is playing high level football and wants to keep the glory to himself, or just someone who thought he would and just didn't) just need to let it go, ignore obvious BS posts, and try to focus on a real discussion about high school football. No one on here is a college coach. No one, not even the kids who post on here that have been or are being recruited, truly knows what makes each coach pick certain kids. All we have are weak guidelines like 40 time, bench press, and vertical jump that coaches use as only a small part of the equation.
    Fedrick is a Soph., giving him 2 full off seasons (including SR. year), the rest of this off season (and if his combine performance didn't kick him up a notch in terms of work ethic he's not going anywhere) PLUS his JR and SR seasons to get better. The bottom line on Fedrick's perfomance is this: bare minimum it puts him on the radar for all local schools such as BC/UConn. It POSSIBLY gets him somewhat noticed in colleges with some kind of northeast pipeline (solid connections with local scouts/coaches). Again, the last part is a POSSIBLY. That being said, Fedrick has worked hard to lay a sound foundation for what could develop into a college scholarship or more. You can either be the type of person that wants to say "See I told you he would fail!" or you can be the type that wishes the kid well and hopes he succeeds. Anyone who knows Fedrick, before you tell him that this blog is tearing him down, please point out that plenty of people here hope he makes the most of his opportunities

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  120. Hey 3:16 (aka CAPS LOCK), the Rivals link I provided was for a Div 1 RB prospect that has a similar build to Federick, and runs a 4.72 40...not a LB. But you're right, theres a big difference between a 4.75 and a 4.55, especially when talking about LB's. Congratulations on being able to point out the obvious.

    And @3:22 - The NFL doesn't time 40's by hand, they're laser-timed.

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  121. It's all irrevalent except for the score. Coaches know that there is not going to be a 40yd sprint competion breaking out in the middle of a football game or a verticle leap or bench press or etc...

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  122. The D1 back who ran a 4.75 got looks because he is a flat out better football player playing much tougher competition, garunteed

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  123. Good Luck Jerickson Fedrick, You Da Man!!!

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  124. Best back in the state is Jaques. The kid can fly straight up and turn on a dime. Fedrick is obviously the better college prospect because he has that build to him. I personally just like the way Max plays. HS blog not college recruiting central when really we all know it takes a little luck. He hustles every play and is by far the most difficult back we faced to tackle. We should be focused on the kid who ran for close to 2000 yards!!! Wouldnt be suprised to see him do it again if not out do it.

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  125. Anyone that REALLY follows high school football in New England wasn't at Bently last weekend. The top players were at the Northeast 5 star Shootout in Norwood and Westwood (Xavarian Brothers) on Saturday. The same bunch of players had met the month before at the National Underclassman Combine. 4.75 was just another runner......

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  126. Don't focus on the 40. Anyone in the know knows that it is slow for him. It was his first combine, no instruction on running the 40 he will be fine after a couple of more. Still, not bad for a 16 yr old. Now, what IS impressive is the SPARQ score of 97.35 that was dragged down by his 40 and shuttle. Two areas that he will improve in technique wise because he already has the speed.

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  127. The SPARQ Rating uses a laser to time the 40. The laser times, in general, are one-tenth to two-tenths slower than hand-times. His 4.75 equates to a 4.55 or 4.6. With two more years of high school he'll probably get that time below a 4.5.

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  128. Comparing the times at the Five-Star to the Nike Combine (laser timed) is comparing apples and shoes. Obviously Federick tested well. Just look at that vertical.

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  129. The amount of kids with offers in the 4.7 is extremely low, and I'd love to see if that kid had some sort of nagging injury on his 4.72. Since you seem to like Rivals too, check out all the other RB's out there with offers and their 40 times! Plus, that kid is clearly a better player than Fedrick and is playing better comp. At the Rivals 5 Star Showdown last year Bozek ran a legit 4.5 and only ended up at Saint A's with the same exact build pretty much as Fedrick, 5'11 195. Also there were 230 pound linebackers running 4.44. And you underestimate the vast difference a tenth makes, and just how hard it is to shave a tenth off when already in great shape. And lets not mention technique here. The kid's in track, he knows running form so that excuse is absolute crap. The fact is that maybe just maybe he's not a D1 shoo-in and God's gift to NH football. Likely a solid 1AA kid, but I'm not predicting any full rides yet. He's small at that level and the 4.75 and poor shuttle denote a lack of sudden quickness and burst, which is much more important to recruiters and coaches than the top end speed (which can be seen in his 100m times). That lack of size and quickness is concerning. Let's remember this is NH we're talking about. The last kid to go major D1 from NH was what, 3 years ago not counting the prep schools? He's a good athlete, but come on now let's not annoint him the second coming just yet, there's always people going to be much better in TX, CA, FL, etc.

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  130. 12:20 From what you wrote below, he is maxed out at 16? Has this ever happended before? You compare his times to seniors and say he is done? Shaving 2/10ths and growing 1-2 inches and gaining 15 lbs is out of the question between the ages of 16-18? His SPARQ rating that puts him in the top 10% of all national recruits can not improve over 2 years? Wow, that stinks for him. Every other kid seems to get bigger stronger and faster right up to 20 or 21 years old. Fedrick for some reason is maxed out as a 16 year old Sophomore? You write as if he has no more improving to do. You realize how much improvement potential the 41 inch verticle indicates? Do you know why they test for the Verticle? Do you realize just how good a 41 inch verticle is?

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    The fact is that maybe just maybe he's not a D1 shoo-in and God's gift to NH football. Likely a solid 1AA kid, but I'm not predicting any full rides yet. He's small at that level and the 4.75 and poor shuttle denote a lack of sudden quickness and burst, which is much more important to recruiters and coaches than the top end speed (which can be seen in his 100m times). That lack of size and quickness is concerning.

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  131. @12:20

    My point was that coming right out and saying "Fact is that no D1 school will recruit a 4.75 runningback that's under 200 lbs" is ignorant, and clearly false. Obviously there are other factors involved, but to just make a blanket statement like that, shows how little some people know.

    And like 10:07, and 10:17 said, you're putting too much stock into his 40 (which will probably improve by next season, or even by the next time he runs it). Colleges look at the big picture. If a kid is good enough to play at a high level, schools will find them regardless of the competition. That's why Philistine, Lapham, Reyes, Spinney, Griffin, Cutler, Kelly, and White all signed LOI's with Div 1 schools even though they were playing in NH. Federick has 2 more seasons to prove he's good enough, so to count him out already, shows that you either don't really know how it all works, or you're jealous that he may get an opportunity that you'll never get.

    And to this - "Likely a solid 1AA kid, but I'm not predicting any full rides yet. He's small at that level"

    You think at 5'10", 196 he's too small to play at UNH? This is also incorrect. RIGHT NOW Federick is already BIGGER than 3 RB's on UNH's roster - including their starting RB (Kackert, 5'8", 180). He's also bigger than 3 RB's on the UMASS football team, and 2 on UMaine's team. So RIGHT NOW as a Soph in HS, he's big enough to play Div 1 football. He's not good enough yet, but to say he's too small is just incorrect. Period.

    Stop trying to make hater predictions, and just be thankful that he's bringing some national attention to NH football.

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  132. Fredrick sounds a like a disappointment...if he was a senior. As a sophomore that is an impressive combine. The kid is solid muscle so you know he works out but he could easily get 2 inches taller by his senior, year improving that not so great 40 time.

    What suprises me is that no one even mentions Jaques in terms of colleges. Does this kid have any chance because last year he was incredible in D1. I know he is short but does anyone know if he has recieved serious intrest?

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  133. 130 posts and 129 of them are about salem rb's,time to move on.

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  134. 3:21
    I do not think that he is interseted in football after HS. You or your coach needs to put you out there to generate interest.

    also... his Sparq score is great even for a Senior. As a matter of fact, over 90% of Seniors nationwide have a lower score and would kill for his. But you are right, we expected a faster 40 and shuttle which I am sure that he will accomplish over the next year.

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  135. name the last running back from nh to play 1A! you guys are getting wat ahead of yourselfs!

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  136. someone posted the 40 times at the nfl combine above. I suggest that those of you who think his 40 is slow look at it. he is the fastest high school student in nh, proved by his 100m time, so even if he doesnt go d1 college, he will blow all of your teams to pieces

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  137. 41 inch vertical would be tied for best at nfl combine. N-F-L. i would guess that all of you are ruling him out for his 40, because you think all of the 4.5's and 4.6's that people say other players have are accurate. wes welker, one of the best recievers in the nfl, runs a 4.55. you honestly think there are multiple NH football players as fast as wes welker? please. there are probably an incredibly small amount in the country, and maybe like 2 that are runningbacks. take a second to think before you post things that make you sound stupid.

    PS, he is 16. its been posted 1000 times, but hasnt sunk in. if he improves as much as he is capable, he will go to a big time school. just because this is NH doesnt mean it's not possible.

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  138. If the 40 was timed with a laser, as people on here have said, that is not a disaapointing 40.

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  139. Yeah, enought with the Salem RBs. Let's get back to talking about why BG is still in D2.

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  140. BG will be lucky to win 7 games this year playing in D2. That's why they are in D2, not deep enough, no feeder system, when injuries mount up they are thin, playing in D1 would cause more wear and tear, etc. Add to that the fact that trophies are more important than challenging themselves week in and week out and you've got your answer. Oh, also the state wanted it that way.

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  141. The state gave bg first dibs at moving up and Tojo opted not to...then played the "i was so confused about the rule!" card after word got out that he didnt have the stones to step up.

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  142. can't you clowns stop the bg hating for at least the Memorial Day Weekend.Who cares they are in d2, nothing is going to change that.

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  143. How about some scouting reports on what teams have coming back{besides Salem,we know already}.Jeremy does a great job,but I am sure there are some bloggers out there who have insight on their teams that Jeremy might not be privey to.

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  144. Jacques is literally practically a clone of Guinto, no better no worse. The other kid won't be bigtime college player. He won't just watch

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  145. You make it sound like D2 to D1 is like college to NFL. Don't forget D2 was better last year. More wear and tear week in and week out? Please they are all high school kids no more likely to cause injury than any other. Not week in and week out at all D1 had three teams that you are virtually garunteed a win against compared to one in D2. BG didn't move up but who cares seriously? They are never garunteed a championship and word is a feeder is forming.

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  146. Exeter also has rising stars that played varsity and JV. Examples Jon Spivey, John Abizaid, Conor carrier, Josh Poulin, jimmy kelley, Clint hobbs, the list goes on. Exeter has some talent that they will gain, Including soon to be sophmore Colby Swane who has incredible speed and is a very good special teams player.

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  147. D2 was not better last year. D1 had 6 solid teams, D2 had 3. Salem, North, Central, Pinkerton, South, and Londonderry were all very competitive, as opposed to just BG, Exeter, and Winny. Alvirne was a far and away distant fourth, and the rest of D2 likely would've missed the D3 playoffs.

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  148. Wait so Pinkerton was a solid team except when they played BG apparently? And if Pinkerton wasn't legit then Londonderry who they beat out isn't either. And Timberlane wouldn't make the D3 playoffs, didn't make the D2 playoffs but still gives Salem all they can handle? And alvirne beats out them and Dover and is apparently nothing? Exeter, Winny, and BG dominate all but each other (in BGs case all) and they are just ok teams? I know the number after the D makes you feel better about yourself but take an ounce of logic and see the truth here.

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  149. d1 or d2 remember they are all class l schools.

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  150. Obviously Division doesn't matter. It's New Hampshire we are talking about people...A good team is a good team no matter where they're from no matter what division there in. Just because some teams beat other teams in a divison doesn't mean anything....Like Souhegan for example. They could of easily handled some d1 and d2 teams...but they also lost to Milford this year. It just goes to show anyone can beat anyone on a friday night. (or saturday afternoon)

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  151. They only lost due to injuries and illness. They were one of the top 4 teams this year that should be mentioned with BG, Salem, and North.

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  152. Anyone who objectively looked at the D1 vs D2 football games last last had to conclude that D2 won that comparison. If other sports were divided along the same lines, what sport would the D1 teams dominate? None! But with football, Div. 1 loses every key match up, yet shamelessly clains superiority. Name one key matchup won by a Div 1 team.
    Look at results of the class L track meet just completed. It's not a blow out, but as always, div 2 wins. It's good to see some people calling them on their claims.

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  153. The comment about the rest of D2 not making D3 playoffs is ridiculos because I heard that a horrible Dover team killed the runner up Portsmouth.

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  154. Speaking of Track n Football 2010

    Congrats to Jerickson Fedrick - 100m, 200m and 4x100m Class L champ 2010.

    Congrats to Max Jacques - Triple Jump, 4x100m champ and runner up 100m.

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  155. Not bad for a Soph.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfk532cV7Tc

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  156. Good clip he is solid once he gets his breakaway speed going. Not sure if I saw that big time college talent everyone is talking about, regardless very good high school player.

    One thing I noticed though was defenses were jumping max jaques before he even got the ball. I never have seen him play but heard he was crazy explosive. Seemed like teams were very nervous about him when he was in there with fredrickson.

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  157. That is Fedrick when he was small and slow. Now he is big n fast.

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  158. Just watched McRae's Soph film little too long and not the best quality, but very impressed with his ability as a RB/WR did very well against the top teams last year should be very interesting to see how he does as a JR this season
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4-NN1s9jn0

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  159. thank you! finally people are coming out of the woorwork that understand that D1 isnt the best simply because its D1. Its not the best at all. so who cares who plays in what division if they arent even in correct order of competitiveness anyway??

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  160. Just saw the list and a little suprised by seeing Alvirne at number 10 and how many D1 schools were in the top 10. Should be intresting to see which teams from D2 and 3 jump into the top 10 by seasons end. (My early predictions are Trinity and Dover. One replacing Alvirne and the other one of the D1 teams that might falter.)

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  161. Jamie Tyman of Exeter is a better Quarter back then carson cross. It was a mistake to start cross over him in the playoff game. Carson can throw a baseball fast but he can't throw a football for anything. It was painful to watch from being on the field with him. And when i played when Tyman was our quarterback, he did amazing. He wasn't even suppose to start until the second string went down. Tyman stepped up and had a great season.

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  162. trinity is the 4th best team in their division! let alone the state!

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  163. who else is better then trinity in their division? they solid all the way through no doubt bout it they gonna dominate their division

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  164. Um to be fair... Plymouth has won close to 60 straight games. It may be a bit early to say Trinity will easily dominate D-IV. Trinity as a top 10 team in the state is laughable to this point. They had a great season with a great senior RB in a weak division. D-IV is right where they belong talent wise, maybe D-III. I'm not saying that they can't be a top 10 team, its just that this year is the year they will have to prove it. There are now 3 legit teams that should be able to give Trinity a good game, if they go 3-0 and beat Plymouth they become a legit lower division football team and can start to stake a claim to top 10 in the state.
    I would say that Trinity and Souhegan have the most riding on this season. If Trinity can go 2-1, or even 3-0, with a win over Plymouth the lower 4 divisions become about Plymouth, Souhegan and Trinity (in no particular order). It would certainly lay a solid foundation for Trinity's reputation.
    As for SHS, they certainly didn't shy away from a tough schedule. If they compete with Central and Londonderry, and add a 3rd straight DIII title they solidify their spot as a top program in NH along with the Pinkerton, BG, Exeter, etc.

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  165. 6:10, not to mention that if they beat Central and Londonderry with a much weaker team in the fall, what does that tell us about this year's team? This year's team was way better and could've played with and likely beaten anybody in the state.

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  166. 6:53
    There is actually no way to acurately predict a 'weaker' HS team. One they start playing, you get an idea. You can predict a strong team because if they were good and all the starters return, they will probably be good. But there are tons of players that no one has heard of yet that will be all state in 2010. They could all end up on Concord even, who knows. A good Example is Salem. They were 'considerably' weaker 'on paper' in 2009 then they were in 2008. In 2008, Fedrick, DiPalma, Ivas, Sobrado, Cohen, Lorenz, Brown, Sauliner and many more were unknowns. This could happen to any team in Class L. I say look out for Concord.

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  167. Jeremy,UNH football clinic at nashua south ,5pm tonight.I believe players from all 3 nashua schools will be there.

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  168. This years team was the most overrated group of individuals I've ever seen. All they had is individuals who look good on paper. They wouldv been given a free clinic by North, BG, Salem, or Winnacunet. Not Central because they were never good they played less bad than other teams at the end of the year.

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  169. I certainly hope you aren't referring to Souhegan's players as "overrated" right now. Four of them received scholarship offers for football, and seven total are playing in college next year. How many kids got legit offers from those four teams combined... zero. Souhegan? Four. Definitely not overrated. The junior class is very strong as well with stars like McKenna, Dwinell, Crowell, and Luks coming up that will all likely get scholarships or at the least looks at that level. No, you weren't talking about SHS now were you? I can go on if you'd like

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  170. 1:04
    How do you know that no other kids were made offers? Because they chose not to go to the Media?

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  171. You can tell by where they commit and where their "buddies" say they're being recruited on blogs like this. Do you honestly think that in a small state like NH people wouldn't find out about a kid getting an offer when there are so few kids of that caliber here. Jeez, coaches tell nhfootballreport.com if a kid even has INTEREST at the scholarship level, let alone an actual offer. Something tells me that if Solano had an offer from UNH we would've found out about it. An actuall football scholaship and NLI signing is a big deal and is publicized heavily by local media like WMUR.

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  172. 2:48
    I know of one that no one has mentioned. You need to actually sign for it to become public. If you dont want to play, no one will know if you tell your coach to keep it that way. Not every on likes tooting thier horn.

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  173. The fact that all those kids got scholarships supports that they were overrated to me. Looking good on paper and being a good football player and team are two completely different things. Only reason anyone outside of souhegan thinks anything of them is that they constantly broadcast their every move to the world and tell everyone that they are icredible. If it wasn't for that they'd just be another Portsmouth, or Plymouth I get them confused honestly, but I am reffering to the one with the absurd win streak. Congrats to them by the way

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  174. If Plymouth was as good as everyone says, they would not be in D4. Enough about the geographic location, If they were really good they would spend the extra hour to go to games and prove themselves.

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  175. BG is not to be underestimated, they have a lot of natural talent. Just because the weight room isnt full everyday doesnt mean that people aren't working. Most of the players are playing another sport. Judging from the states Card is deffinitely one of the top place kickers in the state, not taking away any credit from Nick he is an astounding punter, but that shot to Card made by the second comment was unfair.

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  176. Congrats to Soph Jerickson Fedrick for winning the 100m and 200m State titles at the Meet of Champions today.

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  177. 10:50, you make zero sense. Just listen to yourself. "The fact that all those kids got scholarships supports that they were overrated to me." Really? How does getting an offer make you overrated? I'd really like for you to elaborate on that one for me, because in order to get an offer that means that a football expert (college head coach) decided that you were worth thousands of dollars so that he couuld have you on his team. I'll take what he has to say over what you have to say personally.

    And it's not just Souhegan. Scholarships are real rare in NH, so when one small team with a school of 890 kids lands four of them in the senior class, that's a huge deal. Laconia announced Bozek's offer, Pinkerton Proulx's and Trieb's, Kana can't get an offer from Dartmouth but that was jumped all over by BG kids, Cronan's coach can't keep his name out of the papers, etc. Everybody does it. You just hear about it so much because four kids like that on the same small school team in NH is unheard of.

    And the fact that you "get them confused honestly" just proves that you know nothing about the topic at hand and can't honestly give an informed opinion on whether Souhegan is "overrated" or not. Let me tell you, they are not. Incredibly talented team. Had the most talent on the field of anybody in NH this year. That's different from saying they're the best TEAM, but you can't shortchange them either. I bet you never even saw them play.

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  178. 10:29

    Let's be clear D3 does not offer scholarships so the two Souhegan players going to Amherst are not scholarship. You claim one of them got a full boat offer from UNH I will take your word on thjat but we have no way of knowing whether it is true, the other athlete I did not read anywhere that he was being offered D1 or D2 scholarships. Just want to make sure you and I have our facts straight

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  179. Jellison: full ride to UNH (1AA), turned it down for Amherst and a better education along with the chance to stay at RB.
    Cray: signed with Assumption (D2)
    Wing: signed with Saint Anselm (D2)
    Cultera: signed with Duquesne (1AA)

    That would be four. And you can just look up Jellison's full ride on google.

    http://blogs.nashuatelegraph.com/insidenhpreps/2009/06/05/jellisons-choices/

    That's just one of many articles found online confirming his offer.

    There are others committed to D3 in Petropulos (Amherst), Comstock (Bates), and Daigneau (WPI). Others also had opportunities like Lyon and Marcucci but chose not to play.

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  180. didnt see news of any of them signing letter of intent! no letter=no football money!

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  181. D2 and D3 can only offer financial aide packages...NOT athletic scholarships. So only two of them were actually offered, not four (but two on the same team is still impressive).

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  182. Last years teams. Irrelevant to this years. Stop blogging about who did what last year. All these kids were good regardless of division or where they be playin next year. Focus on the teams and players that be playing this year.

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  183. D2 has football scholarships!

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  184. I don't know how souhegan has managed to not get the memo here but it's been said around 1000 times. No one cares about this college junk. All this individual college stuff says nothing about how they were as a high school team.

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  185. yes 10:23, d2 does have football scholarships. whoever said d2 doesn't have money doesn't know what he's talking about. d1 and d2 have scholarship money and those four kids were offered scholarships. finally, i'd argue that when you have that much scholarship talent 11:02 that your team is pretty darn good and could play with anyone in nh. especially since they likely have 3 more scholarship kids in this class with mckenna, crowell, and luks. crazy talent there.

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  186. Fedrick Sighting (Eagle Tribune)

    Fedrick leaves competition in dust

    Every time Jerickson Fedrick takes to the track, young linebackers around the Granite State shudder. They can see what awaits them in the fall.

    At 6-foot, 200 pounds, the super sophomore fullback is already hearing from BC, UConn and UNH. With some of his track times, that list could swell. Yesterday he brought home the gold in the 100 (10.99) and 200 (22.56).

    "I just come out and compete,'' said Fedrick, who rushed for 1,186 yards for the Division 1 state champs in the fall. "I just tell myself to do better. Of course, it means a lot. Not everyone gets first. Under 11, that was my goal. I love football, that's what I look forward to. But I enjoy this.''

    Salem was the top seed in the 4x100 but Fedrick, the anchor, never got a chance to strut his stuff another time. Salem dropped the baton earlier in the race.

    "It was just a mistake. It's upsetting,'' he said.

    Check out the picture....
    http://www.eagletribune.com/sports/x1910028289/N-H-Meet-of-Champions-Salem-flexes-its-muscles

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  187. Jeez, he looks awful big in that picture.

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  188. don't worry, he's barely over 5'10 and 196 in real life. not that big.

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  189. 2:53
    Well, I know him. He is very big. Especially for the fastest kid in NH. You have no idea how big 5'10.5" and 196 lbs is when its coming at ya that fast. I am 6'190 and he makes me look small. I'm glad I won't be tackling him this year and next. If the D Linemen don't get him, he will be a tough tackle. By the way, how big do you figure that he will be by Sept 2010 after lifting for the next 3 months? He is 16 and lifting for the first time in 2010 (a couple of months in 2009 too). I am fairly certain that he will be 200+ (and faster) come football season. I hope you get a chance to line up across from him.

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  190. CANT WAIT TO PLAY THAT KID. all i have heard about is how good he is. Ya the kid looks real good on paper but it takes more than three kids to win a game(Fredrickson, Jaquues, Cannon). All three are talented but they can be shut down by a team with a real good dline and decent dbs because they have no line. They have a great system at salem but it will be tough to execute with that line. They prob still the best because these kids are animals, but dont be suprised if they lose a game to a more physical team.

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  191. 5:36
    FYI, the 'weakness' last year was also the O-line because they returned 0 starters. At least this year they return one Ivas. Oh, and don't forget to add last years hero #86 Lorenz to the offense. If you look at Cannones highlight film, he is the one making most of the catches, including the one at the beginning. Also, keep an eys on the Lineman #65 as he and a couple of the others are back. If anything, the O-line may be better. And Fedrick proved he could play last year on the field, not on paper. Here is Cannones highlight film in case you are not familiar with Lorenz.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8HB46xZ9IA

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  192. Saw him play last year and he was not a punishing back. He was just faster than the kids he played against. He just out ran them. Let's see this year if he can break some tackles. Impressive track numbers though and quite an athlete. Good luck to him. I see him on the defensive side of the ball in college, to me more potential there. I would say weak side linebacker or strong safety type player.

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  193. I'd be more concerned with the non highlight plays if I wanted to actually beat them instead of gawking like a little kid waiting for an autograph. These kids are not even close to what people from Salem love to make them out to be. He will not play for BC. He will not play for Uconn, UNH is the only remotely possible team on the list I've heard for him

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  194. 9:26
    FYI. Nike SparQ, Gatorade, Eagle Tribune, none of these people that are making them out to be huge are from Salem.

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  195. Warriors starting tight ends are back.

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  196. Kids good regardless of where he ends up playing. Will be the most talented back in the state this year, although he might not have the best season as Jaques is still comin back. I agree that the line will be a weakness but how much does that really matter? Most teams wont be able to stop those two plus the qb. Lot of pressure on the team thats for sure.

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  197. Linemen are normally seniors so what makes people think that every year the line is a problem? Salem had no linemen at all returing in 2009 and it worked out fine. They at least have some good ones returning this year. Not to mention the JV juniors were so good that they were normally done playing by halftime, many running clocks for second halfs. They put 4 touchdowns up on what had been a 3 year running undefeated BG JV team. Salems line will be fine.

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  198. BG's JV team was split all of their sophmore talent, which is alot were at a different game. Don't try to impress people with JV numbers many JV starters are out by halftime regardless of anything to do with performance because they are JV games and coaches try to get everyone into the games, which I know for BG at least, is a TON of kids

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  199. 10:57
    If you say so. That BG coach and those BG players at that JV game seemed to think that it was a very important game. There we quite a few kids that pretty much played both ways and never left the field the entire game. There was a lot of yelling and screaming over there. But, we all realize that BG are the gods of football and even need to excuse even a JV loss. So, leaving BG out of it since they never try. I watched a lot of JV football last year. Salem usually scored on 100% of the drives when the juniors were playing. They were basically never stopped. Call it what you will, but I will call it impressive. With the exception of the Timberlanes JV, none of the other teams could move the ball at all on Salems Juniors, so regardless of JV or not, they dominated after the first two games. The varsity offensive line will be fine. BG will have a chance to prove me wrong at the first game, so no need discussing it any further until after that game.

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