Saturday, October 16, 2010

Campbell Over Sanborn in Rout

Going into this game Sanborn and Campbell had identical 2-4 records. But it was clear tonight that Campbell was the better football team. Anthony Rinaldi ran for 223 yards to lead the Cougars to a 38-0 win over Sanborn in a Division V contest on a cold night in Kingston.

Big Night for Rinaldi
Rinaldi, Campbell's senior back, ran for 223 yards and 3 touchdowns on 21 carries. Not bad at all. His line did a good job of opening up running room, and he has to be one of the quicker backs in D-V because he exploded right through those holes. And once he got into the second level of Sanborn's defense he was as good as gone. He had TD runs of 32 and 54 yards, and a slew of other runs that went for 15+ yards.

"He also ran for 205 yards last week vs. Bow" said Campbell coach Marc Prindiville. "Tonight is his career high though."

Rinaldi is a two way player for the Cougars. In addition to having a HUGE day running the ball, he also played well in the defensive backfield. Rinaldi did have t be helped off the field with an injury in the 2nd half, but Coach Prindiville said he is fine.

Wasn't Just a One Man Show
Campbell also got big games from a number of other players. Junior John Houston was a beast on both sides of the football. He was blocking for Rinaldi, he was running the ball himself, catching passes and on defense he was making hard hits, nice tackles and even had an interception on Sanborn's final drive. Houston did an excellent job of blocking to open up holes for both Rinaldi and also junior back Dylan Andrews. Houston also caught a 9 yard pass, had 5 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown made a bunch of big tackles plus had the interception.

QB Alan Popovich didn't have monster numbers, but he did a nice job of running the offense and hitting his receivers when called upon. He also ran in a 3 yard TD on a QB keeper to make it 31-0 in the 3rd quarter.

"He's really a receiver" explained Prindiville. "But we needed someone to play quarterback. He's put the team first."

Andrews was also a very nice complimentary back to Rinaldi. He had 85 yards on 9 carries and ran hard every time. Lineman Daniel Mak made a number of nice tackles as well for Campbell and also playing well defensively for the Cougars was Tyler Coughlin, Dan Simard and Steven Amadio.

Tough Game for Sanborn
The Indians just flat out got beat tonight. One bright spot for them was running back Glen Smith, who had 89 yards on 13 carries (most of that came in the 1st half). But unfortunately Smith injured his shoulder early in the 3rd quarter and did not return. After being attended to by the trainer he was then taken to the hospital to have the shoulder looked at. Best of luck to Glen on a quick recovery.

Even before the game started Sanborn was behind the 8 ball, as starting QB Ryan Morris was sick all week and hadn't practiced in 4 days. He had a tough game, but also had bunch of dropped balls by his receivers.

One of those drops was very costly for the Indians. After Campbell went up 7-0 on their first drive, Sanborn answered back by getting all the way down to the Campbell 16 yard line. It was 4th down and 4, and Morris made a nice throw to find Jackson Morton in the back right corner of the end zone. Morton had the ball go through his hands though and fell incomplete for a turnover on downs. That play really seemed to deflate the Sanborn sideline. Who knows how this game would have turned out if that catch is made. Morton is only a freshman though. He's an outstanding athlete with a bright future.

Also playing well for coach Drouin's team was WR/DB Dylan Spence and senior linebacker Billy Wydola. Spence had 58 total yards and a bunch of tackles, and Wydola made some hard hits on defense. Senior punter Ben Noyes also did a nice job of pinning Campbell deep in their own end on multiple occasions.

Good Team Win For Campbell
Campbell is now 3-4 on the season. They finish up with Somersworth and Windham, two winnable games. A 5-4 record could possibly put them in the D-V playoffs, which would be a big accomplishment.

"This is our first year in Divison V, and it's been a tough adjustment" explained Prindiville. "Plus we only have 39 kids on the team and many of them are only juniors. But I'm really proud of my kids, they're stepping up right now."


  1. A big 2 weeks for Rinaldi 440 yrds and 5 td's. Campbell's Oline is really playing well right now behind the leadership of SR guard Dan Mak.Campbell was left for dead 2 weeks ago but is healthy for the stretch run and is playing it's best ball of the year.

  2. thanks for the d5 coverage!

  3. Exactly. There should be much more coverage of D5 especially now that we are close to playoff time. The two top teams STA and Kersarge could play in D3 this year no problem, maybe even D2. I hope these two teams get the coverage that they deserve when they face each other in Kersarge on Oct 29 and then throughout the playoffs. They are both fun teams to watch and both loaded with talent on both sides of the ball.

  4. you just sound like a crazy loon when you make comments like D5 teams (STA and Kearsarge) could compete at the D2 level. Maybe if they had a 10 game schedule where they just played West ten times in a row, but they would be lucky to win 2 games if they competed in D2 and played against BG, Winnacunnet, Timberlane, Dover, Keene, etc.

  5. I doubt if both of those teams would make the playoffs in D IV

  6. Crazy loon, so be it. As I said they could definitely play in D3 and I said maybe in D2. You may want to check your facts and see what kids are going where to play football in college, you might be surprise. I didn't say that they would beat or kill any one in those divisions. What I said is that they could compete. Don't be so high on overrated D2 and D3. Some of those teams belong in D4 or lower.

  7. Listen when you talk about Div. hikes it's big. St Thomas and Kearsage are very good football teams but if they were in 4 they could compete but they would not be playoff teams. I am a coach in d5 and was in 6 the last couple of years. We are a middle of the road team in 5 , if we were in 6 we would be 1 or 2 in the div. Thats the facts of small school football. That doesn't take away how good the players are on the teams ,there are just less of them. Ask Pelham how life in D3 is. They won a ton of games in 5 the last few years.

  8. Good points. Fair statements. It's tough when you have a small school. Thanks for your insight.