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NHIAA Football: Campbell rolls to another win

By MICHAEL ABELSON
Special to the Union Leader

September 08. 2018 11:29PM
Campbell's Keegan Mills heads for a touchdown at Campbell High School in Litchfield on Saturday. Mills ran for 175 yards in the Cougars' 43-6 win over Epping/Newmarket. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

LITCHFIELD - It was a clinic in dominance as the Campbell football team stayed undefeated, taking apart Epping/Newmarket 43-6 on Saturday. The win runs the Cougars' winning streak to 13 games dating to last year's undefeated state championship run.

"I thought overall we executed well," Campbell coach Glen Costello said. "Obviously there's areas we can improve on. Happy with where we're at."

The Cougars dominated the game thanks to its line play. Offensively the Cougars blew the Blue Devils off the line of scrimmage consistently, and with ease, throughout the game. The dominance inside allowed Campbell to rack up 335 yards rushing on 8.8 yards a carry.

With the line controlling the pace of play, that opened the door for junior tailback Keegan Mills to take over. Mills rushed the ball 15 times for 175 yards and had a pair of scores.

He also chipped in defensively with 7½ tackles.

"Our left guards and left tackles did a great job pulling," Mills said. "We just take our read steps and then watch them pull. As soon as they pull we follow right behind them."

Mills scored on the second play from scrimmage when, after initially being thought down by the defense, maintained his footing and went 55 yards for the score.

Epping/Newmarket quarterback Shane Moore is sacked by Campbell's Robert Ladd in the host Cougars' 43-6 win in Division III football at Campbell High School in Litchfield on Saturday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

On Campbell's second possession senior quarterback Adam Breton capped an 80-yard drive with a short touchdown pass to junior Cam Barrett. Campbell led 22-0 after a quarter and 29-6 at halftime. 

Breton threw for 95 yards and four touchdown passes and also rushed for 45 yards.

"Adam's the type of kid who's going to go home, study everything, and know what to do," Mills said of Breton. "I trust Adam 100 percent. He can run the ball. He's a tough kid too."

Barrett rushed for 95 yards in addition to reeling in his touchdown reception. 

Junior tight end Carter Vedrani had a pair of touchdown receptions and 74 yards receiving. Breton also connected with senior receiver Chad Martel for a touchdown. 

Campbell's ability to keep Epping/Newmarket unbalanced on the defensive side of the ball kept the big plays piling up. The Cougars had 14 plays of 10 yards or more compared with just six by the Blue Devils.

"If you're going to be a single wing type team you've got to be able to get people out of the box," Costello said. 

"If you pack people in the box we're going to take advantage of it on the outside with some of our athletes. Once you start emptying the box we'll start to run it."

Defensively the Cougars had one blip but otherwise held the Blue Devils to crumbs when they had the ball. Epping's only touchdown came on a 59-yard touchdown run from senior running back Devon Titus.

Titus finished with 109 yards of rushing on 13 carries. In total, the Blue Devils were only able to amass 138 yards of total offense compared to 430 from the Cougars.

The win improves Campbell to 2-0 and sets up a pair of key road games in the next two weeks as the Cougars will travel to Newport and Laconia. 

Epping/Newmarket drops to 0-2 on the season and has its home opener next weekend against Trinity of Manchester, a newcomer to the division.


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