NH set for 60th Shrine game
60th Shrine Maple Sugar BowlWhen: Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Memorial Field, Dartmouth College
Series: New Hampshire, 44-13-2
Last year: New Hampshire, 62-24
Tickets: www.shrinemaplesugarbowl.com, or by calling 448-1042
Perhaps it’s guarding against overconfidence.
In recent years the game’s outcome has been as predictable as a fixed fight. New Hampshire brings a 12-game winning streak into this year’s contest and has outscored Vermont 433-145 during that span. New Hampshire leads the overall series 44-13-2.
This year’s game will be played Saturday at Dartmouth’s Memorial Field, with a 5:30 p.m. kickoff. It’s the first time the game will be held at night.
Vermont will have to deal with a New Hampshire defense led by Portsmouth defensive lineman Rick Holt, who will play at the University of New Hampshire. Holt was named the MVP in the CHaD Game.
No. 1: The requirement regarding how New Hampshire must select its roster changed this year. Kershaw’s initial roster had to include six players from each of last season’s six divisions, meaning there are fewer players from the larger schools of Division I and Division II — and more from Division V and Division VI — this year. New Hampshire can have no more than two players from any school.
No. 2: Thomas has a quarterback who may be able to help Vermont pull off an upset even if it’s a high-scoring contest.
“I think the game will be won or lost up front,” Thomas said. “If we can’t protect the QB, keep him upright so he can get the ball off, the skill kids aren’t going to matter.
New Hampshire set a record for points scored by one team when it won last year’s game, 62-24.
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