Roger Brown's First & 10: Credit the defense for big Shrine win
Kershaw had just watched his team score six touchdowns against Vermont, but he wasn't fielding questions about New Hampshire's offensive performance. Defense fueled the Saturday's 43-0 victory.
"Their coach was saying stuff like they better have ball boys fast enough to keep up with our offense, they were going to be having touchdown celebrations in the end zone and that he thought it was going to be a high-scoring game," Portsmouth's defensive tackle Rick Holt said. "We did score 43, so he was right there, but he didn't give our defense enough credit.
New Hampshire also came up with six turnovers, five of which were interceptions.
ON THE RUN: New Hampshire spread the wealth on offense, but no one had a more productive game than Trinity of Manchester running back Romeo Masuku.
Masuku rushed for a game-high 113 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. His TDs came on a 5-yard run in the first quarter, and a 40-yard run in the third quarter.
"The first half we weren't getting the push that we needed to, but the offensive line stepped up, all the running backs got carries and we started to get first down after first down after first down," Masuku said. "The defense did a phenomenal job today."
BAKER'S DOZEN: The victory made it 13 wins in a row for New Hampshire, and raised even more questions about the game's health. New Hampshire increased its advantage in the series to 45-13-2.
"(Running the ball) might be the right philosophy, but that's not me."
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