Div. II Football: Veteran QBs lead way
Senior quarterback Collin Sullivan led Plymouth to an undefeated season and the Division IV championship last season, before realignment shrunk NHIAA football from six divisions to three. Plymouth beat a Trinity team led by quarterback Carmen Giampetruzzi in the title game. Like Sullivan, Giampetruzzi is entering his senior year.
"I wouldn't see why anyone wouldn't call those three the favorites," Milford coach Keith Jones said. "I would say that's the case. Plymouth is loaded, from what I heard."
The Bobcats will try to hand Chuck Lenahan a title in his final season as Plymouth's head coach.
Trinity doesn't have the size up front that it's had in recent years, but the Pioneers aren't short on skill players. In addition to Giampetruzzi, Trinity will be counting on tight end Tristan Theroux and running back Austin Chambers.
"We have our work cut out for us because we have six of the eight playoff teams from Division III and Division IV (last year) on our schedule. You couldn't load up our schedule more than that."
Programs like Windham, Milford, Souhegan of Amherst, Kearsarge of North Sutton, Hanover, Hollis/Brookline, Laconia and Lebanon give Division II plenty of depth. If there's a sleeper team, it may be Monadnock of Swanzey, which won last year's Division V championship. Monadnock is a Division III school by enrollment, but was placed in Division II.
"I don't feel like we were gutted," Monadnock coach Linwood Patnode said. "We have some talent coming back. I'm not going to underplay our team.
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