New Hampshire’s high school football championships this year will be determined at the same site, with the last game taking place under the soon-to-be-installed lights of the University of New Hampshire’s Cowell Stadium at the school’s Durham campus.
In partnership with UNH, the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association on Monday announced that the games will take place on Saturday, Nov. 22, with the Division III championship set for 11 a.m., the Division II final for 2:30 p.m. and the Division I contest for 6 p.m.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with UNH athletics to include this Super Saturday of high school football at Cowell Stadium,” NHIAA executive director R. Patrick Corbin said in a UNH release. “Many of our high school championships are already decided at our state’s university, and we look forward to giving our football athletes an opportunity to play at what will soon be the state’s premier football facility.”
The announcement came as UNH was preparing to host Monday night’s NHIAA Division I boys’ basketball semifinals, with the Division II semis scheduled for Wednesday and the finals in both divisions set for Saturday afternoon, all at Lundholm Gymnasium.
It also came amid the university’s drive to raise funds for the renovation and expansion of Cowell Stadium, including a new seating area known as West Stadium.
“It is an honor to partner with the NHIAA to bring all three high school football championships to our campus for one Super Saturday,” UNH director of athletics Marty Scarano said in the same release. “The addition of lights has made it possible to make the ‘Road to Durham’ the goal of all Granite State high school football teams and fans. We hope this becomes an annual event that will only increase in excitement with the impending arrival of the state-of-the-art West Stadium in 2015.”
UNH’s head coach, Sean McDonnell, who has built one of the nation’s most consistently successful NCAA Football Championship Subdivision programs with a roster largely composed of New Hampshire-bred players, also touted the NHIAA-UNH football partnership.
“It’s great to see that high school football fans will now have the chance to see all the championship games on our campus,” McDonnell said. “Our program continues to benefit from home-grown football talent, and these New Hampshire kids deserve to play in the type of atmosphere that Cowell Stadium will offer them.”