West coasts in CHaD New Hampshire East-West All-Star Game
GOFFSTOWN - A dominating defensive performance carried the West to a 24-7 victory in Saturday's CHaD New Hampshire East-West All-Star Game at St. Anselm College's Grappone Stadium.
The West had a 332-131 edge in total offense and came up with four interceptions.
"It was nothing fancy," West coach Paul Lavigne said. "I think our pursuit - getting off blockers and pursuing - was phenomenal today. We allowed them to do what they wanted and we reacted to it. We relied on our speed."
The East had zero yards and no first downs after one quarter, when the West built a 12-0 lead. It was 18-0 at halftime, and 18-7 entering the final 15 minutes.
"We could have executed a lot cleaner than we did," said East quarterback Donovan Phanor, of Portsmouth. "The West definitely came to play. Their defense is very good. I know there were times when I didn't get the ball off quick enough."
The East gained 35 yards on the ground (1.2 yards per play) and 96 through the air (4.2 yards per attempt). The West also held East running back Manny Latimore to 14 yards on 8 carries. Latimore scored the East's touchdown on a 2-yard run with 3:50 left in the third quarter.
Latimore was a four-year starter at Pinkerton Academy of Derry and holds the school's career rushing record (4,142 yards).
"That was a big key," Lavigne said. "He scared me. We kept the ball away from him on kicks. He didn't catch anything clean."
Hanover tailback Shawn Cavallaro scored two touchdowns for the West, which scored on each of its first two possessions. Manchester Central tight end Nick Makris opened the scoring when he caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Nashua South quarterback Trevor Knight with 9:54 remaining in the opening quarter. Makris had a game-high five receptions for 84 yards.
Cavallaro scored on a 27-yard run on the West's next possession, and raised the lead to 18-0 on a 1-yard run with 12:35 left in the first half. Cavallaro was primarily a quarterback during his career at Hanover.
After Latimore's TD, the West capped the scoring on an 8-yard pass from quarterback Devon Gillis (Merrimack) to Mitchell Banuskevich (Milford) with 14:27 left in the game.
Marc Gaudet (Concord), Ian Landry (Trinity of Manchester), Brad Rhoades (Trinity) and Harrison Urda (Milford) each had an interception for the West.
Plymouth Regional defensive end Kyle Reisert, who will play at the University of New Hampshire next season, had 2½ sacks for the West, one of which came on the game's first play from scrimmage.
"I thought early on we messed up everything they were trying to do," Reisert said. "Our defensive line really dominated in the first quarter and throughout the game. We got the momentum on that first play when we got a sack, and after that we were rolling pretty well."