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August 02. 2014 10:45PM

Granite again: NH wins 14th straight Shrine vs. Vermont


New Hampshire's Nick Vailas, right, celebrates with teammate Shawn Cavallaro. left, after Vailas scored the first TD against Vermont in the 61st Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Game at Dartmouth College in Hanover on Saturday. (Photo by Jodie Andruskevich)


 


 

HANOVER - When Saturday's 61st Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl was over, the scoreboard at Dartmouth's Memorial Field had a familiar look.

It read: New Hampshire 42, Vermont 6.

The victory raised the Granite State's advantage in the all-star football game to 46-13-2. New Hampshire stretched its winning streak to 14 games, and has won 24 of the last 26 contests.

University of New Hampshire-bound quarterback Trevor Knight (Nashua South) tossed three touchdown passes - all in the first quarter - and running back Jason Martinez (Salem) ran for two TDs. Nick Vailas (Bedford) hauled in two of Knight's three TD passes.

New Hampshire's other TDs came on a 25-yard TD catch by Cole Martin (Merrimack Valley of Penacook), and a 5-yard run by Marc Gaudet (Concord).

South Burlington running back Tanner Contois, Vermont's Gatorade Player of the Year, was used primarily on kick returns. Contois, who will continue his career at Division III Middlebury, suffered a torn ACL during last year's Division I championship game.

New Hampshire, which scored on each of its first four possessions, led 20-0 after one quarter, 33-6 at halftime and 35-6 entering the fourth.

Knight hooked up with Vailas for a 37-yard TD pass on New Hampshire's opening possession, and found Vailas for a 1-yard TD pass with 1:34 left in the quarter. Martin's 25-yard TD catch came In between.

Martinez scored New Hampshire's other first-half TDs on a pair of 2-yard runs. His first TD came with 11:51 left in the second quarter, and he scored his second TD with 1:26 remaining in the half.

Vermont's touchdown came on a 24-yard pass from quarterback James Shufelt (Lyndon Institute) to Joseph Couture (Rutland). The TD made it a 26-6 game with 5:35 to play in the first half.

New Hampshire added to its lead when Jared Kuehl (Plymouth Regional) tackled Tom Baumann (Woodstock) in the end zone for a safety with 11:27 left in the third. That made it a 36-6 contest.

Gaudet's TD run came with 4:36 to play. Hayden Middleton (St. Thomas Aquinas of Dover) added the point-after kick, which capped the scoring.

Game Notes: Vermont gained 2 yards on 15 plays in the first quarter. ... Vermont ran more plays than New Hampshire (32-26) in the first half, but New Hampshire had a 303-79 edge in total offense at halftime. ... New Hampshire's first punt came with 10:34 left in the third quarter. ... Vermont's Tommy Fitzgerald had a 60-yard punt in the third quarter. ... Donald Pellerin intercepted a Shufelt pass in the third quarter. It was Vermont's only turnover. ... Jack Athanas (Gilford) and Christian McKenna (Campbell of Litchfield) also saw time at quarterback for New Hampshire. ... Middleton made four of his five point-after kicks.

rbrown@unionleader.com


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