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NHIAA Football: Goffstown tops Clippers on big second-half surge

Special to the Union Leader

September 24. 2017 3:01AM

GOFFSTOWN - The present tense surrendered to history in a 13-second span during Goffstown's 49-14 win over visiting Portsmouth Saturday afternoon.

The Grizzlies, 4-0 and ranked second in the Union Leader High School Power Poll, tallied two touchdowns in 13 seconds in the opening minute of the second half, ballooning a 13-7 edge into a runaway 28-7 lead.

On the second play of the half, Goffstown quarterback Charles Keith broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage and reversed field twice en route to a 62-yard touchdown run. On Portsmouth's next play from scrimmage, Coleman Handrahan intercepted a pass and trotted 18 yards in to the end zone.

"He jumped the pattern on a missed block," said Clippers quarterback Cody Graham. "(Goffstown) is a phenomenal team. They were bringing it on every play, but after that pick-six we put our heads down. We can't do that if we want to improve."

Portsmouth, which dropped to 2-2 , entered play averaging 30 points a game while posting two victories over two winless foes and a one-sided loss to then-unbeaten Bedford, the defending Division I state champ.

"I saw the quarterback's eyes and ran in front of the receiver. The game changed quickly after those two touchdowns," said Handrahan, a 5-foot-9 senior linebacker.

"Once we get hyped, we just keep rolling," said Carter Chouinard, a senior receiver who tiptoed down the Portsmouth sideline on a 45-yard touchdown reception with 3:52 left in the first half, giving Goffstown a 13-7 lead. It was his first touchdown catch of the season.

Keith threw touchdown passes to Andrew Duval (45 yards), Chouinard and Jack Stinnett (16 yards) while completing 11-of-15 passes for 190 yards, and rushing for 93 yards and one touchdown. Stinnett, a junior back, also rushed for 63 yards and another two touchdowns.

Goffstown outscored the Clippers 36-7 in the second half.

"I wasn't necessarily scared at the half, I was concerned about starting out so slow, but we picked it up in the second half," said Duval, Goffstown's senior highlight reel. He contributed a long punt and kickoff return in addition to leaping for an interception in addition to catching four passes for 70 yards on an unseasonably sweltering day that caused scores of muscle cramps.

The Goffstown defense warmed up as the game progressed, swallowing the Clippers' ground game. Portsmouth quarterback Graham, who entered the game with seven touchdown passes, had some success, completing 18-of-36 passes for 193 yards and two interceptions. When defensive coverage blanketed every pass route, the senior eluded pass rushers and scrambled for 76 yards.

Both Portsmouth touchdowns, which occurred in the second and third quarters, were a result of Goffstown turnovers. Graham scored both on short runs before leaving the game late in the third quarter after suffering a dislocated jaw.

"Our defensive line owned the line of scrimmage. They gift-wrapped many tackles for me," said Goffstown linebacker Justin Pinard, whose blocked punt set up a touchdown drive in the third quarter. He, Adam Moses and Joey Poisson contributed some key tackles.

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