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Roger Brown's Sports Notes: Hanover High's Celaya amazes with his kicks

By ROGER BROWN
New Hampshire Union Leader

July 01. 2018 12:37AM




DURHAM - Concord High School's Eric Brown, the head coach for the West in Saturday's CHaD East-West New Hampshire All-Star Game, elected to use one of his roster spots on Hanover High School kicker Moises Celaya, and Brown didn't regret his decision.

Celaya received the Bo Dickson MVP Award for his contributions in the West's 24-20 victory at the University of New Hampshire.

Celaya averaged 53.8 yards per kick on four punts. He had a 63-yard punt bounce out of bounds inside the 3-yard line, and a 54-yard kick blown dead at the 1.

He also made a 33-yard field goal, each of his three point-after kicks and had two touchbacks on his five kickoffs.

"He killed us," said Craig Kozens, the East's head coach. "He deserved MVP."

Celaya will kick for Colby College next season.

"All week in practice I was amazed," said the West's Andrew Duval (Goffstown). "I've never seen a kicker like him before."

Brown said Celaya's performance may lead to more kickers being selected to the game in the future.

"Yeah, I think so," he said. "He was a big difference-maker. That's why we deferred right off the bat. Hoping to get a three-and-out. Field position was big."

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Kozens said the East's inability to run the ball as well as he would have liked hurt his team more than anything else Saturday. The East ran for 207 yards on 46 rushing attempts (4.5 per carry). The West ran for 206 yards on 33 attempts (6.2 per carry).

"I thought they beat us up front all day," Kozens said. "What we got was the running backs making something out of nothing. They were coming off blocks clean and that killed our run game tremendously. When you win in the trenches you should win the game and those kids up front did a really, really nice job for them.

"We just didn't have the holes we were hoping for today. I had to go to the air more than I wanted to."

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Saturday's victory gave the West a 5-2 edge in the series. . West linebacker Colby Moore (Plymouth) had a game-high 6½ tackles. . Newport defensive lineman Peter Thibeault, the only Division III player on the West roster, recorded six tackles, including 3½ tackles behind the line of scrimmage. . The East had a 369-335 advantage in total offense, but the West averaged more yards per play (5.8 to 5.4). . The West scored on three of its four red zone opportunities. .

CHaD officials announced that this year's game has raised $271,000 thus far, $92,000 of which came through voluntary fundraising by the players. ... Saturday's attendance was 2,088.

rbrown@unionleader.com


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