MANCHESTER -- No one looked sharper in Friday night's Queen City Jamboree than Trinity of Manchester quarterback Carmen Giampetruzzi, who tossed three touchdown passes to help the Pioneers defeat Merrimack, 32-6.
Giampetruzzi, who helped Trinity reach the Division IV championship game last season, threw a 41-yard TD pass to junior tight end Ryan Boldwin and two TD passes to senior tight end Tristan Theroux (19 and 58 yards).
"The two tight ends are as good as anybody in the state," Trinity coach Steve Burns said. "And Carmen makes good decisions most of the time. The ability to keep teams on their heels makes us a very dangerous team when we block."
Good depth at the skill positions is why Trinity is one of the favorites in the new-look Division II this season. Running back Austin Chambers scored on a 1-yard run against Merrimack, rushed for two two-point conversions and caught a two-point conversion pass from Giampetruzzi.Brad Rhoades and Zach Poole will complement Chambers in the backfield. Poole, a senior who started at linebacker as a freshman, missed most of last season with a torn ACL.
Trinity will open the season at Portsmouth on Friday night. That game will feature two of the state's top quarterbacks in Giampetruzzi and Portsmouth's Donovan Phanor.
"We're looking good," Giampetruzzi said. "We're young on the line, but skill guys are what we're blessed with this year. We have to get better on defense. We only gave up six points, but we gave up too many yards."
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FOUR TEAMS that participated in the jamboree have first-year head coaches: Salem (Rob Pike), Souhegan (Mike Lochman), Merrimack (Dante Laurendi) and Manchester West (Vance Sullivan).
Salem beat Souhegan 20-7 in the only matchup between first-year head coaches. Senior running back Jason Martinez, who will likely be Salem's top offensive threat, scored Salem's first touchdown on a 16-yard run.
"The kids are doing a great job of playing with enthusiasm, hustling and all the things I preach to them," Pike said. "We have things we have to work on, but I was happy with our execution. Our offensive line did a pretty good job of coming off the ball and blocking, but we need some help in the passing game."
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MANCHESTER MEMORIAL was without starting quarterback Stephen Deane, but still defeated Manchester West 14-7. Memorial senior Tyler Bachert intercepted a pass on the Memorial 40-yard line with 32.7 seconds left to seal the victory.
Deane suffered a knee injury during a scrimmage against Bishop Guertin and hasn't practiced since. Memorial coach Peter Colcord said he expects Deane to play when Memorial opens the regular season at Salem next weekend.
"He told me today that he thought it was 100 percent, but it's not," Colcord said. "He'll be ready for next Friday."
Sophomore quarterback Mitch Coy threw two TD passes for the Crusaders.
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IF THERE'S a sleeper team in Division I it may be Concord, which returned nine starters on each side of the ball from a team that went 6-4 last season. Concord defeated Goffstown 26-9 Friday night.
"We're a veteran team," Concord coach Eric Brown said. "We have a lot of experience. They did all the things we wanted them to do in the offseason, but it's hard to assess at this point. We have a lot to prove."
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CHRIS FOX'S 29-yard field goal with 6:33 to play was the difference in Bishop Guertin's 10-7 triumph over Manchester Central.
"We made some big strides since earlier in the week when we scrimmaged Bedford," BG coach Travis Cote said. "This was a step in the right direction."
Cote said he expects contributions from several new faces, including sophomore Chase Hughes. Hughes, a transfer from Trinity, started at outside linebacker Friday night.
"I think we should be right there," Cote said. "I think we should be a team that's playing for a playoff berth."
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SENIOR running back Manny Latimore scored on a 43-yard run and a 52-yard punt return to highlight Pinkerton Academy's 28-14 triumph over Timberlane.
"You better pay attention to Manny," Pinkerton coach Brian O'Reilly said. "When you have that kind of weapon you need to use it. I will use it. Trust me."