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August 29. 2013 10:17PM

Allen Lessels' College Football: QBs shine in final scrimmage

DURHAM -- They've made their cases.


Andy Vailas, a junior out of Bedford and Bishop Guertin of Nashua, and sophomore Sean Goldrich competed through spring football and through pre-season camp for the job of starting quarterback on the University of New Hampshire football team.

The Wildcats wrapped up camp with their final scrimmage on Thursday afternoon and head coach Sean McDonnell and offensive coordinator Ryan Carty need to pick one guy to be the starter and call the shots.

“It’s very tough, guys, it is very tough, because they’re both good football players and they both do really good things,” McDonnell said. “We’re going to watch the tape tonight. We’ll sit down, me and Ryan will talk and get things settled, hopefully, by the end of tonight, early tomorrow morning and see where we’re at with it.”

Vailas and Goldrich both played well in the scrimmage.

Vailas completed nine of his 11 passes for 164 yards and had a 72-yard TD pass to R.J. Harris. He also ran for a 32-yard score.

Goldrich completed 15 of his 16 passes for 135 yards.

Neither quarterback had a turnover.

In his four series, Vailas produced the passing touchdown, the running touchdown, a missed field goal and gave up the ball on downs.

Goldrich led his unit to two field goals, a 6-yard Chris Setian rushing score and a long missed field goal.

“You can put your finger on one thing and put your finger on another thing,” McDonnell said. “It comes down to who we think is the guy who has progressed the best, has made the most improvements and can help the team win football games.”

Harris said the offense is confident with either quarterback.

“It’s coming down to the wire, same thing as last year, back again this year,” Harris said. “We still don’t know who’s going to get the job. We’ve got to wait. We’re comfortable with either one. The offense was clicking with either Sean or Andy out there. Either way, I think we’ll be successful.”

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McDONNELL felt the defense improved from UNH’s previous scrimmage.

“We were a little bit better on the defensive side than we were in the first scrimmage,” he said. “I thought we ran to the ball better and I thought we tackled better in open space. It was good to have (Nick) Cefalo back there and it was good to have (Hayden) Knudson back there. Both those guys missed the first scrimmage and they’re both a valuable part of what we’re doing.Ryan Lynch, a junior safety from Atkinson and Timberlane of Plaistow, intercepted an Adam Riese pass for the only turnover of the scrimmage.

Junior defensive back Tim Pike led the defense with five tackles.
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HARRIS had six catches for 122 yards to lead the receivers and Setian had six for 47 yards. Junior Jimmy Giansante added four for 55 yards and senior Justin Mello had five for 43.

Junior Nico Steriti carried six times for 63 yards to lead the ground game.

alessels@unionleader.com On Twitter: @AllenLessels


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