NHIAA grid poll voters have interesting results to consider
The poll — a partnership of New Hampshire’s statewide newspaper, largest radio network and only television network affiliate — will be announced this morning by WGIR’s Kelly Brown during his 7:30 a.m. sports report on “The Morning Buzz” show.
• Carmen Giampetruzzi throwing four touchdown passes in Trinity of Manchester’s 58-37 rout of host Portsmouth, a presumptive co-favorite for the Division II championship.
• Concord running out to a 35-0 lead over Manchester Central before the Little Green got on the board in a Division I game featured as part of Gill Stadium’s Centennial Celebration.
• Ivan Niyamugabo, in a breakout performance, throwing for three touchdowns and running for a fourth, as Merrimack Valley of Concord beat John Stark of Weare in the newly realigned Division III.
Concord 35, Central 6
Seimou Smith caught a Robert Law touchdown pass and set up two other Concord TDs with interceptions as the Crimson Tide routed host Manchester Central in a Division I game featured as part of the Gill Stadium Centennial Weekend celebration.
After Law and Smith connected for the Tide’s second TD, Marc Gaudet (20 yards), John Jellue (14) and Leo Sudieh (62) ran for touchdowns as Concord extended the lead to 35-0.
It didn’t take long for Merrimack Valley’s Tucker Burt and Niyamugabo to spoil the season-opener for host John Stark of Weare.
In his first game back with the team from the Concord village of Penacook, after a year at New Hampton School, Burt needed just seven carries to amass 172 yards, a good chunk of them on a 38-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. Junior quarterback Niyamugabo did much of the work from there, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another as the Pride routed the Generals in a Division II game Saturday afternoon.
Generals head coach Jim O’Rourke concurred.
“He’s a great athlete,” O’Rourke said. “He has a real presence. He’s a lot of fun to watch if you aren’t playing against him.”
“We knew we had to come in and play well” said Niyamugabo. “We put a lot of work into the off season. We grew as a team.”
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