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October 15. 2013 9:12PM

Athlete of the Month

Manchester Central High's Jesiah Wade explodes on the NH football scene


Mancheter Central running back Jesiah Wade rushed for 556 yards with six touchdowns against Merrimack. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

When Jesiah Wade’s mother decided to move from Litchfield to Manchester earlier this year, little did she probably know how much it would impact the future of her son in a positive way.

After spending three solid campaigns playing for Division V Campbell High of Litchfield, this season Wade jumped to Manchester Central and has exploded on the Division I scene.

In his first four games, all in September, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior running back rushed for a combined total of 647 yards. Recognition started coming his way quickly including from the state’s largest newspaper.

The nine-member Board of Judges voted Wade as the Apple Therapy Services/Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center New Hampshire Union Leader’s Athlete of the Month for September. Wade received 27 first place points and bested runner-up soccer player Tucker MacPherson of Raymond, who received 23 points. Gabi Brummett, of Bow, a soccer player for Derryfield School of Manchester, tallied 22 points from the judges and gained a third-place finish.

Wade started his career with Central rushing for fewer than 100 yards in his first two games in September against Concord and Pinkerton Academy of Derry. He got on track for 224 yards and four touchdowns against Manchester Memorial and, in the following week, pounded Goffstown for 246 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

“Just a great coachable kid who wants to get better game to game,” said Manchester Central head coach Ryan Ray. “His work ethic has been outstanding. It’s hard to believe he didn’t start playing organized ball until his freshman season.”

Wade has recently elevated his play to new heights. On Oct. 4, he rushed for 556 yards on 31 carries in a 56-35 win against Merrimack. Wade scored six touchdowns against the Tomahawks in Merrimack. The 556-yard performance, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, lists Wade’s total as the 12th best all-time nationally.

After the Merrimack game, Wade had 1,203 rushing yards on 105 carries. He added over 200 yards last week in a Central win over Manchester West.

“People have to realize this kid had to learn a lot in a short period of time with us,” said Ray. “He’s not only an offensive player. We’ve asked him to learn the cornerback position and he’s also been contributing on special teams. He’s excelled on every level.”

Last season with Campbell, Wade led the state in rushing with 2,204 rushing yards. He’s hoping to court colleges and universities to continue his career.

MacPherson scored 22 goals in September, including four in a 6-1 win over Bishop Brady of Concord on Sept. 25. Brummett, a freshman at Derryfield, scored 25 goals in September to kick off her high school career. She had five goals in a 7-0 win over Pittsfield on Sept. 24.

Hanover soccer stalwart Dan Hazlett (fourth place, 16 points) had 10 goals and four assists during the month.

Tied for fifth place in the balloting with 14 points were field hockey standout Colbi Vaillancourt of Manchester and football linebacker David Zocco of Nashua.

Vaillancourt, a senior for Derryfield School who often teams with sister Berklee for scoring plays, scored 17 goals in September.

Nashua South product Zocco is a senior linebacker at the University of Rhode Island. Through four games in September, Zocco had 33 tackles, including two for losses.

Manchester’s Matt Paradis (seventh place, 12 points) won the men’s Manchester City Golf Championship on Sept. 2. The Manchester Central senior shot a four-under par 68 in the final round to finish with a three-day total of 207.

Soccer player Caitlin Rotonnelli of Meredith garnered seven ballot votes.

A sophomore on the Inter-Lakes girls’ team, she had 19 goals in September, including six hat tricks.

Previous 2013 winners: January — Sean Doherty, Conway, biathlon; February — Drew Ledwith, Keene, swimming; March — Kaleb Tarczewski, Claremont, basketball; April — Mariah Crisp, Greenland, softball, and Eric Jensen, Gorham, baseball; May — Carson Cross, Brentwood, baseball; June — Rick Holt, football and baseball, Portsmouth. July — Eva Fabian, swimming, Keene. August — Chelso Barrett, golf, Surrey.


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