NHIAA Football Roundup: Plymouth, Trinity post playoff wins
Chuck Lenahan's coaching career was extended by at least a week Saturday, when he guided the Plymouth Regional High School football team to 35-12 triumph over Kennett of Conway in the Division II North championship game.
Earlier this year Lenahan announced that he will retire following the season, which is his 43rd as Plymouth's head coach.
Justin Robinson and John Thomas each ran for two touchdowns to help the Bobcats improve their record to 9-1. Plymouth, which scored on each of its first three possessions, led 20-0 after one quarter and 35-0 at halftime.
"We were pretty happy with the first half," Lenahan said. "The defense played a good game and the offense controlled the ball."
Thomas gained 137 yards on 15 carries. Robinson finished with 135 yards rushing on 14 carries.
Plymouth quarterback Collin Sullivan completed 3 of 4 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Kennett completed its season with a 5-5 record.
Trinity 36, Windham 0: At Windham, Austin Chambers rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries to help Trinity win the Division II South title. Brad Rhoades and Cam Brown each ran for a TD, and quarterback Carmen Giampetruzzi passed for two touchdowns.
Windham, which beat Trinity 52-20 during the regular season, finished its season with a 8-2 record. Trinity (8-2) will play at Portsmouth in Saturday's semifinals.
Sanborn 18, Monadnock 9: At Swanzey, the Indians (6-4) handed the Huskies (9-1) their first loss of the season and won the Division II West title. Mike Rich's 56-yard touchdown run helped Sanborn take a 13-9 lead with 3:13 left in the first half, and the Indians added a safety and a field goal in the second half.
It was the first playoff game for the Sanborn program. The Indians will play at Plymouth in Saturday's Division II semifinals.
Portsmouth 37, Merrimack Valley 34: At Portsmouth, quarterback Donovan Phanor passed for two touchdowns and ran for two others as Portsmouth (9-1) won the Division II East championship. Portsmouth led 21-0 in the first half, but Merrimack Valley made it a 28-28 game in the fourth quarter. Portsmouth took the lead for good on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Phanor to Ian MacDonald.
Blake Gaboriault scored twice for Merrimack Valley, which completed its season with a 7-3 record. Gaboriault scored on a fumble return and a kickoff return.
Epping-Newmarket 28, Bishop Brady 0: At Epping, Alex Souvannaseng returned the opening kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown as Epping-Newmarket prevailed in the Division II East championship game. Fullback Joe LeClerc rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries,
Jacob Valinski made 18 tackles for Epping-Newmarket, which improved its record to 5-4. Bishop Brady finished 4-5.
Bow 18, Pelham 6: At Pelham, Matt Ehrenberg scored twice to help the Falcons win the Division III South title. Ehrenberg's TDs came in the fourth quarter on runs of 92 and 6 yards.
Pelham took a 6-0 lead on a 26-yard pass from Bryce Brown to Chris Benjamin, but Bow's Alexander Reitze returned the ensuing kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown. Bow improved to 8-1. Pelham suffered its first loss and finished 8-1.
Stevens 34, Newport 6: At Claremont, Donald Pellerin scored three touchdowns to help Stevens win the Division III West championship. Pellerin had 115 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the first half, when Stevens built a 21-0 lead. He added a 6-yard-TD run in the fourth quarter.
Stevens, which raised its record to 7-2, will face Epping-Newmarket at home in Saturday's semifinals. Newport completed its season with a 6-3 record. Two of its three losses came against Stevens.
IL/Moultonborough 27, Gilford 14: At Gilford, Nick Brothers scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns as Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough came from behind to win the Division III North championship. Gilford led 14-13 until Brothers intercepted a pass and returned it 70 yards for a TD. He also scored on a 2-yard run.
Devonte Carter (90-yard run) and Nick Hurd (15-yard run) also scored for Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough, which improved its record to 5-4. Gilford (6-3) committed six turnovers (three fumbles) in the loss.
Exeter 24, Spaulding 14: At Rochester, Chris Kelley scored three touchdowns and Jay Inzenga finished with 119 yards rushing on 19 carries to help Exeter win the Division I East championship. Exeter (7-3) also received a 26-yard field goal from Matt Oppici.
Kelley scored on an 8-yard pass from Joey Jones, a 1-yard run and a 5-yard run. The Blue Hawks held Spaulding running back Trey Scott to 21 yards on 12 carries. It was the first time Scott has not rushed for at least 100 yards in a game this season. Spaulding (6-4) received two touchdown passes from Josh LaPointe.
Keene 38, Nashua South 21: At Nashua, quarterback Alex Parenteau passed for two touchdowns and ran for two others as Keene prevailed in the Division I West title game. Parenteau had TD runs of 5 and 21 yards, and tossed TD passes to Isaiah Singer (11 yards) and Tommy Galanes (25 yards). The Blackbirds raised their record to 8-2 and will face Pinkerton Academy at home in Saturday's semifinals.
Nashua South quarterback Trevor Knight passed for two touchdowns and had a 48-yard TD run. South completed the season with an 8-2 record and both losses came against Keene.