Concord's Law is Athlete of the Month
If there's one thing to remember about Concord High quarterback Robbie Law's sensational junior season, it's that he completed 100 passes and never threw an interception in 12 Division I games. The NHIAA doesn't keep individual statistics, but anyone would be hard pressed to find another Granite State quarterback to match Law's accomplishment.
It was Law's focus and accuracy that led Concord High to the program's first Division I undefeated season last month and his stellar post-season performance allowed him to capture the Apple Therapy Services/Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center New Hampshire Union Leader Athlete of the Month honors for November. Law will be honored at the New Hampshire Union Leader's annual sports banquet, The Leaders: A Celebration of New Hampshire Sports Champions on Feb. 9, 2014.
Law guided Concord to a 12-0 record, setting the program record for most wins in a season.
Law's run through the playoffs starting heating up in the Crimson Tide's last regular-season game. He completed 7-of-12 passes for 88 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown strike in Concord's 35-7 win against Goffstown.
In the Division I North championship, Law was 12-of-17 for 201 yards with three touchdown passes covering 59, 16 and 16 yards in a 53-14 win against Manchester Central. In a 22-10 victory over Exeter in the Division I semifinals, Law was 7-of-15 for 107 yards with a 12-yard TD pass, a conversion pass and a conversion run.
Finally, in a 42-14 decision over Pinkerton Academy of Derry in the Division I championship, Law completed 8-of-11 passes for 219 yards with touchdown strikes covering 5, 21 and 27 yards. His final completion gave him 100 for the season, with no interceptions. "He's got that extra something you can't teach as a coach and our coaching staff saw it when he was a freshman," said Concord head coach Eric Brown. "We don't keep freshman stats, but he threw about 40 touchdown passes. Last year as a sophomore, we made the decision to make him our starting quarterback three weeks into the season and we've never looked back."
Brown, who has been coaching for nearly 25 years and has seen many great quarterbacks at all levels, said completing 100 passes with no interceptions is impressive.
"We're talking about a full 12-game season and around 150 pass attempts," said Brown. "The thing about Robbie is he doesn't panic. If he doesn't have a play, he usually throws the ball away or takes the sack. He's not the biggest kid on the field (5-foot-10, 175 pounds), but he throws the ball to where it's supposed to be."
Depth was a strong suit of Concord, particularly in the receiving corps with seniors Seimou Smith, Nick Comeau, Mark Gaudet and junior Jake Szulc. Law also had a safety value in senior halfback Walters Ndi.
"His mechanics improved dramatically from his sophomore to junior season and he continues to get better," said Brown. "He's a competitor and winner."
Law received 31 points from the nine-member Union Leader Board of Judges for the November honor. Finishing second in the balloting with 27 points was Southern New Hampshire University soccer standout Christian Rodriguez of Manchester.
The Memorial High product played a major role last month in helping the Penmen to the NCAA Division II national title in Evans, Ga.
In November, in a pair of consecutive wins against the College of St. Rose, Rodriguez totaled three shots on net with one goal. He also put three shots on goal in a 1-0 win over Merrimack College in the Northeast-10 Conference championship game.
In the second round of the NCAA tournament (the Penmen received a first-round bye), he scored two goals in a 3-0 victory over Wilmington (Del.). In a 3-1 win against LIU Post in the East Region finals, Rodriguez assisted a corner kick try that was headed in by teammate Dominic Samuel.
In SNHU's final game in the month, in the NCAA quarterfinals, the Penmen beat host Mercyhurst 5-4 on penalty kicks. Rodriguez scored the fifth and deciding goal that punched SNHU's ticket to the NCAA Final Four.
Placing third in the balloting with 15 points was Jensyn Dandeneau of Berlin. In the NHIAA Division IV field hockey finals, the sophomore forward scored her team's first and third goals in a 4-0 win against top-ranked Derryfield School of Manchester at Bedford High. Derryfield had not allowed a goal all season entering the finals.
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. September — Jesiah Wade, football, Manchester. October — Emily Cousins, cross country, Hopkinton.