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NHIAA Football: Goffstown puts Spaulding away early

Special to the Union Leader

October 22. 2017 2:42AM

GOFFSTOWN - Drama didn't attend Goffstown's homecoming football game, a 35-6 win over Spaulding of Rochester (1-7) on yet another unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon.

The Grizzlies improved to 7-1 as the dynamic duo of junior quarterback Charles Keith and senior highlight reel Andrew Duval accounted for five touchdowns and a 35-0 lead midway through the second quarter. The second half started with a running clock and clean uniforms lining up on both sides of the ball.

"Coach (Justin) Hufft did a good job of keeping up our mental state so we were able to make an early stand and give some other players a chance to play," said Keith (completed 5 of 6 passes for 176 yards), who rushed for one touchdown and tossed three scoring strikes of 29, 68 and 15 yards to Duval.

"He's a shiny object on the field and I like looking at him," said Keith of Duval who rushed for 50 yards - including one touchdown - caught four passes for 121 yards and also completed a pass to Carter Chouinard for 18 yards. Duval and Keith took turns at quarterback during the Grizzlies first three drives.

"That was a big surprise to me," said Keith with a wide smile. "You never know what Hufft has up his sleeve."

The Grizzlies scored touchdowns on five of their six first possessions. Joshua Juneau contributed 65 all-purpose yards. The Red Raiders had some success moving the ball, but converted first downs on one of six attempts on fourth down.

"We knew we were going up against a good team. We never lost our cool but couldn't capitalize," said Kealian Craig, who also ripped off 25 yards on a running play.

Spaulding senior quarterback Noah Lapointe completed 10 of 24 passes for 106 yards and an interception (Justin Pinard) in the first half, finding classmate Mitchell Stokes three times and connecting on two receptions each to Tyler Dickinson, Ryan Lane and Craig.

"We usually move the ball well until we reach the red zone," said Spaulding coach John Shea. "Today you've got to factor in the fact that we were going up against a good defense."

Goffstown's Jake Brown continually harassed Lapointe on the pass rush. Evan Cuddy, Adam Moses and Joshua Picard each recorded sacks.

Following intermission, the hometown crowd grew contentedly quiet. Flag bearers running before the grandstand couldn't evoke much response. Following intermission, Red Raiders junior Hunter McCann connected with Stokes for a 34-yard scoring strike with 1:06 left in the third quarter.

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