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NHIAA Football: Campbell's second-half surge steamrolls Stevens

By CHRIS GAROFOLO
Union Leader Correspondent

November 12. 2017 3:18AM
Campbell's Ryan Yanuszewski is slowed down by Stevens' Damon Roy during their Division III semifinal in Litchfield on Saturday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
NHIAA Football
DIVISION I
FIRST ROUND
SATURDAY, NOV. 4
NORTH/EAST BRACKET
Winnacunnet 34, Bedford 33, OT
Goffstown 22, Exeter 20
SOUTH/WEST BRACKET
Salem 35, Londonderry 14
Pinkerton 42, Nashua South 14
SEMIFINALS
SATURDAY, NOV. 11
Winnacunnet 21, Goffstown 6
Pinkerton 45, Salem 28
CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY, NOV. 18
AT UNH'S WILDCAT STADIUM
(1) Winnacunnet vs. (3) Pinkerton, 6 p.m.

DIVISION II
FIRST ROUND
SATURDAY, NOV. 4
Bow 20, Windham 15
Hanover 42, Hollis/Brookline 21
Plymouth 49, Souhegan 21
St. Thomas 28, John Stark 13
SEMIFINALS
SATURDAY, NOV. 11
Bow 19, Hanover 7
Plymouth 21, St. Thomas 7
CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY, NOV. 18
AT UNH'S WILDCAT STADIUM
(2) Plymouth vs. (8) Bow, 2:30 p.m.

DIVISION III
FIRST ROUND
SATURDAY, NOV. 4
Monadnock 42, Kearsarge 3
Newport 57, Epping/Newmarket 12
Campbell 37, I-Lakes/Moultonborough 6
Stevens 33, Somersworth 6
SEMIFINALS
SATURDAY, NOV. 11
Monadnock 42, Newport 0
Campbell 33, Stevens 0
CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY, NOV. 18
AT UNH'S WILDCAT STADIUM
(1) Monadnock vs. (2) Campbell, 11 a.m.

LITCHFIELD - Powered by a 255-yard performance by Keegan Mills, Campbell knocked off last year's Division III champion Stevens of Claremont, on their home field Saturday afternoon by a score of 33-0.

Mills, a sophomore, led an effective rushing attack in the Division III semifinal, which also featured 173 yards on the ground from Ryan Yanuszewski, a senior.

The Campbell duo both surpassed the 1,000-yard mark this season, helping the second-seeded Cougars to a perfect 10-0 after Saturday's game.

They will play Monadnock Regional High School of Swanzey in the division championship at 11 a.m. on Nov. 18 at the University of New Hampshire. Monadnock beat Newport 42-0 in their semifinal.

The Cougars outscored the Cardinals 27-0 in the second half. Turnovers plagued Stevens, losing three fumbles and throwing three interceptions. Five of those giveaways were after halftime, including their first three possessions of the third quarter.

Campbell coach Greg Gush credited his team for coming out victorious after a "dogfight" with Stevens, the team that bumped them from the postseason last year.

"We knew we were going to have our hands full. They're big, physical (but) we held our own," Gush said. "I'm really proud of our kids hanging in there. There was no panic. Kids understand it's a grind and you got to get in there, figure out what they're doing and try and take it away."

Mills averaged 9.1 yards a carry on his 28 rushes while Yanuszewski averaged 7.5 yards on 23 carries. Both scored two touchdowns, with senior Nicholas Boucher adding a fifth with an 11-yard rushing score.

The sixth-seeded Cardinals (6-4) countered with 206 offensive yards, including 45 rushing from sophomore running back Keaghan McAllister. Senior Joe Desilets had five receptions for the Cardinals with a game-high 70 receiving yards.

"(Campbell) made some plays. They're a good team," said Stevens coach Paul Silva. "They got some players, and they just outplayed us a little bit today."

After a defensive stalemate throughout most of the first half, Campbell broke through with a 13-play drive that ended with a 31-yard touchdown run by Mills near the end of the second quarter.

But Campbell's second-half offense was too much for Stevens as the Cougars scored 19 points in the fourth quarter.

"We had some chances early on . it's a tough way to finish up," Silva said.

Monadnock 42, Newport 0

Fullback Junius Adams scored twice and the Monadnock defense overwhelmed Newport to lead the top-seeded Huskies to a 42-0 triumph over the fourth-seeded Tigers in Saturday's Division III semifinals held in Swanzey Center.

Monadnock's Tim Santaw had three interceptions, one he returned for a TD, and the Monadnock defense scored when Zach Johnson recovered a second-quarter fumble in the end zone. Adams scored on a 15-yard run in the first quarter, and a 44-yard run in the third.

Monadnock (10-0) also scored on Tim Hart's 7-yard run, and a 28-yard pass from Santaw to Chandler Matson. The Huskies led 6-0 after one quarter and 20-0 at halftime. Newport (8-2) was held to negative yardage in the first half.

Monadnock handed Newport both of its losses this season. The Huskies beat the Tigers 37-14 during the regular season.


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