East prevails in CHaD All-Star game

MANCHESTER – Team East built a four-touchdown cushion and claimed a 28-14 victory over Team West at the CHaD NH East-West High School Football All-Star Game on June 25 at Saint Anselm College.

It’s the East’s second straight victory over the West – which featured Bedford’s Bobby Heald, Tucker Lavigne, Danny Flynn and Nolan Lacombe – in the charity all-star game.

The 81 players on the roster set a record for fundraising by donating over $70,000. Heald was recoginized before the game for being the top fundraiser among players with $6,400.

Team West highlights included a 39-yard touchdown pass to Merrimack’s Ian Roberts from Goffstown’s Casey Gervais in the fourth quarter, which was followed by a 6-yard touchdown pass from Gervais to Bishop Guertin’s Nick Lorden to cut the deficit to 28-14.

Lorden had a game-high five catches for 49 yards, while Roberts tallied a team-high 61 receiving yards on two catches.

Bishop Guertin’s Jackson Housman had an interception for Team West, while Goffstown’s Connor Bourque set a record with 129 rushing yards on 23 carries.

However, none of that was enough to stop Team East, along with Timberlane’s Jason Hughes, who took home the game’s MVP award.

Hughes completed 13 of 20 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns. He also picked up 31 yards on the ground.

East struck first with 2:34 to go in the first quarter when Winnacunnet’s Brian Auffant picked off BG’s J.T. Hiscoe and returned it 50 yards for a score.

East added to the lead with 58 seconds left in the half on a 12-yard pass from Hughes to Londonderry’s Nick Donnelly for a 14-0 halftime cushion.

Hughes hooked up with Donnelly for a 20-yard touchdown strike with 6:30 to go in the third quarter, before East capped its scoring with a 10-yard aerial strike from Hughes to Exeter’s Hunter Long.

"We picked character kids and our goal was to put the kids in the right positions and have the right depth so we could platoon them like we did tonight," said East head coach Craig Kozens. "They accepted the challenge, bought into their roles and man did they execute.

"Can’t ask for anything more."

West head coach Paul Lavigne admired his squad for continuing to fight in the fourth quarter despite the deficit.

"I’m proud of the kids. I don’t think they gave up and they played hard right to the end," said Lavigne. "Team East, they played very well and they were well-coached. I give them a lot of credit. They took advantage of our mistakes and they deserve it."