West downs East in CHaD Football classic

Staff photo by TOM KING Former Nashua South defensive end Derek Chiavelli has a special tie to the CHaD All-Star Game through his father Mark's sponsorship of the event.

DURHAM – The temperatures had to soar over 100 degrees with the bright sun radiating off the artificial turf at Wildcat


The ruthless weather did nothing to deter the Granite State’s football finest.

Behind a pair of third-quarter scoring drives engineered by Nashua South’s Sean Holland, the West stars topped the East, 24-20, in the CHaD Senior All-Star Game Saturday


“It’s really not that bad out here,” said Holland after playing the first quarter and yielding to Bedford’s Connor Robert for the


“It’s like a double (practice session) in August.”

By the time the third quarter rolled around, the players were singing a bit of a different tune.

“Oh, it’s hot, (extremely) hot,” said West co-captain Michael Boucher, a defensive lineman.

“I mean, two teams from New Hampshire, this is not something that any of us are used to. But, both teams are fighting through it, and we’re just doing everything we can out there.”

Trailing 14-7 at the break, Holland (6 for 18, 91 yards, 1 TD) got his second opportunity of the day, after being victimized by a series of early drops.

The Fordham-bound standout made this one count.

Holland clicked on five of his final 10 passes for 79 yards, including a five-yard TD toss to Garrett Macomber, which knotted the score at 14-14.

Down 20-14, late in the third his final series, Holland showed a bit of versatility, first hitting Merrimack’s Joe Eichman for a 14-yard chain-mover on third and 13, and then hauling in a nine-yard Jeremy Chandler toss, helping set the West up for a 33-yard field to slice the margin to 20-17 into the fourth.