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Souhegan’s Bowkett sees his plan help produce a title

AMHERST – He arrived back at Souhegan High School four years ago as a man with a plan. After all, Robin Bowkett was a Saber alum, a former quarterback who was ready to be the man in charge of the Souhegan football program. And a few months after he arrived in the spring of 2017, a freshman ...

North head coach Laurendi now takes his place in history

NASHUA – He is not a coach who seeks the limelight by any means, but on Saturday, Nashua North High School football coach Dante Laurendi couldn't avoid it. He became part of Nashua history. He joined legendary Buzz Harvey, Ken Parady, Bill Hardy, and Scott Knight as the Nashua High School, ...

CHAMPIONS NOTEBOOK: Smith, Holland are Titan, Saber unsung heroes

It was a very happy return. Do you think after he scored two touchdowns in Saturday's Division I state title game that Nashua High School North football coach Dante Laurendi was glad to see back Isaac Smith return to the program after taking a year off? “Yeah, we hated it,” Laurendi ...

CHAMPIONS, PART 1: North routs Goffstown, 49-21 for Division I title

BEDFORD – All for one, one for all. That was always the attitude this season for the Nashua High School North football team. That was on display Saturday as the it used its depth in a 49-21 rout of Goffstown at Bedford's Bulldog Stadium for the Titans' first ever state ...

CHAMPIONS, PART 2: Lawhorn, Souhegan rally past Plymouth for Division II crown

AMHERST – Plymouth had ground Souhegan High’s 20-7 halftime lead to a pulp. The Sabers, who had hardly trailed all year, were down, 21-20, and reeling with the state’s most heralded small-school football power ready to deliver the knockout. Heads hung, panic was imminent. For answers, ...

North, Souhegan cross finish line with health and hardware

They both crossed the finish line first. Saturday was the best day of what has been a lousy 2020 as far high school sports is concerned. It was a day to bottle up and remember what is important. The area saw not one, but two football teams win championships as Nashua North throttled Goffstown ...

Championship Saturday finally here for Titans, Sabers

Welcome to Championship Saturday. It's not only a day when titles will be awarded, but for two local high school football teams hoping for hardware, it's also End of An Era Saturday. Today will be the last high school game for as many as 30-35 seniors between the Nashua North and Souhegan ...

Nashua North, Souhegan win Division I, II football titles

The Greater Nashua area has a pair of high school football champions. Nashua North ran by Goffstown, 49-21 on Saturday afternoon at Bedford's Bulldog Stadium to win the Division I crowns. At the same time, in Amherst, Souhegan High School captured the Division II championship. rallying for a ...

FOOTBALL FINALS: North’s defense rests with coordinator Tave

NASHUA – One day at Merrimack High School, when Dante Laurendi was the Tomahawks head coach, he saw most of his defensive players holding hockey sticks at practice. Huh? It was one of the many unorthodox, but fun, methods that Laurendi's defensive coordinator, Kyle Tave, used. “He brough ...

FOOTBALL FINALS: Grizzlies pose tough challenge for Titans

NASHUA – The toughest challenge awaits. Championship games aren't supposed to be easy, and that will certainly be the case for the 6-0 Nashua High School North football team when it takes on 8-0 Goffstown on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bedford High School's Bulldog Stadium. The fact that ...

FOOTBALL FINALS: Sabers set for big joust with Plymouth

AMHERST – This is the game many thought would take place when the abbreviated season began. Yes, it's Plymouth at 7-0 Souhegan on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Saber Field for the Division II championship. “A lot of people kind of had us penciled in as the potential championship game in Divison ...

North’s Harris-Lopez finally gets that championship chance

NASHUA – Yes, a year or two can make a big difference. Just ask Nashua High School North's generational football talent Curtis Harris-Lopez. A year ago, the standout quarterback was on the sidelines, watching his team lose without him to Merrimack for the second year in a row in the ...

Manning’s a great Sabers catch as record-setting receiver

AMHERST – Quarterback? Receiver? Who cares? As long as Luke Manning is helping the Souhegan High School football team win games, he'd play center. “I love it, honestly,” Manning said. “I think I couldn't have asked much more of my senior year. And the way we're finishing – I just ...

Lawhorn sets a winning tone for hard-working Sabers

AMHERST – Believe it or not, there was a time when Riley Lawhorn didn't really like football. He played one year of youth football in the fifth grade. “I didn't really like it, so I quit,” Lawhorn said, adding then he turned to lacrosse in the sixth grade. But lo and behold, today he's ...

Greene, Mwangi are simply ‘quiet good’ for the Titans

NASHUA – They are two of the more prominent members of the Nashua High School North football team's Unsung Club. Heroes? Nah. Senior backs Anthony Greene and Brian Mwangi simply do their jobs. And that's fine with them, as the Titans prepare for Saturday's Division I championship game vs. ...

North’s Harris-Lopez commits to College of Holy Cross

NASHUA – The Big Decision has been made, five days before the Big Game. Nashua High School North quarterback Curtis Harris-Lopez, called “a generational player” by many coaches around the area, has committed to the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He made his announcement ...

Division I Football Finals: Laurendi remembers the sting

NASHUA – The sting often never goes away. Nashua High School football coach Dante Laurendi will tell you that. He was North's offensive coordinator under then head coach Jason Robie when the Titans lost back to back Division I championship games in 2009 to Salem and 2010 to Pinkerton. And ...

Division II Football Finals: Beliveau hopes history is rewritten

Souhegan vs. Plymouth. The thought of renewing that championship rivalry this Saturday at Saber Field conjures up some special feelings on the part of Souhegan assistant coach Mike Beliveau. Remember, he's the Sabers former longtime head coach, and the head man for the five Souhegan losses to ...

Football Finals: Division I at Bedford, Divison II at Souhegan

We now know where and when. The times and more important, the locations, are set for Saturday's Division I and II NHIAA football championship games. The two local teams involved, Nashua North and Souhegan, won't be going far. How about Bedford for Division I at 1 p.m. and Souhegan High School ...

Titans overcome slow start to reach the finals, 33-28

NASHUA – It took 10 years, but the Titans are back. You don't have to pass the word, though, many expected it would be the Nashua High School North football team's destiny to reach their first Division I championship game in 10 years. The ones who didn't, though, were the Salem Blue Devils, ...