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The Bedford Dental Care Game of the Week - Milford vs. Souhegan

posted Sep 23, 2014, 7:00 AM by Milford Spartans   [ updated Sep 23, 2014, 7:00 AM ]

Milford celebrates on the sideline after recovering a fumble in the final seconds of their game at Souhegan.

Milford was able to hold off Souhegan in the annual rivalry game between these two Division II opponents with the Sabers threatening very late in the game. 
Jen Chick & Pete Tarrier provided full coverage. 

Click HERE to view the NH Sports Highlights and interviews. 

Defense leads way

posted Sep 23, 2014, 6:57 AM by Milford Spartans

Friday, September 19, 2014


Staff photo by Joe Marchilena

Milford's Jahir Romney gets a block from teammate Nick Skinner as he runs past Hollis Brookline's Tommy Grant during Friday's game in Milford.



Staff Writer

It might have been a short week between games for the Hollis Brookline High School football team, but it didn’t feel like it to the Cavaliers.

After getting pummeled by Windham in the season opener on Sunday, Friday night’s game at Milford couldn’t come soon enough. And in that short period of time, the Cavs turned their season around.

Matt Ferenzchalmy rushed for 157 yards and the game-winning touchdown on 29 carries and the HB defense forced five turnovers, including three interceptions, to beat Milford 13-7 in a Division II non-conference game.

The Cavs (1-1) gained all but 5 of their 216 yards on the ground and the defense held the Spartans (1-1) to just 52 yards in the second half.

“Nothing feels better than getting that bad taste out of your mouth,” HB coach Chris Lones said. “We told them we’re playing another tough opponent because (Milford) is a really good football team. We talked about all week that we had to play our best game in order to have a chance to win.”

Milford had opportunities. Twice in the first half, the Spartans had the ball inside the HB 20, but penalties pushed them back.

Down six with 4:58 left in the fourth, Milford’s defense forced the ball over on downs at its own 22-yard line, but on the first play, Max Urda’s pass over the middle was intercepted by Tommy Grant.

The Spartans defense held again and blocked a 30-yard field attempt by Cole Owens, but the offense sputtered and HB was able to run out the clock.

“They beat us in every facet of the game,” Milford coach Keith Jones said. “They got off the ball faster than us, they sustained blocks longer than us. We had a lot of penalties, too many turnovers.

“There’s no recipe for winning if you’re going to have penalties and turnovers, and not play well.”

Matt Madigan led Milford with 55 yards rushing and gave the Spartans the lead with a 12-yard touchdown run with 3:38 to go in the first quarter. HB answered with a 4-yard scoring run by Wyatt Farwell, but Owens’ extra point was blocked, leaving Milford up 7-6 with 11:29 to go in the half.

That’s where the score stood until Ferenzchalmy’s 40-yard touchdown run put HB up for good with 6:56 remaining in the third.

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Ferenczhalmy, defense lead Hollis Brookline football past Milford

posted Sep 16, 2014, 10:12 AM by Milford Spartans   [ updated Sep 23, 2014, 6:34 AM ]

Milford's Dillon Burdick reacts after the Spartans turned the ball over in the fourth quarter Friday.

MILFORD – Matt Ferenczhalmy rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown and the Hollis Brookline High School football team forced five turnovers in a 13-7 win Friday night over Milford.

Four days after giving up 56 points in a loss to Windham, the Cavaliers held the Spartans scoreless for the final three-plus quarters and held the Spartans to just 52 yards in the second half. Meanwhile, Ferenczhalmy was having his way with Milford, rushing 29 times for 5.4 yards per carry, and his 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter proved to be the difference.

Milford’s Dillon Burdick reacts after the Spartans turned the ball over in the fourth quarter Friday.

“He’s a horse,” HB coach Chris Lones said. “Watching him, it doesn’t matter how many times he carries the ball, he seems to get better the more he does it. He’s got to have the ball in his hands 25 times a game to be effective. He’s tireless. He runs so hard and he’s so big and strong. I’m glad he’s on my team.”

The Cavs (1-1) also got a 4-yard touchdown run from Wyatt Farwell in the second quarter and the defense recovered two fumbles and intercepted Milford quarterback Max Urda three times.

The last of those turnovers came with just under five minutes left in the game, after Milford (1-1) had forced the ball over on downs. Urda dropped back to pass on the first play from the Spartans’ 22-yard line and HB’s Tommy Grant made a diving interception to give the Cavs the ball.

“That was a huge interception by Tommy Grant,” Lones said. “He laid out for that football. And Joe (Brooks) had a nice pick (in the third quarter) that stopped a drive. Sometimes you’ve got make plays and those kids on defense, they fought all game long. They played so hard and they have so much heart.”

Milford got 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground from Mark Madigan, and Urda was 5 of 13 passing for 53 yards, but the Spartans were bogged down by penalties in the first half and struggled to move the ball in the second.

“They beat us in every facet of the game,” Milford coach Keith Jones said. “They got off the ball faster than us, they sustained blocks longer than us. We had a lot of penalties, too many turnovers. There’s no recipe for winning if you’re going to have penalties and turnovers, and not play well.”

Madigan’s touchdown gave Milford a 7-0 lead with 3:38 to go in the first quarter, finishing off a nine-play, 62-yard drive that ate up almost five minutes. The Spartans faced a first-and-25 on the drive, thanks to a holding penalty, but a 9-yard pass from Urda to Bryce Walker and a 31-yard run by Jahir Romney helped set up Madigan’s 12-yard scoring run.

Hollis Brookline's Patch Zorn looks for a receiver.

Hollis Brookline’s Patch Zorn looks for a receiver.

HB answered the score on its next possession, putting together a 15-play, 65-yard drive that ended in Farwell’s scoring run with 11:19 left until halftime. On the drive, HB converted a fourth-and-1 and got a first down when Milford was called for pass interference on third-and-13 from the Spartans’ 29.

Romney returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards to HB’s 25-yard line, and Milford had a first-and-goal from the 10, but the Spartans were flagged for an illegal shift on first down. Romney was then dropped for a 5-yard loss and Urda was sacked by Andrew Butler for a 6-yard loss.

After an incomplete pass on third down, Milford faced a fourth-and-goal from the 26 and Urda was intercepted by Patch Zorn.

“Every time we moved the ball, we’d go from a positive gain to 10 yards back,” Jones said. “It was so many (penalties), I can’t remember who had them. I’ll have to go back and look at film. You’ll never win a football game with that many penalties and that many turnovers.”

HB tried to put the game away after Grant’s interception, but the offense stalled at Milford’s 15-yard line and Cole Owens’ 30-yard field attempt was blocked. The Spartans recovered the kick at their own 37 and Urda found Madigan for a 9-yard gain on first down, but the offense again went backward before turning the ball over on downs.

“I hope they don’t break a big one,” Ferenczhalmy said of the last Milford drive. “I think they were hoping to wear us down in the fourth quarter, but we weren’t going to let that happen.”

Milford, Souhegan open the season with a win

posted Sep 16, 2014, 6:15 AM by Milford Spartans   [ updated Sep 23, 2014, 6:35 AM ]

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WEARE – Milford High School dominated John Stark in its football season opener, rolling to a 35-14 victory.

The Generals took an early 7-0 lead, but the Spartans’ defense clamped down the rest of the way, and the offense proved unstoppable for most of the afternoon.

Milford wasted little time tying the score at 7-7 when quarterback hit Bryce Walker with a 7-yard pass on 4th-and-goal, then took the lead for good when Jahir Romney rand 23 yards for a touchdown with 8:11 to go in the first half. Romney ended the day with 97 yards on 10 carries.

The Spartans defense set up the first score of the second half by recovering a John Stark fumble, leading to Dustin Post’s 8-yard TD run.

Urda found Walker for another TD pass, then the QB capped the scoring with a 6-yard scoring run of his own. Urda finished the day with 119 yards on eight completes in 12 throws, and ran for 32 yards on nine carries.

The Spartans will open their home season Friday night against Hollis Brookline.

Souhegan gets revenge

SWANZEY – The Souhegan High School football team relied heavily on Cameron Kinney in Friday night’s season opener.

The junior running back didn’t disappoint, carrying the ball 17 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns as the Sabers pulled off a 27-20 win over Monadnock on the Huskies’ home field.

Quarterback Mike Mancini connected on four of his seven passes for 63 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His aerial scoring strike landed in the hands of Brendan Cray (three receptions, 52 yards, one TD).

Monadnock quarterback Deion Russell, who rushed seven times for 37 yards, connected on three of his five passes for 90 yards, two touchdowns – both to Liam Morris, who had two receptions for 86 yards – and one interception in the loss.

Jared Redfield (eight carries, 29 yards) scored the Huskies rushing touchdown, while Bailey Johns (13 carries, 38 yards) also played well in defeat.

Souhegan is off this week before hosting Milford on Oct. 19.

Around D-II

The Spartans and Sabers weren’t the only teams in the South Conference to pick up wins to open the season. In fact, every team in the conference started the year 1-0. Pelham won its first game in Division II by crushing ConVal, 49-8, last Friday, while Trinity exploded in the second half to beat Manchester West 44-7 on Saturday.

After getting postponed Saturday night, Windham set a school record for points in a game in beating Hollis Brookline 56-0.

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2014 NH Football Showcase

posted Feb 17, 2014, 8:06 AM by Milford Spartans   [ updated Feb 17, 2014, 8:08 AM ]

Darrin Nicoli of The Next Level Sports Training, will conduct a NH Football Showcase at Bedford HS (NH) on June 22nd. The Showcase is to help athletes get the exposure to college coaches they need and deserve in this area. This is a one day event that will consist of a Combine, Meet & Greet with the college coaches in attendance and Skills Work for each position for the athletes to show what they have in front of the coaches.
This is a great opportunity all sophomores, juniors and seniors who want to play at the next level to get on the recruiting radar.
There will also be a free recruiting info seminar for all players and families who register.
The Showcase will be run by Darrin Nicoli, Owner/Director, The Next Level Sports Training, along with Roger Brown of NH Football Report and ESPN Boston, Under Armour and HS coaches who are interested in being involved.

Information about The Next Level Sports Training organization can be found here -

If you have any questions please contact: 
Darrin Nicoli
The Next Level Sports Training
Facility: (603) 601-2138

Division II All-State Team

posted Jan 14, 2014, 9:06 AM by Milford Spartans   [ updated Jan 14, 2014, 9:07 AM ]

First Team Offense

QB: Ivan Niyomugabo Merrimack Valley 11
RB: Jared Kuehl Plymouth Regional 12
RB: Jake Gepert St. Thomas Aquinas 12
TE: Tristen Theroux Trinity 12
WR: Cole Martin Merrimack Valley 12
WR: Ryan Mitchell St. Thomas Aquinas
C: Evan Jones Portsmouth 11
G: Ian Landry Trinity 12
G: Chris Peel Portsmouth 12
T: Sean Zaikowski Plymouth Regional 12
T: Patrick Glynn Portsmouth 12
K/P: Hayden Middleton St. Thomas Aquinas 12
RET. Donovan Phanor Portsmouth 12

First Team Defense
DE: Kyle Reisert Plymouth Regional 12
DE: Ryan Baldwin* Trinity 11
DT: Efran Nouel Laconia 12
DT: Chris Mignanelli Plymouth Regional 12
LB: John Thomas Plymouth Regional 12
LB: James Haslam Portsmouth 12
LB: Kurtis Jolicoeur Windham 11
S: Harrison Urda Milford 12
S: Carmen Gianpetruzzi Trinity 12
DB: Justin Robinson Plymouth Regional 11
DB: Austin Pelletier Lebanon 12

COACH OF THE YEAR: Chuck Lenahan, Plymouth Regional HS

Second Team Offense/Defense
QB: Collin Sullivan Plymouth Regional
DE: Brandon Smith Windham
RB: Mitchell Banuskevich Milford
DE: Ryan Head Merrimack Valley
RB: Austin Chambers Trinity
DT: Camden Brown Trinity
TE: Tom McCullough Kingswood Regional
DT: Josh Carlisle St. Thomas Aquinas
WR: Kyle Chiasson Laconia
LB: Abe Demaio Kingswood Regional
WR: Ian Michaud Milford
LB: Nate Arnold Kennett
C: Kellan Brien John Stark
LB: Carson Dunn John Stark
G: Cam Barth Monadnock
S: Nick Graziano Kennett
G: Travis Hughes Milford
S: Ian Girdwood Lebanon
T: Mitchell Bailey Laconia
DB: Brad Rhoades Trinity
T: David Crichton Windham
DB: Kevin Kaneb St. Thomas Aquinas
K/P: Grayson Hardy Lebanon
RET: Shawn Cavallaro Hanover

Division II South All-conference team

posted Jan 14, 2014, 9:01 AM by Milford Spartans   [ updated Jan 14, 2014, 9:04 AM ]

DIVISION II SOUTH  All-conference team

QB: Brendan McInnis (Windham)
RB: Mitchell Banuskevich (Milford)
RB: Austin Chambers (Trinity)
RB: Drew Prescott (Souhegan)
TE: Tristen Theroux (Trinity)
SE: Ian Michaud (Milford)
OT: Parker Desborough (Souhegan)
OT: David Crichton (Windham)
OG: Ian Landry (Trinity)
OG: Travis Hughes (Milford)
C: Kellan Brien (John Stark)
DE: Ryan Boldwin (Trinity)
DE: Brandon Smith (Windham)
DT: Camden Brown (Trinity)
DT: George LePage (Souhegan)
LB: Carson Dunn (John Stark)
LB: Kurtis Jolicoeur (Windham)
LB: Zach Poole (Trinity)
S: Harrison Urda (Milford)
S: Carmen Giampertruzzi (Trinity)
C: Joe Frake (Windham)
C: Brad Rhoades (Trinity)
Special Teams
KR: Kellin Bail (Windham)
P: Evan Perron (Milford)

CHaD Announces Roster for 2014 NH East-West High School All Star Game

posted Jan 14, 2014, 8:53 AM by Milford Spartans   [ updated Jan 14, 2014, 8:57 AM ]

Congratulations to Harrison Urda on being named to the roster for Team West.  The CHaD NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game, powered by the Bedford & Nashua Ambulatory Surgical Centers, features New Hampshire's top graduating football players in a battle of East vs. West. The game has raised over $500,000 in its first two years for critical programs at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, including the Kristen's Gift Endowment Fund for children fighting cancer at CHaD.

The 2014 game will be played at Saint Anselm College in Manchester in Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 1pm. Granite State coaching icons Paul Lavigne (West) and Tony Johnson (East) will head up the teams in 2014.

NH Tackles Hunger

posted Oct 21, 2013, 8:10 AM by Milford Spartans   [ updated Mar 27, 2016, 7:00 AM ]

We are writing with the hope that your school and the New Hampshire HS football community will embrace a project for the NH Food Bank called “Spirit of Giving: NH Tackles Hunger. 

WMUR has partnered with the NH Food Bank and the NHIAA for this worthwhile project.  We would like to use your away football game on Nov. 1st as a one-time collection sight for food and donations.  A food pantry that serves your community will be in touch to work out the details with you.  In addition, we need your help to promote this food drive within your school (band, student council, etc.) and with your football booster club.  The home school will also have a collection sight.

To get the ball rolling, one NH business will donate $1 for every ticket sold at each of the Manchester games during the weekend campaign! If you have other ideas that will help make a positive impact let us know we’re open to hearing them.

The NH Food Bank continues to experience increased demand, while some of our retail partners begin to downsize.  The closings of Stop & Shop and several Shaw's stores have already had a significant impact on the efforts of the Food Bank; just food recovery from these select stores was over 500,000 pounds last year.  Most recently, we have learned that all Shaw's stores will discontinue their Fresh Rescue (meat recovery) programs, resulting in a devastating loss of an additional 500,000 pounds of quality protein.  In total; based on calendar year 2012, the loss of donated food to the NH Food Bank and our partner agencies means a loss of nearly one million meals. This loss coupled with the continued cuts to federal nutrition programs will be devastating to the neediest men, women and children of New Hampshire as the emergency food system is already strained.

The donations that are collected at the game will stay in your community and the community of the visiting team. There are 28 games and 56 teams in action on the weekend of Nov 1st  and 2nd.  Just imagine the number of families that will be helped.

Thank you for any level of participation that you can offer. Attached please find a flier that can be displayed in your school.


Jamie Staton

Sports Director

WMUR-TV Sports

Mel Gosselin

Executive Director

New Hampshire Food Bank

ITEMS Needed
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Tuna
  • Soups
  • Pasta
  • Sauce
  • Canned Fruit and Veggies


Cash Donations also accepted

Milford falls to Windham, 27-23

posted Oct 8, 2013, 9:43 AM by Milford Spartans

WINDHAM – The Milford High School football team had opportunities Saturday afternoon to close the door on Windham.

But at the start of the fourth quarter, the door was still wide open, and the Jaguars ran right through it.

Brendan McInnis threw two touchdown passes in the final quarter – one each to Anthony Gallo and Joey Frake – and Windham forced Milford to turn the ball over on its final two possessions in a 27-23 win for the Jaguars in a Division II South Conference game.

McInnis finished the game 5 of 9 passing for 216 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with Gallo twice for scores, as the Jaguars (4-1) only outgained the Spartans 381-377. But three Milford turnovers, including a fumble in the third quarter at Windham’s 3-yard line, and 47 yards in penalties proved to be costly for the Spartans (3-2).

“You turn the ball over, you can’t win a football game,” Milford coach Keith Jones said. “We kept giving them opportunities to come back and they came back. You can’t do that.”

Milford got 219 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Mitchell Banuskevich, as the Spartans found the end zone on their first three drives,

finding success around the edges of the Windham defense.

But the Jaguars made some adjustments midway through the second quarter, making it tougher for Milford to take advantage of its speed on the outside.

“We knew they had a terrific perimeter game,” Windham coach Bill Raycraft said. “We repped that (in practice), but unfortunately, we can’t rep it as well as they do it live.

“Their speed caught us off guard a little bit. We had to make some substitutions this week because of injuries. We needed guys to step up. We made adjustments, went man-to-man in the second half and did a little spying.”

The Spartans took a 20-13 lead into halftime, and after forcing a fumble on Windham’s opening drive, Milford pounded its way inside the Jaguars’ 10-yard line. But on first-and-goal from the 9, Evan Perron (52 yards rushing) fumbled the ball and Windham’s Kellin Bail recovered at the 3.

The Milford defense was able to hold Windham and the Spartans got the ball back on the Jaguars’ 42, setting up a 27-yard field goal by Ross Briggs that made it a 23-13 lead for the Spartans with 2:03 left in the third.

It looked like the Spartans would make another stop, as Windham’s next drive appeared to stall in Milford territory. But on fourth-and-3 at the Spartans’ 32, McInnis found Gallo alone behind the secondary for a touchdown, and the conversion made it 23-21 Milford with 9:06 to play.

After a three-and-out by Milford, McInnis hit Frake for a short game on second down and the Windham junior slipped two tackles and outran everyone for a 70-yard touchdown. This time, the conversion failed but the Jaguars led 27-23 with 6:11 left.

“He’s a guy that we want to have the ball in his hands,” Raycraft said of McInnins. “He’s coming of age.”

Jones knew how well the Windham quarterback could throw the ball coming in, and the Spartans pass defense broke down a few too many times.

“We were very well-aware what they were capable of and what they could,” Jones said. “We just weren’t in the right place all time and we have to do a better job.”

Milford got down to the Windham 23 on the ensuing drive, but a fumble by quarterback Harrison Urda was recovered by the Jaguars. The Spartans were able to get the ball back with 1:19 left, but on second down, an Urda pass was picked off by Bail.

“Both teams left it out here,” Jones said. “This stinks, but I don’t think anybody can walk away saying they didn’t give it everything they had. It was a great game, we’re on the wrong end of it, but there’s always next week.”
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Staff Writer

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