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Maple Sugar Bowl: New Hampshire defeats Vermont

— Then, Winnacunnet’s Stephen Cronan connected with Bishop Guerin’s Mike Kelly with a 66-yard strike a little more than a minute into the third quarter to push New Hampshire’s lead to 28-14. After New Hampshire caused another turnover with an interception, they made it 35-14 after a 12-play, 90-yard drive was capped off with a 2-yard Lawrence touchdown run.

New Hampshire would add another touchdown, before McCormick hit Davine for a second time in the end zone for Vermont, but the contest was essentially out of reach well before then. This game could have been much closer if it not for five Vermont turnovers, but the New Hampshire power-running game and big offensive line is what won this game.

New Hampshire only passed the ball six times in the entire game (including three completions for 92 yards), rushing for 16 first downs and racking up a whopping 445 yards on the ground. There's not much of a need to pass the ball when the running game is producing those kinds of numbers.

For Vermont, the QB McCormick had good passing numbers, completing 22 of 48 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns, but also had four interceptions. Despite the loss however, Vermont was more competitive this year and could have made this a closer game, minus the turnovers.

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