A number of local 8th grade football players recently competed for Team N.H. in the prestigious Football University Tournament held recently at Bryant College in Rhode Island. The tournament consists of Allstars from the states of N.H. (including Maine), Mass., R.I., and Conn. competing against one another for a chance to advance to the National Championship held in Austin, Texas.
Representing the Lakes Region for Team N.H. were QB Riley Roy (Laconia), TB/S Drew Muzzey (Laconia), C Steven Towers (Laconia), OT Travis Adams (Laconia), OT Ethan Ormes (Gilford), WR Dylan Gansert (Gilford), LB Dexter Hanson (Kingswood), FB Tommy Pellerin (Franklin), G/DE Dylan Hixson (Plymouth), and LB/TB Garrett Macomber (Plymouth).
Team N.H. opened up with a game against R.I. and showed they were in the tourney to win it. N.H. controlled the action with a punishing ground game led by Muzzey (who had 2 TD's) and Macomber (who racked up nearly 100 yards on the day). When Team N.H. was rushing all over the field, Roy was throwing strikes to his receivers under the protection of Towers, Ormes, and Hixson. Team N.H.'s defense was just as strong as Macomber, Muzzey, and Hanson limited Team R.I. to just 3 first downs on the day. When the game finished, Team N.H. found themselves in the championship with a convincing 26-0 victory.
Next up was defending champs; Team Mass. Team N.H. tried their potent ground attack again, but found they were up against a much different team this time around. Sensing the need for a change, Roy went to the spread formation, which opened things up for receivers Gansert and Muzzey. Once the Mass. "D" softened, it was bruising fullback Tommy Pellerin who took over and was able to chew up large chunks of ground behind big holes made by Hixson and Adams. Unfortunatley for the youngsters from N.H., the experience combined with the speed and size of the Mass. team proved to be too much for Team N.H., as Mass. walked away with a 34-0 victory.
The coaches for Team N.H., Rod Roy (Laconia), Chip Nyhan (Laconia), Eric Shirley (Gilford), Mike Robbs (Gilford), and Bob Polish (Bow) had nothing but praise for their team. "What a great bunch of athletes we had." said Coach Roy. "They all played extremely well and showed not only what extraordinary talents they have, but also what extraordinary hearts they have. Team Mass. is a great football team, but our boys never quit, never got down, and never gave up. They battled right until the end. I wish I could coach this team of kids for the next four years because they are a special group of kids."
Team N.H. would like to thank FBU director Tim Snow (Winnisquam) for the opportunity to play in the tournament and a very special "Thank You" to all of the parents who supported their boys throughout the last 12 weeks.