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West All-Stars Are Best Again

New Hampshire West's CJ Gosselin (left), of Stevens High School, attempts a tackle on New Hampshire East's Ryan Monette (center), of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, during the second annual Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) All Stars Football game at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on Saturday, June 29, 2013. West defeated East by a score of 13-7 in overtime.

(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

New Hampshire West's CJ Gosselin (left), of Stevens High School, attempts a tackle on New Hampshire East's Ryan Monette (center), of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, during the second annual Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) All Stars Football game at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on Saturday, June 29, 2013. West defeated East by a score of 13-7 in overtime. (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

Durham, n.h. — From both sides of the state and on both sides of the field, defense dominated in yesterday’s CHaD East-West New Hampshire High School All-Star Game. The two teams forced key turnovers, came up with crucial sacks, held the offenses to a combined 436 yards, and the East even blocked a potential game-winning field-goal to force overtime.

The West team, appropriately, came up with a fumble on the opening possession of overtime and then Goffstown’s Connor Benjamin swept right for an 8-yard touchdown run to give the West a 13-7 victory at the University of New Hampshire.

“I think it was good defensive game planning on both sides,” said former Concord coach Bob Camirand, who was the East’s head coach. “(East’s) Kenny Sciacca and (West’s) Paul Lavigne, the defensive coordinators from both sides, did an outstanding job of stopping two pretty good football teams.”

With the score tied 7-7, the West drove all the way to the East’s 18-yard line and seemed in position to claim the win in regulation before the East defense came up with two clutch plays. First, Exeter’s Jamie Vogt dropped West quarterback James Caparell for a 7-yard loss with just five seconds left on the clock. Then Portsmouth defensive lineman Ricky Holt, who finished with 81/2 tackles and the game MVP award, blocked the 41-yard field goal attempt from Manchester West’s Zach Ziemba.

The game organizers and officials had to decide on the fly what kind of overtime to use, and they opted for the NHIAA rules that give each team the ball on the 10-yard line. The East had the first shot, but on third-and-goal from the 1, Lebanon’s Dylan Drew forced a fumble and Souhegan’s Tyler Ford recovered it. The West then needed any kind of score to win, and Benjamin (team-high 57 yards on 14 carries) took care of things with a touchdown two plays later.

The West moved the ball more efficiently through the air thanks to the Bedford combination of Caparell (8-for-12, 97 yards, touchdown) and receiver Brian Collins (three catches, 53 yards, touchdown). The two connected for a 47-yard pass, the longest play of the game, and then took advantage of the yardage by finishing the drive with a 1-yard touchdown connection that gave the West a 7-0 lead with 3:42 left in the first.

The score stayed that way until the East finally found some points early in the fourth quarter. Using a three-running back set, the East marched 68 yards in 12 pays, all runs, capped by a 1-yard touchdown from St. Thomas’s Ryan Monette (102 yards on 25 carries) that tied things at 7-7 with 10:48 remaining in regulation.

■ The game generated $251,168 for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, as well as $45,000 in in-kind donations.

■  UNH coach Sean McDonnell and Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, a former UNH assistant coach, watched the game together from the sideline.

— Concord Monitor

H.S. Softball

North Completes Sweep

Castleton, Vt. — The North wasted no time generating offense in yesterday’s 12-1 victory over the South in the Vermont North-South Softball Classic. The North built a 7-0 lead in the first three innings and U-32’s Kim Watson, the No. 9 batter in the order, hit the ball as hard as anyone in those early innings.

Watson had a single and two-run double in her first two at-bats.

The whole North team had its batting stroke, banging out 14 hits.

The victory gave the North a sweep of the three-game set as it also won the games Friday evening, 5-0 and 6-1.