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Just desserts: Lebanon chews up Hollis-Brookline

  • Lebanon High football fans had plenty to smile about in a 77-28 pounding of Hollis-Brookline at Henry Emerton Memorial Field in Lebanon on Sept. 10, 2021. Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — Greg Fennell—

  • Lebanon High senior lineman Zach Whitcomb is the first through the cheerleader-held banner prior to the Raiders' 77-28 rout of Hollis-Brookline in an NHIAA Division II football game in Lebanon, N.H., on Sept. 10, 2021. Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — Greg Fennell—

  • Lebanon High running back Cole Shambo (22) finds a hole between Hollis-Brookline's Tucker Luter (54) and Alex Kasprick-Martin (14) during the first quarter of the Raiders' 77-28 NHIAA Division II football win in Lebanon, N.H., on Sept. 10, 2021. Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — Greg Fennell—

  • Hollis-Brookline's Elliot Troddyn (24) is dragged down for a tackle by Lebanon High defensive back Jackson Stone, rear, during the first quater of an NHIAA Division II football game in Lebanon, N.H., on Sept. 10, 2021. Stone and the Raiders won handily, 77-28. Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — Greg Fennell—

Valley News Sports Editor
Published: 9/10/2021 11:05:56 PM
Modified: 9/10/2021 11:06:07 PM

LEBANON — The schedule maker gifted Lebanon High with dessert to open its NHIAA Division II football season. Now comes the main course.

The Raiders followed last week’s 60-14 rout of Manchester West with a 77-28 pasting of overmatched Hollis-Brookline on Friday night at Henry Emerton Memorial Field. Cole Shambo scored four touchdowns and Jackson Stone added three for Lebanon (2-0), which expects much stiffer competition in a visit to Milford on Friday night.

The evening left Lebanon coach Chris Childs in a no-win situation. The Cavaliers’ varsity was no match for the Raiders’ strength and speed, as Lebanon’s 42-0 lead after one quarter confirmed. The visitors’ points all came against the Raider junior varsity, forcing Childs to occasionally return to his starters to keep things in running time.

It got so absurd that Childs had to order JV quarterback Morgan Melendy to kneel down on multiple occasions — including twice on second-half conversion attempts — to close out the contest.

“You ask a kid to step out of bounds, but how can you ask a kid to do that when he scores his first varsity touchdown on a kick return?” Childs asked afterward. “It’s kind of a double-edged sword. People will look at that score and say, ‘What are they doing up there?’ I was taking a knee in the third quarter. I was trying to kill the clock.”

CJ Childs got Lebanon on the board after just 84 seconds, blocking a Joe Mahoney punt and returning the football 33 yards for the touchdown. A Shambo interception set up a 26-yard Nyeoti Punni TD dash. Stone scored from 2 and 32 yards. Shambo returned another tipped Mahoney punt 12 yards for points and closed the first quarter with a 48-yard scoring gallop.

H-B QB Riley McQuilkin had no time to operate against Lebanon’s varsity defense. He fared better against the jayvees, connecting on second-quarter TD tosses to Brady Laub (nine yards) and Colby MacDormand (22). Tucker Luter’s 15-yard return of a blocked punt for a score brought back Lebanon’s varsity, and Shambo bolted for another 48-yard TD and a 58-20 halftime cushion.

The Raiders’ three second-half scores all came from defense or special teams. Shambo returned the opening kickoff untouched 67 yards, Justin DeCarlo delivered a McQuilkin pickoff 53 yards for points and Ethan Price repeated the feat on a 94-yard pick-six late. McQuilkin linked with Mahoney from 35 yards for the Cavs’ other TD.

Shambo finished with four carries for 102 rushing yards for Lebanon.

“He played hard this week,” Childs noted. “He didn’t score at Manchester West last week; today he scored a defensive touchdown and had two long runs. Today he played well.”

After two weeks of dieting on sweets, Childs expects the menu to be largely meat and potatoes against Milford. It took all of 10 seconds after Friday’s handshakes for the Lebanon coach to remind his charges things will get much chewier from here on out.

“Our kids are going to have to play 48 minutes next week,” Childs said, “for sure.”

Greg Fennell can be reached at gfennell@vnews.com or 603-727-3226.




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