Lebanon’s Childs named NH Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl coach

  • Lebanon High football coach Chris Childs makes a point to his team Saturday after its 62-14 rout of NHIAA Division III rival Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton. The Raiders improved to 5-0 and have visions of their first state title since 2010. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »

  • Lebanon head coach Chris Childs takes a moment to assess his team's situation as they were down 42-0 against John Stark at the end of the second quarter in Lebanon, N.H., on September 16, 2016. Lebanon held John Stark scoreless in the second half but lost, 42-6. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Geoff Hansen

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 12/9/2021 12:21:32 PM
Modified: 12/9/2021 12:21:06 PM

LEBANON — Lebanon High football coach Chris Childs will guide the New Hampshire team in the 2022 Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Game, game organizers announced on Thursday morning.

The game pits all-star teams of graduated high school seniors from New Hampshire and Vermont against each other, with proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. The 69th annual meeting will take place Aug. 6, 2022, at Castleton University in Castleton, Vt.

Childs has led the Raiders for the last 15 years and also coached the New Hampshire Shrine team in 2011, when the Granite Staters posted a 45-21 victory. New Hampshire leads the all-time series 49-16, with two ties.

Childs is an alumus of the Shrine game himself, representing New Hampshire in 1995. He was an assistant coach at Windsor when the Yellowjackets won a state championship in 1999 and later became an assistant at Stevens. He then worked with the Lebanon junior high program before taking over the varsity team in 2007.

This year, the Raiders went undefeated in the regular season and earned the No. 2 seed in the NHIAA Division II playoffs, beating Souhegan in the quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals to Milford. Childs’ son, CJ, was a senior fullback and linebacker for Lebanon this season.

“The last time I did it in 2011, it was such a good experience,” Childs said in a news release. “I had a lot of fun with the kids, so I’m excited about having that opportunity again. Having the kids come and stay on a college campus, we’re together, you get to know the team more and build some camaraderie. That’s what’s unique about it — it gives the kids an opportunity to bond and really get to know one another.”

Shrine Game officials said an announcement on Vermont’s coach in the next few days.

Benjamin Rosenberg can be reached at brosenberg@vnews.com or 603-727-3302.

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