MERIDEN, N.H. -- With three days of practice remaining, the teams have elected captains for the 59th annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl football game.
The summer classic will be played this coming Saturday in Hanover on Dartmouth College’s Memorial Field. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. As always, the game will feature 72 of the finest high school football players from the Twin States.
Co-Captains for the New Hampshire team include Jerickson Fredrick from Salem, Kevin Davies from Pinkerton, Alex Morrill from Lebanon and Nicholas Dragon from Monadnock. On the other side, the Vermont Shrine team will be led by Tucker Stone from Hartford, Marshall Hastings from Middlebury, Bob Murray from Hartford and Ben Thieken from Bellows Free Academy.
Also playing for the 802 on Saturday will be Brattleboro Union High School receiver Soren Pelz-Walsh. The three-sport star was a captain for the Colonels in baseball, basketball and football. He earned the 2011-12 coaches award on the gridiron and was also selected to play in the North-South game.
On Tuesday, the two Shrine teams went through double sessions at Kimball Union Academy. Head coaches, Mike Norman of Rutland and Mike Beliveau from Souhegan, have said that all 36 players on their respective teams will be seeing action.
On Sunday, the teams visited the Shriners’ Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass. As one player said, "It meant so much to actually
Over the weekend, there was a roster change for Vermont. Neal Hier, a 250-pound lineman from Fair Haven replaced Adam Fortin from North Country who withdrew for personal reasons. From this point on, neither team can make any changes.
Both coaching staffs have spent time on the kicking game. For Vermont, either Jakob Oliver from Burr & Burton or Mike Schreiner from Bellows Free Academy will handle kickoffs and place kicks, while Schreiner, Oliver or Owen Newton from Hartford will do the punting.
For New Hampshire, Conor Donovan from Interlakes High School will do all the kicking, including kickoffs, place kicks and punts.
In addition to football, Shrine Bowl Day in Hanover will also offer a spectacular parade at noon. The parade will include one of the largest American Flags ever seen in New Hampshire and Vermont, carried by the Brattleboro Elks Club.
Tickets are now on sale from outlets throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. For information regarding tickets, call the Shrine Football office in Lebanon, N.H. at 603-448-1042.