CASTLETON — The 68th annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, representing the finest high school football talent in New Hampshire and Vermont, is scheduled to be played on Aug. 7 at Castleton University’s Dave Wolk Stadium, at 5:30 p.m.
Among the Vermont players named are Brattleboro linebacker Henry Thurber and lineman Elijah Isham, along with Bellows Falls’ split end Jack Burke and lineman Jack Herrington. Thurber threw three touchdown passes and Herrington had 72 receiving yards when the teams faced off in a Hartford Region semifinal touch football game on Natowich Field last fall.
The Vermont team will be coached by Chad Pacheco, who guided the Colonels to a perfect season in 2019. New Hampshire will have Kingswood Regional High School’s Paul Landry in their corner.
Twenty-six high schools are represented on the New Hampshire Shrine team and 18 on the Vermont team. Due to the pandemic, the teams were only able to meet remotely by state and as restrictions are lifted, each team should be able to meet throughout the summer for practice.
The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl is played for the benefit of the Shriners’ Hospitals for Crippled and Burned Children and in its first 67 years has raised nearly five million dollars.
COVID-19 concerns cancelled last year’s game, following a 21-9 victory by New Hampshire in 2019. The Granite Staters now have a 48-16-2 record in the series.
Vermont’s 2021 players: Joseph Harrington (Burr and Burton), Max Fair (U-32), Henry Thurber (Brattleboro), Nathan LaRosa (U-32), Max Grenier (Colchester), Kohlby Murray (Fair Haven), Levi Allen (Poultney), Bassiru Diawara (South Burlington), Evan Reed (Fair Haven), Will Mlcuch (BFA-Fairfax), Cole Jasmin (Hartford), Evan Pockette (Rutland), Joe Anderson (Rutland), Zebb Winot (Saint Johnsbury), Mark Carthy (Burr and Burton), Jack Burke (Bellows Falls), Owen Abrahamsen (Windsor), Seth Boffa (Champlain Valley Union), Jaden Hayes (Saint Johnsbury), Jacob Dwinell (Hartford), Jaxon Schaarschmidt (BFA-Fairfax), Shane Gorman (Champlain Valley Union), Zac Ellis (Fair Haven), Jake Ring (Colchester), Patrick Szkutak (Burr and Burton), Isaac Bergeron (Champlain Valley Union), Owen Loughan (Fair Haven), Jack Herrington (Bellows Falls), Elijah Isham (Brattleboro), Tom Remillard (BFA-Saint Albans), Ryan Alt (Poultney), Toby Jakubowski (Rutland), Jackson Balch (Hartford), Isaiah LaPlume (North Country), Joey Pratico (Rutland), Bode Rubright (Middlebury), Will Murphy (Champlain Valley Union).