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August 25, 2013

New Hampshire football preview: Pinkerton favored for title, Pike has Salem optimistic

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Windham continues to move up in divisions, playing in Division 2 this season after going from Division 5 finalist in 2011 to Division 4 semifinalist last season.

The Jaguars were hit hard by injury, losing three Eagle-Tribune All-Stars, but have looked very sharp in the preseason, led by new starting quarterback Brendan McInnis.

Londonderry

2012 record: 3-7, didn’t make playoffs

Offense: Single wing; Defense: 50

Returning starters (11): Pat Garrity, Sr., OL/LB, 5-10, 220; Aaron Gaudet, Sr., QB/LB, 6-0, 170; Dan Kirby, Sr., OL/DL, 6-1, 260; Joe Milliard, Sr., OL/DE, 6-2, 200; Jon Young, Sr., RB/LB, 5-9, 150; Dennis Bishop, Jr., RB/DB, 5-10, 180; Chris Bedell, Jr., RB/LB, 5-6, 190; Eric Fairweather, Jr., CB, 5-10, 160; Matt Freda, Jr., OL/DL, 6-3, 250; Anvar Bieler, Jr., RB/LB, 5-10, 160; Mike Ryan, Jr., RB/S, 5-10, 170

Returning lettermen: Tim Jennings, Sr., RB/LB, 5-11, 170; Sam Hastings, Sr., OL/LB, 6-0, 210; Harrison Giza, Sr., TE/DE, 6-0, 220; Rob Preston, Sr., C, 6-0, 180; Casey Brackett, Jr., OL/DL, 6-1, 230; Nick Barbera, Jr., OL/DL, 6-3, 190; Kyle Byrd, Jr., RB/LB, 6-7, 170

Promising newcomers: Nick Lafond, Sr., WR/DB, 6-0, 160; Alex Augusto, Sr., OL/DL, 6-1, 240

Returning leaders: Jon Young 127 carries, 672 yards, 9 TDs; Mike Ryan 5 TDs, 60 carries, 383 yards, 27 catches, 317 yards; Dennis Bishop 81 carries, 384 yards, 4 TDs

Candidates: 100

Captains: TBA

Returning honorees: Jon Young, second-team All-Division 1

Assistants: Howard Sobolov, running backs; Peter Guertin, defensive line; Dave Gilmore, defensive coordinator; Jim Marron, linebackers; Ryan Barry, freshmen; Dan Grant, freshmen; John Trisciani, sophomores; Kevin Handy, linemen; Kyle Graham, freshman volunteer; Nick Tocco, freshman volunteer

Odds and ends: AD Howard Sobolov joins the coaching staff. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Londonderry in the mid-1980s, and went on to be the head football coach at Alvirne and Goffstown, starting both programs. ... Nick Lafond, who has not played football since his freshman season, is expected to play a key role on both sides of the ball and Alex Augusto, who did not play last season, should be an anchor on the offensive line.

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