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August 25, 2013

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

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Pelham

2012 record: 3-6, didn’t make playoffs

Offense: Double wing; Defense: 52

Returning starters (10): Chris Benjamin, Sr., RB/DB, 5-10, 170; Zach Conway, Sr., OL/DL, 5-11, 180; Tom Gleason, Sr., OL/DL, 5-9, 170; Tyler Kosik, Sr., OL/LB, 5-9, 175; Chris Medeiros, Sr., RB/DB, 5-9, 175; Joe Slattery, Sr., QB/DB, 5-9, 155; Cristian Will, Sr., OL/DL, 6-2, 150; Nick Johnson, Jr., RB/LB, 5-10, 170; Zach Masiello, Jr., RB/DL, 5-9, 158; Bradford Kamal, Soph., RB/LB, 5-10, 175

Returning lettermen: Mahmoud Bagegni, Sr., OL/DL, 5-9, 190; Michael Coupal, Sr., OL/DL, 5-10, 210; Craig Harden, Sr., OL/DL, 6-1, 252; T.J. Kenney, Sr., OL/DL, 6-1, 170; Bryce Brown, Jr., QB/DB, 6-0, 175; Ryan Craig, Jr., RB/DB, 5-5, 130; Nick DeCarolis, Jr., RB/DB, 5-11, 175; Dylan Ragonese, Jr., RB/DB, 5-6, 135; Jason Gleason, Soph., RB/DB, 5-5, 150; Joe Halpin, Soph., RB/DB, 5-7, 135; Michael Calistro, Soph., OL/DL, 5-8, 143

Promising newcomers: James LaPolice, Sr., OL/DL, 6-0, 190; Nolan Duffy, Jr., OL/DL, 5-11, 225; Trevor Gagnon, Soph., QB/DB, 5-8, 130; Domenic Branco, Soph., OL/DL, 5-11, 230; Collin Loring, Soph., OL/DL, 5-7, 135; Kyle Champagne, Frosh., RB/DB, 5-7, 170; Jacob Brown, Frosh., OL/DL, 5-7, 250

Candidates: 56

Captains: Chris Medeiros, Tom Gleason, Chris Benjamin, Joe Slattery, Nick Johnson

Returning honorees: Joe Slattery, second-team All-Division 5; Chris Medeiros, honorable-mention All-Division 5

Assistants: Dave Clark Sr., Bob Crawford, Tim Guanci

Odds and ends: In Week 2 last fall, Pelham snapped a 20-game losing streak which dated back to the 2009 season. ... That’s no typo, 150-pound Cristian Will really is an offensive and defensive lineman and 158-pound Zach Masiello also plays the defensive line. ... But they both take a back seat to Collin Loring, who is playing the line at 135 pounds. He is the brother of former Python Chadd Loring, who played at 270 pounds.

Coach Ryan Clark (2nd year, 3-6): “Chris Medeiros had a heck of a year last year, leading us in rushing yards, touchdowns and interceptions. Joe Slattery is a very good quarterback who we are relying on. Tom Gleason is our only starting lineman back and we need a lot from him. On defense, Slattery is an all-state defensive back and Tyler Kosik did a great job at linebacker for us last year.”

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