Windham's Potter, Emrick help NH to Shrine victory

TIM JEAN/Staff photoWindham's Cody Potter rushed for a touchdown to help lead the New Hampshire team to a win over Vermont in last Saturday's Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.

Windham’s Cody Potter and Tommy Emrick each scored a touchdown, as New Hampshire snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Vermont, 21-9, in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl last weekend.

Endicott recruit Potter opened the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run on New Hampshire’s opening drive, and Emrick, who will play football at WPI, scored the clinching TD on a 4-yard run late in the fourth.

Running the ball was the plan for the Granite Staters coming in. Potter and Emrick both scored, but New Hampshire was led on the ground by Cameron Mann. The Kingswood resident rushed for a game-high 123 yards on 15 carries, keeping the Vermont defense on its heels.

“That’s how we designed the team, and that’s what we expected to do,” said New Hampshire coach Bill Raycraft, the former Windham coach who is now at Malden Catholic. “Credit to Vermont;,they made it tough at first. We knew if we could get the ball going and wear them down a little bit, we might be able to get something off.”

Emrick finished the day with 19 carries and 80 yards on the ground, as New Hampshire controlled possession for 19 minutes in the 24-minute second half.

It was New Hampshire’s first win in the Shrine game since 2015. And besides breaking the losing streak, the Granite Staters also improved their overall record in the annual game to 48-16-2.

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