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Granite Wall Stands Strong

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HANOVER, N.H. -

A near two hour lightning delay was just one of a few firsts to occur during the 59th annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.  For the first time in three years, the game took place at Dartmouth College's Memorial Field.

New Hampshire took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, without the offense taking a single snap.  After Vermont went three and out on the opening possession, New Hampshire's Chris Chininis takes Vermont's punt back 61 yards for a touchdown.  Vermont fumbles the football on its next possession, New Hampshire's Mike Leonard grabs it and heads 28 yards for the Granite State's second touchdown.

New Hampshire adds a field goal to make it 17-0 later in the first quarter.  That's when Vermont finally gets going.  Fair Haven's Robert Coloutti hits Slaters Teammate Levi Ellis for a 79 yard touchdown pass.  It's the longest T.D. reception in Shrine Bowl history.  Vermont however, trailed 17-7 after one quarter.

Both teams get a couple of touchdowns in the second quarter, the last one coming with 38 seconds before halftime as Coloutti hit Rutland's Kyle Kelly on the goaline.  After a failed onside kick attempt by the Green Mountain State, New Hampshire kicks a field goal right before halftime take a 34-21 lead into the lockeroom.

That's when mother nature made an impact delaying the game.  It's the first time in Shrine Bowl History the game has been disrupted by weather.

When the game resumes, New Hampshire comes out flat.  Two fumbles on two straight possessions.  Vermont recovered both fumbles, but could only capitalize by kicking one field goal.  The Granite State's lead is 10, 34-24.

New Hampshire wakes up scoring the next 28 points.  Jerickson Fedrick scores on a 37 yard run to make it, 41-24 New Hampshire after three.

Thaddeus Brown's second touchdown of the game and a Coloutti pick six highlight the New Hampshire scoring in the fourth quarter.  It's New Hampshire's twelfth straight win and the 62 points is the most any team has ever scored in this game.

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