West is best in unforgettable CHaD football game
MANCHESTER – The 2017 edition of the CHaD East-West All-Star Game won’t soon be forgotten, but it may need an asterisk in the record books.
Nothing should be taken away from the players and coaches of the West team, which defeated East, 25-14, in the sixth annual game that benefits Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. Coach Jim Schubert led a prepared and fit group of players to victory.
Every bit of the win was earned, from the double-headed rushing attack of Lebanon’s Ryan Milliken and Bedford’s Nick Leahy – they combined for 165 yards on the ground and two touchdowns – to the pick-six by Souhegan’s Tucker Aiello in the third quarter. The 25-yard field goal by Hopkinton’s Henry Yianakopolos – his first ever – was a special moment revealing the unique opportunities this game presents to players. Yianakopolos also had an interception that he returned for 26 yards in the third quarter.
But this game will first be remembered for starting on a Friday evening at Saint Anselm College and ending on a Sunday afternoon at Manchester Memorial High School. Thunderstorms led to multiple delays in Friday’s game before it was officially suspended around 9 p.m.
The game resumed in the second quarter under sunny skies across town on Sunday.