Jared Kuehl makes a tackle in Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl action on Saturday at Dartmouth. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
August 04, 2014HANOVER — Plymouth graduates Kyle Reisert and Jared Kuehl both played significant roles as New Hampshire rolled to a 42-6 win over Vermont in the annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, held Saturday, Aug. 2, on the campus of Dartmouth College in Hanover.
Both former Bobcats were in the starting lineup for the New Hampshire team, with Kuehl getting a last-minute change from linebacker to safety.
"We had a bunch of athletes out there and I was back with (Marc) Gaudet and (Alex) Parenteau so they decided to move me to free safety and see what I could do from there," Kuehl said after the game. "Sometimes I was blitzing at the line, that was real fun. I loved doing that.
"I love safety," he continued. "I played that freshman and sophomore year at Plymouth. I got bigger and bigger so I got moved to linebacker, but I love it. A lot of athleticism, you can fly around."
Kuehl had a strong game at the new position, as he had five tackles, one sack, two tackles for losses and one broken up pass, as well as a tackle for a safety in the third quarter.
"We went to a cover three so I was going down and I had flats," Kuehl said of the play. "I had pitch man, they pitched it and I was right there to make the tackle. I got the fumble too and it went out of the end zone. I don't know what happened to the ball, I just got the guy."
Reisert, who started on the defensive line and was also the Granite State team's punter, finished with nine tackles, half a sack and three tackles for a loss. With New Hampshire dominating offensively, his punting duties weren't needed much, but he had two punts for 90 yards, one of which went 51 yards.
The two Bobcats will both be attending UNH in the fall, where they will be playing football. In fact, they have already headed to the Durham campus to start their collegiate football career.
"They have me at outside linebacker there," Kuehl said. "I'll just see where it goes from there. Work my butt off and see where it goes.
"They said 98 percent sure I get redshirted my first year, but after that I'm hoping to get some special teams or something like that," he added.
New Hampshire got out to a quick lead and never looked back, as Nick Vailas caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Knight with 9:19 to go and the Granite State added two more touchdowns before the end of the quarter.
Cole Martin caught a 28-yard pass from Knight with 4:52 to go for a 13-0 lead and Vailas caught a one-yard pass from Knight with 1:34 to go in the quarter for a 20-0 lead.
New Hampshire scored again early in the second quarter, as Jason Martinez carried in from two yards out for a 26-0 lead.
Vermont got on the board with 5:29 to go in the first half, as they connected on a 24-yard pass to cut the lead to 26-6, but New Hampshire scored the final 16 points of the game.
Martinez rushed for a two-yard touchdown with 1:26 to go in the first half to give New Hampshire a 33-6 lead at halftime.
The lone score of the third quarter was Kuehl's safety to make it 35-6 with 11:27 to go in the third quarter.
New Hampshire added a final touchdown with 4:36 to go in the game, as Marc Gaudet ran in from five yards to close out the scoring for the 42-6 win.
Kuehl noted that closing out his high school career at the Shrine Game was a pleasure.
"Like I said before, I wouldn't want to go out any other way. It was awesome playing in this with a bunch of good people too," he said. "I knew a couple players coming in from the (CHaD) East-West. It was just so fun coming and working with these guys the whole week."
Salmon Press sportswriter Jeff Lajoie contributed to this report.
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