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West’s Xavier Burpee tries to escape Alvirne’s Alex Giuffrida – photo/Andrew Sylvia

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The rebuilding continues on the West Side as Manchester West fell 35-0 to Alvirne in football action on Friday night.

Despite a bobbled catch Ayvion Prak on Alvirne’s first drive that members of the West coaching staff believed to be incomplete, Prak managed to complete the pass and put the Broncos into the West red zone.

Alvirne’s Alex Giuffriuda finished that first drive with an 11-yard touchdown and it would be all Broncos from there.

Broncos quarterback Kyle Gora figured on the other two Alvirne touchdowns of the first half, throwing a 22-yard strike to Kyle Boucher for the second score and blocking a punt shortly before the half that found its way into the hands of teammate Donald Buchanan in the end zone.

Gora ran a touchdown in himself in the second half and the Broncos other score that stayed on the board cane from Grady Hudson. Andrew Porter did manage an 84-yard punt return for another Alvirne touchdown, but fortunately for West, that score was taken off the board thanks to a holding penalty.

Excluding a few positive moments like Xavier Burpee’s one-handed interception of Gora late in the second half, there was not much for West fans to hang there hats on in what was a one-sided affair.

“Alvirne’s a good team, we couldn’t establish a rhythm offensively, we had a few guys shuffled on our offensive line,” said West Head Coach Tom Bozoian. “We got a little going, but couldn’t get enough going and that gave them a short field all night.”

Gora ended the night 6-for-9 through the air for 78 yards, with an one-handed interception late in the second half by West’s Xavier Burpee to accompany Gora’s earlier touchdown throw.

Giuffrida led the Broncos on the ground with 62 yards on six carries. On defense, 19 different Broncos recorded a tackle, led by Morgan Williams’ three.

West finished the contest with just one passing attempt, with Burpee taking the ball on 23 of the Blue Knights 39 plays from scrimmage. He’d end up with 82 of West’s 104 offensive yards on the night.

Brandon Lloyd lead West with five tackles.

The Blue Knights are now 3-3 on the year, posting a dominant 81-29 point differential in the three wins against Sanborn, Pembroke and ConVal, while being outscored 13-119 in the three losses to Milford, Hollis-Brookline and now Alvirne.

West will try to bounce back next Friday at 7 p.m. against St. Thomas Aquinas.

Here are some other scores from Manchester high school teams this week.


Field Hockey

Manchester Central 2, Exeter 1

Girls’ Soccer

Manchester Memorial 1, Windham 0

Girls’ Volleyball

Windham 3, Manchester Central 0

Prospect Mountain 3, Trinity 0


Field Hockey

Derryfield 3, Souhegan 0

Boys’ Soccer

Bow 4, Manchester West 1

Manchester Central 4, Concord 3

Girls’ Soccer

Concord 3, Manchester Central 1

Girls’ Volleyball

Plymouth 3, Manchester West 0


Field Hockey

Dover 4, Manchester Memorial 1

Boys’ Soccer

Derryfield 3, Newfound 0

Manchester Central 4, Salem 0

Girls’ Volleyball

Concord 3, Manchester Central 0


Field Hockey

Manchester Memorial 4, Timberlane 3

Girls’ Soccer

Pembroke 9, Manchester West 0

Girls’ Volleyball

Nute 3, Trinity 0



Field Hockey

Merrimack 3, Manchester Central 2


Concord 22, Manchester Memorial 7

Boys’ Soccer

Manchester West 4, Pembroke 2

Derryfield 6, Somersworth 1

Girls’ Soccer

Berlin 3, Trinity 2

Concord 1, Manchester Memorial 0

Girls’ Volleyball

Plymouth 3, Manchester West 0


About this Author

Andrew Sylvia

Assistant EditorManchester Ink Link

Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.