Central’s two touchdowns enough for turkey bowl win

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – Manchester Central capped off their 2019 football season with a 14-0 Thanksgiving victory over in-city rival Manchester Memorial at Gill Stadium.

Both sides struggled to create offense, with a 36-yard run from junior Jaylen Burris providing the only touchdown of the first half. That run from Burris was just one of two runs of over ten yards from either team, with the other coming off a 17-yard run from Memorial sophomore Kai Colson.

Junior Will Clark came closest to putting points on the board for Memorial in the first half, missing a 21-yard field goal with 17 seconds left to go in the second quarter, with the Crusaders squandering the half’s only turnover, a fumble lost by Central freshman Jayden Hann.

Central junior Shawn McGarvey and Memorial senior Bryan Cote accounted for the game’s other two turnovers, both interceptions that also did not transform into points.

Beyond the Burris’ score, the contest’s only other touchdown came from Central junior Joshua Jerome. Jerome’s touchdown came off 17-yard run that completed a 56-yard, 10-play drive that opened the second half.

Central had 123 total rushing yards spread across 13 different rushers. The Little Green’s multiple quarterbacks combined for five passing yards, completing 3-of-12 passing attempts.

As a team, Memorial finished with 88 yards of rushing, and 94 yards of passing, with Memorial passers completing 9-of-16 passes.

Central also defeated Memorial in the regular season, a 42-15 victory on Oct. 18.