EPPING — A dominant rushing performance by running back Ryan Yanuszewski propelled Campbell High School to a convincing 41-6 Division III football victory over the Epping-Newmarket Friday night
Yanuszewski was handed the ball on 37 of Campbell’s 54 offensive snaps. Newmarket-Epping had no answer for him, as he rushed for 263 yards, scoring three touchdowns for the second straight game. He was the driving force behind a consistent Cougars offense that scored 41 unanswered points, including 21 in the second quarter.
“I think we controlled the line of scrimmage pretty well,” said Campbell head coach Greg Gush of his team’s ground game. “We’re never going to be bigger than anybody, but we’ve got some pretty good athletes up front. We’re trying to make sure we get in people’s way and get a piece of them. All in all, I was pleased with the way we ran the ball.”
Blue Devils head coach Chuck Fitzmaurice credited the Cougars (3-1) for their ability to protect and open up room for their star running back.
“[Yanuszewki] is a combination back,” Fitzmaurice said. “He’s got the speed, and he’s got the power. They put the big back in front of him, and follow that motion. You really have to get behind that lead block to get to him, and we didn’t do it well. They did a great job taking out our cuts and our angles when we were trying to come in.”
Epping-Newmarket’s lone points were scored in the first moments of the game when junior Cody Fetterhoff returned the opening kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown. The Blue Devils were completely shut down by the Cougars’ defense, registering 199 total offensive yards and failing to get into any rhythm. This comes a week after Epping-Newmarket put together a solid offensive performance in which junior quarterback Jake Bisaillon threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-28 loss to Somersworth.
The Blue Devils dropped to 1-3 and will play at winless Farmington-Nute next Friday night — in what is surely must-win territory if they want to stay in the playoff hunt.
“You’ve got to keep your head up,” he said. “You’ve got to build on it. Fix your mistakes and move forward. Focus on one week at a time.”