Competition Rounds Out OTAs

This year’s Northeast Kingdom 7v7 Tournament, Strongman Competition and OLine Challenge saw our largest field of Strongmen with 30 contestants from Vermont and New Hampshire.  Competitors were divided into two weight classes, over 220lbs and under 220. and competed in four events: 

1.  Log Press (Max Reps in 1 Minute)

2.  Farmer Carry (Best Time)

3.  Hexbar Deadlift (Max Reps in 1 Minute)

4.  Seated Sled Pull (Best Time)

Athletes compete in St. Johnsbury’s annual 7-on-7 football event at Cary Field on Saturday, July 31, 2021. (Photo by Michael Beniash, courtesy of the Caledonian Record)

Players from Hanover High School in New Hampshire took first place in both weight classes with a repeat winner in the under 220 class.  Hilltoppers took second in both classes with Freshman Josh Quad in the over 220 and Senior Brayden Payeur in the under 220.

In the OLine Challenge, the Hilltoppers proved what we have said so many times in our blogs reinforcing we are always stronger together than we are alone.    The Hilltopper OLine took first place by a wide margin working together in five events

1. Seated Slam ball Toss (Total distance)

2. Sled Drive Relay (Best Time)

3. Tire Flip Relay (Best Time)

4. Sandbag Relay (Best Time)

5. Team Tug-of-War (Seeded Single Elimination)

Hanover High school also had a good day in the 7v7 battling back from the 3 Seed in pool play to make it to the Finals before ultimately losing to Lebanon NH the team that beat us in the semifinals.

Hilltopper Linemen proving “The Strength of the Pack”

Our players now have two weeks of no organized team activities before reporting to training camp on Monday, August 16.  Both coaches and players have earned a well deserved break from team activities. As we dedicate some time to recovery, we create a space for both physical and mental recuperation and renewal. Having set the initial building blocks of team culture in place, demonstrated the value of interdependence and strength of a unified team, players and coaches have been tasked with 1) rest and relaxation, and 2) to return with a focus on the forthcoming season, and a dedication to realizing their individual and collective potential.   

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at and share with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time! 

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