Coach of the Year

Overcoming adversity is theme for first-time state champion coach

By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Editor

The Souhegan High football team faced adversity in the NHIAA Division II championship game when the Sabers found themselves trailing 21-20 with 5:29 remaining. Some great defense and a long Riley Lawhorn touchdown run gave Souhegan its fifth state title and first under fourth-year coach Robin Bowkett.

“Adversity is going to happen,” Bowkett said. “There’s no way around it, especially in a championship game against a great team. And we just kept playing, continued the mission, we held fast, we got in the boats, we stuck it together and there we go.”

The state championship is Souhegan’s fifth overall, first in Division II and first since 2010. The title game appearance was Plymouth’s fifth straight.

Coach Bowkett graduated from Souhegan High School in 2001. He played football and baseball for the Sabers before going on to continue his athletic and academic career at Nichols College. After graduating, Coach Bowkett earned a spot on the Nichols Football coaching staff before moving onto Salve Regina and Saint Anselm’s College. He then moved to the Chicago area and became the head football coach at Lake Forest Academy, where he helped several athletes earn D1 scholarships.

Coach Bowkett returned to Souhegan in 2017and took over the football program. In his tenure as head coach, the team has made four consecutive playoff appearances and posted a 27-13 record.