Jack Corriveau of Bow: Football Player of the Season

  • Bow junior Jack Corriveau (44) breaks away from the pack for a touchdown in the fourth quarter during the Division II championship football game at the University of New Hampshire Wildcat Stadium in Durham on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Bow lost to Plymouth, 27-24. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) ELIZABETH FRANTZ

  • Bow’s Jack Corriveau scores a touchdown against Kennett in October. Corriveau ran for 976 yards this season despite missing three games. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 12/15/2017 10:07:09 AM

From the beginning, Jack Corriveau knew where he wanted to be in the end: in the center of the huddle as a varsity captain.

The first part came early. Corriveau was a swing player between the JV and varsity football teams his freshman year. He made his first varsity start in the 2014 playoffs.

Corriveau continued to climb the roster his sophomore year and earned the trust of head coach Paul Cohen. As a junior, Corriveau was the premier ball carrier out of the Falcons’ backfield, taking nearly 100 more carries than the year prior. He earned All-State second team honors. In the offseason, he was named one of Bow’s senior captains, a responsibility he studied for through his years as an underclassman.

“I always really focused on the captains each year, just trying to get a true sense of the role and try to eventually become the best captain I could be,” he said.

The leadership qualities were there, and Corriveau backed it up on the field by not only turning in strong numbers but also keeping his composure if a game turned hostile between whistles.

“You’ve just gotta keep your cool. It’s football – tempers flare a little bit,” Corriveau said after one particularly testy game this past season against Merrimack Valley.

As for the numbers, well, simply saying they’re impressive would be an understatement. While Corriveau was helping lead his team to consecutive appearances in the Division II title game, he was also collecting statistics that place him in the upper echelon of Bow running backs in the last several years. Corriveau currently ranks second in career rushing yards and receiving yards.

Despite missing the first three games of the 2017 season with injury, Corriveau still increased his carries from 142 in 2016 to 157. He finished the year with 976 yards, an average of 6.2 yards per carry, and was responsible for 80 points.

In the playoffs, Corriveau was a dominant presence on offense and defense. After upsetting top-seed Windham in the first round, Corriveau scored two touchdowns and picked off an interception against Hanover in the semifinals. One of his TD scores came on the ground and the other was on a 9-yard connection with quarterback and fellow senior captain Matt Harkins.

The Falcons came up short of a Division II championship, falling to Plymouth in the title round for a second straight season.

The ride to the finals is most important to Corriveau.

“I’m just glad I was able to make it to UNH two times in my career,” he said. “I’ve been playing with a lot of those guys since fourth grade, so it was sad to have it end, but I’m glad I got the chance to play with them.”

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