Alex Theodhosi was choosen as New Hampshire Union Leader Athlete of the Month.
Athlete of the Month: Thunder of 'Theo'
By MARC THALER
New Hampshire Union Leader Sports
Alex Theodhosi certainly picked the perfect month to post some frightening football statistics.
When October concluded, Londonderry High's standout senior running back owned the program's single-game and single-season rushing records. His team also punched one of four postseason tickets for the Division I state tournament.
The game plan was rather simple: Give the ball to "Theo" and watch him go.
In similar fashion to his breakaway gains on the field, Theodhosi created considerable separation to claim New Hampshire Union Leader Athlete of the Month honors for October.
Theodhosi received votes from eight of nine judges. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound rusher placed first on five ballots and second on three scorecards, for 37 points.
October's No. 1 athlete rushed for 10 TDs and 677 yards on 73 carries (9.3 yards per carry). His four-game showing included limited playing time in two contests due to landslide victories for Londonderry, which posted a 3-1 overall record and 2-1 mark in Division I.
"The success comes from the work ethic we (the team) put in during practice," Theodhosi said last night after an early evening weight-lifting session. "The offensive line, as I'll say again, did a great job. It's really been fun. Now that it's over, I really wish I was still playing."
In his first two October games, one-sided wins over Nashua North (44-6) and Trinity of Manchester (56-6), Theodhosi rushed for four TDs and 181 yards on 14 carries (12.9 YPC).
However, he saved his best game for Oct. 19, "Senior Night" at Lancer Park.
Playing in the pouring rain against Concord, Theodhosi scored five TDs and rushed for 340 yards on 33 carries. He averaged 10.3 yards per carry in the Lancers' 47-13 win.
"He'd rather run over you than run around you," Londonderry head coach Tom Sawyer told the New Hampshire Union Leader in late October. "I'd have to rank him as punishing a runner as we've ever had. He's up there in the top two or three (overall), that's for sure." One week later, the senior set the school's new single-season rushing record in Londonderry's 22-13 loss at Nashua South.
Theodhosi ran for 156 yards and a score on 26 carries. That gave him 1,503 yards, which surpassed Steve Miller's 1999 mark (1,440). By season's end, Theodhosi became the first Lancer in the program's 28-year history to crack 2,000 rushing yards in a season (2,010).
"It's a nice accomplishment, to be part of the 2,000-yard club, you could say," Theodhosi said. "But I tried to make it known a little bit in school that it's not that big of a deal. Winning a championship would've been a lot bigger accomplishment."
Theodhosi's closest competition was Sam Auffant (29 points), a senior running back on the D-II Winnacunnet of Hampton football team. Jaffrey's Andrea Walkonen (23), a senior on the Boston University women's cross country team, rounded out the top three.
Auffant ran for 785 yards and 11 TDs in October. Three of his TDs were kickoff returns totaling 260 yards. Auffant's top game was a 275-yard, four-TD performance against Dover on Oct. 12.
Walkonen finished first in the 5k (3.1-mile) race at the America East Championships. The Conant High graduate's time of 17 minutes, 27 seconds helped the BU women's cross country team to a second-place finish. The first-place performance was her fourth in as many races.
The October ballot also included Cassie Crockett (Gilford High girls' soccer); Katherine DiPastina (Derryfield field hockey); Ben Harwick and Casey Maue (Hanover High boys' soccer); Jeff Mack (Plymouth State University football); Guor Majak (Iowa State University men's cross country); and Carolyn Malloy (Salem High field hockey).
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