1. Bishop Guertin…Despite the fact that Dover has a much larger enrollment than BG’s, their roster has 44 players, and BG’s roster has 88. Go figure. The BG coaches told me they expect a battle against Catholic Memorial in two weeks, so maybe they’ll actually be tested then.
2. Salem…They proved that they’re for real over the past two weeks by beating both Pinkerton and South by 2 TD’s or more.
Max Jacques made a convincing case for the Mr. Football Award with his 331 yard performance against the Purple Panthers. The only negative here is that the Blue Devils did give up 238 passing yards, 183 rushing yards and 35 points to Coach Knight’s team.
3. Souhegan…They cemented their place in the top 3 with their 49-6 beating of Portsmouth. They should cruise through the rest of their schedule.
4. Exeter…You could make the argument that South and Pinkerton are better than them, but I can’t put them with two losses above an undefeated Blue Hawk team.
5. Nashua South…Don’t be fooled by the 2 losses in a row, this is a good football team. They have an explosive offense. And while they struggled stopping the run over the past 2 weeks, they’ve been without possibly their best defensive player, LB Demitri Venetos. Nose tackle Michael Brannen was also injured during the Salem game. If they can get healthy watch out.
6. Pinkerton…Another very good team, despite having two losses. The two teams that they lost to are the consensus top 2 in the state. Eric Guinto proved Friday against Londonderry that he’s back to his old self, which is scary news for the rest of D-I.
7. Nashua North…I know South and Pinkerton have 2 losses, but I think they’re slightly better than North, even though they’re undefeated. The Titans have a chance to prove me wrong against the Purple Panthers Friday night.
8. Manchester Central…They seem to be playing better football now. They played so poorly against North, that following that game their season was at a crossroads. They’d either turn it around, or they’d keep going downhill. Give Coach Ray credit, it looks like they’re turning it around.
9. Plymouth…The big Laconia game is here, this Saturday afternoon. At this time next week, there will likely be one team from D-IV in my top 10. Will it be Plymouth or Laconia?
10. Timberlane…While they haven’t beaten any other top 10 teams yet, they also haven’t lost to Dover, Winnacunnet Keene or Alvirne. Until they lose to one of those teams, or any other team they should beat, they have to be considered the 3rd best team in D-II.