Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Football Power Poll and Thoughts - Week 7

Here's how I see it, as we head down the home stretch of the regular season.

1. Bishop Guertin...They get to pick on someone their owns size this Friday night, when Catholic Memorial (MA) come to Stellos. Should be a good tune-up for the Exeter game in a couple weeks.

2. Salem...They had a close call against Timberlane, the same Timberlane that BG ran off the field just a couple weeks ago. Is there really that big of a gap between BG and everyone else? For comparison's sake, it should be interesting to see how Exeter does against Timberlane this Saturday, since the Blue Hawks are the one NHIAA team BG will play the rest of the season that can beat them.

3. Exeter...Keene actually gave them a pretty good game, until early in the fourth quarter. But once again, a Blue Hawk opponent committed turnovers, pentalities and had multiple chances in the red zone where they came away with zero points. Exeter did it without their top two QB's, and other key players were out due to illness. Carson Cross is expected to be out of the lineup once again this week vs. Timberlane, and possibly longer than that with Mono. They'll need him, and the rest of the team to be healthy to have a shot at beating BG.

4. Nashua North...For the past few weeks I've had them ranked lower than most. Because even though they were undefeated, they hadn't really beaten anyone good. Their best win was against Central, and I saw that game and the Little Green looked horrible. But beating South is a different story. Sure, the Purple Panther defense isn't 100% health-wise they are still a very good squad. The game of the week this week is North vs. Salem, Divison I's two unbeaten's. The top seed in the D-I playoffs is likely on the line. What is amazing to me is that North is doing all of this without possibly their best player, Kevin Rosenberg. Imagine if they had him this whole time!

5. Pinkerton...Yes, they have two losses, but those losses are to BG and Salem, the consensus top 2 teams in the state. They showed why their one of the top teams around without blowout wins over Concord and a good Londonderry team.

6. Nashua South...This is the best 3-3 team I've ever seen in NH. They ran into 3 good teams over the last 3 week, and this came at a time when they were going through injury problems, most notably to Demitri Venetos. This offense can put points up with anyone in the state, and when the defense gets healthy watch out.

7. Plymouth...They only beat Laconia by 6, but a win's a win. And Laconia is a good team. Congrats to Plymouth, the streak is at 50.

8. Souhegan...How far should they drop after losing to a 2-3 Milford team Friday night? Tough to tell. Even the great teams sometimes have one slip-up during the season. The loss will get the Sabres mad again, and keep them from getting complacent. And even though Petropulos and Jellison did play vs. the Spartans, they were missing 3 key lineman. Not making excuses for the loss, just justifying why I'm ranking them where I am.

9. Timberlane...They solidified their spot in the top 10 by pushing the state's 2nd best team, Salem to brink Friday night in a 35-34 heartbreaker. Furey and Jacques both put on a show, and both players are two of the frontrunners for the 2009 Mr. Football award. Timberlane has now BARELY lost to Salem and South, they got blown out against BG but everyone has so far, and they've beaten Dover, Keene and Merrimack. This Saturday is a measuring stick game at Exeter. They beat the Blue Hawks in the regular season last year. With Carson Cross likely out once again, can they make it two years in a row?

10. Alvirne...I wasn't buying them as a top 10 team before this weekend, but winning at Dover is a quality win. Couple that with them making the 2 and a half hour drive to Keene and not only beating the Blackbirds, but beating them 34-7 and they're in. Only losses are vs. Exeter and a last minute loss to Central.

Teams who are on the cusp: Londonderry, Central, Dover, Winnacunnet and Trinity

44 comments:

  1. The thing you guys never learn about Plymouth is that they look into the future and plan to see Laconia again. Why show them everything you have. Remember they didn't throw one pass. The TD Laconia got was with 1:07 left so if the 6 point differential is a concern consider that.

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  2. I don't buy it, 5:52. Yes, they'll see Laconia again in a few weeks in the title game, but the winner of this game gets home field advantage in that one. Plus their winning streak was on the line. Plymouth wanted to win this game. And these two schools play each other every year, sometimes twice a year, there's no surprises. Both coaches know what the other has.

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  3. No doubt they wanted to win and did. However, trying to expose everything you have just to increase a point difference is poor coaching. Ask Souhegan...they always thought they had a handle on Plymouth from their first meeting during the year and then time after time Plymouth would blow them out in the championship.

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  4. Thanks to turnovers that they always used to give away like it was a disease in the "Land of Lenahan." Anyone can blow a team out if that team throws 5 interceptions on their own 30...

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  5. Ah Ha...did the team throw 5 interceptions or did the defense change. I suggest the latter.

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  6. um yeah did you watch last years championship game between Laconia and Plymouth, Laconia lost the first game 27-14 then the next game they had Plymouth scoreless until 7 minutes left into the 4th. I expect Laconia to be the same as last year when they meet them in the ship' so your "blow out" next time they meet is so far off.

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  7. weather played a roll in that game as I remember. watch what happens if the field conditions don't play a roll in the outcome this year. laconia crowed about their size going into saturday and I didn't see it as an advantage.

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  8. For comparison's sake, here is what the actual Power Poll is this week:

    1. Bishop Guertin
    2. Salem
    3. Nashua North
    4. Exeter
    5. Pinkerton
    6. Plymouth
    7. Souhegan
    8. Londonderry
    9. Alvirne
    10. Portsmouth

    As you can see, my votes are very different than the actual poll. Which is more accurate?

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  9. yeah, weather did play a roll when christian birt had a dry field he went 56 yards for a touchdown...weird. I wish it was a nice sunny day.

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  10. Birt 1 carry 56 yds...the next 11 carries 11 yds. Even he was effected by the weather once the field got saturated

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  11. That's what i'm saying...imagine if Birt had a dry field.

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  12. Birt had the same field as Plymouth in the first meeting, right?

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  13. Did you even go to both games?

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  14. Yup...went to both. Saw laconia bottled up 2 games in a row. If the weather wasn't a factor the second game would not have been as close.

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  15. That's funny I played in both, I caught a 46 yard catch in the ship' I don't think that was bottled up. Then the Refs call phantom holding calls. We can't let Laconia come close to breaking Plymouths streak!

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  16. I also agree Plymouth always gets these calls, each coach from Plymouth comes out onto the field and complains and yells at the refs. Maybe Plymouth is gonna take their paycheck away.

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  17. you guys are funny...the 35 yds laconia got that allowed them to score a worthless TD at the end of the game saturday came at the expense of penalties against Plymouth. Thats right against Plymouth.

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  18. Yeah, because they we're getting back all the botched calls from earlier in the game.

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  19. #31 is that you? Enjoyed the chat. See you guys in Plymouth in a few weeks...hopefully.

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  20. It was last year, I graduated but sure ill be there for the championship

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  21. God, I hate how all the Plymouth kids grew balls all of a sudden... They all think they're sooooo good when really they barely beat a Laconia team whom got smoked by a HEALTHY Souhegan. Kids, before you claim state supremacy, at least play the best team in the division above you like they've been asking for two years. I'm sure Lenahan doesn't want to play on Thanksgiving because of his tremendous respect for wrestling season...

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  22. Plymouth is repeat champs in wrestling too so thanks for asking. Who is the best team in the division above...would that be Milford. Plymouth did play them...51-6.

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  23. how bout you guys wrestle timberlane new england champs? thats a little more impressive than beating milford.

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  24. Timberlane sure is good in wrestling and have been. Kinda like Plymouth in football...

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  25. BG's waxing of Catholic Memorial 52-13 is further proof the Cardinals are on a different level than anybody else in NH High School football this year.

    By the end of the 2nd quarter last night, CM was noticeably out of energy while BG was just getting started.

    Speed and agility separate BG from everybody. At this point, it is not a question of if they will win the Division II State Championship over Exeter.....It is a question of how badly they will beat them in the State Final at Stellos Stadium. Prediction: BG: 42 Exeter: 7

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  26. Don't get out over your skis...Exeter won't go down without a fight. In fact, they'll fight harder than CM did last night.

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  27. Exeter always plays BG good it won't be a blow out.

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  28. Exeter got stomped last year 45-9 and the Cards play better and better each week. there are no weaknesses, BG is lightyears ahead of everyone else. end of story

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  29. yeah then they only beat Exeter 14-7 in the ship?

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  30. And where are all of the Exeter boys spouting off about their success? Oh I forget they know how to act like they've been there before. I guess that's why they have several sportsmanship banners hanging next to their football championship banners.

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  31. To Anonymous 11:59.....

    It is not unsportsmanlike to promote your team. I've seen plenty of blogs from Exeter backers. Does that make them unsportsmanlike ???

    Facts are facts. Statistically, BG is superior...right now. You have to give them that much. Will Exeter give them their best game. I don't know. That remains to be seen. I will say this. Catholic Memorial hit harder than anybody BG has seen this year so far.

    I haven't seen the results of the Exeter-Timberlane game yet that took place today. That game will serve as another barometer as to where Exeter stacks up against BG.

    Exeter will have great difficulty scoring against the BG defense. Speed is just a significant advantage for the Cardinals. And I don't think the Blue Hawks can stop the muti-faceted Guertin offense which boasts aerial threats on the outside, speed on the outside and power up the middle.

    Not boasting....Those are just the facts !!!

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  32. Whether or not you think Exeter will have a hard time scoring on BG's defense is a matter of opinion, not fact. Whether BG is a faster team overall is a matter of opinion, not fact. Unless of course, you have the 40 times from all of the players on both teams. Whether or not Exeter can stop BG's offense is again a matter of opinion, not fact. There's no way anyone can possibly know any of these things FOR SURE until after the game on November 7. It is clearly your opinion that BG is better, faster, etc. than Exeter. But don't confuse that with fact. The only fact here is that both teams are 7-0 right now. True, BG has beaten Catholic Memorial and Pinkerton, both teams who in my opinion are better than anyone that Exeter has beaten. And it is also a fact that BG has beaten its opponents by a wider margin than Exeter has. Does that mean they're better than Exeter, or does it mean that they like to run up the score and Exeter doesn't? That is a matter of opinion. Bottom line, because they have the same record and haven't faced each other yet, you could argue which team is better, it's a matter of opinion. Most people would agree that BG will be the favorite in that game, and I agree with those people.

    I feel like I could have said all of that in about 2 sentences. Sorry folks, I'm a broadcaster not a writer :)

    Oh, and by the way, Exeter defeated Timberlane today 28-0.

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  33. Excellent point about how Exeter fans aren't on here boasting about their team..... while on the other hand BG people are incessantly on here trying to prove to every one how good they are. BG people wonder why they aren't liked? Just peruse some of the postings from the vexatious BG bloggers. Act like you've been there before BG-ites. Exeter people do it, but BG people don't.

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  34. Please, I've been to plenty of BG/Exeter games and both sides have the ability to act obnoxious. That being said, it typically is a good game and a nice atmosphere. Not a real rivalry but rather two good programs attempting to win a game. Jeremy, I really don't think BG has "run up the score" this year. Honestly, other teams have not been able to stop them. Fact: unless you attend, graduated from or sent a child to the school you do not like BG. Period. End of story. See Notre Dame and Boston College on the next level.

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  35. 11:59 pm and 2:27 am are the best 2 postings in the whole trail.

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  36. To Anonymous 2:27...

    Thank God for Microsoft Word Thesaurus feature...otherwise, in your lifetime, you never would have come up with such a good substitute word for annoying.

    If people don't like BG...It isn't because of anything we are doing. Back in the 90's, Exeter backers made it very difficult for Bishop Guertin fans when we attended their games at the old field.

    When attending an Exeter game at old Eustis field, I bought a 50/50 ticket at the gate. Naturally, I was wearing BG colors. As I was walking away, I saw the attendant take my tickets and throw them in the garbage so I would have no chance of winning.

    The last time BG beat Exeter in the championship at Exeter...someone painted derogatory remarks about Tony Johnson on their vehicle and parked it near where the BG parents usually have their tail-gaiting after the game.

    Is that the class organization you are referring to ?

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  37. Jeremy...

    I have to disagree with you about BG running up the score on teams. I think they have gone out of their way to keep the score down.

    On average, Tony Johnson has pulled his starters as the second half starts. His JV kids are getting as much time as the varsity kids. If you really believe BG is running up the score on teams, perhaps you should watch them more before you make a statement like that.

    It is simply not true.

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  38. BG Lovers.....you make me laugh. I guess the whole world revolves around your sports teams.

    Bill Ball and Exeter will come up with something to give BG a darn good fight. Just so you know....The entire state is hoping Exeter eats BG's lunch. You would hear laughing from all corners of the state that the unbeatable goliath has fallen.

    Wouldn't that be nice.

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  39. Jeremy...

    I appreciate your comments about the difference between fact and opinion, however, I am correct in that so far this year, BG is statistically better than Exeter.

    This is based on points scored and points allowed as well as yards gained on the ground and in the air.

    Those are facts...not opinion.

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  40. Excellent post 12:47. I think 99.9 percent of the state will be rooting for Exeter when they play BG. What's funny now is that other programs and fans don't even respect BG any more. The only people that like BG are BG people. In a way that's sad because this is what BG people get for thinking they walk on water and constantly boasting about it.

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  41. "Walk on water"...funny play on words considering they are a Catholic school. No matter, the school has been around for about 40 years and by all reports is doing great even in these challenging times. So, some people must like the place. Guertin/Exeter is always a fun game to watch. Can't wait for 11/7.

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  42. To anonymous 1:15...

    I believe you might be right about 99.9 % of the state rooting for Exeter when they play BG. It is similar to when the Patriots were in the prime of their mini dynasty that won 3 Super Bowls. Everybody hated (and in some ways still do) and greatly disliked the Patriots because they were the best.

    Although, I believe you have greatly misused the word "respect". Oh I think everybody respects Guertins' ground game....and their passing game...and their specialty teams...and their coaches....and their speed. You better respect it....or you better try to respect it...or you will pay on the scoreboard.

    No...I think the word you are searching for is "envy". You are envious of the fact that this is BG's time. Everybody has their time and now belongs to BG. Will it last forever...probably not. But for now...it is our time. Perhaps...your team has never had a time and your envy is even worse. I sense that is the case.

    Other than Patriot fans, nobody liked the Patriots when they won their third Super Bowl. But, you know what....like BG fans ....I don't think they really care. Why should you care about people who are not happy for your success ?

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