Here's how I see it:
1. Bishop Guertin...One more tune-up this week for BG before the Exeter game. They play vs. an Alvirne team which is not playing good football right now. Might be a trap game for the Cardinals. Both of the starting QB's for BG and Exeter are out right now. Keep and eye on the health of Cuipa and Cross as we near November 7.
2. Salem...They played Concord this past weekend, and have West this week. Should be a good chance to have some of the starters get some rest going into the playoffs after such a brutal schedule the first 7 weeks.
3. Exeter...They just keep chugging along, and keey playing Blue Hawk football. Another shutout Friday night in Dover. That's 4 shutouts on the season, and only 39 points allowed in 8 games, an average of less than 5 points per game. BG has allowed 57 points in games, although they have had a slightly tougher schedule.
4. Pinkerton...True, the Astros have 3 losses overall and North has just one. But out of division, Pinkerton has played BG and Brockton, the top team in NH and possibly the top team in Mass. while North has played Merrimack, a bad D-II team. Last weekend of the season should be very interesting when these two teams meet. The #2 seed in D-I will likely be on the line. They Astros also destroyed Londonderry a couple weeks ago, while the Titans beat them by 1 point in OT.
5. Nashua North...See Pinkerton.
6. Plymouth...I'm hoping that with the new classification rules changes in the NHIAA, Plymouth will be moving up in the next couple years so we can really see how good they are. This Saturday, two teams who should not be on the same field as each other as the Bobcats play against my Alma Mater, Sanborn. An undefeated team with a 52 game winning streak vs. a winless team. A team with a rich history over the last 30 years vs. a program in its second year playing at the varsity level.
7. Souhegan...Like Pete Tarrier, I also think their loss was an aberration, and that their talent level does not match up with what happened in the Milford game. Still, I can't justify ranking them with a loss ahead of an undefeated Plymouth team.
8. Londonderry...They're getting better as the year goes on. Sean O'Gorman and Alex Lambert keep having monster games for the Lancers. Hard to believe they lost to Keene in Week 1, the same Keene team that just lost to Merrimack.
9. Winnacunnet...This is a scary team right now. They're playing their best ball of the season right now. Last 2 weeks they have had crucial away games at Alvirne and at Timberlane. They were up 27-6 in Hudson with a couple minutes left, and they won 40-14 in Plaistow. They have a good defense, and Cronan, Knowles and a host of half backs on offense.
10. Nashua South...I know, I am probably the only one who still has them in my top 10. But This team is extremely dangerous on offense. They've given up a lot of points on defense, but this is largely due to injuries. And their best wins are against Lowell and Timberlane, which are better wins than the teams who are on the cusp of the top 10.
On the cusp: Laconia, Portsmouth, Manchester Central and Trinity