Wednesday, September 29, 2010
NH Notebook Football Power Poll - Week 5
Here's how I see it right now. I'm feeling pretty confident with the order I have the teams in right now. It's high school football though. Anything can happen over the next few weeks, and that's what makes it fun.
1) Nashua North
North was my #1 team last week, and then they went and walloped Central. Over the last 2 weeks Winnacunnet has BARELY beaten a pair of teams who are longshots for the playoffs. And North just crushed Pinkerton 2 weeks ago. Going by recent play the Titans are the undisputed #1 team in the state right now. Then vs. BG would have been a fun game to watch if Kelly was still healthy.
Not playing the best football right now, but they're finding a way to win. They get the nod over Pinkerton because they're still undefeated.
Good win last weekend over Salem. Their schedule eases up next 2 weeks when they play Londonderry and Exeter. Then we find out what they really have vs. Brockton. QB Chris St. One is emerging as one of the season's breakout players. More good news for the Astros is that two-way standout Luke Somers returned to the lineup last week from his leg injury.
4) Bishop Guertin
Clearly they're not as good without Kelly, but BG is a football factory. Tony has other guys he can plug into the lineup and produce, like Pete Fucci and Zack Mailloux. Guertin has a culture of winning and just
So Far Salem has beaten up on the teams they're supposed to beat and lost to the good teams. This Friday vs. North is their chance to show that they're a legit title contender in D-I.
I don't care what anyone says, Souhegan is the favorite going into their game with Manchester Central this Friday night. The sabers are flat out playing better football right now. I'm expecting a good, hard fought game.
Keene is still undefeated on the season, and with the talent they have they could easily still be unbeaten heading into their last 2 games of the season when they play BG and Winnacunnet. That's when we'll really find out how good they are.
8) Manchester Central
They have now gotten stomped by both Salem and Nashua North in recent weeks. Central is a good team, but they have show that they can't play with the big boys. Remember it wasn't until the second half of the season last year until they came together. We'll see if Coach Ray can pull it off again this year. The Little Green play at Stellos Stadium vs. South in the last week of the season in a game which very well could decide the fourth and final playoff spot in D-I.
9) Nashua South
Yes they have offensive firepower. But like I mentioned in my game story from their game vs. Memorial, I was not impressed at all with their defense, especially their pass defense. McRae is a heck of a playmaker and they have some decent players on defense, but not enough right now. They could have easily lost that game to Memorial on Friday night and if they did they wouldn't be in my top 10.
I put them in the 10 spot last week, and they solidified that position with a convincing 39-6 win over Plymouth. Trinity hosts Lebanon in the last game of their regular season the day before Halloween. What's even scarier is that there's a chance both squads will be undefeated going into that contest. If that's the case, I WILL be at that game.