Thursday, October 14, 2010

NH Notebook Football Power Poll - Week 7


Another week, another Power Poll. Here's how I see it this week. Last week I had an honorary 11th team. This week I can't help but recognize 13 teams.

Injuries are really starting to play a role here. Like I have said in the past, this Poll shows how good each team is RIGHT NOW. If at any given time, 2 teams played each other on a neutral field the team ranked higher would be the favorite. So if a player's star player is out for a month they will move down in the poll until they're healthy.

Without any further ado, here's how I see it.

1) Pinkerton
Winnacunnet would remain #1, but they have a key injury right now. Pinkerton is the next best team. They have just 1 loss on the season, and that came with Luke Somers (arguably their best player) out of the lineup with an injury. Somers (pictured above) is healthy now and the Astros are back to playing well, although they did only beat Exeter by a touchdown. They're not exactly a dominating #1 team. Just shows the parity we have in the state right now. This Friday night the Astros get a chance to prove they're worthy of this spot when they take on Brockton, one of the top teams in Massachusetts.

2) Salem
Salem has had a roller coaster year so far, and has 2 good wins in the last 2 weeks. They beat Nashua North a couple weeks ago, in a game they led 34-0 at one point and last week they blew out Timberlane 48-7. Two good wins against 2 teams who were both ranked in my top 10 at the time. Still, the #2 spot is normally going to be a tad high for a team that has 2 losses at this point in the season. Again, it shows the parity we have.

3) Winnacunnet
I know that one player doesn't make a team, and that's why Winnacunnet only drops 2 spots for me. But Mike Trainor is a very important player for the Warriors. He's their leading rusher, their best defender and he's the team's second best player after QB Steve Cronan. Trainor suffered a dislocated shoulder this past weekend vs. Alvirne. He's out for at least 2 weeks if not more. The Warriors had a nice win week 1 over North, but since then the combined record of the teams they've beaten is 6-24. Still, this is a good football team that is still unbeaten. They will miss Trainor more on defense than they will on offense. They still have Ben Fee and Bret Taylor to carry the ball (along with Cronan running the option), but defensively Trainor is one of the hardest hitters in the state and they'll miss that. As long as they can have him back for the playoffs though they should be fine.

4) Nashua South
Big win for the Purple Panthers last week over a struggling Nashua North team. Going into that game I think most people thought the top 3 teams in D-I were Salem, Pinkerton and North (in any order) with South and Central a notch below fighting for the 4th spot. But South proved those people wrong by winning easily over North. After seeing South play vs. Memorial thought they'd have trouble beating Concord, but they clearly got better since then as they ran through the Crimson. Are they for real or not? Their game vs. Salem in 2 weeks should tell us.

5) Manchester Central
I called them out before the Souhegan game and said how the only times they've played good teams this year they have lost and lost badly. So beating the Sabers was a big win for them. They just barely beat a Londonderry team that is 1-5. I'm still not completely sold on this team. But they have been traditionally better during the second half of the season.

6) Souhegan
The Sabers were #6 before the loss to Central and then dropped to #8. But with the issues that BG and North are having right now they are back in the #6 spot, right behind the team that beat them. Souhegan is a talented team, and the win they had over Portsmouth is looking more impressive by the week.

7) Dover
They might not be an offensive juggernaut, but there's no denying the Green Wave are one of the hottest teams in the state right now. Don't look at the record, because I don't. I look at how teams are playing RIGHT NOW. The Green Wave are coming off one of the biggest wins the program has had in the last 5 years, as they beat Bishop Guertin on Saturday night 7-0. They have won 3 in a row, outscoring their opponents 89-0 in the process. And yes, they do have 3 losses, but that was in the beginning of the year, and each of them were just a 1 possession game. Who knows, they might go winless the rest of the way. But right now Dover is a top 10 team. Anyone who disagrees is crazy.

8) Bishop Guertin
After their week 1 blowout win over Salem they were my #1 team in the state. But after losing to Dover last week they're now at #8. Injuries have played a HUGE role in Guertin's fall from grace. A total of 14 players are injured right now, including key players like Mike Kelly, Kyle Karaska and Peter Fucci. QB Steve Cuipa continues to lead the way, and the Cardinals got an outstanding effort on both sides of the ball on Saturday from Alex Eaton. A game this weekend vs. Manchester West is just got the doctor ordered for this team. Then we'll find out how good BG and Winnacunnet both really are in 2 weeks when they square off in Hampton.

9) Nashua North
My how the mighty have fallen. Just a couple weeks ago North was riding high and sitting pretty atop the poll after blowout wins over both Pinkerton and Central. But over the last couple weeks they haven't been able to stop anybody on defense. They were down 34-0 to Salem, and then they lost by 3 scores to a South team that wasn't even considered a title contender at the time. Luckily for them, they end the season with games vs. Concord, Memorial, Merrimack and Exeter, all teams who will likely miss the playoffs. We know the Titans can put up points, but they will have to fix their defense if they want to get back to the D-I title game.

10) Trinity
Trinity continues to roll past everybody they play in Division IV, winning their last 3 games by a 129-23 margin. Their date with Lebanon looms in 3 weeks in a game where both teams could be undefeated. But the Pioneers shouldn't look past their opponent this weekend or else they've get beat. Kennett is a good team, and Trinity has a long bus ride to play them. Although the Eagles did have a disappointing blowout loss to Monadnock this past weekend.

11) Keene
Tough injury for the Blackbirds. If they were healthy I would have them ranked higher, right around where Dover and BG are. But they lost starting running back Chris Lacroix on Friday night with a dislocated patella. They injury happened right at the beginning of the 2nd half of their game with Merrimack, and to Keene's credit they were still able to persevere and pull out the win. They were able to beat Merrimack without Lacroix, but they just barely beat them. Whether they can beat teams like Dover, Timberlane, BG and Winnacunnet without their senior captain is a whole different story. Lacroix is out for at least 2 weeks, possibly more. This team definitely has some good talent though, on both sides of the ball. Players like Jimmy Boulay, Lucas Luopa, Taylor Russel and Matt Cunningham will keep this team competitive.

12) Timberlane
They get knocked out of my top 10 by losing to Salem this past Saturday 48-7. This is till a good team, though. And they get a chance to prove it on Friday night vs. Winnacunnet. Before that game the Owls won 3 in a row, all by double digits. But none of those 3 teams they beat have winning records. Friday night is a big game for this team. They're at home, and they're facing a Warriors team playing without Trainor. If they want to be considered a top 10 team then they will win that game.

13) Portsmouth
Coach Murphy, his staff and his players deserve some credit. Every year they graduate talented seniors and every year they continue to compete. Bedford and Goffstown were both more highly touted going into the year, and both teams seemed to be better on paper. But there's no question that right now Portsmouth is the second best team in D-III. Milford is not a bad team (they beat Bedford easily), but the Clippers stomped them, 40-0. Bill Lane, Quinn McCann and Co. are playing some very good football right now. Portsmouth has won 3 in a row, outscoring their opponents 141-27. Yikes! They only lost to Souhegan by 9, and you can bet the Clippers are salivating for a rematch.


Best of luck to both Trainor and Lacroix, as well as Kelly with their recoveries. Especially since they're all seniors, you hate to see serious injuries like this happen and hope for a quick recovery so they're able to hopefully come back healthy for the playoffs.

And yes Lebanon, if there was a 14th team in the poll it would be you. But I have to cut it off somewhere!

104 comments:

  1. Round one:
    North beats Pinkerton.
    Salem beats Central

    Championship Rematch
    Salem wins again at home!!!!

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  2. St Thomas should at least be sniffing the poll the scrimmaged Dover this year and I belive it was tied when both of the first units left the field.

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  3. No one cares about scrimmages. It's still anyone's game this year!

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  4. Please, please, please stop with any talk about scrimmages. They were so long ago they don't matter...at all.

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  5. i agree unless never mind i just wonder why it came up whats the reason? (:

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  6. Don't look now but a muddy field just might be what Exeter needs to pull off a major upset!!!

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  7. ANOTHER injury for BG WR Joe McCarthy is injured and is out for the season.

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  8. Central won't make the playoffs? What division 1 is he watching? You do know that Souths loss to Pinkerton was negated by beating North. North lost to salem, salem beat pinkerton, pinkerton beat south, central beat...who? It'll be Pinkerton, South, Salem and North in the playoffs. Salem still can win it all like you said, but I'm interested to see how the South/Salem game goes next week. Could be a preview of a potential title game?
    All I know is, Central is a loss away from being out of the mix.

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  9. i know keene is beat up but come on. they havent lost yet. you can say they havent played anyone yet but they just beat merrimack without there senior running back. bg loses to dover who has 3 loses and now has 2 loses in a row and they both are ranked higher? i just dont get these rankings. you really think dover is going to beat keene this week? you have to be kidding me. oh wow dover beats a bg team that has like 9 thousand injuries and get bumped up that high? thats just crazy. in my opinion i dont think bg or dover should be on this list. and i honestly dont care where keene is on the list. but to put teams like this ahead of them because of one win, now thats kind of a slap in the face.

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  10. Sorry Keene, but your best win so far is Merrimack - who is the 6th best team in D-II and won't make the playoffs. BG's best win is Salem and Dover's best win is BG. 2 wins that are much better than Merrimack. You barely beat Merrimack by 2 points, and you had Lacroix the whole first half, now you don't have him at all. You guys have had a good season so far, let's not push it. If you beat Dover tomorrow night, in Dover you will definitely move up in this.

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  11. Jeremy,

    Thanks for thinking about us

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  12. didnt merri beat dover? dont worry keene you'll never get any credit just show this guy what up on the field tonight

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  13. 12:25 why just wait if dover get away this week. dover are all pump up right now you never know what will happen, dover really want to make the playoffs and they not taking easy with their practices and for sure they will do their best to win.

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  14. 9:31
    Sorry, I was going by a WMUR Poll asking which team was best in D1. I will swap South and Central or North. Looking at remaining schedules it will probably come down to the Head to Head game.

    Here are the survey Results so far.
    Choice Votes Percentage of 147 Votes

    Pinkerton 52 35%
    Salem 47 32%
    Central 21 14%
    North 18 12%
    South 9 6%

    Thanks for taking our survey!

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  15. jeremy, merrimack is no slotch they play good hard hitting football and could hang with the best of teams but thewy mad a mistak that cost them the win but we also studied keenes first games and lacroix scored atleast once in all of them and most times twice, what makes you think he wouldnt in this game? lacroix had 78 yards in the first half and would have been the leading rusher if he hadent got hurt.if you add seven for a lacroix second half touchdown keene would have won by nine.is that more respectable?

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  16. Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda, but didn't and the game was close. Moving forward, now he's hurt which makes them a question mark.

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  17. GO NASHUA SOUTH! And then SALEM.

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  18. Here are the Massey Rankings which are based on schedule difficulty, Offense and Defense strengths and overall Power.

    1-Pinkerton
    2-Salem
    3-BG
    4-South
    5-Winni
    6-North
    7-Souhegan
    8-Central
    9-Trinity
    10-Dover

    * Based on teams in NHIAA (Not academy schools)

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  19. where's the merrimack and keene?

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  20. 8:02 thats right will see if keene beat the dover and btw its on sunday now not tonight.Go DOVER..........

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  21. 12:44
    Massey is apparantly not aware of injuries.

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  22. Here's a list of postponed games with new dates and times according to information obtained by New Hampshire Football Report:

    Exeter at Salem: Saturday (2 p.m.)
    Pelham at Alvirne: Saturday (2 p.m.)
    Trinity at Kennett: Saturday (6 p.m.)
    John Stark at Lebanon: Saturday (6:30 p.m.)
    Campbell at Sanborn: Saturday (7 p.m.)
    Stevens at Fall Mountain: Saturday: 7 p.m.
    Keene at Dover: Sunday (6 p.m.)

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  23. Good luck to Pinkerton tonight down at MA Power Brockton. Go Astros!

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  24. Massey has Keene at 12 and Merrimack at 16

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  25. a healthy bg (even without kelly) is the best team in NH
    they got back coach Phillips this week which is as big a gain as you can get. i would expect drastic improvement from the kids stepping in for those injured. which means they will get even stronger when kids return. resulting in the depth that we are accustomed to, ending in another championship for bg. and a dominant team next year

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  26. thanks 102 ill try to make it sunday but dover will have its hands full trying to stop keenes run game and GO KEENE

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  27. Why keene people so defensive that the dover at top 10 this week. if keene is a good team you dont have to worried about the game.

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  28. told ya Jeremy,your winnie plays defense like north.324 yards rushing to lawrence when you know they are running,come on man.keene,your next get ready to get spanked by dover.What a race to the finish,5 teams,4 spots.My 4 is bg,timby,winnie,and dover.keene is about to see some REAL FOOTBALL TEAMS.

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  29. Winnie gave up more points in 1 game{24} then guertin has all this d2 season.How do you like them now Jeremy.

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  30. 9:31 - South couldn't beat Londonderry. Salem, Exeter and Central just might make it too tough for them to see playoffs.

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  31. South lost in double OT. They will be fine. No need to jump ship so soon,

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  32. 11:03
    They lost in double OT to one of the bottom two in D1, lets put it in perspective, Londonderry lost to D3.

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  33. 10:59 yeah yeah yeah merrimack beat dover but your #6 right now. lol (:

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  34. the only legitimate defenses i've seen all year are that of bg and dover. bg's is good enough to keep them in the game agaisnt anyone no matter how bad the offense plays. and that is with tons of injuries. the dover loss doesnt really matter much at all they should still get home field for the playoffs.

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  35. South is definitely a good team, but they put themselves in a tough spot. They can definitely beat Salem, but they have to play much better defense than they did last night.

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  36. North's First D gave up under 30 yards in first half against Concord last night! First D also shut them out (Pick 6 for Concord) It was 41-7 when 2nd string hit the field. Impressive for a team that got away from playing D for a couple games. D 1 is getting more and more interesting!

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  37. RE 4:41

    I wouldn't call it impressive. It's what they should have done against a team with only 1 division win.

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  38. Salem absolutely pounded Exeter today.. 42 -13 Wow.. this team can score at will running and passing.. and thier first defense did not let Exeter cross the 50 yard line. They gave up a kick off return for a TD and a late garbage TD against he their JV team. They held Nick Lawrence of Timberlane to 5 yards rushing last week and he ran for 325 against Winn.. This defense is getting better every week they are going to be very tough dowm the stretch.

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  39. I felt so bad for west watching them tonight,they should be d4 to give them a chance to rebuild.One kid got taken off the field in an ambulance,it looked bad.Other kids were being helped off the field by coaches.I counted 4 FRESHMAN AND 5 sophmores playing defense for bg with 6 minutes left in the 2nd quarter.48-0 early in the 3rd,west is basically playing bg's jv and freshman team.IT WAS SAD.

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  40. You said Pinkerton beat Exeter by only 7, which is a true statement. Before today's game, Exeter had been putting up some close games vs very good teams. I don't think everyone gives them enough credit. Don't forget they lost to Winnacunnet in OT and Memorial in double OT. Not to mention they almost beat Pinkerton

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  41. 9:37
    I think Exeter also beat Dover who just beat BG.

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  42. On any given Fri/Sat "stuff" happens. Depends on preparation and desire. Gonna be an exciting playoff season that's for sure.

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  43. I didn't know Ryan Gauthier played football and was actually good at it. When I was looking at the recap of the friday night lights games for week 7 I seen on wmur channel 9 he had a interception agaisnt Concord that he brought back for a big return. Gauthier is a skilled kid and come to find out that wasn't his only interception he has 3 for the year and is tied with the most on his team with Anton Marinchick.

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  44. The kid who got taken off the field for west is going to be ok.He got knocked out on the return,they kept him overnight for observation.

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  45. Just because a team is bad doesn't mean they should get to drop a division and rebuild. West may have a case in dropping since they have lost Bedford kids but....

    Look how sad it is that Trinity has been running around in d5 and d4. Now that they are there they don't want to leave (despite what there AD/Coach might say) Here it is the team that dropped down 3 divisions that is putting people in ambulances, and then thumping their chests.

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  46. RE: 8:51, West has been so heavily impacted by the opening of Bedford High School. I think this is a case where NHIAA should make an exception and let them move down a couple of divisions.

    I don't know how the coaches and players can get up for games when they simply don't have the personnel to compete. My compliments to both since they continue to fight week after week.

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  47. Jeremy, your number 1,3,and 4 all lost this weekend,and your number 5 team won't even make the playoffs.Time to reshuffle the deck.

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  48. the difference between guertin and these other programs,johnson pulls his starters after 1 quarter.1 QUARTER,so bg's varsity beat west 42-0 in a quarter and half.bg's jv and freshmen team beat west 13-0 in 2 and a half quarters.Time to move west down at least 2 divisions.

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  49. I was there last night,the nhiaa should move them down at least 2 divisions until they can get reestablished.

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  50. Perhaps the NHIAA should swap Trinity and West for next year. What act of god would it take to make it happen?

    7:53 - The #1 lost to a very good Brockton team by 1 TD - the article I read made it seem like they were evenly matched and one broken play was the difference.

    I doubt there's any change at the top... #3-8 will bring out all the arguments. How far up does Souhegan go? Central is winning, but just barely escaping the last 3 weeks, but a win is a win. Can Dover win today and move way up? Does BG's lopsided win really count? How overrated was Winny and how underrated was Timby? Portsmouth #13 - thanks for playing the game, but your loss to G-Town forced you into a must wins vs. Hollis & Bedford over the next 2 weeks. I suppose now Lebanon will move into some spot...

    Isn't every glad that we don't have 1 really dominant team this year - makes things a whole lot more interesting.

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  51. West beat Souhegan in the Queen City Jamboree. Wow! It's just a scrimmage, but could anyone who watched last nights BG-West game imagine them beating BG, even in a scrimmage? And, Souhegan is ranked two ahead of BG!

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  52. Salem has finally started to gel. They are now what we thought they were then. No one will be able to offer resistance. They will roll right through the D1 title. Congrats Blue Devils on figuring it all out. No other team out there could take Timberlane and Exeter out 40+ to Zero in back to back games. Just let all these teams keep posting how great they are and silently roll under the Radar.

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  53. 11:58

    Is this the same rocket scientist that's been writing the nonsense about Salem that the rational Salem fans were dumping on?

    Salem played well against two D2 teams, means nothing. Exeter doesn't have the horses to do much this year. Let's see Salem limit South to 20 points or less before telling all of us how great they are.

    South is a much better team than Exeter & Timberlane combined.

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  54. SALEM SILENTLY ROLLING UNDER RADAR? their supporters thought they were the best team EVER in NH! Both their running backs were going to USC or ND!lol

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  55. 9:37, exeter is just not a good team this year - prolly there worst team ever. The close losses were prolly flukes and should have been by more. As someone who has played against them in the past, this is def not a normal exeter team.

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  56. BG at Winny next week. Predictions?

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  57. Soughegan is a very good program but they are not at par with Guertin. In the same respect, BG is a great program that if they were in D1 this year, with all their injuries, they would not make the playoffs.

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  58. Here is what Salems new D did to Exeter. (Exeter got twice as many yards as Timberlane got last week)

    Exeter Game Stats
    Total Yds Passing Rushing
    0 57

    Player Stats
    Player Att Yds Y/A TD
    Back 1 10 28.0 2.8 0
    Back 2 12 29.0 2.4 0

    Quarterback Stats
    Player Att Cmp Cmp% Yds Y/A TD Int
    QB 2 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 2

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  59. Final: Dover 52 Keene 7. Are people finally going to give Dover some credit? They have one of, if not the best, defense in the DII and maybe even the state. Dover was also without there starting QB, who was sidelined with a concussion. Dover is a legitimate team. Show some respect.

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  60. Dover scored 52 points? Wow.

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  61. keene could not move the ball up the field at all. kyle wilson is a animal for dover. best defense in the state

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  62. keene now knows why they are not in the top 10 now, and now merrimack can cool it about beating dover at the begining of the season. stuff changes, teams get better, teams lose people.

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  63. 1:15
    So once Salem wins 65-20 against South (did they just lose to a 1 win team?) you can climb on the bandwagon too, plenty of room for everyone. Have you even see Salem play? The running backs are def both going to USC or ND only because they won't let you go straight to the NFL. Neither can be stopped. I've seen Fedrick truck stick some pretty impressive names. And Jacques, he basically toys with defenses. He could get 500 yards a game if they started giving him more than 10 carries, like 11 or 12 maybe.

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  64. captain k-wizzle for dover (#44) was all over the field making plays tonight.

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  65. 3:10
    Here are Exeters last 3 losing games before Salem who is just on a different level now.

    09-25 @ Winnacunnet 29-35
    10-01 Manchester Memorial 33-34
    10-09 @ Pinkerton Academy 14-21

    And, they beat Dover. This team would have been 8-2 in D2 if not better because of the confidence that is built beating weaker teams.

    So stop hatin, Salem is simply a beast. Just ask Timby.

    Sorry Salem poster, we too good to fly under the Radar.

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  66. 5:20 Trinity beat Laconia by 3 on a long play. stop making it sound like they are running scores up, they pulled all varsity players in 8 minutes against john stark.

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  67. timby didnt try against salem..they pulled their starters in the 2nd quarter

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  68. 11:30, Souhegan actually beat West in that scrimmage - get your facts straight. Oh, and it was a SCRIMMAGE. 2nd stringers and JVs got the same amount of reps as the SHS starters. The whole playbook wasn't even in yet. Was merely glorified practice, no more, no less.

    5:14, I hate to disagree. With the loss of Kelly and the fire that has been in SHS's belly the past two weeks after losing to a Central team they should have beat (shot themselves in the foot with stupid mistakes and penalities like always this year), I could see a good game being played there. Let's not forget, this year's Souhegan is a mere shadow of the past two years, and they still killed Londonderry, whom just beat South (whom beat North and will be a playoff team), and barely lost to Central after playing the worse game they possibly could have. Central wasn't doing anything spectacular, SHS's inexeperience as has been the case all year got in their way with the penalties, mistakes, and breakdowns. It all finally came to a head. However, the past two weeks since SHS has looked like a new team, killing Milford 41-7, whom trashed a Bedford team that was supposed to compete and maybe beat SHS. They're a team on the rise that's coming together at the right time of season, BG is a team on the decline with injuries and such hurting them. I'd argue in a game right now it would be a good one. And the programs are comparitive in success, but SHS sends three times as many kids to competitive college programs.

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  69. I agree stop acting like Trinity is killing everyone, they beat a Laconia team(which is having a down year) by 3 on a long play late in the game. Should of moved to D-IV, 3 years ago when the division was competitive.

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  70. Trinity has no business being in d4 in anything. forget the 420 kids argument it's a catholic parochial school in a city of 100,000 people.

    They have been in one close game in two years and have been regularly putting kids in ambulances.

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  71. I should start my own blog.I said keene would not win another game,and that timby would beat winnie.These are the teams going to the party,BG,DOVER,TIMBY,AND WINNIE.Merrimack as usual will have to buy a ticket if they want to go to the playoffs.That Keene game will haunt them for a long time.Would not surprise me if Merrimack beats winnie.

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  72. Jeremy,how far are you going to drop the warriors,or are you still a believer?

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  73. WONDER WHAT THE WEEK 8 POWER POLL WILL LOOK LIKE.

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  74. 10:16 - Enjoy your final year in town. I've seen Salem play - they're good, but they play differently against weaker teams. Fedrick won't truck a bigger/faster player - he's roadkill in those games. How'd he play defense against Pinky, North, BG? Jacques I'll accept - he at least looks to make contact.

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  75. Dover 57 - Keene 7 -
    Yeah Keene is for real LOL

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  76. Jeremy - Did you go to the Dover game last night?

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  77. 11:35
    Yeah, they pulled the starters AFTER Salem did and they were already down 35-0. Stop pretending. The Video Replay of all Salem games are on SSDTV6 go watch it on the internet. Really, go and watch it, you will be impresed. #6 for Timby, looked slow chasing Jacques around. The Two running backs, could not get a single step. Jerickson simply running people over like they were not there. I would have pulled them after the 1st QTR if I was the Timby coach. Game means nothing, why play and get hurt? They should have done like that team that I saw on the news and refused to even play.

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  78. Souhegan, still trying to talk up beating one of the bottom 2 Div 1 teams. Really?

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  79. Weeek in week out I attend games. I watch things that many people do not see throughout the course of a game. Leadership.. intensity.. effort. After all of these things are put together witht he skill of a football player. It is clear to me that Andre Williams and Matt Cannone are the state's best football players. Now, by that I mean all-around players. Yes, Max Jacques is the best RB this year but he is not a complete player. Watch Williams and Cannone. Offense or Defense and you will be surprised at what you see thorughout the game.

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  80. keene now you see why we say the things we do about you.I am amazed you beat merrimack.

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  81. 3 questions for dover.how did you lose to exeter?How did you let merrimack beat you?Winnie beat you,really?

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  82. 6:46
    Here are the Salem Timberlane Highlights.

    http://ulocal.wmur.com/_Timberlane-at-Salem-Football-Highlights/video/1405921/63455.html

    Before this game Timberlane was not considered a weaker team. Watch the running backs. Speed and Power like no other team in the state. I can put up the North Highlights where Fedrick absloutely Truck Stuck Norths best if that helps convince you. They played the run just fine against the teams that you mentioned, especially against Pinkerton and North. The problem was passing defense/special teams. We will find out against South if they have figured out how to stop or at least slow down the pass. With the Offense that they have, slow them down will be all it takes. I can tell you that personnel wise, this defense has changed each week. For the first time ever, I have ssen situational substitutions. This defense and coaching staff is coming together at the right time. Only one team left to test them. This Friday, arguably the best offense in D1.

    You keep hatin, Salem will keep playing. It only counts when its done on the field.

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  83. 8:50 I agree I also have been to a bunch of games this year and for my money those two are with out a doubt the state's best all around football players, there may be better players at their positions. Both players have also stepped up when needed this year Cannone stays under the radar with the two running backs but that kid can move the chains in critical spots when called upon, he especially stepped up in the Championship game and playoff runs last year. Cannone showed me a lot taking his team on his shoulders in the second half and engineering those two scoring drives with TD passes. North had definitely slowed down Salem's very talented backfield in that game. It seems Williams has taken North on his shoulders this year especially after the back to back losses.. The kid is a stud.. It will be very interesting over the next three weeks how all the D1 teams perform and barring injury I expect both Salem and North to be well positioned for another playoff run.

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  84. The top 10 high school football teams in New Hampshire, as voted by members of the New Hampshire Union Leader, WGAM-Radio and WMUR-TV sports staffs:

    Week 8
    Current Rank/Previous Rank
    1. (2) Pinkerton, 5-2
    2. (3) Salem, 5-2
    3. (1) Winnacunnet, 6-1
    4. (6) Nashua North, 4-3
    T5. (5) Bishop Guertin, 5-2
    T5. (7) Manchester Central, 5-2
    7. (4) Nashua South, 4-3
    8. (8) Souhegan, 6-1
    9. (unranked) Dover, 4-3
    10. (unranked) Timberlane, 4-3


    OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Trinity, 7-0; Lebanon, 7-0

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  85. 1:27 - Don't know where you got this info but rankings are wrong.

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  86. i like jeremys rankings better than that other poll anyways

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  87. union leader poll doesn't actually watch what happens on the field,who is hurt,etc.They just look at wins and losses.Actually one could make a case for about 5 or 6 teams to be number one.That is why they play the games,to prove idiots like us WRONG.

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  88. 2:18...as he said, he got it from unionleader.com and he is right

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  89. Jeremy
    How about the NH Notebook Football power Poll Week 8. I cant wait to see who's your #1 this time (still Pinkerton) or what?

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  90. My Power Poll for this week will be posted tomorrow morning. I can tell you right now it is going to look MUCH different than the UL's.

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  91. i cant wait to see thanks jeremy

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  92. OH! I am sorry. The rankings were from the Union Leader and not Jeremy's poll.

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  93. will saint thomas be in consideration for the rankings?

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  94. 12:37 Sorry, you're right. This is 11:30. I watched the whole jamboree too. I got West confused with Goffstown game. I think I was too tired when I posted that. I agree too that the Jamboree is as often misleading as not.

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  95. If there ever was a match up that the weather was in favored one team, it had to be Londonderry with that single wing and tough backs against South with that passing game and explosive skills people. But that's fair. Certainly no one would have mentioned that South had the advantage if it were a dry field and no wind. I'd say the same was true to a much less extent about Winni-Timberlane. We just might get a re-match with the latter two come playoffs.

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  96. 8:50 I do like you're thinking. I'd like to see people go a step further on occasion. There are 22 people on the field at one time. How many people see more than the ball carrier and who makes the tackle. The most overlooked player is #75 from Dover. For Salem, I liked DiPalma and Lorenz from the 2 games I've saw. DiPalma is the one that stepped up against BG when things were starting to get away from them. He played well against Pinkerton too. Lorenz made big catches in both games and does a good job defensively.

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  97. How can you have a Power Poll when it's 'voted' on by one person? Name change is in order....Power Rankings, Leveille's Power Index...whatever, but it's not a 'poll'.

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  98. Tell me next time one of Trinity's opponents in an ambulance. There's a difference between being a tough, physical team, and being a cheap team that injures people for fun like you make Trinity out to be.

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  99. Keene Still has a great team even after the big lose to Dover.Coaches needed to give the Defence of Keene a Blow once in a while and let someone fresh get a chance to make a play!

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  100. I have one question... why is BG in NH leagues anyways? I understand that they have to play somewhere but they are a private school aren't they?

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