Monday, October 18, 2010

NH Notebook Football Power Rankings - Week 8


Ok, so I have changed the title of the post to NH Notebook Football Power Rankings. Like a commenter said, it's only me voting so I shouldn't call it a poll. Touché.

Where I have some of the teams this week is going to surprise some people. But I've seen all 11 of these teams play, most of them multiple times (who else can say that?). I'm taking into account injuries, and also how the teams are playing RIGHT NOW. So I put more weight into a team's recent games than I do their early season performances.

Last week I ranked 13 teams. But the #11 team (Keene) and the #13 team (Portsmouth) both lost last weekend to get bumped from the list. Keene got blown out by Dover and Portsmouth lost to a Goffstown team that might not even make the D-III playoffs.

So now we have 11 teams. Here's how I have them ranked and why.

1) Pinkerton
I had Pinkerton ranked #1 last week, and they gave me no reason to take them down last weekend. Yes, they did lose their most recent game. But if anything I think even more highly of Pinkerton now than I did a week ago. They went toe-to-toe with Brockton High, who is one of the best teams in the entire state of Massachusetts and a team that would beat anybody in NH. The Astros only trailed 13-8 at halftime and only lost 21-14. They even made it into the Brockton red zone in the game's final moments, coming VERY close to tying the game up before QB Chris St. Onge threw an INT. After playing that game on Friday night, going back now and playing NH teams will be a breeze. I wouldn't want to be Concord this Saturday.

2) Salem
I feel good about Pinkerton in the #1 spot, especially since Salem lost to Pinkerton just a couple weeks ago. But the Blue Devils are definitely NOT far behind the Astros. It is really looking like these two teams are a step above the rest of D-I right now. Salem has scored a whopping 157 points in their last 3 games. This is THE best offense in the state. And while they were having some problems on defense before they have allowed just 20 points in the last 2 games. Coach Gati's team has lost 2 games. But one of them was to BG who then jumped to #1 in my rankings. And the other loss was to Pinkerton, who is #1 right now. No reason Salem should be any lower than this right now.

3) Dover
This ranking might come as a surprise to some, but I am 100% certain that this is where they belong. Yes, I know they started off the season with losses to Exeter, Winnacunnet and Merrimack. But they were all VERY close losses. And also, that was then and this is now. The Green Wave are a completely different football team right now. And that how I rank teams, on how they're playing RIGHT NOW. Nobody outside of Salem or Pinkerton is playing better football right now. In the last 4 games over has outscored their opponents 141-7. During that stretch they went on the road and beat Bishop Guertin, becoming the first NH team to beat them in 2 years. Then last week they walloped previously undefeated Keene 52-7. They're playing as good of defense as anyone right now, and Kyle Wilson is making a case for being the state's best defensive player. I give a ton of credit to Coach Osbon, his staff and team. Nobody thought Dover would be the best team in D-II this year. Right now that's exactly what they are. They just have to keep it up.

4) Manchester Central
I'm not completely sold on this team. Afterall, they got hammered by both Salem and North, they've only beaten one good team so far and they have just BARELY beaten Memorial and Londonderry over the last couple weeks (neither team is in the top 10). That being said, Memorial is a D-I team with a 4-3 record (they're not horrible) and Londonderry just beat South. So the Little Green have beaten 3 pretty good teams in the last 3 weeks. I also can't justify putting any other team in the #4 spot. There are just more reasons to rank the teams below Central lower than there are for central to be lower. Keep reading to see what I mean.

5) Souhegan
Souhegan lost to Central just a couple weeks ago. And while they have won their 2 games since that loss and outscored their opponents 95-14, neither win came against a top 10 team while Central hasn't lost since beating Souhegan. The Sabers still have not beaten a team ranked in the top 10. They're a good team, and with Portsmouth losing this past weekend Souhegan is the clear cut favorite in D-III. But I can't justify putting them any higher than this.

6) Bishop Guertin
BG is a very good team, with lots of talent, speed and one of the best defenses in the state. That being said, they've lost 2 of their last 3 games, and the one team they beat in that span was a team (Manchester West)that belongs in Division IV. The Cardinals have A LOT of injuries. And they have only beaten 1 team ranked in the top 10 without Mike Kelly. The 1 team was Timberlane. I have Guertin ranked ahead of them, but can't justify putting them any higher right now. Big game with Winnacunnet this weekend. he winner of that game could definitely be a top 5 team in my rankings at this time next week.

7) Timberlane
Big win over Winnacunnet on Friday night 26-14. I had the Owls ranked #12 last week, then they beat a Warriors team I had ranked #3. So they move up 5 spots to the #7 spot. I can't justify moving them up higher, since 2 weeks ago they lost 48-7, albeit to a very good Salem team. Also a question mark for them is the health of Nate Lawrence who was injured vs. Winnacunnet and didn't return. He is important to their team not only on offesne but on defense as well. There were a lot of backs who were getting more hype before the season than Timberlane's Nick Lawrence. But right now he is playing as well as anybody. The Owls game in 2 weeks with Dover should be VERY interesting.

8) Winnacunnet
Winnacunnet was my #1 ranked team for a couple weeks, and last week they were #3. But they haven't beaten a team with a winning record in over a month, they have 2 key players (RB/LB Mike Trainor and lineman Bryce Paster) out with injuries and neither is expected back this week and they just lost by 2 touchdowns to to a team that was ranked #12 last week. They fumbled 10 times in a game earlier in the year, and they fumbled 5 times in Friday night's loss. The Warriors are still a good team, with a lot of fight in them. But they don't belong any higher than #8 right now. They have a HUGE game with Bishop Guertin this Friday night (Yes, I WILL be covering it). Both teams are hampered by injuries right now, but both still have plenty of talent. Should be a fun evening in Hampton.

9) Nashua North
Their 17 point loss to South looks even worse now that The Purple Panthers just lost to Londonderry. I have North ahead of South because the Titans rebounded with a win over Concord while South lost to a 1 win Lancer team. Also, South has 2 key injuries and if the 2 teams played again this weekend my money would be one North. South is my #10 team due to injuries and loss to Londonderry. I can justify ranking North ahead of them, but just barely. Thus, North is my #9 team right now.

10) Nashua South
South goes from a big 38-21 win over a good North team to losing to a 1 win Londonderry team. What gives? Well 2 of the Purple Panthers' best players were injured in the Londonderry game. Speedy and athletic wideout Nilsson Basora suffered a shoulder injury just one player after catching a 60 yard pass. He didn't return and is out for 3 weeks. Also, defensive stud Allen Odell sprained his ankle and didn't return. Odell is VERY important to a South defense that already has trouble stopping people from scoring. Both players will be out for the team's game this Friday night vs. Salem.

11) Trinity
I just can't justify putting them above the 10 teams above them. The teams ranked ahead of Trinity simply face a MUCH tougher schedule from week to week. Still, these guys do deserve credit. They had a better team last year than they do this year, yet this still moved up a division, from D-V to D-IV. And yet they still have managed to beat up on everyone they've played. The Pioneers have outscored their opponents 94-6 over the last 2 weeks, including a blowout win over a decent Kennett team. It's been over a month since anyone has even come within 3 touchdowns of this team. Did I mention how much I'm looking forward to the Trinity/Lebanon game on October 30?


My god, I used the phrase, "right now" so many times in this article you would have thought I was Van Halen! (Kids, ask your parents if you don't get it).

191 comments:

  1. not sold on you 4 or 5 teams at all.I believe teams 6-10 would easily beat both central or soughegan,RIGHT NOW.

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  2. Finally Dover gets the credit they deserve. Watch out for them this weekend vs. Londonderry. There should be a good crowd on hand as well.

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  3. Get ready South - you're next.

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  4. I like it - makes total sense to me!

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  5. I cant believe you put Manch Central 4th! You give all of these reasons why they have no reason being there...and then you put them there. If anything, North should be 4th and Manch Central 9th.
    Let the debating begin!

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  6. Jeremy

    One additional thing on Salem, there first defense has not given up any points in the last two games. A kickoff return and a couple of garbage TD's against the JV team. That Salem- Pinkerton 38-31 game was pretty even.. I do agree that these two teams RIGHT NOW are a cut above everyone else..It is High School football in NH and everything seems to change weekly

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  7. Come on Concord, lets shock the state this week!!

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  8. Like I said in the write-up I'm not totally sold on Central and Souhegan either. But I have more reasons why the teams below them should be lower than I have for Central and Souhegan. Winnacunnet (injuries, fumblititis), BG (injuries, lost 2 of last 3 with the one win being against West), Timberlane (Lost 48-7 just 2 weeks ago and healthy of QB is a question), North (lost 2 of last 3, no defense, just lost by 17 to a team that jut lost to Londonderry) and South (2 big injuries, just lost to Londonderry).

    So while I have reasons to rank Central and Souhegan lower, I have more reasons and stronger reasns to rank the other teams lower.

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  9. 10:20...Salem is good, I will give you that, but the last 2 games have been against Timberlane and Exeter. 2 teams that are extremely run heavy offenses. Salem has no problem stopping the run...they struggle to stop the pass. Thats why Nashua North put up so many points against them. They will struggle this week with South and their spread offense. If they win, it could be another 67-53 marathon.

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  10. Offense wins games Defense wins championships - Go Leb and Coach Boisvert

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  11. 10:35: I agree, but no Basora in the lineup could hurt the South passing game.

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  12. Jeremy,
    I think we could get together and invite 9 of our closest friends and we could throw for 200 yards against the Salem defense. Unfortuntely, we wouldnt be able to stop Jacques and Fedrick either.

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  13. Salem has a little surprise for Souths Passing game. The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over even if it does not work. Coach Gati is NOT insane. He might not be able to stop Souths Passing game, but he will make an interesting attempt.

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  14. Big drop for Winni...How can you rank Dover 3 who Winni still beat after fumbling 10 times...

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  15. 11:34, that was a long time ago. Both teams are much different now, especially with Trainor and Paster out for Winnacunnet.

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  16. were is Kearsarge in all this they have dominated a very competitive division and have only given up 7 points per game. their defense is vicious

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  17. This weeks big tests for standings
    D1 Salem @ South
    - Prediction South by 3 - Salem can't stop a pass game

    D1 North @ Memorial
    - Prediction Memorial by 1 - Upset

    D2 BG @ Winni
    - Prediction BG by 8 - BG has too much depth and can make up for their injuries

    D2 Timby @ Keene
    - Prediction Timby by a landslide - Keene just hasn't got it

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  18. 12:55
    Obv a D2 person - No clue bout D1. 2 out of 4 aint bad.

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  19. What position does Paster play for Winnacunnet?

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  20. the score of the keene tim game is going to be 20 to 18 keene is going to win

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  21. In respect to the number 11 team Trinity and its opponents. I would hardly call a win by 3 points against Laconia a "beating" !!

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  22. Keene is going to win...the pumpkin festival? They wont win another game, especially not against Timberlane.

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  23. I've seen recent Timberlane (last 2 D2), I've seen recent Dover (last 2 D2), Timberlane is no Dover. Keene will win.

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  24. LaconiaFan. Laconia is a good strong team and I hope they make it to the playoffs. I do have to say that the only reason that score was close was Trinity's special teams screwed up too many times. Laconia only scored one TD against Trinity's defense. It will be great to see them play again.

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  25. Jeremy, Though a game won in weather is certainly as legitimate as otherwise, it is a different game. A game in rain and mud is more like rugby than a football game played on a dry field. Of course Londonderry could beat South on a dry field too, but it would be a completely different set of parameters. I wouldn't use the Londonderry-South game as a measuring stick for anything other than another mud game. South has been dropped too far unless it is due more to the loss of the two starters. And the jury is still out on Londonderry. B.T.W. I have nothing to do with South.

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  26. Keene struggled in every aspect of the game against Dover. Dover isnt exactly an offensive juggernaut but they put up 52 on Keene

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  27. Londonderry is awful. I am from Londonderry and they have a few lean years ahead of them. Good skill postion people, no blocking. poor feeder program and very young inexperienced high school coaches with worst offensive sets in DI. Only thing worse than being a QB in Londonderry is being a split end.

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  28. I have been paying close attention to all the d2 games. My predictions for this week...
    Alvirne beats Spaulding
    BG beats Winnicunnet
    Dover beats Londonderry
    Merrimack beats Manchester West
    Timberlane beats Keene

    Should make for an interesting week 9

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  29. Keene needs to mix up their players on D it will make these young men Hungry to play.

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  30. Give some credit to Dover's running backs Mackoul and McKee

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  31. Any predictions on the dover and londenderry game?

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  32. Ive had the opportunity to watch Keene, and I think many posters are correct, Keene will not win another game this year. They are a good team with some talent at QB and RB, but way too young, small and inexperienced. There line is on the small side also. Timby is going to beat them by 28plus. bg by 28plus and Winny by 14
    BG, Dover, Timby ad WInny in the fight.

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  33. There is only 1 place to be Friday night,Hampton.The Warriors the number 1 team in NH for most of the season so far, against the undermanned,undersized,injured,young,Cardinals of BG.Some will say it is David vs Goliath,with the athletic,speedy, Warriors whose offense put up 63 points earlier this year out to crush the sickly Cardinals.Union leader,wgam,espn boston,nh notebook,nh football report, all have been in been in love with Winnacunnett all year.They ALL can't be WRONG,can they?

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  34. the poster from yesterday is right. Don"t overlook Kearsarge. Big ,fast , hard hitting football team

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  35. jeremy...any chance you could defend your pick for manch central @ 4....I mean, all you do is say negative things about them and the only positive is that they beat a team that "isn't horrible"...

    If you want them there, why not say a few positive things about them. You certainly COULD justify moving them to 7 or 8 and then just sliding everyone else up.

    Just sems strange to kinda bash them and still give it to them.

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  36. Timby and Dover could see eachother last game of the season and 1st week of the playoffs....back to back weeks.

    When was the last time that happened?

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  37. Call me crazy but....if Timby wins out including a win over Dover that would give Dover 3 losses.

    If Merrimack wins out (beating west and winni) wouldn't that make both Dover and Merrimack 5-3 with Merrimack having the tie breaker?

    Of course this is all assuming Keene doesn't win another game.

    1. Timby
    2. Winni
    3. Guertin
    4. Merrimack/Dover

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  38. 7:24, I said how they have 3 good wins in the last 3 weeks, and how while I have reasons for Central to be lower I have more reasons for the other teams to be lower. Pretty sure I defended my position on all 11 of these teams. Not bashing anyone, just explaining why I have them where I do.

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  39. Can we please just comment on how good Pinkerton Freshmen Manny Latimore will be in the coming years, he is built like a house and made Brockton defenders look like they were still in pop warner and I would not be suprised if he is a top 3 recruit in New England by the time he is a senior, he deserves everything that he is working for considering the tragedies he has faced in his life Good Luck Manny!

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  40. 7:34 You are absolutely right. I knew this was going to get interesting.

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  41. 9:53
    Latimore already seems to be one of the best kick returners in the state. As far as running back, he has a little way to go, but way ahead of schedule as a freshman. He will in the end, be the best in the state.

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  42. Timberlane will not beat Dover...Dover is playing good football...D2 Playoff will probably end up looking like this....

    Remember playoffs are not based on records this year. Road wins are worth 5 points, home wins worth 4.

    1. Winni (if they beat BG and win out)
    2. BG (assuming to they lose to Winni and win out)
    3. Dover
    4. Timberlane

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  43. Division 1 in particular this season has been incredible. The fact that at this point in the season there is still a chance for many teams to make a run is rare for that division. Pinkerton can afford to (although they won't) coast into the playoffs but Salem has South this friday and I wouldn't be shocked if there was a South upset.

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  44. South winning Friday night is really not an upset especially this year... I expect a really good game. Very strong athletes are on both sides..

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  45. Oh excuse me 11:13 I see I was mistaken and since you have said it so "matter of factly" it must be true. Timberlane must not be playing good football, the win against #1 winnacunnet was probably an accident.

    How about this for a scenario:

    Timberlane goes 3-0 remaining three games
    WInnacunnet 3-0
    Guertin 2-1
    Dover 2-1

    1.Timberlane
    2.Winny
    3.Guertin
    4. Dover

    OR Timberlane goes 2-1
    Guertin 3-0
    WInny 2-1
    Dover 3-0

    1. Guertin
    2. Timby
    3. WInny
    4. Dover

    Or keene could win 1 game and throw this whole thing off.

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  46. I for one will be shocked if South comes within 4 TDs of Salem. I will be shocked if Winny beats BG. I will be shocked if Timberlane beats Dover.

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  47. If Timby and BG win out, then BG gets the nod. Both would be the only teams w/ 1 division loss. Both of their losses would be home losses (BG to Dover and Timby to BG) which means the point system has them tied. The next tiebreaker is head-2-head. Silly NHIP is going to screw over some 5-3 team that beat another 5-3 team, but the team with more points because they played the 0-8 team on the road rather than at home.

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  48. 9:29...Keene's line is small? are you kiding me, they outsize almost every team in D2. what games are you watching?

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  49. Let it be said that Keene's D coordinator, Defensive mastermind, Coach Fowler, was not at a single practive last week. He was dealing with a family death, and it certainly showed in the game against Dover. Keene's D will not be as porous this week as Coach Fowler is back and will have the troops ready for battle against Timby.Dover is legit, but not by a margin of 45 points. I was at the game and Keene looked flat from the start. Too many variables going on, and Coach Tom will straighten them all out this week with a good butt chewin I guarantee it

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  50. How do you think merrimack will beat winnie?they couldn't beat Keene in merrimack,and we now all know what keene is like.

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  51. Keene May be on the small side,But they are Tough kids.Watch that Juinor RB Bellows run the ball! He's a rugged Kid.

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  52. BG over Winny? Winny has them just where they want them...

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  53. just FYI about your blurb about south, Allen O'Dell is a DEFENSIVE stud, he has not played a down of offense all year.

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  54. I understand that this is off topic but anyone want to help me figure out D IV? Lebanon and Trinity can be 1 and 2 seeds (in either order) but who is the 3 and 4 seed?

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  55. BG was definitely the best team in the state 'till Mike Kelly went down. Don't underestimate Salem's defense. There were a lot of players in new positions to start the year but they seem to have settled in nicely as of late. In addition, Cannone is playing some defense after opening the season as just the QB and he has made a difference. Salem wins big over South this week, 42-21.

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  56. I think that Pinkerton is the number one team in the state. And I love that they are doing it with a bunch of players who are not getting much fan fair or big stats recognition. This team gels very well and works together as a team. There are no 'Superstar' - 'Egomaniac' self serving members of the team. Just a bunch of guys who want to play well and win.....

    Good luck in your chase for the championship!

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  57. I don't think South can keep it as close as 42-21. They lost to Londonderry!!

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  58. 6:41 - Without the Lawrence's it's a tossup for them vs. Keene. Could be an aerial assault from both sides. Tough to see these games all affected by injuries, but it's part of the game and is certainly testing which are the "deeper" teams and which coaching staff has continued to develop the backups.

    8:36 - Weather was a factor, but not an excuse for the Londonderry game. Mud is the great equalizer for the speed vs. grind it out offenses. I do agree though in general that I think Salem will win going away probably in the 48-14 range (starters only - garbage time could make it closer since Salem is very weak there). There's a lot to be said for momentum and playing well at the right time.

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  59. Does someone want to claify the injury report for Timberlane? Are the Lawrence Brothers both out of the line up?

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  60. no they are not out...and nobody should be saying stuff unless its either of the Lawrence's, his coach or someone associated with Timberlane HS has confirmed this, which they have not and wont.

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  61. Jeremy how can you put bg down after a win? they've won 1 of theyr last 3 sure, but they won 1 of their last 1. and that 1 really seemed to show they've made some huge strides. 55-0 with starters out by halftime is a major jump and i expect them to prove everyone wrong as the season wears on. dover at 3 is a joke they got lucky against BG and they know it. best defense in the state hands down at bg.
    and pinkerton plays brockton close every year, last years team lost in a similiar situation where one turnover cost them the game. and we all know about last years team

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  62. i have no idea why everyone consistently insists on overrating Central. When was the las time they beat a top 4 team in a game that mattered for both teams? its been years. they have not impressed me the least bit over the past 4 years and they still consistently are overrated.

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  63. Not putting BG down, just explaining why I have the teams ranked where I do. And yes I know they beat West 55-0 but c'mon now everyone knows West is not very good. That being said I do have BG ranked 2 spots higher than I did last week.

    Thank you.

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  64. BG is going to beat Winnacunnet...as much as I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see BG lose. I say by 35-21 or something close to that.

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  65. I noticed on the schules that Pinkerton does not have a turkey bowl game. And I also noticed the BG does not.

    Perhaps this could be a matchup. The likely D1 and D2 champs!

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  66. 1:46, you cant be serious 55-0 against a potential dv team right now you consider major strides? That game was what the DR. ordered for tojo,get confidence back, get his players rest and get his injured healed, could not of come at a better time to play a very weak sister as tojo gets them pumped for the stretch run. Prove everyone wrong how? BG is more than good enough to win D2 (who said they werent?) but they are not the same power house as last season and even the season before, Dover, timby are better this season playing hard smash mouth football week in and week out, I dont believe anyone truly believes they are better than BG but Dover did not "get lucky" in win over BG THEY BEAT'EM.Do not think they could repeat the feat but if they do play again expect a very tough smash you in the mouth game that i truly believe BG will come off the field having gained alot more respect for dover as they heal their bruises than they had before the game, reguardless of score.If BG's defense is hands down best in state then why did Dover run all over them between the 20's with that counter off right guard/tackle that on 3 or 4 occasions they broke for 20+ gains and almost took to house twice, Dover played tough, beat yeh, man up,suck it up,give props were there due, dont make excuses. BG "D" is good but lets not get carried away.Dover D on that evening anyway was equal to Bg's, if not better (scoreboard) and had them outta cync all night. I believe BG wins D2,SLAPS OVERATED WINNY SENSELESS tomorrow night ands gains excellent positioning for post season, but if you think for a minute its gonna be as easy as recent years just look over your shoulder at the injuries (they didnt get them walking to school) and the upcoming games, this is a much closer and tougher division this year its just BG faithful cant accept it. If these boys dont toughen up and stop thinking they are better just putting on the BG uniform they could be in for long winter.BG will get their uniforms dirty this year if they are to win it.Its put up or shut up time, up coming weeks will truly determine who has the best D..."DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS"..."OFFENSE SELLS TICKETS"

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  67. yes, both Lawrence boys ARE out.

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  68. If the Lawrence boys are out, what are your sourses?

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  69. 4:19 - No One is saying this years BG team is as good as the past couple. Especially last years team that was ranked #21 in the nation. But they are also not at full strength as they have had as many as 14 injured players on the roster for some games. What this has shown is that BG's depth is something to be reckened with. I am not sure if there is another team in NH that could sustaing that many injuries and still be a contender - and even favorite to win their division.

    And it is true that Dover beat BG. But both teams ran the ball back and forth between the 20s. The Dover Score was set up on an interception pass by the Back up QB while their starter was out getting checked for a concussion. It put the ball in scoring position and Dover took advantage of it, as any good team would do.

    And totally agree - Offense is exciting but Defense wins that games.

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  70. I think that Winni will have some 'tricks' up there sleeves for the BG Game tonight. They need to put all the cards on the table for this one. Would not be surprised to see some unexpected on-sides kicks, Punt Fakes, Crazy Razzle-Dazzle backfield moves and more.....

    BG - Better be on your toes!

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  71. 9:10:
    BG also had the benefit of starting one of their drives deep in Dover territory in that game but they came up empty with no points (with their starting QB in there). Dover took advantage of their opportunity in that game, BG didn't because they had penalties and dropped passes.

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  72. Yes Jeremy, BG had several tries at scoring on that opportunity and couldn't get it in. Dover did a great job holding them....

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  73. The interception return was aided by a silly late out of bounds hit/throw down. The late drive TD by BG was negated by a holding call on the play after an apparent fumble could have gone to Dover. Who says there's no makeup calls? Regardless the right team won that day. Dover played better and were more prepared to win. I look forward to the rematch in November! ~/~

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  74. NIlsson Basora is playing tonight

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  75. BG was not even ranked nationally, get over yourself 9:10. I don't mean to be a jerk, but come on now! AP, USA Today, Rivals, etc. What do they all have in common? No BG in their Top 100s. If you don't believe me, look it up for last year. They would have gotten trashed by any 4A team in PA, and smoked by 5A Texas, CIF Southern Section Cali, 5A Florida, 6A Alabama, and so on. Number 21 means they'd be a state title contender in each of those divisions. Not even close. They'd be peeling themselves off the turf every Friday night around 10 o'clock whent they game was over. They would have met their demise by either Everett or Xaverian last year in Mass. Xaverian was legit number 88 nation, BG was and always will be unranked. I did see some sites that had them ranked in the northeast/New England, but never nationally except one quack site where they do their rankings based on average score and record formulas (rewarding BG for playing in D-II NH and hurting the second place team in Texas 5A). Again, if you really think BG was that good, wow, lol.

    9:10, I remember the BG faithful trashing on SHS just last year for the SAME complaining about 10+ injuries vs Milford. I'm no Saber lover, but BG fans were all like "Oh, we'd still beat anybody in the state and 'run their train' with those injuries. We're sooooo deep." Yeah, right. You didn't even beat three loss Dover with those injuries. The illusion that the bigger schools and BG have never-ending depth is a sad one at best. When SHS loses 10+ starters/major contributors, they lose. When healthy, they kill Milford. When BG loses 10+ starters, they lose. What happens when they get them back? I'm sorry Jeremy, but I have to call out BG fans for what they are: hypocrites.

    I apologize to the quiet BG fans/players/coaches that don't feel the need to bash other programs, make excuses, or brag 24/7. You people are alright by me.

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  76. 9:14 Geez do you think Winni can hold onto the ball long enough to do razzle dazzle moves or will they end up tricking themselves more than BG? BG may be the most penalized team, but Winni has got to lead the state in fumbles, if not the country!

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  77. South beats Salem tonight in another shootout, further clouding the waters of Div I football in NH.

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  78. 9:10,Injuries are an issue with BG cause their getting beat up physically on the field by tough teams this season, very well aware of Dover scoring scenario but your making my point !! Cuipa gets hammered had to come out Dover steps up makes defensive play. Scores. physical, tough smash mouth Football. Welcome to football. not "But" cuipa had to come out for play to be checked, he had to come out because he got clocked, again welcome to the game we call football. not the game of but this and but that and but but but..........Eat your humble pie just once BG.

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  79. I think if you analyzed the BG Bloggers comments in here, You would see that they agree Dover Beat BG in this game. No Question. BG Didn't play well and Dover did. BG got penalties by the pile and Dover didn't get so many. Dovers Defensive Line pushed right thru the BG OLine at will.

    Dover gets tons of credit for this win from BG Fans. But don't expect it to happen again. Any rematch will be a very different story - Guarenteed!

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  80. Hey 12:07 - If they werent ranked 21, why did the state house give them a plaque of recognition for the accomplishment.......

    Get your facts straight!

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  81. No One is saying this years BG team is as good as the past couple. Especially last years team that was ranked #21 in the nation.

    @9:10

    LOL! That BG team wouldn't have lasted 1 quarter against Don Bosco, Hoover, Cardinal Mooney, or Phoebus. There's no way that any RESPECTABLE poll would have ranked them #21 in the NATION.

    Some of you bg fans are nuts!

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  82. 12:44 - player or parent? Do you really know what you're talking about or just being a hater. Humble pie has nothing to do with that game and comments I've read thus far about this years team and that game in particular. I think the majority here know what football is. Cuipa is a tough kid - he's not shying away from hits, dropping the football, running scared, etc. He knows he has to carry more of the load this year due to his friend being out. He hasn't backed away yet. On that play he got more than clocked - he had his face driven down into the turf whether it was clean or not is up to interpretation. No flag on the play, but were the Dover players gunning for him - you betcha. They know he's a key cog. No one wants to injure someone, but lay a good lick and that's a good football play. Good news for BG is that the backup QB is pretty good too, he got intercepted on a play which I think was a 3rd and long anyway, so while it wasn't Psycho dropping a punt on the 5yd line, it was a fairly deep throw, which was intercepted and returned to midfield, and then 15 more tacked on. That's a football play. Unfortunately the defense couldn't stop Dover on that series of downs. It was early, there still was a lot of football to be played. So was that "too BG" oriented for your liking? In the long run it gives this years team a wake-up call that things aren't going to be easy and they have to work for it. Tonight is a key test - will you be there or will you be waiting to continue to lob insults at BG supporters?

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  83. If anyone honestly thinks BG was the number 21 team in the nation last year, then you are delusional. Look at ESPN RISE's top 50 teams in the nation right now. The 21 team is Westlake california. Of their players they have a qb with offers from air force and new mexico st. A wr with offers from washington st., hawaii, and air force. A runningback with offers from air force and cal. A defensive tackle in the class of 2012 being heavily recruited by oregon, oregan state, washington, and ucla.

    The previously mentioned players are obviously only their best. They are probably loaded with guys that will play 1-aa and d-2 ball.

    Also everyone on their line ranges 210lbs. and up (including backups), with 8 guys going over 250 and 2 guys breaking 300, one all the way up to 340.

    Come'onnnnn people... do a little research before you automatically believe that bg was number 21 in the nation last year.. for bg fans who believe that (not saying all do), it makes your fan base look ignorant.

    seriously all you gotta do is spend 15 minutes in google to figure this stuff out.

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  84. Actually I think it was 21 in some northeast poll

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  85. BG did not get ranked last year, again, get over yourselves. You never went to the state house for a number 21 plaque and were never ranked top 100. Do I need to retrieve the links from the AP, USA Today, and Rivals? BG number 21 makes me laugh soooo hard. Lies.

    http://highschool.rivals.com/viewrankhs.asp?ra_key=646

    Xaverian finished number 81, BG was left off the list. Number 21 was Mullen in Colorado.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/football/poll/2009-super25.htm

    Again, No BG. Number 21 is Jenks in Oklahoma.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/football/poll/2009-regional-rankings.htm?csp=obinsite

    In fact, BG doesn't even appear in the East region according to USA Today. Xaverian fits in nicely at number 8, though.

    BG, number 21? I think not.

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  86. thanks for continueing to make my point about the BG faithful, 12:44 blog had nothing to do with Cuipa as a person , player or thing.kids tough good player, Read it genuis. and read prior posting's above.Huge BG Supporter, Tojo supporter,and more importantly Huge player supporter because their the ones strapping them on every game and every day.Just not the holyer than now,single minded BG parent supporter, oh yeh and i have children that go to BG.grow up and strap them on like your kids. I will be there watching BG SLAP WINNY SENSELESS TONIGHT because i am a huge bg supporter.Just not seeing the BG world through those rose colored glasses like yourself,its called ACCOUNTABILTY. GO BG !!!!!.Hands down the best football program in the state.

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  87. 2:56
    http://www.sportspower.com/09football/

    It was probably somewhere there. It's no big deal though. I'll let you tell the world where BG ranked. Back to 2010

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  88. 12:44 In the Timberlane game there was one well publicized season-ending injury and a couple of lesser injuries. Other than that, most of BG's players that are out due to injuries have gotten hurt on their practice field.
    12:07 You put together half-truths like a Mass. politician. Last year's blogs were about a different team. You're using results from this year's team to prove people were wrong about last years team. No BG person would compare these two teams, especially in depth.

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  89. 2:56 Sorry, even though we both agree that they were not the 21st best team in the country, they did get a plaque from the state house that says they were ranked 21st.

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  90. 12:07 Looks who's calling the kettle black! You're just as foolish thinking Xaverian is a legitimate 88. They had several close games last year. They don't play any team's that deserve top 200 nationally. I can except some foolish pollster putting a team that wins every game by multiple tds too high, but I can't except someone ridiculing it and then saying something totally foolish himself.

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  91. Keene:31-Timberlane:13 for all of you that counted keene out

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  92. any score updates? i couldn't make it to any games tonight..

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  93. Keene beat Timberlane tonight 31 to 13. Back on track? that puts them in the playoffs if im not mistaken. And with a win over winne who just lost to timby or against bg and they have a home playoff game. theres the win against the good team you all were complaining about. are they for real now? they played an awful game against dover and dover played out of there mind. i think its time for the haters to back off a little bit. this teams for real.

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  94. Ever hear the saying let slee[ing dogs lay? Those of you that have been bashing BG since the injury have to be thinking now

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  95. dover beat londonderry 34-33

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  96. OH YEAH, NASHUA SOUTH BEAT SALEM.. 38-34. GREAT GAME. EVERYONE PLAYED HARD, BUT SOUTH'S DEFENSE HELD UP TIGHT. GO PANTHERS!

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  97. Londonderry was a stupid trap game and no one took it serious enough. The Londonderry field is horrible and the weather made it worse but, that's what they are used to.
    South has now convincingly beaten North and Salem...Next stop Pinkerton

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  98. I'd like to hear the explanation from the zealous poster/s who was telling us that Salem can't be stopped. Seems like South find the means and had no trouble scoring nearly 40 points. Seems like Salem's defense is penetrable.

    By the way, this is not a cut at Coach Gati or his players, who wouldn't mouth of like this to begin with.

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  99. 2:56 - you're right not 21st - it was even better according to this link:

    http://www.sportspower.com/09football/teams/high-school/football/new-hampshire/bishop-guertin-cardinals/1033

    Sure they weren't listed in other places, but if you're the coach which list are you going to tell your team and parents about at the banquet?

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  100. timby lost to keene 31- 14?

    refs were AWFUL and lost it.. wish they let the boys play, and the better team would have won.

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  101. 4:54/5:06 (same person):

    81. Xaverian Brothers Westwood MA 13-0 81
    Massachussets Division I Super Bowl Winner. Xaverian played one of the toughest schedules in the Northeast.

    According to Rivals.com, the EXPERTS in high school athletics. Xaverian played the best teams in Mass and even a team from NJ. I forget, did BG play "one of the toughest schedules in the Northeast?" I thought not. And talk all you want about Xaverian's "close" games, but they went undefeated against vastly superior competition, and in the Superbowl when it was put up or shut up time they blasted Everett 29-0. BG would have been annihilated, sorry.

    According to the Sportspower.com website, "Active Power Ratings (APR) provide a way to compare your team with others, even though your team may not play them. APRs are calculated throughout the week, so come back often to see how your ratings have changed. Select a region and then one of the SportsPower classifications to see regional and national ratings. If the state is ‘greyed out’ it means we haven’t collected enough scores yet to produce meaningful ratings. Help us get the scores by submitting them on your team page."

    ^ That means that this is an incredibly UNRELIABLE and UNNOFICIAL source for your claims. Basically, they have an average score formula that gives BG credit for blowing out weak D-II NH teams, but hurts the number 2 team in Texas 5A because they had some close games and lost at least 1 of them. The REAL sites and papers scout the teams, analyze their talent, break down film, etc. A simple score formula that doesn't take into account competition and talent is a joke. You BG people have got to be joking. I mean, the site even has Exeter ranked TWICE as high (69) as Winny (39) when we all know what happened when the two played. In fact, Winny is rated as number 4 in D-II according to SportsPower.com. SportsPower.com is merely an unnoficial fan site with no credibility. Congrats on your ranking. No media source in the country will cite SportsPower.com for your rating. The official ratings are from Rivals and USA Today, and BG just doesn't make the cut, sorry.

    Hey, Guys! According to SportsPower.com the Lebanon Raiders (D-IV) are number 112 in the nation! Way to go Raiders! Good thing Jeremy has them as number one in NH. Oh, wait, they aren't even listed?

    http://www.lebanonraiders.com/football

    And Trinity is number 12 in the nation! Way to go NH football! Soon we'll be right up there with Texas and Florida!

    http://www.trinitypioneers.com/football

    And Everett is number 61 in the "Mega" ratings. Wait a minute! BG is only in the "Large" ratings! You mean, there are ratings ABOVE BG that they weren't even listed in? That means even SportsPower.com admits that BG is not a legit number 21 team in the nation! Even YOUR source says they aren't. Everett with a national strength rating of 92 is only 61 in the nation for "Mega" schools, but BG only had a 90 and was 21 in the nation for "Large" schools. I have a feeling BG falls outside the top 100, sorry. BG didn't even appear in the mega ratings (the largest ones), so they weren't number 21. I hope the statehouse and TOJO don't find out or else there will be a lot of awkward shuffling of feet over their celebration over nothing from a no-name site on the internet.

    Rivals and USA Today are nation powerhouse brands that thoroughly research things before they stick their name and reputation on something. The national champion last year (Don Bosco) isn't even number 1 in the Sportspower rankings, and we've now established that there's a ranking system ABOVE BG. Rivals and USA Today found Xaverian deserving, and didn't even give BG an afterthought.

    Ok, I'm done. Jeremy, please don't edit this. It's perfect. I tried to minimize the insulting tone as much as I could.

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  102. Souths Defense did not hold up tight. Salem shot themselves in the foot once to many times. Salem simply had too many turnovers and allowed too many big plays. Souths offense relied on the big play to win and it worked for them. It was a very sloppy game for Salem. They did not deserve the win. I still don't see South making the playoffs, but I would like to see them make it and hope that there is a rematch to this game. It would be an awakening for South. I just don't see Salem making all of the same mistakes. They left at least 4 easy TDs on the field, none of which South defended. This is the first time Salem beat themselves. Pinky and BG beat them, but not South. Jacques dropped two perfect TD passes after beating Souths defense and was then taken out of a TD gallop by a referee that he didnt see coming. Fedrick dropped a TD pass after he had beaten the defense also. I did not see anything in South with the exception of the QB. Best QB I have seen this year. Without that QB, South does not score a single point. His ballhandling is spectacular to the point that even without much talent in the backfield, he can get his RBs yardage using deception. His passing is perfect. Good job South, in the end, stepping onto the field against Salem and winning is a huge accomplishment under any circumstances. Good luck in your playoff quest, I hope you make it.

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  103. dont blame it on the reffs timby, you got man handel timby is known for being a dirt team anyway. and for all those who had written keene off and made coments like keene will never win a real game or they can only win at the pumpkin fest we will know accespt your appolagy.and keep this in mind only seven seniors played last knight and most skill positions were fillede by freshman and sophmoreswith a few juniors.

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  104. South's three headed monster of Farkas, McRae and Pardise and not to mention their bend but dont break defense showed that South is a contender... the mud game in Londonderry plus McRae missing the first quarter of that game and key injuries was their wake up call. they get their defensive stud Odell back next week. South could get the second seed if they stay focused. side note there are some very talented JR's in DI this year

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  105. 12:07, Go to Massey Ratings web site. They allow you to compare teams (even last year's), and their analysis is done from actual game results. You'll see that 2009 results indicate that your beloved 2009 Xaverian team would have lost to the team you'd love to trash.

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  106. did the lawrence brothers play?

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  107. Keene won 31-13 over Timberlane' Bellows and Boulay ran through their defense for some big yards. Matt Cunningham showed why he is one of the Captins on this team by having touchdowns on both sides of the ball.Keene kids play great Defence in the second half of this game to shut down the timberlane Offense and gave up no points . Great game played by all Keene players! Who's next?

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  108. 11:51 first of the better team did win the game and if you say the refs blew the game thats a good one because all the late hit calls and dirty plays by timby which were clear penaltys hapened in the first half when the score was 13-10 timby.. then the second half came and keene drove it straight down timbys throat after keene had got a personal foul on theirselves and then drived the ball 90 yards for 6 points. so before you go around making excuses get your facts right.

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  109. keene won their game they had to win. and it looks the teamm that was "#1" for a few weeks is the most ovrrated team out there in winny they lost 2 in a row and still have 2 tough games vs keene and merrimack winny could be at home on the couch for the playoffs this year

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  110. 7:16 I agree Salem did not help themselves, South also shot themselves in the foot also but pulled out the win, Souths QB is argubly the best in the state but your wrong, McRae and Paradise did quite a bit of damage to the Salem defense. face it Salem struggles on defense with teams with skill type players like South and North, etc.to say South only won because of the QB is crazy ..the winning TD was all McRae taking a 5yd catch and running thru the Salem defense. South's skill players were pretty good last night

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  111. 12:39 you must not have seen McRae before last nights game to say Souths has no back field you have been sorely misled, also Paradise ran for a another 150 .. open your eyes South does have running backs that are very good..

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  112. Winny will be in but Timby won't that's for sure!

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  113. I'm so shocked that Nilsson Basora played last night. keith played hard all downs same with The Jr backs

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  114. How did South lose to Londonderry? South beat Salem which is very impressive, Londonderry loses to Dover. D1 is a ridiculosly competitve division. Nothing quite like it in nh hs football.

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  115. Refs were not the best at the Keene game. And As we all know,that can be a game changer. Timby was in the game untl the 3rd quarter. COACHES should have made some changes in their game plan. Gotta score to win. Timby tried and tried running up the middle and got stuffed. Again COACHES should have made ADJUSTMENTS. Love the comment on Timby being dirty, cause Keene's the worst...they got away with alot last night....and that goes back to the officials. Two weeks left in regular season. It is still up for grabs. Practice and be prepared Timby!

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  116. Keene deserves some respect. period. Also, Keene doesnt play dirty at all. Timby has always been known to be dirty on the field, as they probably were against Keene. Boulay should get a lot of recognition for the things hes done for Keene after Lacroix went down. Also, Galanes,and Slanetz are great Wide Outs and DB's. Luopa, Keenes quarterback, is only a sophmore and a very special player. He didnt play well at all here at Dover, but I dont think anyone from Keene did.

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  117. 4:42 AM
    First, why do you care so much? NH high school football is not good compared to the rest of the nation but BG's 2009 team would've competed against anyone from New England...not NJ, TX, PA, FL, CA, etc. Regarding the X vs. BG comment...I saw both teams play and BG was not out classed...in fact, they stood a really good chance. And, you know what, that's a good thing for NH football.

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  118. Whay are we still talking about last years teams!

    Look at the great football that is happening right now this year!

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  119. 4:52 "that thoroughly research things" Okay, who could argue with that?

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  120. 127 & 135
    Mcrae took a five yard pass and did not run past the salem defense, he ran past Cannone and Dion. 2 players. An like I said, the RB yardage was strictly the QB getting the defenders to commit to the wrong person. The yards were straight up the middle,any RB on the sidelines could gave gotten the same yardage. I actually thought the Salem D held out just fine. They were killed by the big plays and Offensive turnovers. They forced quite a few 3rd and longs and just couldn't close it out. It was a very good game on both sides. Someone had to lose I guess. I give this loss to Salems Offense, not the defense. I just don't think that anyone on the South offense looked special except the QB. On Salems side, the RBs looked great. The South RBs looked just like all of the other D1 RBs that I've seen so far. Very good, not special.

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  121. timby had some HORRIBLE coaching. they over use nick lawrence. Keene played well, not great..but well. they got a lot of "home town" calls. i would love to see keene and timby square off at timby and see how different the outcome will be. last year, the keene/timby game was horribly officiated on both ends..but still was a great contest. its sad to see referees take something away from the boys.

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  122. not for anything but if timberlane beats spaulding and dover they will be the 2 seed if keene loses to winnie and bg...and then keene will be out of the playoffs.

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  123. BG,WINNIE,DOVER,KEENE, THAT WILL BE HOW THEY FINISH,HERE IS Y.BG wins at alvirne and at home against keene to get homefield thru the playoffs.Winnie wins at keene, and at home against merrimack.They get a 1st round playoff game in hampton. Dover goes to west and crushes them and beat timby at home to set up a seacost playoff game.Keene,the jig is up,you lose to a ticked off winnie team,then get to go to stellos and play a bg team who wants to secure home field thruout the playoffs.Good luck with that.Then you get to come back the following week for more guertin hospitality.This is how I think it will go down,or

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  124. BG,DOVER,KEENE,WINNIE.BG wins out,keene beats winnie,loses to bg,dover beats west,and timby,winnie loses to keene and beats merrimack,OR KEENE,BG,MERRIMACK,DOVER.Keene wins out,bg beats alvirne loses to keene,merrimack beats winnie,dover wins out,OR BG,KEENE,TIMBY,WINNIE,BG wins out,Keene beats winnie,loses to bg,timby beats spaulding and dover,winnie loses to keene then beats merrimack,OR

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  125. BG,WINNIE,KEENE,TIMBY,bg wins out,winnie wins out,keene loses both,timby beats spaulding and dover,OR KEENE,BG,TIMBY,WINNIE,keene wins out,bg splits,timby wins out,winnie loses to keene,beats merrimack,OR KEENE,BG,TIMBY,MERRIMACK,same as above except merri beats winnie,OR BG,WINNIE,KEENE,TIMBY,bg wins out,winnie,wins out,keene loses out,timby beats spaulding and dover,OR BG,KEENE,MERRIMACK,DOVER,bg wins out,keene beats winnie,loses to bg,merrimack beats winnie,dover wins out.Holy smokes someone should do a graph on the what ifs,the playoff picture is clear as mud,but they start right now for some teams.

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  126. week 9 power poll,My dirty dozen.1 pinkerton,2 bg,3 south,4 salem,5 north,6 keene, 7 winnie,8 dover,9 souhegan 10 central 11 trinity 12 timberlane,just my opinion.

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  127. To the person bringing up the Massey ratings, that's just ANOTHER score formula system that has no place in making true decisions. BG, blowing out nobody teams gets a higher ranking than Xaverian, whom beat but not necessarily blew out every team. There's simply no way to compare talent and strength of schedule in a mathematical formula, sorry. Massey ratings are about as legit as Sportspower.com, not at all.

    6:29, I saw BG play twice and saw the Mass 1A Superbowl. Xaverian AND Everett were both on a different level all together. BG thrived in NH despite their small size because of their speed and toughness, but Xaverian and Everett were even faster. Not only were they faster, but they were HUGE. Beating a big slow team like PA last year is not the same as beating a big fast team like Xaverian. And the hits being laid down were absolutely massive. If there were teams that could "out tough" BG, it was those too. Finally, both teams had far more individual talent as well with multiple D1 recruits on both teams, as opposed to BG's one 1AA recruit. Don't get me wrong, BG was great in NH last year and I was happy they represented against CM, but they were nowhere near the number 81/100 (depending on source) team in the nation. It's just a sad fact of NH football. Maybe the old Schubert Central teams with all their D1 talent and "redistricting" of talented kids in Manchester could have competed and maybe beaten a Xaverian, but not last year's BG. BG was still a great team and we should all be proud of them, but keep it in perspective.

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  128. merrimack here is a little tip.You don't pass for a td in the 2nd half of a game against a hapless opponent when you are up by 35 points.It is called CLASS,or GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP.Your coaches should be ashamed of themselves.

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  129. went to scout merrimack sat,up 5 td's against west and still passing.way to pad those stats,what goes around comes around.

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  130. 3:42, I am the brother of one of the officials at the timby game, and Im not trying to be rude, but timberlane was throwing dirt in the Keene linemans eyes.They have a reputation for being dirty no doubt about it. Everyone knows but keeps silent. The refs werent the best ill admit that, but they also overturned a fumble that would have been keene ball. So stop.

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  131. weren't the lawrence brothers out too? hardly played the real timby then

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  132. pretty sure salem did not beat themselves. South had 4 turnovers, thus letting salem hang around the entire game.

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  133. st thomas aquinas = undefeated

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  134. Timby played dirty in that game and deserved all of the calls they got. But the officials cannot make up for a 31 to 13 loss, Keene clearly outplayed them in the second half, allowing only 9 yards of total offense and 2 interceptions, by Boulay and Slanetz. Keene is always an underdog but they should be ranked higher then Timby after outplaying them like they did

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  135. 4:07 your powerpoll looks ridiculos. Pinkerton , South and BG are the only right ones. Winnie should be 10 Keene 11 and Timby 12. Keene dont think your all that either all right. You beat Timby without the Lawerences, and got humiliated by Dover. You are the 4th or 5th best team in D2. A healthy Timby might beat you

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  136. both the lawerence brothers played! get your facts straight.

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  137. the lawerance brothers played you clowns! they beat the same team that beat winney the week before. but keene always gets that "you only won because this this and this" from everybody! like when they beat bg 2 years ago, everyone around the state never gave them credit. saying you only won because this or that. just give them some credit. they've lost one game and beat merry and timby without there best player! so stop running your mouths and making excuses why they arent good. you all thought they would get smoked by timberlane this week and you were dead wrong. so stop hating on keene and just watch them play.

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  138. Salem is not good at all in my opinion. They lost to a weak South team who lost ,IMO to the weakest D1 team. Yes, I think Londonderry is weaker than Exeter (they are still D2 anyway). I do not expect Salem to make the playoffs this year.

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  139. you dont expect Salem to make the playoffs? Who is going to make it in their place? So you think they will lose to either Concord or Londonderry.

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  140. i could see it being pinkerton, south, north and central.

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  141. merrimack is the best team in the state,when they play the spaulding's and west's of the division.They keep their starters out there well into the 2nd half,making sure they get gaudy stats.Passing for a td up by 35 against west is just plain wrong on so many levels.Let's see how they do when they come visit us on the coast in 2 weeks.

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  142. QB lawrence played only 3 quarters...the other lawrence tore up the first half. The 2 picks were thrown by a JV QB on two hail mary-like throws...coaching looked terrible. Keenes RB was unstoppable...he changed jersey #'s at halftime??? - didn't know that you could do that.
    BG proved themselves this week. Winny is a legit team especially WITH Trainor. Dover pulled through in a tought game vs. DI Londonderry. Timby vs. Dover on 11/5 to determine who gets the 3/4 spot in the playoffs. Keene will get smacked by both BG and Winny. They arent good...any body can win ONE game against a good team...can they win 3 in a row?

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  143. 10:11 You know Keene had a huge advantage 2 years ago with the BG starting QB out. I think that may also have been Cuipa's first "meaningful varsity" time. They also had a very smart special teams play to turn a missed/blocked FG into a TD. When the teams met again in the semis it was a another good battle with BG scoring on a blocked punt, a fumble recovery in the end zone, and an interception on a sniffed out screen.

    Back to this year - no matter what anyone thinks of the order of the game schedule Keene has had and their out of division opponents, you have to respect the 7-1 record. That shows they know how to win. Bet they're enjoying playing under the lights out there too. If only they could upgrade those decrepit visiting stands (hahaha)

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  144. Yes, I think that Salem will lose to one of the last two teams. Given the fact that Concord played Pinkerton so tough and Londonderry beat South, they may actually lose both and end up .500. Same thing that happened to South last year.

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  145. Salem will make the playoffs - they just won't win the title.

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  146. Week 9
    1) Pinkerton
    2) BG
    3) South
    4) Dover
    5) Central
    6) Salem
    7) Winnie
    8) Souhegan
    9) North
    10) Keene

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  147. cant wait to see the keene winny game so people can see who is really overrated

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  148. 9:31 - Can I have some of what you're smoking? PA is #1, but let's give Dover a bit more credit than being 2 below BG. South lost to Londonderry which is a team Dover beat. Yes BG beat Winni, but to say it was enough to jump other teams - I don't think so. Between South/BG at 3 or 4 - who knows. I think BG has been more consistent on defense so that could be a deciding factor. Central has two very tough games left - it's put up or shut up time for them. I doubt very much that Salem will look past Concord or have issues with Londonderry. I bet Souhegan players wish they could have been in D2 instead of West - that's probably an administration choice though. North should have it easy with all their team speed. Keene like Central has 2 critical games left - win 1 and they could host a playoff game. Win 2 and they could host 2 playoff games. Tough place to play for anyone. One has to wonder if Trainor will try to play this weekend and risk reinjuring himself. If he does play, you know he'll be targeted. I bet he suits up, but doesn't start and is only used if Winni needs him. That's one of those tough coaching choices for sure.

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  149. 11:22, Where have you been all season? South has great RB's, Paradise runs just as hard as Jacques. Jacques is not the only skilled RB in D1. McRae is a bad a--, when he gets the ball. South is a tough team and is hanging on tight to get to the top 4 seed. Week 9 & 10 will tell it all.

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  150. South should have scored over 50 against Salem, they fumbled 3x inside the Salem 25, one was during the opening drive of the game where they were shredding the Salem defense on their way to the Salem 8. Where was this vaunted Salem defense that hadn't given up many points in their last two game going in to Stellos. It must have forgotten to get on the bus in the parking lot back in Salem. South will be in the Div I finals against Pinkerton and just like in 2008, will pull the upset and end up State Champs!

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  151. Are you kidding me Salem should have put 60 points up on South, Where was there defense? Cannone had three Td's passes dropped all which should have been caught, Max Jacques was tackled by the referee/umpire as he was breaking away for a long TD run, come on that game was just a wild shootout. If Coach Gati goes for it on 4th and two instead of pooch punting with 3 minutes left. Salem wins the game. There were a lot of plays that could be questioned. South won, enjoy it but remember if you lose to Central, good chance you will not make the playoffs. Still a lot of football to be played by all teams D1 is wide open...

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  152. 11:01...Well right back at ya...Salem fumbled twice and threw an interception. So they should have scored 50 as well. The "vaunted Salem defense" is good against running teams only. They have no problem stopping the Exeters, Timberlanes, etc who only run the ball. Throw in a team with a real passing threat and they dont have the athletes to cover them. I still think they will make the playoffs AND make it to the finals, but after that its a crapshoot and any of the top 4 teams could win and it wouldnt be an upset.

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  153. South and Central play each other. If Central wins, Salem could be out because they lose the Tie Breaker to South. But for that to happen Central would need to beat Pinkerton because they would lose the tiebreaker to Salem. If Salem wins both of the last two, they clinch a spot and would be a dangerous opponent for any one. If they win only one, the odds are still in thier favor to make it.

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  154. Shoulda Coulda Woulda - Salem Lost and South Won!

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  155. keene is a good football team with some great players

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  156. playoffs will look like this in D2

    1. Guertin
    2. Timby
    3. Winny
    4. Dover

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  157. Exactly 12:30, Salem LOST and South WON! Salem is a good team, but so is South, they have just as many weapons on offense as Salem does and they have the better QB. On any given day as the saying goes, that is why the game is played on the field and not in blogs and newspapers!

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  158. Keene will earn respect based on the next two weeks. They are still in the top 10. That isn't all abd.

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  159. That is Proposed top 10 by the two posts.

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  160. no 12:30 there is no shoulda, coulda, woulda coming from Salem.. South won enjoy it.. on to next week... everyone of top 5 teams including Central is in control of their own destiny win out and you are in the playoffs.

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  161. Yep,
    No excuses for the top 5 in D1, win two and you are in!!

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  162. Hey Jeremy, nice beard.When you gonna update your photo?

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  163. I would have to say that the difference for THIS PAST WEEKENDS Salem - South game was that South had the better QB on that day. I also do not think that that last play is completed for 75 yards 1 out of 10 times. That one time would have been the only one even if they ran it 100 times. Also, had Max not dropped the two TD passes, I might have even said that Salems QB was as good, but his INT was pretty bad. It was just a hard fought game and South came out on top. If South had better RBs, they would have put it away earlier. I can only imagine how many yards Salems RBs would get if you insert them into that spread offense. There is literally no line backer or corner help on the running plays up the middle. Salem lines up in a Run formation, tells you they are going to run, and they run. South has a much better approach. I saw Souths QB pull the ball back from the RB, AFTER the RB was tackled, he is an amazing QB. I don't think any other QB could run that offense. Souths RBs are very fortunate. South could not get any rushing yardage out of run formations.

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  164. 3:39
    That 75yd type of play is very routine for us to see from McRae, dont forget the 8yd TD was him breaking two tackles, if you remember last year he ran for two td's including a 73 yd td against you as a sophmore and lets not forget his 16 yd first down conversion in Fridays game was huge (btw it was a run formation) I think he juked several players out of their socks,I would have though after he already caught 12 balls against you Salem would have doubled him prior to his touch down catch and run.. btw McRae has 17tds so far (most were just like you witnessed) and over thousand yds of total offense...he is one of the better complete backs in the league...The Salem Backs are great but look very uncomfortable catching the ball so I dont think they would do as well in our system...I will agree with one thing you we do have the best QB in the state and not to mention Paradise will just flat out wear a team down he is a great Back... just ask North...

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  165. 3:39
    I assume you are a Salem Fan, why are you pubicly throwing your QB, Defense and RB under the bus ? you lost as a team just like you win as a team.. btw South RB's are very good and did their job and more, I would put them up against any in the state.. and not forgetting our Kicker we would not be where we are without Chris Dennis

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  166. McRae 160 total yds Paradise 144 rushing yds I would say the South backs held their own 3:39

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  167. 4:52
    Not a Salem 'fan' as in I have no vested interest. I did attend with a Salem fan and was pulling for Salem. Just calling what I saw. I do not know any of the kids personally, but the parent of one of them. First time watching both teams. Salems kicker looked better than Souths. I am told he is the leading kicking scorer and field goal dude too? His kicks left no doubt, all down the middle. I thought 2 of Souths kicks had missed, meaning they were not right up the middle. I do not think that I threw anyone under the bus? Where did you see that? (the guy I went with told me about this site, so he knows who I am, that would be dumb) All that I said was that man for man, Salem looked more talented, except at QB, where it would have been close had it not been for the INT. As far as the RBs, Salems were head and shoulders above the others, but strictly running. I was told, and saw, that they can not catch. The offensive scheme at South is better than it's players, who were also pretty good. To do what I saw Salem do takes amazing runners. No deception, it's basically, 'here we come, stop us". After reading what was posted about the 75 yard TD, if it's accurate, the reason South spreads the field is to get 'one on ones' with the reciever. That is the approach that USC used to take with Bush. The numbers that you posted tell me that maybe they do go for 75 yards more than once running that play... either way, good game. I actually thought that other than Salems RBs and the South QB, all of the offensive players were lumped together skill wise, nothing spectacular. On the defensive side of the ball, I was more impressed with Salem, they seemed a little more agressive and faced a 'tougher offense'. In defense of Souths D, they had to face Max and the big kid. Max and the big kid vs the South QB cancelled out. So using the rest of the players, South won 4-0.

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  168. Salem fans, please! Give McRae credit. He's a very talented back with good hands. With the game on the line, he CAUGHT the ball and took it to the house. Just like we all gave credit to Lorenz for stepping up big time in last year's championship. B.T.W., Lorenz also made a big catch to tie Pinkerton late and big catches against BG.

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  169. Merrimack - West game was painful to watch. Merrimack ran a play-action pass into the endzone to make it 42-0 late in third quarter to its top receiver. Their starting defense was still playing early in the 4th with ball deep in West's end. West looked badly demoralized.
    When a television crew filmed Merrimack's coach before its game with BG telling his team that they were to go nose-to-nose with the bully, I didn't know he meant himself. Go North. This weekend you go nose-to-nose with the bully!

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  170. Salem. You critics are all one sided and cant face a two way road if your life depended on it.
    1. South had 4 turnovers in all. How many did salem have? 3 maybe 4
    2. Yes salem did give away SO MANY opportunities to score but So did south.
    - TD for south that got called back for illegal man downfield ( that if you actually see the film nobody is down field at all)
    - Souths fumble inside the 15 about to score the opening drive
    - Nilsson basoras catch down the salem sideline when he easily should have been in for 6
    -Brandon Gauthiers catch down the left side OVER lorrenz when he had fallen.
    -the fact that south was out to a commanding lead 17-7 in the first half, although they didnt finish out the half properly.
    - armond mcraes fumble in midfield on the hand off..

    the chances were there for both sides but south just happen to play a better overall game and their defense came up strong when they needed to. watch out in the playoffs.

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  171. For South, 90% of the Rushing yards and most of the passing yards were all because of Souths QB. I just watched the replay on Ch6. No one, including the camera man and the commentators knew where the ball was on the running plays until the RBs were 5 yards down field. When the defense did know where the ball was, it wasn't that hard to stop. The commentators were calling the QB a magician. He really is remarkable, never seen anyhing like that at this level. It does lend to fumbles, but the reward is great. The 75 yard clincher was all receiver though, he got away from 4 defenders. One thing that was interesting is that on the play before the TD, Salem dropped an easy INT. South hung in there and won, give them credit.

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  172. Maxpreps rankings, obviously not 100% accurate, but still interesting:



    1 Trinity (Manchester, NH) NH 8-0 8-0 29.7 -1.1 -1
    2 Pinkerton (Derry, NH) NH 6-2 5-1 27.5 15.6 -1
    3 Bishop Guertin (Nashua, NH) NH 6-2 5-1 26.1 9.2 +1
    4 Salem (NH) NH 5-3 4-2 24.7 17 -2
    5 Nashua South (Nashua, NH) NH 5-3 4-2 24.4 15.1 +1
    6 Lebanon (NH) NH 8-0 8-0 22.6 -1.1 -1
    7 Nashua North (Nashua, NH) NH 5-3 5-2 21.6 16.3 --
    8 Winnacunnet (Hampton, NH) NH 6-2 4-2 17.8 3.6 --
    9 Kearsarge (North Sutton, NH) NH 8-0 8-0 17.5 -11.4 --
    10 Manchester Central (Manchester, NH) NH 6-2 4-2 16.4 8.7 --

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  173. merrimack not getting my vote for sportsmanship award.north and winnie,remember they like to pile it on with their starters late in blowout games.I guess their coaching staff missed the course on winning with class.Athletic director and head coach should at the very least apologize to west and it's football team.Poor example to be setting,very poor indeed.

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  174. N.H. High School Football Power Poll (Week 9)
    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:

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

    *from WMUR Site

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  175. Trinity is ranked so high becuase in all other sports they are d1. Maxpreps does not even realize they are d4 and don t play any of the best teams in the state. With that being said I have seen trinity and would still rank them 9 -11 in the state as far as rankings go.

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  176. Give me a break every other team runs up the score on the Wests and Spaulding the minute Merrimack does it we are going to talk about no class? The only people with no class are the ones posting these ridiculous comments.

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  177. The NH Notebook Power Rankings for week 9 will be posted later on today. Stay tuned!

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  178. Other teams that are running up the score on West and Spaulding are not leaving their starters in the game. What did Merrimack do?

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  179. Against West, the BG starters were "out" by the middle of 2nd period and at halftime they took off their pads. So "every other team" does not do the same thing Merrimack did. I think Winni did something similar to Spaulding earlier this year - dropping 63 points with starters playing into the 2nd half.

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  180. If you want to play football, play football and stop whining about running up the score. The only thing worse than the whiners are the justifiers. Don't justify the lopsided scores, you whupped them, that's why you practice. Play everyone that they put in front of you the same way. "There's no cryin in football"

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  181. MERRIMACK RULE NUMBER 1 WHEN UP BY 35,RUN OFF TACKLE,RULE NUMBER 2,NEVER, EVER PASS,RULE NUMBER 3, PLAY ALL YOUR SUBS,TRYING TO LET KIDS SCORE WHO HAVEN'T HAD THE OPPORTUNITY.PEOPLE ALL OVER THE STATE WILL REMEMBER THIS.THESE COMMENTS AREN'T AS RIDICULOUS AS YOUR COACHING STAFF FOR ALLOWING THAT TO HAPPEN.DON'T WORRY WE WERE SCOUTING YOU,AND NOW WE HAVE ALOT OF INCENTIVE TO PILE IT ON 2 WEEKS FROM NOW.

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  182. Guys ease up on merrimack,they won 3 to start the season,then lost 3,then won 2.Their coach knows they have no shot against north or winnie.This way next year he can tell the press we have a kid coming back next year who scored 10 td's in 2 games.Their season is about to be over,let them have their little piece of glory.

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  183. 2:44, thanks! Not sure how long I'll be keeping it but I figured I'd try it out for awhile!

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