Monday, October 25, 2010

NH Notebook Football Power Rankings - Week 9


We are really starting to get down to the nitty gritty here. The teams who are playing well going into the playoffs will have a BIG advantage to win it all. You also need to be playing good football over these next couple weeks in order to even make it into the playoffs.

D-I, D-II and D-III each have 5 teams fighting for 4 spots. The other divisions are also far from settled. These next 2 weeks (and only 1 week for the bottom 3 divisions) are crucial.

Here's a look at how the top teams rank at this most critical time of the season.

1) Pinkerton
Pinkerton just keeps rolling along, as they took care of business vs. Concord this past weekend. The order that the other 11 teams in this article are ranked could be debated. But there's no debating that RIGHT NOW the Astros are the #1 team in New Hampshire. Nuff said.

2) Dover
Dover might have only beaten Londonderry by 1 point, 34-33 on Friday night. But I put less emphasis on cross-division games that don't count in the standings than I do for division games which do count in the standings. Plus, the Lancers are playing good football right now. A week ago they beat Nashua South and the week before that they NEARLY defeated Central. I had Dover ranked #3 last week. They won this weekend, and the team who was #2 then (Salem) lost. And I can't justify putting the team that beat Salem (South) ahead of the Green Wave after South just lost to Londonderry. I realize I have Dover ranked much higher than others. But like I have said time and time again, it's all about how the teams are playing RIGHT NOW. And right now on a neutral field the Green Wave would be favored over any team in the state other than Pinkerton.

3) Nashua South
The Purple Panthers have 2 very good wins in the last 2 weeks, beating both Salem and Nashua North. Sandwiched in between was an overtime loss to Londonderry. But I have dismissed that loss to a degree because of the South players who were injured in that game and now healthy (Basora and Odell) and because of the weather conditions which HEAVILY favored power, run oriented Lancer team over a finesse, pass happy Purple Panther squad. Questions still remain about South's defense, as they gave up 54 to Londonderry and 34 to Salem. But with the way Farkas, McRae, Paradis and company are playing right now, there's no question these guys can put points up on anybody.

4) Bishop Guertin
Good win for the Cardinals by going to Hampton and taking down Winnacunnet 28-14 on Friday night. They still have a lot of injured players, but guys like Andrew Crane, Blake Boudreau, Kyle Remillard and Alex Eaton are all REALLY stepping up for them. They're a football factory, so even when they have injuries they have other guys ready to step in and fill the role. Remillard and Crane were supposed to be starters this year, but Eaton and Boudreau weren't. But both of those kid are flat out animals on the field. They might not be starters if everyone is healthy, but they would definitely start for any other team in the state. Not only that, but this is the year after Guertin graduated THIRTY FOUR SENIORS...and they STILL have crazy depth! Like I said, they're a football factory. And I'm sure they're chomping at the bit to get a rematch with Dover in the playoffs. THAT would be a game worth the price of admission.

5) Salem
They were #2 last week, but the loss to South drops them down. The Blue Devils are a good team, and they barely lost to South. But Pinkerton, Dover, South and BG are playing better, more consistent football RIGHT now than Salem is. Coach Gati still has a dangerous team, that on any given day has the talent to run anyone in NH off the field. The question is consistency, and defense. Luckily for them they finish up with Londonderry and Concord, so a playoff spot should be a certainty. Still, either the Lancers or the Crimson are capable of pulling an upset, especially Londonderry.

6) Manchester Central
Over the last 3 weeks Central has won, but they've beaten 3 teams unlikely to make the playoffs (Exeter, Londonderry and Memorial). They've also only won each game by 1 score. With games coming up against Pinkerton and South to end the season it is time for the Little Green to show people whether they're contenders or pretenders. They definitely have the size, speed and talent to do it. "KK" Halliburton has had a big year running the ball, and this team has plenty of playmakers on both sides of the football. They're undefeated this season at Gill Stadium (4-0), but none of the teams they beat are as good as #1 ranked Pinkerton.

7) Souhegan
Souhegan continues to roll light along. Another week, another blowout win in Division III. 8 weeks in, and still the only blemish on their record is a close loss to Central a few weeks back. This week they face winless Pelham, who lost 45-0 to the same Con-Val team Souhegan just beat by 3 touchdowns. That game could get ugly. But it will be interesting to see if Bedford can give the Sabers a game on November 5. Coach Beliveau's team is hands down favorite to win the division. Luks, McKenna, Dwinell and company are rearing to go. As long as they don't get complacent and take any teams lightly, it should be a 3rd straight title for them. And then we'll have the whole off-season to debate who the Sabers would do if they were in a higher division.

8) Nashua North
This is a very good team with a lot of talent, and they're the only NH team to beat #1 ranked Pinkerton. That being said they have 3 losses with 2 of them being fairly recent and their last 2 wins were against Concord and Memorial. Their last win against a playoff contender was a month ago. The Titans end their season with Merrimack and Exeter, which would make 4 straight games to end the year against teams they'll be heavily favored against. Coach Robie will try to keep them hungry for playoffs (which they should definitely make as long as they take care of business vs. Exeter).

9) Winnacunnet
Winnacunnet is definitely not playing their best football right now, and as a result they continue to move down the rankings with 2 straight losses. The good news is that they hope to have Mike Trainor, Bryce Paster and Bret Taylor are all expected to be back and healthy this week (Taylor played, but only had a couple carries last week in the loss to BG). Steve Cronan continues to play well and lead the team at QB, but he needs help. As BG Coach Tony Johnson put it after the game Friday night, "He's a one man show." Lineman Spencer Cutting has been playing some good football though, as has Ben Fee and Grant Hamel. The Warriors could still be a very dangerous team if they can get healthy and get back to the playing tough, in your face, never say die football that they're capable of.

10) Trinity
Every week I've been talking about the big game between Trinity and Lebanon. And guess what folks, it's finally here! Both teams are unbeaten at 8-0 going into this game, which should be the Division IV game of the year. Both teams are tough, run the ball up the gut kind of teams. Should be a great game over at Gill. Who will win is to be determined. One thing is for certain, though. The winner of that game WILL be ranked in my top 10 next week.

11) Keene
Which Keene team will show up over the next couple weeks - the one that went undefeated for the first 6 weeks of the season and then beat up on Timberlane last week, or the one that got embarrassed by Dover just 9 days ago and lost 52-7? You definitely have 2 extremes there, no middle ground. Well, the Blackbirds end the season with games vs. BG and Winnacunnet. The next 2 weeks will tell us whether they're for real.

12) Timberlane
Boy, that loss to Keene last weekend is really going to hurt their playoff chances (not to mention drop them in the Power Rankings). How do you go from beating Winnacunnet by 2 TD's one week to losing to Keene by 3 scores the next? Well, that parity and unpredictability is what has made this 2010 football season so exciting. Timberlane is a tough, hard nosed team, led by the Lawrence twins and a good defense. They have a gimme this week vs. Spaulding and then a BIG game the following week vs. Dover.


One last point before I end this article. The NH Notebook Power Rankings is NOT the same thing are even affiliated in any way with the WGAM/Union Leader/WMUR Power Poll. Yes, I do cover games for WGAM, but I don't vote in that poll. At the same time, I did NOT create the NH Notebook Power Rankings to compete with or to take a shot at the Union Leader/WGAM/WMUR Power Poll. That would be crazy, because like I said, I cover games every Friday night for WGAM. The reason I created the NH Notebook Power Rankings was simply to give yet another point of view on how the top teams rank from week to week.

Thank you.

92 comments:

  1. What is the injury report for winnicunett. Who will play and who won't?

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  2. I love this poll because their are reasonable explanations for where each team is ranked, even if you dont necessarily agree with the exact spot the team is put in.

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  3. I have visited all the major sites about NH high school football, and I think this one is the best. Thanks for covering.

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  4. I think this has been a great year so far for NH football, ups and downs in all divisions. Kudos to all the players, coaches, cheerleaders, bands, and officials that entertain us every weekend. With that being said, I am a Pinkerton fan and yes they could lose to any of the top teams on any given week but one thing you will notice is the crazy scores and stats go out the window when they play including their own. They have at least four fourth down goal line stands this year and nobody is tougher in the red zone. I also love that they have five backs who carry the rock and St Onge can run at QB as well. The other good aspect of not being a team that blows someone out one week and chokes the next is I guarantee they are not looking past Central.

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  5. Jeremy, I appreciate the candor and detail associated with your poll. No one will ever agree with each ranking, but I find your picks as interesting to read and ponder as the WMUR/WGAM poll. The interesting difference between polls is that you provide detailed explanations for each pick. Next two weeks will be fun.

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  6. I concur,I am a bg guy,and don't always agree with you,but you give your honest opinion.I have no problem with dover being ranked higher then guertin right now,but dover better beat timberlane next week or they could be the best team not at the party.

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  7. I'm starting to get sad because we are coming to the end of the HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON. Best of luck to all the teams over the next two weeks. I'm a D1 chick and hope to see Nashua South in the playoffs. This year and next. Go PANTHERS!

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  8. Jeremy,
    Who do you think has a legitimate shot of pulling out some upsets in the final week in d2
    BG-Keene
    Dover-Timberlane
    Winnicunnet-Merrimack

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  9. keene will beat winney this week! they'll prove that winneys the most overrated team in the state just because of their all-american athlete at QB, who might actually be outplayed by little Luopa on friday! Look for jimmy boulay and luopa to lead keene to another victory and sent winney on a 3 game skid and maybe out of the plaoffs. should be a very good game, but keene WILL win! 32-24 keene.

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  10. i agree with 7:22. this is hands down the best nh high school sports page out there. although i may not agree with every thing you might say you give your opinion and you tell us the reason you say something. keep it up Jeremy!

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  11. im sorry jeremy but timberlane is not a very good football team. Keene manhandled them in the second half and run straight up the middle almost everytime and timbys defense is actually very weak and you may think they are tough but the word your looking for is dirty.

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  12. You should definitely go to the Monadnock Laconia game friday

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  13. Monadnock vs Laconia will be great and may be better to watch than the Trinity/Lebanon game.

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  14. How about the Kearsarge vs St. Thomas Game? both 8-0 with huge implications for the playoffs. What do you think about that one?

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  15. roger brown has bg in d1,and giving up 187 points in his fab 5 report today,both are incorrect.

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  16. d2 game of the week,winnie at keene.after this week d2 very well could have 4 teams{keene,winnie,timby,dover} with 5-2 records,one team{bg} at 6-1, and 1 team {merri} at 4-3.The playoffs start now for winnie,cuz if they lose to keene,they would need timby to beat dover for them to make it in.That is assuming winnie beats merrimack.It really is unbelievable,how this season has unfolded.Three weeks ago winnie was ranked 8th in new england by espn, now if their not careful they could be 6th in division 2.

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  17. The interesting thing about Trinity is if they win on Sat run the table in the playoffs and then beat CHS on Turkey day. Will they still claim they belong in d4??

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  18. you think their defense is good now,word on the street is karaska will play next week.

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  19. Some d2 scenarios

    Guertin: Wins out=home field through out Loses to Keene and is stil the 1 seed if keene loses to winny.

    Keene: Win out, and be the 1 seed throug out the playoffs. Lose 1 to winny and beat guertin, you are the 3 seed. Lose 2 and Timby beats dover, you are out of the playoffs.

    Winny. Win out and you are the 2 seed if Timby loses to Dover. Win out and Tmby beats dover, you are the 3 seed. Lose 1 and it will come down to tie breakers

    Dover: Win 2 and you are in. lose to timby, and you're out

    Timby: Win 2 and keene loses to winny and bg, you're the 2 seed. Win 2 and keene beats ONE of winny/bg you are the 3 seed. Lose to Dover and it will come down to tie breakers.

    Merrimack: Win 2 and hope you get a lot of help.

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  20. Wow this is going to be a great finish, I am really interested to see D1. One could say the playoffs start this weekend for three teams, South Central and Salem if you lose there is a good chance you are probably out. I have a feeling the South-Central game will be the game of the week next week determining who will go to the playoffs. Central can make a huge statement if they can knock off Pinkerton Friday night. South really hurt themselves losing to Londonderry. May cost themselves a playoff spot

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  21. contradicting yourself. Repeatedly claim teams are "playing the best right now", and also repeatedly use "consistancy" as reason for rankings. One or the other dude

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  22. i think laconia has been outstanding and since going back to there I offence and now won 4 straight they have been unstopable if they keep it up they will beat leb in the playoffs no problem this time and i hope to see laconia and trinity in championship should be one hell of a game in D4.

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  23. I have looked at the standings in D2 and reviewed several of the possibilities for outcomes over the next two weeks.

    Look out for Keene.

    It appears that they have made their last two games 'MUST WINS' for their opponents Winnacunnet and BG. Winni to stay in the playoffs and BG to hold on to home field advantage.

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  24. monadnock is in a"must win game" to make playoffs

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  25. Enough with the timberlane team being not good and that they play dirty...they are a good team and they have played well. I'd like to see how Keee would fare in Plaistow after a 2 1/2 hour bus trip and playing in Plaistow. Totally different game. Bottom line timberlane needs to play good football and be prepared mentally and physically for Dover and anything could happen. Good coaching needs to ocurr!!!

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  26. 9:49 Lets talk about Laconias schedule. Played all the better teams at home, Trinity, Lebanon, Plymouth. Lebanon played them at their homecoming, Leb won 27-15, an dominated them. Lebanon is getting no respect. If I was Laconia I would be worried about Monadnock on the road this week. I give the edge to Monadnock.

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  27. hey 10:37....you say that "It appears that they have made their last two games 'MUST WINS' for their opponents Winnacunnet and BG. Winni to stay in the playoffs and BG to hold on to home field advantage."

    How about this...those last 2 games are MUST WIN for keene...if they lose to bg and winny they may very well be on the outside looking in!! (if timby beats dover and keene loses 2, they are out my friend!!))

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  28. Laconia played Lebanon with 5 injuries. Wait till you see them in the playoffs..

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  29. Hey 12:17 How do u think Keene feels every AWAY Game? How do u like the travel and then play against a good team. U never here Keene complain or use that as an excuse do u? Travel to Dover and get blown out and still NO EXCUSES! Huh

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  30. No there were excuses if I recall here are a few:

    1)Our defensive mastermind coach was missing.
    2)With Lacroix we would win
    3)Luopa was overwhelmed w/out Lacroix
    4)Boulay was off

    The list is there, you guys were embarassed and rightfully so after losing to Dover. Before you guys start talking I need to see you guys beat a good team.

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  31. Keene WILL beat BG. They always play them tough and come out on top more than any other team BG plays.

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  32. 3:02 hit it right on the head. Tojo knows that keene gives his teams fits every year! 2 years ago keene was the only team in nh to beat bg and should have beaten them twice. then last year bg gives up a total of like 34 points to nh schools and keene put up 19 or those. and was the only team to lead bg at any point in the season. coach luopa gets his players amped up for the bg game and he out coaches tony every game they play. most underrated coach hands down. with his son at the helm and jimmy boulay carring the load in the back field, i think keene will beat both bg and winney and be the 1 seed in the playoffs. JOHN LUOPA for coach of the year!

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  33. Keene=unbeleivable. Remember Dover game

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  34. just imagin what keene would be like if they had lacroix (the hardest hitting back in N.H)back and bouly back out on the wing. they would be unstopable.

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  35. keene does not always play BG tough at all i dont know where your getting that? they beat them one year and lost a close one in the playoffs, both were the two sloppiest games iv ever seen out of BG. and coming out on top more than any other team against bg is both not impressive at all and not true. BG has lost to Exeter many more times. BG and Pinkerton are the best two in the state, Dover is an illusion and will prove as such when they play BG again. division 1 is just pathetic this year, even worse than last year somehow

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  36. There is no doubt Keene will lose to Winnacunnet. Winnacunnet will beat them by a score of 35-14

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  37. It's great to see the Keene fans pumped up, good earlier point about all of their games being a couple hours ride. My only problem is when you say that a player is the "hardest hitting" anything in the state, it may well be but to state is as fact weakens the rest of your argument.

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  38. 5:29 - of those 19, how many were your first string against BG's JV in the slop/rain? Hint about 14

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  39. D2 Playoff Scenarios:
    Dangerous assumption, but necessary - BG beats Alvirne; Dover beats West; Timberlane beats Spaulding; Winnicunnet beats Merrimack.

    Most Likely Scenario:
    BG over Keene
    Dover over Timberlane
    Winnicunnet over Keene

    1st = BG (7-1)
    2nd = Winnie (6-2)
    3rd = Dover (6-2)
    4th = Keene (5-3)
    Timberlane out at 5-3

    Scenario 2:
    BG over Keene
    Dover over Timberlane
    Keene over Winnicunnet

    1st = BG (7-1)
    2nd = Dover (6-2)
    3rd = Keene (6-2)
    4th = Timberlane (5-3)
    Winnie out at 5-3

    Scenario 3:
    BG over Keene
    Timberlane over Dover
    Winnicunnet over Keene

    1st = BG (7-1)
    2nd = Winnie (6-2)
    3rd = Timberlane (6-2)
    4th = Dover (5-3)
    Keene out at 5-3

    Scenario 4:
    BG over Keene
    Timberlane over Dover
    Keene over Winnie

    1st = BG (7-1)
    2nd = Keene (6-2)
    3rd = Timberlane (6-2)
    4th = Winnie (5-3)
    Dover out at 5-3

    Last scenario:
    Keene over BG
    Timberlane over Dover
    Winnie over Keene

    Seeding is a mess in this scenario since all teams would be 6-2.
    Keene (6-2)
    BG (6-2)
    Timberlane (6-2)
    Winnie (6-2)
    Dover out at 5-3

    Great year for Division 2 football. Should be an interesting 2 weeks.

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  40. keene by at least 2 scores over. steve who? i cant wait to see the winny qb try to throw on the keene dbs, he may try but will fail best defensive backfield in the state

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  41. I think under the last scenario BG gets the no 1 seed because they would have the best road record because everyone beat each other

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  42. OK, now Keene has the "hardest hitting" back in the state and the "best defensive backfield" in the state. You Keene fans are losing credibility fast, in fact, No I won't say it.

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  43. Will be very interesting to see how the playoffs shake out.
    DI Pinky is in with 1 more win but still needs to win out to seal home field (or a North loss). South controls there own destiny for the 2 seed. Salem gets the 2 seed with 2 Wins and a South loss. North needs to beat Exeter and have Salem and South both lose a game for a home game. The scenarios for the 3 and 4 seed are too crazy to list. But regardless of what happens this week, South vs Central will be a "Win and your In" game. Assuming there are no upsets (South/North) vs Exeter or Pinky vs Memorial) it will take 6 wins to get into the playoffs.
    My picks: 1) Pinky(7-1), 2) South(6-2) 3) Salem (6-2) 4) North (6-2)

    In DII, its even crazier and another poster covered that race already.
    My Picks: 1) BG (7-1) 2) Dover (6-2) 3)Keene (6-2) 4) Timby (5-3)

    DIII has SHS clinching the 1 seed with either a win or a Bedford loss. With SHS playing Pelham this week it is as close to clinched as you can get. Hollis, Portsmouth, Milford and Bedford are all tied at 4-2 with HB playing Milford and Portsmouth vs Bedford. The winner of those two games can most likely punch a ticket to the dance. Goffstown needs two wins and have 2 of either Bedford, Hollis and Milford to both lose 2. Portsmouth and Milford finish the year with layup wins against Pembroke and Pelham.
    My Picks: 1) SHS (8-0) 2) Porstmouth (6-2) Milford (6-2) HB (5-3)

    The lower divisions all have good races as well, I just haven't followed them. Best thing to happen to "small school football" is Trinity vs Lebanon being on Saturday (at least that is how its listed on NHIAA). Anyone who has knocked a small school team should try to make a trip out to see the game and see for yourselves how good/average/bad they in person.

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  44. keene,remember this, if merrimack doesn't botch a pitch for a safety your 5-2.merrimack is no winnie,or bg.KEEP TALKIN KEENE.

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  45. after this weekend there will be 1 team in division 2 with 1 loss.Here is a clue,it won't be keene.

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  46. keene stop running your mouths actions speak louder than words prove what your worth in the next two weeks then maybe people will give you some credit

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  47. Coming from a Keene parent. We aren't very good. We have won 2 games we shouldn't have won. (Merr and Timby). That being said we probably won't win the next 2 weeks but we do have an ok team. We're scrappy. We might not be able to play with the big boys but it has been a good year anyway. Just play hard boys

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  48. am sick of every one not given keene any credit they always play hard and proved everyone wrong they come out to win games and play football keene has lost one game so there's no reason you shouldn't give them credit

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  49. what do you mean they shouldnt have beaten timberlane? they beat them 31 to 13? thats 3 scores. and how shouldnt they have won the merrimack game? if it wasnt for a 4 personal foul play they probably win by a td instead of a saftey. obviously werent watching the games.

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  50. here is the Keene BG scenario. In the loss BG lost because they were unclear on a rule and didnt get on a blocked field goal that cost them the game. The second game that year BG played even worse, fumbling the snap a ton of times, and still managed to win.
    Last year Keene led bg for all of about 9 seconds. they got an onside kicking at eaton (a sophmore at the time) and the mud was so rediculous they managed to fall forward and get offsides calls around 5 times to score. Bg responded by taking the ensuing kick to the house and the game was over. keene score two more times late in the second half against BG's sophmores, and the conditions were horrendous the field was completely ruined completely negating most of bg's speed, they still didnt blink and it wasnt even close.
    your right about one thing though keene scored one of two tds the entire year on bgs starters, but that was more a reflection of the conditions than Keene

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  51. wouldn't be bragging that you shoulda beaten merrimack by a td.merrimack not exactly a powerhouse.

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  52. 5:29 - You state that Keene beat BG two years ago. Keene didn't beat BG--- BG Lost. If you recall -- Andy Vaiilas was out with an injury, Tony P started the game and played into the 3rd when BG was down. Steve C. came in (at the time a Sophomore and brought BG to a lead. When Keene went for a kick the ball was blocked and the BG team started leaving the field. Oh NOT a good move. The ball was still live for some reason that I don't understand completely and Keene picked it up and ran it for a TD.

    So Don't pound your Keene chest too hard. That win really wasn't earned.....

    And oh by the way - BG Then Beat you in the playoffs

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  53. Prediction:

    Winni 26 - Keene 18

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  54. Massey Predictions have Keene beating Winnie 24-23

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  55. keene here is something to chew on before you make some more ridiculous statements.bg has given up 37 points in d2 all season,with 1 of those being a kickoff return.So their defense has given up 30 points ALL SEASON.Dover scored 52 against you in 1 GAME.This is why people have a hard time with your bragging.

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  56. On a FG, the ball, if blocked, is live until it passes the line of scrimmage, I believe.

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  57. 4:03 Every close game has multiple what-ifs. Keene was attempting a short field goal to win the game. After the recovery/advance, they still had to get it into the endzone, and they did. Keene won because they earned it. To deny that is simply poor sportsmanship. I was there. I'm a B.G. fan.

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  58. do the kids at bg graduate in their junior year? most of the other schools graduate as seniors. If keene played bgs jv team last year wouldnt they be varsity players this year?

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  59. massy predictions are rarly corect

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  60. it is live, happened in shrine game this year.

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  61. Hey Jeremy you forgot Brody Smith as well, that right side of BG's Defense of Smith, Remillard, and Boudreu is dominant...

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  62. please we all know that was a complete fluke and the second game shouldnt have been close either. BG was without vailas and the other qbs played awful and keene still relied on dumb luck of a ball bouncing their way to win

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  63. that wasnt earned at all Bg had all but won, taking the lead, and BLOCKING the kick that gave keene any chance keene caught one of the biggest breaks i have ever seen in organized ball.
    last year bgs starters gave up 14 the rest were on jv kids and kick returns (also jv kids)

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  64. WHATS THE INJURY STATUS FOR WINNICUNNET?

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  65. BG fans sure get offended when you start talking about them loosing!

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  66. The Keene QB Luopa is ok But not a #2 ranking. The real starter for keene should have been the Slantez kid. He has a stronger arm,is faster and is also bigger. There are a lot of great players on that team that don't get their KUDOS.Over all they are a good team and will finish strong.Luopa has quite a few INTs this year,He needs to make better decisions on the field.

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  67. 8:29, that's a tough one. BG, Dover and Winnacunnet are all going to be pretty favored in those games. If I had to pick an upset special it would be Merrimack over Winnacunnet though. Winnacunnet just isn't playing great football right now. Merrimack isn't quite out of the playoff picture yet. People are writing them off already, they could thrive under that disrespect. The Warriors are getting healthy now though so it will be tough. D-II has been crazy this year though. It honestly wouldn't surprise me if any of those 3 games were upsets.

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  68. BG People don't like to loose but will give credit to those that beat them. Dover Beat them this year and earn the win. BG Lost to Keene two years ago - Keene did not earn that one.

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  69. dII has been crazy this year? how about the real Division....DI has been all over the place this year. Pinkis has been the only consistant team in the division.Pinky has been on the ropes in most games and find a way to win. that being said, i wouldnt be surprised if they lose in the first round. North beat them, South and Salem both feel they can beat them...should be a great stretch run.

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  70. Good article in UL Friday on weekends games. Best week of games except for playoffs.

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  71. Definitely a bunch of good games in D1 this weekend...anyone have some predictions!!!

    And great move making people post comments not under "anonymous". It keeps the cowards out!!!

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  72. Can't the BG people just deal with the fact that Keene beat them 2 years ago?????? It was 2 years ago........time to let it go!!!Good luck to all the teams this week.

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  73. The Cuipa kid from BG has just sa many picks as Loopa. And Loopa is faster, can make more plays happen, and makes better decions than Slanetz as we saw in the game against us. Slanetz should have had a pick or two if his receivers didnt break the pass up, and we are not very good.

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  74. luopas thrown only 2 ints all year buddy, but good try. 15 tds to 2 picks is amazing! i dont know what games youve been watching..

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  75. I think souhegan is better than salem, central, and Dover. The souhegan team WILL WIN the division. Flat out. no questions. there are the best team in there division. There offense is high powered with Luks, Chininis, Dwinnell, and Mckenna there untouchable. On D, Beliveau always has them lookin good. I think Souhegan needs to be moved up a division cuz there straight killin it

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  76. Wow, if anyone can run through the D1 playoff scenarios, it would be much appreciated.

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  77. wow how can Pinkerton be #1 after last week against Concord? Concord was one defensive stop and a scoring drive away from tying that game up.

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  78. Kyle Remillard is the backbone of BG football this year. Great game, Remi!

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  79. DI Playoff Scenario's: Londonderry, Concord, Exeter and Memorial are OUT.
    Pinkerton has clinched a spot. They clinch the #1 seed with a win next week OR a North loss.
    South has clinched a spot (They hold the Road Record tie breaker in the case of a Central, South, Salem tie) and can clinch the 2 spot with a win over Central.
    North has clinched a spot. With a win, they will be no lower than the 3 seed and would be the 2 seed with a win and South loss (The 1 seed if Pinky lost also). They could be the 4 seed if South won, Salem won and North lost.
    Salem is in with a win (despite their best efforts to miss the playoffs) over Londonderry. In almost every scenario they are the 4 seed. (Not sure what would happen if Salem won, Central won, North lost and South lost putting all teams at 5-3.
    Central's playoff chances were hurt BADLY by Salem's loss and their loss to Pinky. To make the playoffs they need a Salem loss and a win over South to get the 4 seed.
    I'm pretty sure this is fairly accurate but I didn't spend too much time on it so take it with a grain of salt.

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  80. why should a team be placed off of how badly they beat a team? a win is a win. do you think that college football teams dwell on if they beat a team by a touchdown or by 6 touchdowns?

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  81. I saw Nashua South play and by what ive seen so far this year, at the end of the season they will be the number 1 team

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  82. what is the 2nd tie breaker after head to head

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  83. If it is true that defense wins championships,the I have a hunch who might be the next d2 championship.Guertin has allowed 44 points{that's including a blocked punt return for a td, and a kickoff return for a td}in 7 division 2 games.That averages out to 6 points a game,but I want to take you INSIDE THE NUMBERS.30 of those 44 were scored in the 1st quarter,and the remaining 14 points have been scored in the 2nd quarter.POINTS SCORED IN 3RD QUARTER 0,POINTS SCORED IN 4 TH QUARTER 0.Zero points allowed in the 2nd half is a pretty impressive stat.This past weekend they held Alvirne to 7 TOTAL yards for the game.Not to shabby.THE BIG GUY

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  84. NHIAA
    Sect. 2: In the event of a tie for any position, the Sports Committee shall resolve the tie using the following
    criteria, in order of priority to select the teams. The team(s) shall be seeded as determined by using the tie
    breaking criteria, 1-8.
    A. The criteria for seeding a team is as follows:
    1. Rating* in head-to-head competition which shall be the established team rating system based upon
    contests against opponents involved in the tie providing they have played each other the same
    number of times.
    2. Rating against NHIAA class opponents selected for the tournament including all teams involved in a
    tie for the last position. Once the tournament teams have been selected, the teams that were tied for
    the last position are no longer used in breaking ties as they are not considered tournament teams.
    3. Quality of wins against tournament teams in class including all teams involved in a tie for the last
    position. (Ranking) **
    4. Rating against class opponents on the road***.
    5. Rating against class opponents at home.
    6. Wins on the road regardless of class.
    7. Wins at home regardless of class.
    8. If teams are tied after the first seven criteria, the team that defeated the highest NHIAA seeded team
    in their class (includes both tournament and non-tournament teams) will be selected.
    9. As determined by the sports committee.
    Once a criterion has been found to break the tie, it will be used to rank the teams involved in the tie. If,
    after the original criterion has ranked the teams, existing tie(s) shall be broken by starting at criterion
    number 1 (head-to-head) down through the remaining criteria until the tie is broken.
    B. If two (2) schools are involved in a tie for the final tournament position, a play-off game will NOT be
    held. The tie shall be broken by using the established criteria in A.
    C. If a team withdraws at any time after the seeding has been completed the seeded opponent in the same
    bracket shall receive a forfeit win and move on to the next round.
    *Rating is defined as follows:
    1. Win/loss rating – the percentage obtained by dividing the number of points by the number of games
    played against tournament opponents.
    2. Individual sport’s point rating system – the value obtained by dividing the sum of own values and
    opponents’ values by the number of games played by a team.

    ** Ranking is defined as the total number of wins by beaten opponents in class that qualify for the
    tournament against other tournament teams divided by the total number of games against tournament
    opponents. Example: If you played eight tournament teams and you beat three of them, you would add the

    wins against tournament teams of those three beaten opponents. You would then divide that total by the
    number of tournament opponents played by all eight of the tournament teams you have played.
    ***On the road – means games scheduled as “away” games.

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  85. 1 more thing,how deep is bg,seriously?Remi was 6 or 7th on the depth chart at tailback,but due to injuries and illnesses he got his chance in the 3rd quarter.2 touchdowns running,1 35 yard option pass that he threw,1 2 point conversion catch,not to mention his defensive fumble recovery for a td.Not a bad game,but he did all that in 1 quarter.I don't think many teams have 7th string tailbacks like that.The lesson for the kids is be prepared,you never know when your opportunity is going to arise.Seize it,and make the most of it.THE BIG GUY

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  86. I think 6:37's post may be wrong. Those are the tie breakers used in other sports. This is By-Law XIX- Football Sections 6, 7, and 8...
    "Sect. 6: Tournament Selection
    For All Divisions:
    Tournament selection will be based on
    1. Win/Loss record
    2. All games must be played in Division
    3. Only games in Division will count toward tournament selection.
    Divisions I – VI will use the win/loss record to determine tournament selection. The four schools in each
    Division with the highest win/loss record shall qualify for the playoffs. All games must be played in
    Division. Only games in Division will count toward tournament selection. Non-divisional and out-of-state
    games DO NOT count in the standings for all divisions.

    Sect. 7: Tie Breaking Procedure
    In the event of a tie for a tournament position, the Football Committee shall resolve the tie by using the
    following criteria:
    A. If two schools are tied for the final tournament position:
    1. The winner of head-to-head competition will be selected.
    2. The Football Point Rating System will be applied.
    3. The NHIAA Tie Breaker Procedure will be applied.
    B. If three or more schools are tied for the final tournament position:
    1. The rating in head-to-head competition will be used if all schools involved in the tie have competed
    against each other.
    2. The Football Point Rating System will be applied.
    3. The NHIAA Tie Breaker Procedure will be applied.
    C. If two or more schools tie for any other tournament position:
    1. The same criteria will be used, in order of priority to determine tournament seeding. Once a school
    is selected, the procedure will be repeated from the start of criteria A for the remaining tied schools.
    2. The NHIAA Tie Breaker will be applied.

    Sect. 8: Football Rating System
    The point rating system that will be used to break ties for playoff seeding purposes:
    10 points per win
    Out-of-state games and out of Division will not be rated
    Opponents' Value earned as a result of wins or ties by opponents who were beaten or tied by a school:
    WIN TIE
    Beaten opponent 2 1
    Tied opponent 1 .5
    The point rating of a school will be determined by adding the total of "own value" plus "opponents' value"
    and dividing by the number of games played by the school."

    This was updated on 10/27/2010 which is after they scrapped the NH Index System for football. So the "football rating system" would be the formula described above.

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  87. Can Londonderry get any love? They have lost games at the very end because balls have not bounced there way vs. concord, centra, and Dover. They beat a very good South team and a much improved Memorial game. They held Nashua North to there season low 27 points with Andre williams in the backfield. The lancers still have a shot at the plaoff because of this crazy year in division 1. If the point system had not been gotten rid of they would be in a win and your in situation against Salem friday night. Look for a big time perfomance from the Lancers this friday led by Ogorman, Parilla, Hamilton, and Mansfield. Dont be surprised if this lancer team sneaks into the playoffs.

    Zac Hannah

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  88. For d2 we couldn't have asked for a better final week. This will be fun seeing who gets in and where they will ranked for the playoffs. I think that dover can beat Timberlane and Merrimack can be Winnicunnet if they both play the way they are capable of. jeremy do you agree?
    D2 fan

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  89. anyone know what team is seeded where if keene beats bg and dover and winney both win? they would all be 6-2.

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