After 9 weeks of regular season and 2 weeks of playoff games it all comes down to this - 'Championship Saturday'. The day when a state champion will be crowned in all 3 divisions for NHIAA football. It's Pinkerton @ Concord in Division I, Portsmouth @ Plymouth in D-II, and Stevens @ Bow in D-III. All 3 should be great games, it's a shame that fans across the state can only see 1 of them. I don't see why they can't have all 3 of them be played at Saint Anselm College, especially since the Hawks aren't even playing on Saturday. Oh well, maybe next year.
The NH Notebook will have all 3 championship games covered. I'll be in Concord, Ross Laorenza will be in Plymouth and DC will be in Bow. Log on Sunday morning to see complete recaps of all 3 games.
Here is what my ballot looked like in this week's ESPN NH / Nashua Telegraph Football Poll:
4. Nashua South
7. Manchester Central
(just missing the cut: Spaulding)
NH Notebook Mr. Football Watch: Trevor Knight (Nashua South), Manny Latimore (Pinkerton) and Jesiah Wade (Manchester Central) are still the favorites, but Alex Parenteau (Keene) is now also in the mix and has established himself as a legit contender. Parenteau has over 1,000 yards passing, over 1,000 yards rushing and 35 total touchdowns, while also playing linebacker on defense, punting and leading the Blackbirds to the D-I semi-finals. Those are definitely the 4 favorites at this point, while players like Walters Ndi (Concord), Trevon Scott (Spaulding) and Donovan Phanor Portsmouth) are sleepers.