Thursday, September 18, 2014

ESPN New Hampshire’s Week 3 Friday Night Lights Weekly Top 10

This week's top 10 NHIAA football teams, regardless of division. It was voted on by the members of ESPN New Hampshire's Friday Night Lights, which airs every Friday night during the high school football season plus a Saturday morning coach's show from 9-11.

1. Pinkerton
2. Concord
3. Bedford
4. Exeter
5. Salem
Windham (TIE)
7. Goffstown
8. Londonderry
9. Merrimack
10. Winnacunnet

Others Receiving Votes
St. Thomas(3)
Bishop Guertin(1)

voters: Rich Flerra (ESPN NH); Nick Anastos (ESPN NH); Joe Marchilena (Nashua Telegraph / NH HS Sports); Tom King (Nashua Telegraph); Jeremy Leveille (NH Notebook); Tom Rowe (ESPN NH); Mike Beliveau (ESPN NH); Sean Sendall (ESPN NH); Chris Shuker (ESPN NH)

Here's what my ballot looked like:
1. Pinkerton
2. Bedford
3. Concord
4. Exeter
5. Londonderry
6. Salem
7. Windham
8. St. Thomas
9. Merrimack
10. Goffstown

Some things to make note of:
-It's very hard to rank these teams and to get a read on who is better than who, given the fact that of the 10 teams on my ballot 9 of them are 2-0. The one team I voted for who isn't 2-0 is Goffstown and their loss was only by 6 points and came against the defending champs Concord. Given the fact that Exeter has the smallest margin of victory among the 2-0 teams on the list, one could argue that Goffstown is the favorite in the Goffstown vs. Exeter game on Saturday. Bottom line - until these teams start playing more games against each other it's tough to say who's better than who. This weekend should clear some of that up for sure, since for match ups we have:

Goffstown vs. Exeter
Salem vs. Pinkerton
Bedford vs. Winnacunnet
Merrimack vs. South

And don't forget about St. Thomas vs. Merrimack Valley in on Saturday. We've had a few big early season match ups in D-II. Kennett beat Merrimack Valley, Windham beat Trinity, Lebanon beat Plymouth, Hollis-Brookline beat Milford. This week's big game in D-II is MV vs. St. Thomas. The Saints have been simply dominating the first 2 weeks, outscoring their opponents 103-0. This week will be a good measuring stick game for them, we'll be able to get a better idea of how good they really are and if they belong in the top 10. It's a possible playoff preview game. Plus MV quarterback Ivan Niyomugabo just committed to UNH, and St. Thomas is coached by Eric Cumba, who started at offensive guard for UNH.

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