Here's this week's top 10 NH football teams in the state, regardless of division. The poll is voted on each week by the members of ESPN New Hampshire's Friday Night Lights program.
1. Pinkerton (6) 4-0
2. Bedford (2) 4-0
3. Concord 4-0
4. Londonderry 3-1
5. Windham 4-0
6. Portsmouth 3-1
7. Salem 3-1
8. Alvirne 3-1
9. Exeter 3-1
10. Goffstown 2-2
Others receiving votes: South (3), St. Thomas (3), Merrimack (1), Winnacunnet (1), Trinity (1), Plymouth (1), Bow (1)
Here's what my ballot looked like...
8. St. Thomas
A couple things to point out...
-Why do I have Bedford over Pinkerton for top spot? Pinkerton lost a star linebacker to injury (Jason Hansen), while Bedford gets one back from injury this week (Thomas O'Rourke).
-Why do I have Goffstown ahead of Exeter? I think the better question would be why would other voters have Exeter ahead of Goffstown? Sure, Exeter is 3-1 and Goffstown is 2-2, but Goffstown beat Exeter head to head. Exeter's record is better strength of schedule needs to be factored in. Goffstown's losses are to Concord (#3 ranked) and Portsmouth (#6 ranked but would probably be even higher if they had Mikel Toar all season, Toar just returned to lineup vs. Goffstown). Exeter's 3 wins have all come against teams with losing records, while Goffstown has beaten a winning team - Exeter.