The NHIAA released a press release about an hour ago with the updated tournament brackets for the D-I, D-II and D-III football playoffs. It said the following:
"Due to the tie between Pinkerton Academy and Bedford High School for Division I additional time was needed to ensure that the Division I Tournament Bracket was accurate. The NHIAA utilize By-Law Article XX: Football, Sect. 6: Tournament Selection and Sect. 7: Tie Breaking Procedures when seeding for the tournament. The Division I Football tie between Pinkerton Academy and Bedford High School went out to step A; 4: Quality of wins against tournament teams in division including all teams involved in a tie for the last position."
As a result of the tie-breaker, Pinkerton is the #1 seed and will host BG, while Bedford is the #2 seed and will host Exeter on Saturday. All of the tournament brackets are now up on the NHIAA website.
Basically, Pinkerton is getting the #1 spot because they have "more wins against tournament teams in division including all teams involved in a tie for the last position." In other words, Nashua South missed the playoffs but since they finished in a tie with Alvirne and BG they are still considered a "tournament team". So those 3 wins are being counted in Pinkerton's favor, yet the 2 wins Bedford had over Memorial and Goffstown (who both had better records than BG, South and Alvirne) are not being taken into account.
Both Exeter and Pinkerton are 10-0. Neither has a common opponent. But when you look closer it actually appears as though Bedford played a tougher schedule. Bedford won 6 games over teams who finished with a winning record (Exeter, Portsmouth, Memorial, Goffstown, and Concord twice) while Pinkerton only won 3 games over teams who finished with a winning record (Londonderry twice and Salem once).
The current NHIAA tie-breaking procedure would work well IF the division's top 8 teams made the playoffs. But they did not.