Five weeks of football are in the books. Here are the New Hampshire Notebook's statewide top 10 football teams in the NHIAA.
6. St. Thomas
9. Bishop Guertin
10. Nashua North
Now, here's why we ranked the teams in that order...
1. Goffstown - Big game this Saturday vs. Bedford. It will be a good measuring stick for both teams to see where they're at.
2. Pinkerton - Pinkerton survived a scare last Friday night vs. Merrimack.
3. Bedford - See Goffstown.
4. Exeter - Another close win vs. a good team this past weekend, as once again Exeter had to come back to score in the last minute in order to win (over Salem). But a win's a win, and the Blue Hawks are now 5-0.
5. Salem - Hard to justify moving Salem down in the rankings after barely falling to Exeter on Friday night in the closing seconds. The Blue Devils are still clearly one of the top teams in the state. With a healthy Johnny Bartose the outcome may have been different in that one for Salem.
6. St. Thomas - another week, and another blowout win for St. Thomas. Their games over the next couple weeks vs. West and Kingswood could get ugly.
7. Timberlane - the Owls move up a couple spots with an impressive win last Friday night, beating a tough Winnacunnet team by 2 scores and knocking the Warriors out of the top 10.
8. Windham - Windham is back in our top 10 and justifiably so. They're unbeaten, and just beat previously unbeaten Souhegan by 2 touchdowns. It's a credit to the program head coach Bill Raycraft has built that they could graduate so many of their top players from last season and still be ranked this high.
9. Bishop Guertin - BG and North are both 3-2 and haven't yet faced each other. BG gets the slight nod, because they gave Bedford a much tougher game than North did, and also they blew out Central week 1, whereas Central gave North a tougher game.
10. Nashua North - the Titans make their first appearance in the rankings, coming off impressive wins in the last 2 weeks over Nashua South and Manchester Central. North is a team nobody was talking about in the preseason, so give credit to new head coach Dante Laurendi and his staff for a job well done thus far.