October 6, 2015 (Week 5)
|The top 10 high school football teams in New Hampshire, as voted by the staffs of the New Hampshire Union Leader, WMUR-TV and ESPN New Hampshire, with record, first-place votes/points in parentheses, plus previous week’s ranking:|
|Team||1st-place votes/Points||Last Wk.|
|1. Pinkerton, 5-0||(5/59)||1|
|2. Goffstown, 5-0||(1/52)||2|
|3. Bedford, 5-0||(50)||3|
|4. Exeter, 5-0||(43)||4|
|5. Salem, 3-2||(33)||5|
|6. Timberlane, 3-2||(26)||9|
|7. St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-0||(21)||8|
|8. Windham, 5-0||(16)||NR|
|9. Bishop Guertin, 3-2||(15)||10|
|9. Winnacunnet, 2-3||(13)||6|
|Others receiving votes: Nashua North, 3-2 (2), NR; Merrimack, 3-2 (1), NR; Kennett, 4-1 (1) NR.|
Saturday’s Bedford High-Goffstown High football showdown will likely determine the Division I North Conference champ.
It may even play a role, eventually, in answering the question, “Who is the state’s best team?”
There is very little to distinguish No. 2 Goffstown from No. 3 Bedford today. Goffstown received 52 points from the poll’s six voters, Bedford 50. Both are 5-0 and have yet to be tested. The Grizzlies have outscored their opponents, 226-55, while the Bulldogs have scored 256 points to their foes’ 52.
Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. at the Grizzlies’ den. The winner will stay no worse than No. 2 in the weekly New Hampshire Union Leader/WMUR TV/ESPN New Hampshire Power Poll, which this week is headed once again by Pinkerton (5-0). The defending Division I champs scuffled early before putting away a challenge from Merrimack, 42-32, last Friday.
Pinkerton hosts No. 10 Winnacunnet of Hampton on Friday night in Derry.
Exeter (5-0), which hosts Pinkerton on Oct. 30, and Salem (3-2) remained fourth and fifth in the Power Poll after battling each other this past Friday night at Grant Field. The cardiac Blue Hawks prevailed, 14-10 — their fourth victory by eight points or fewer.
Timberlane of Plaistow is sixth, and Division II St. Thomas Aquinas of Dover moved up one spot in the poll to seventh. St. Thomas is one notch ahead of the other dominant and unbeaten Division II team, Windham, but the teams don’t play each other in the regular season.
Bishop Guertin (3-2) and Winnacunnet round out the top 10. The Warriors were the only sub-.500 (2-3) squad to receive votes.
|POWER POLL: Oct.|