POWER POLL: Oct. 13, 2015 ( Week 6 )
To the victor go the spoils, and that means you, Goffstown High.
By virtue of its 27-21 triumph over Bedford High in Week 6, Goffstown is the new No. 1 in the New Hampshire Union Leader/WMUR TV/ESPN New Hampshire High School Football Power Poll. It is the school’s first-ever top ranking in the eight-year history of the statewide poll of media members.
Goffstown, with a listed enrollment of 1,179 students, is the fourth-smallest school in Division I, ahead of only Bishop Guertin of Nashua, Portsmouth and Winnacunnet of Hampton.
Goffstown made the jump from No. 2 after beating No. 3 Bedford, 27-21, on Saturday in a Division I North Conference battle of unbeatens. The path to No. 1 was greased for the winner of that game about 18 hours earlier when Pinkerton Academy of Derry, entering the weekend carrying a 17-game win streak and a 15-consecutive-week stay atop the poll, was upset by hungry Winnacunnet, 17-7. Thus, the Astros’ run came to a “Grizzly end.”
Goffstown (6-0) received all six first-places votes and 60 points, six more than unanimous runner-up Exeter (6-0), the only other Division I unbeaten. Pinkerton and Bedford, fittingly, tied for the No. 3 spot as Division I’s only once-beaten clubs. “Shakeup City” is how ESPN New Hampshire’s Pete Tarrier described the newest poll.
A pair of 4-2 Division I South Conference teams, Salem and Timberlane of Plaistow, remained fifth and sixth. The Blue Devils edged Spaulding of Rochester, 27-20, while Timberlane hammered Dover, 41-7.
Division II powers St. Thomas of Dover (6-0) and Windham (5-0) held down the next two spots. St. Thomas stayed unbeaten by beating Manchester West, while Windham had the weekend off.
Key games this weekend include No. 10 Bishop Guertin playing Nashua North on Friday night at Stellos Stadium. Both clubs are 4-2 in Division I’s South Conference.
Also, Pinkerton hosts Timberlane and Merrimack (4-2) visits Salem, both on Friday night.