First & 10
Roger Brown's First & 10: Exeter begins where it left off
Interlakes/Moultonborough’s Kier Vecente, is tackled by Franklin’s Ryan Grevier, in Meredith on Saturday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Exeter, which finished as the poll’s No. 1 team in 2012, received all six first-place votes to debut at No. 1 in this week’s poll, which was released Monday morning.
“We have all new backs, and we didn’t turn the ball over, which is always a concern,” Exeter coach Bill Ball said. “The defense is getting there. I thought we tackled pretty well.
Keene, which is coming off a 34-0 thrashing of Nashua North in its season opener, is No. 7 in the Power Poll.
Three other Division I teams — Concord, Nashua South and Pinkerton — round out the top five.
“Not very good on offense, “ Pinkerton coach Brian O’Reilly said following Friday night’s loss to Bedford. “We’re missing something in the running game. We could not run the ball between the tackles consistently. Skill people were dropping like flies in the secondary and the offensive backfield.
NASHUA SOUTH fans had to temper their celebration after Friday night’s 34-24 victory over Spaulding of Rochester, since South quarterback/defensive back Trevor Knight left that game early in the second half with a dislocated thumb.
“There are no chips or cracks or breaks,” said South coach Scott Knight, who is also Trevor’s father. “That’s a real big thing.”
Scott Knight said no additional damage was discovered when Trevor was evaluated Monday.
Trevor Knight, who has committed to play for the University of New Hampshire, passed for 132 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 82 yards before he suffered the injury. He also intercepted two passes.
“He’s going to be pretty good,” Scott Knight said of Langa. “We like him. He’s going to be our guy next year.”
“It’s a great challenge for our team,” Scott Knight said.
LAST WEEKEND’S most dramatic finish took place in Meredith, where Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough beat Franklin, 27-26, at home.
“It was the same play,” Inter-Lakes coach Jon Francis said of the TD and conversion. “There wasn’t even a question that we were going for two. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of guy.”
The loss came in Jeff Kaplan’s first game as Franklin’s head coach. Kaplan replaced Greg Husband, who guided Franklin to a victory over Mascoma in last year’s Division VI championship game but was fired in the offseason. After losing to the Golden Tornadoes in the final, Mascoma Valley Regional of Canaan filed a complaint with the NHIAA, alleging that Franklin players acted in an unsportsmanlike manner at game’s end.