Roger Brown's First & 10: Keene set for big game vs. Exeter
Roger Brown's Grid PicksDivision I
Bedford 36 Manchester West 12
Bishop Guertin 28 Dover 6
Spaulding 20, Timberlane 14
Winnacunnet 20, Nashua North 7
Concord 35, Salem 13
Pinkerton 26, Central 66
Memorial 21, Merrimack 20
Londonderry 28, Goffstown 20
Exeter 28, Keene 14
Con-Val 20, Kingswood 14
Merrimack Valley 27, Kearsarge 19
Portsmouth 34, Laconia 18
Hanover 14, Souhegan 7
Monadnock 20 Lebanon 12
Trinity 35, Milford 26
Pembroke 29, John Stark 13
St. Thomas 23, Kennett 12
Hollis/Brookline 20, Sanborn 19
Plymouth 35, Windham 13
Somersworth 35, Bishop Brady 20
Fall Mountain 22, Raymond 14
Franklin 26, Bow 12
Stevens 28, Campbell 13
Newport 20, Pelham 14
Epping-Newmarket 34, Newfound 6
Winnisquam 27, Gilford 6
Inter-Lakes/Moultonbrgh 28, Mascoma 20
Record last week: 16-12
Record this season: 16-12
Keene opened its Division I season with a 34-0 triumph over Nashua North on Friday, but picking up that second victory in the next two weeks won't be easy. The Blackbirds will face Exeter on Saturday night (7) in Keene, and will play at Bishop Guertin of Nashua next weekend.
"It's the same Exeter team. They've just changed the names and numbers."
"The road gets tougher," Exeter coach Bill Ball said after the Dover contest. "Keene is a lot like us — physical. It'll be a physical game."
"I think we match up well with teams that run the spread because defensively we can run with the spread teams," Luopa said. "The big question entering this game is how will our defense hold up against a big, powerful team that runs the ball? "It will be interesting to see if we do have the horses to give them a game."
THERE WILL BE an interesting Division I matchup tonight in Manchester, where an improved Merrimack team will try to improve its record to 2-0 by beating Manchester Memorial.
Merrimack was winless last season, but ended the program's 14-game losing streak last Friday by posting a 47-20 victory over Goffstown in Dante Laurendi's first game as Merrimack's head coach. Laurendi spent three seasons as Memorial's head coach (2005-08) before he joined Jason Robie's staff as an assistant at Nashua North.
KENNETT has dedicated its season to Ian Meserve, an assistant coach with the program who died in May after battling cancer.
FALL MOUNTAIN of Langdon beat Newfound 40-8 Friday in its first varsity game since 2011. Fall Mountain played a junior varsity schedule last season because of a lack of players in the program.
Fall Mountain will have a good chance to go 2-0 in Division III when it plays at Raymond (0-1) tonight.
CAMPBELL of Litchfield, which had a bye last weekend, is the only NHIAA team that hasn't played its first game. Cambell will open its Division III schedule by playing at Stevens of Claremont tonight. It will be Greg Gush's first game as Campbell's head coach.
PINKERTON ACADEMY of Derry will play the first night game on its home field when it faces Manchester Central tonight (7). Lights were installed in Derry following the 2012 season.
Goffstown is the only Division I team without lights on its home field.