Roger Brown's First & 10: Keene set for big game vs. Exeter
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.