Roger Brown's First & 10: Portsmouth vaults to No. 6 in poll
The Clippers jumped from No. 10 to No. 6 after knocking off previously unbeaten Plymouth, 27-22, Saturday in Plymouth.
“Looking back at it, we probably should have started throwing sooner,” Portsmouth coach Brian Pafford said. “When we took the lead my concern was we scored too early.”
The loss dropped Plymouth from No. 6 to No. 9. Portsmouth, Plymouth and No. 8 Trinity of Manchester are the only Division II teams in the poll, although unbeaten Monadnock of Swanzey did receive votes this week.
Bedford may have to beat Manchester Central in two weeks to make the playoffs. After Friday night’s game against Merrimack, Bedford will play Central (5-2) in a game that could determine the second playoff team (in addition to Concord) from Division I North. Central is unranked, but has won five games in a row. Central is at Salem on Friday.
Exeter fell from No. 7 to No. 10 after a 17-7 loss to Spaulding of Rochester. It was Exeter’s third loss in the last four weeks.
MERRIMACK VALLEY of Penacook and St. Thomas Aquinas of Dover are each 6-1 entering Saturday’s game in Dover, but the loser of that contest is unlikely to make the Division II playoffs.
THIS WEEK’S lone game that involves two Power Poll teams will take place Friday night, when Nashua South travels to Keene. Keene must win to keep its playoff hopes alive.
Roger Brown covers high school football for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @603sportsmedia.
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