Roger Brown's First & 10: One tough loss for Bedford
In dropping a 20-16 decision to Manchester Central on Friday night in Bedford, the Bulldogs (7-2) failed to qualify for postseason play. Bedford finished behind Concord (9-0) and Central (7-2) in Division I North, and only two teams from each conference qualify for the postseason.
Central has won seven in a row since opening the season with losses to Concord (35-6) and Pinkerton (37-20).
HERE ARE the match-ups for this weekend’s conference championship games. All games are scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m., but game times could change:
East: Exeter at SpauldingNorth: Central at ConcordSouth: Londonderry at PinkertonWest: Keene at Nashua South
East: Merrimack Valley at PortsmouthNorth: Kennett at PlymouthSouth: Trinity at WindhamWest: Sanborn at Monadnock
East: Bishop Brady at Epping-NewmarketNorth: Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough at GilfordSouth: Bow at PelhamWest: Newport at Stevens
After the conference championships are settled, teams will be seeded for the division semifinals based on the football point-rating system.
KEENE IS the only lower-seeded team in the playoffs that beat its conference’s No. 1 seed during the regular season. Keene handed Nashua South its only loss, a 42-28 setback in Keene. The Blackbirds have won six in a row … Londonderry (4-5) is the only team that made the playoffs without finishing .500 or better … Concord, Monadnock (9-0) and Pelham (8-0) are the only unbeaten teams in the state … In addition to Bedford, Bishop Guertin of Nashua (6-3), Winnacunnet of Hampton (5-4), St. Thomas of Dover (6-3), Milford (6-3), Campbell of Litchfield (5-3) and Mascoma Valley of Canaan (5-3) all finished with a winning record but failed to qualify for postseason play.