Roger Brown's First and 10: Concord is No. 1 — and hungry
THERE WERE some satisfied players on the Concord High sideline following Saturday's 53-14 victory over Manchester Central in the Division I North championship game, but Concord coach Eric Brown made sure they weren't too satisfied.
"Obviously we're happy with the win, but as I told the guys this is not what we're after," Brown said. "There are bigger things down the road."
The victory advanced Concord to Saturday's Division I semifinals. It also allowed the Crimson Tide (10-0) to remain a unanimous pick as the No. 1 team in the Union Leader/WGIR/WMUR Power Poll.
Concord quarterback Robbie Law completed 12 of 17 pass attempts for 201 yards in Saturday's win. Seven Crimson Tide players caught at least one pass, led by Seimou Smith, who had four catches for a season-high 110 yards and two touchdowns.
Pinkerton Academy of Derry (8-2) , Keene (8-2) and Exeter (7-3) — the three other Division I semifinalists — are No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 in the poll respectively. Nashua South (8-2), which dropped a 38-21 decision to Keene in the Division I West title game, fell from No. 2 to No. 4.
Exeter will play at Concord, and Pinkerton will play at Keene in Saturday's semifinals.
Portsmouth (9-1) occupies the No. 6 spot, and will be at home against No. 10 Trinity of Manchester (8-2) in the Division II semifinals. Trinity beat Portsmouth 58-37 in the regular season's first week.
Bedford is at No. 7. The Bulldogs (7-2) are the only team in the poll that didn't qualify for the playoffs.
Central (7-3) is ranked No. 8, followed by Plymouth (9-1) in the ninth spot. The Bobcats will meet Sanborn of Kingston (6-4) in the other Division II semifinal.
Spaulding of Rochester is the only team that dropped out of the poll. The Red Raiders (6-4) fell out of the top 10 following Saturday's 24-24 loss to Exeter.
STEVENS of Claremont received a strong performance from running back Donald Pellerin in Saturday's Division III West championship game.
Pellerin rushed for 175 yards on 27 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 34-6 triumph over Newport. Newport lost running backs C.J. Lawrence and Tanner Sherman to injuries in the loss.
Pellerin has carried the ball 237 times for 1,332 yards this season. He has scored 20 touchdowns.
ALEX PARENTEAU took over as Keene's quarterback midway through a loss to Bishop Guertin of Nashua in Week 3. The Blackbirds are 7-0 in games Parenteau has started at QB.
Parenteau rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two TDs in Saturday's victory over Nashua South. It was Keene's second victory over South in three weeks.
Parenteau has completed 71 of 109 passes for 1,084 yards and 17 TDs this season. He's also rushed for 1,050 yards and 16 TDs.
The Keene-Pinkerton semifinal will be Keene's first home playoff game since 1993, when the Blackbirds lost to Spaulding of Rochester in the Division I quarterfinals.
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