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Roger Brown's Grid Picks: Taking South, Bow in big games


October 19. 2017 11:31PM


Division I

Today

Bishop Guertin at Alvirne, 7 p.m.

Sounds like BG wants to remain in Division I. BG, 28-14.

Pinkerton at Keene, 7 p.m.

Keene’s best shot at a victory this year may come against Monadnock on Thanksgiving. Pinkerton, 42-7.

Nashua North at Salem, 7 p.m.

A Salem victory here plus a Londonderry loss would give the Blue Devils the overall No. 1 seed in the South/West bracket. Salem, 36-20.

Londonderry at Nashua South, 7 p.m.

The Panthers are a dangerous team. This would make six wins in a row. South, 26-20.

Exeter at Manchester Memorial, 7 p.m.

Exeter seems to have found another gear since suffering back-to-back losses against Goffstown and Winnacunnet. Exeter, 42-14.

Concord at Portsmouth, 7 p.m.

This is the kind of game that can hurt a guy’s winning percentage. Portsmouth, 28-27.

Winnacunnet at Manchester Central, 7 p.m.

There’s been a lot of talk about how good the Central offense is, but Winnacunnet has scored 124 points in its last two games. Winnacunnet, 42-21.

Timberlane at Merrimack, 7 p.m.

Let’s go with a mild upset. Timberlane, 20-19.

Saturday

Dover at Bedford, 5 p.m.

A Bedford victory would set up a winner-gets-in game against Manchester Central next weekend. Bedford, 34-19.

Spaulding at Goffstown, 1:30 p.m.

Spaulding has a 46-148 record since former coach Hugo Bolin left the program. Goffstown, 42-14.

DIVISION II

Tonight

Hanover at Kennett, 7 p.m.

The Eagles could make a mess of the Division II playoff picture by upsetting the Marauders. Hanover, 28-20.

Pembroke at Kingswood, 7 p.m.

Here’s another game that’s making this job difficult. Kingswood, 22-20.

Plymouth at Lebanon, 7 p.m.

The Bobcats typically have trouble with the Raiders. Not this year. Plymouth, 40-6.

St. Thomas at ConVal, 7 p.m.

If St. Thomas wins this game, ConVal’s playoff hopes will have all but vanished. St. Thomas, 36-12.

Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton at Souhegan, 7 p.m.

The Sabers should be able to extend their winning streak to four games. Souhegan, 42-12.

Hollis/Brookline at Pelham, 7 p.m.

Neither of these teams waved the white flag after some adversity early in the season. Hollis/Brookline, 26-14.

Saturday

Windham at Gilford/Belmont, 1:30 p.m.

By enrollment, these are the two largest programs in Division II. Windham, 49-6.

Milford at Sanborn, 1:30 p.m.

Not much separates these teams. A touchdown at most. Milford, 20-13.

John Stark at Bow, 2 p.m

Big game for the Falcons. Bigger game for the Generals. Bow, 21-13.

DIVISION III

Friday

Newport at Monadnock, 6:30 p.m.

This is the best game on this weekend’s menu, regardless of division. Monadnock, 20-14.

Stevens at Fall Mountain, 7 p.m.

The coaching job Paul Silva has done at Stevens this year may be better than the one he did last year, when the Cards won it all in Division III. Stevens, 46-12.

Saturday

Campbell at Winnisquam, 1 p.m.

The Cougars look like the team to beat in Division III, but history tells us that the Division III playoffs are unpredictable. Campbell, 41-6.

Somersworth at Farmington/Nute, 1 p.m.

Playing a Somersworth team coming off a loss is a less-than-ideal situation. Somersworth, 49-6.

Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough at Newfound, 2 p.m.

The Lakers could make the playoffs at 4-4. I-L/M, 32-18.

Raymond at Franklin, 2 p.m.

If the Rams can win this one they’ll have a good chance to end the season with back-to-back victories, but the Golden Tornadoes won’t make it easy. Franklin, 20-12.

Kearsarge at Mascoma, 7 p.m.

The Cougars may have to win their next two to earn a ninth game. Kearsarge, 36-6.

Epping/Newmarket at Bishop Brady, 7 p.m.

The winner of this game is safely in the playoffs. Can’t say the same for the team that comes up short. Epping/Newmarket, 27-20.

Last week 25-2; 2017 record: 160-23


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